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Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition (BOT-2)

Robert H Bruininks & Brett D Bruininks

A comprehensive assessment of gross and fine motor skills for ages 4 to 21 years, 11 months.

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Age range: 4 to 21 years

Qualification level: B

Year: 2005

Administration time: 45 to 60 minutes

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With the BOT-2 you can assess the gross and fine motor proficiency of 4-21 year olds, ranging from those who are typically developing to those with moderate motor-skill deficits.

Key benefits of the BOT-2 include:

  • Most widely used motor proficiency test
  • New easel administration format
  • Improved manipulatives, including a wider, more durable balance beam
  • Game-like tasks that capture and hold students’ interest
  • Not verbally complex

The BOT-2 can also be used for developing and evaluating motor training programmes.

Technical Information

Q-global® Administration Options

This product is available on Q-global with the following administration options:

Manual Entry - Scoring and Reporting Only (ME)

These assessments are administered in paper-pencil format only, and can be scored by entering raw data into Q-global for scoring and reporting.

If you would like more information, please visit the Q-global product page,


BOT-2 assesses the motor proficiency of 4-21 year olds, ranging from those who are typically developing to those with moderate motor-skill deficits. It can also be used for developing and evaluating motor training programmes.

Challenging, game-like tasks

Children enjoy the variety and appeal of the test items. BOT-2 items provide a full range of interesting tasks that measure gross and fine motor skills—maintaining balance while standing on one leg, bouncing a ball, and cutting out a circle are just a few examples.

New administration manual makes testing more efficient

BOT-2 features a completely new administration manual with an easy-to-use layout that gives examiners access to all the information they need on a single page.

The manual also provides suggestions to guide examiners in explaining the tasks. For the examinee, large, clear pictures of the tasks being completed help provide a better understanding of the test items, especially for children who have language, cognition or attention problems.

Eight subtests assess:

  1. Fine Motor Precision—7 items (e.g., cutting out a circle, connecting dots)

  2. Fine Motor Integration—8 items (e.g., copying a star, copying a square)

  3. Manual Dexterity—5 items (e.g., transferring pennies, sorting cards, stringing blocks)

  4. Bilateral Coordination—7 items (e.g., tapping foot and finger, jumping jacks)

  5. Balance—9 items (e.g., walking forward on a line, standing on one leg on a balance beam)

  6. Running Speed and Agility—5 items (e.g., shuttle run, one-legged side hop)

  7. Upper-Limb Coordination—7 items (e.g., throwing a ball at a target, catching a tossed ball)

  8. Strength—5 items (e.g., standing long jump, sit-ups)

Composite Scores

BOT–2 covers a broad array of fine and gross motor skills, providing composite scores in four motor areas and one comprehensive measure of overall motor proficiency. These composites are:

  • Fine Manual Control

  • Manual Coordination

  • Body Coordination

  • Strength and Agility

  • Total Motor Composite

Comprehensive Training DVD

This DVD provides an in-depth look at all aspects of the BOT-2. The video includes an introduction by the authors, a detailed look at test administration, scoring and reporting information and an overview of the BOT-2 ASSIST scoring and reporting software program.


Research round-up - the Movement ABC-2 and BOT-2
Too busy to read journal articles? This webinar will provide a quick overview of recently published research relating to the Movement ABC-2 and BOT-2 assessments.
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Clinicians working with adults are facing increasing pressure to use standardised assessments to establish eligibility for, and the efficacy of, intervention. The BMAT provides a norm-referenced measure of motor abilities in adults aged 40 years and older. This webinar will provide an overview of the test and its potential applications in a clinical setting.
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