Minnesota Rate of Manipulation Test / Manual Dexterity Test
The Minnesota Rate of Manipulation Test or Minnesota Manual Dexterity Test is a series of tests of eye hand coordination and motor abilities. The test package is commonly used in the evaluation of occupational fitness, disability evaluation and in rehabilitation.
- purpose: measures the speed of gross arm and hand movements during rapid eye-hand coordination tasks.
- equipment required: The testing kit that has to be purchased includes 2 folding boards, and 60 blocks. The wooden folding frame is 3 foot long, with 60 holes in four horizontal rows for placing the blocks.
- procedure: The complete test consists of a battery of five sub-tests: Placing, Turning, Displacing, One-Hand Turning and Placing and Two-Hand Turning and Placing. The tests are performed while standing. Each test is started with a practice trial, and then each test tested 3-5 times. Both hands can be tested and compared.
- variations: There are several variations of the tests, you could test eye foot dexterity for those with no upper limbs and it is also possible to use it with blind people.
- scoring: The time of each test is recorded to the nearest second, and the overall score is the total time of all tests combined. The times for each hand/side can be compared, and the total time compared to normative values.
- disadvantages: the specially constructed board and other testing kit items need to be purchased.
- target population: This test is applicable for testing workers in occupations requiring quick movement in handling simple tools and production materials without differentiating size and shape.
- other coordination tests