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Movement Assessment Battery for Children, Third Edition (Movement ABC–3)

Movement Assessment Battery for Children, Third Edition (Movement ABC–3)



  • Anna Barnett & Sheila E Henderson

The updated MABC–3 will include many of the features and benefits current MABC–2 users enjoy, with some modifications that will expand its usefulness and make it even more user–friendly. Some of these changes include:

  • An expanded age range that extends use from 3 years up to 25 years
  • An additional manual dexterity item per age band
  • An additional aiming and catching item per age band
  • Digital scoring and reporting options on Q–global
  • Identify delay or impairment in motor development
  • Plan intervention
  • measure change and monitor progress over time
  • Widely known and respected for use in research related to motor development
  • Gain a holistic picture of motor performance using the Checklists to complement observational assessment
Movement ABC–3 updates include:
  • Revised and updated test content and items
  • New manipulatives
  • Extended age range down to 3 and up to 25
  • Co–collected sample between the UK and ANZ
  • Unified constructs across ages
Three Movement ABC–3 subtests:
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Aiming & Catching
  • Balance & Locomotion
Separate Checklists for each age band:
  • Parent/Teacher/Other
  • Self (age band 3 only)
Test content and structure

The test contains 10 tasks for each of 3 age ranges: 3–6 years (3–years–olds complete 7 tasks); 7–11 years and 12–25years.  The tasks cover the following 3 domains:

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Aiming & Catching (ball skills)
  • Balance & Locomotion

Task, domain and Total Motor scores are provided. A profile of a child’s performance over the different sections of the test can be examined and a ‘traffic light’ system helps map areas of strength and concern. 

The assessment is paralleled by an observational approach to perceptual–motor aspects and emotional and motivational difficulties the individual may have in relation to motor tasks.

The Movement ABC–3 checklists:
  • Assess groups of students in classroom situations
  • Obtain parents; or teachers’ views on an individual’s movement in everyday settings
  • Measure the extent to which a young person’s attitudes and feelings about motor tasks are situation specific or more generalised
  • Ascertain the impact of motor difficulties on an individual’s participation in everyday activities
Digital administration and scoring options

The Movement ABC–3 can be administered using either paper or digital record forms.  Online scoring is available via Pearson’s Q–global online assessment platform, if you wish to discuss the digital administration please click Brainworx and you will be brought to our contact page, fill out your queries and we will be happy to help.


 MABC–2 vs. MABC–3 Comparison

Movement ABC3 Table


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