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Movement Assessment Battery for Children, Third Edition

Movement ABC-3
  • Sheila E. Henderson
  • Anna Barnett
With a normative sample that includes data collected in Australia and New Zealand, the Movement ABC-3 provides an objective measurement of gross and fine motor coordination difficulties in children and young adults aged 3-25 years.
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MABC-3 Complete Kit (Print)
A103000357667 Qualification Level B


  • Test Manual
  • 25 AB1 Record Forms
  • 25 AB2 Record Forms
  • 25 AB3 Record Forms
  • 25 AB1 Checklists
  • 25 AB2 Checklists
  • 25 AB3 Self Checklists
  • 25 AB3 Other Checklists
  • Checklist Manual
  • 50 AB1 Drawing Circles Sheets
  • 50 AB2 Drawing Circles Sheets
  • 50 AB3 Drawing Circles Sheets
  • Manipulatives Set


AUD 2,940.08


Task-level scaled scores, domain-level t-scores. Total Motor Score, percentile ranks
Publication date:
Individual; paper and pencil or digital via Q-global
Age range:
3 to 25 years
Qualification level:
The Movement ABC-3 norms are based on all-new sample of over 1000 children and young adults who were tested between August 2021 and February 2023 in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Scoring options:
Hand scoring or digital scoring via Q-global
Report Options:
Score summary report

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Product Details

The Movement Assessment Battery for Children–Third Edition (Movement ABC-3) provides an objective measurement of gross and fine motor coordination difficulties in children and young adults aged 3 – 25 years.


  • 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

The 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 contructs across ages

The Movement ABC-3 has three subtests: 

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Aiming & Catching
  • Balance & Locomotion

There are also separate Checklists for each age band:

  • Parent/Teacher/Other
  • Self (age band 3 only)

Component benefits:

  • 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 

Component features:

  • Norms based on a sample of 1279 collected jointly in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand
  • Extensive international research built over the previous version of the assessment and this version - featuring in over 500 studies
  • Numerous translations worldwide

Test content and structure

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

The Movement ABC-3 Checklists provide a means for assessing movement in everyday situations in which the child or young adult participates.

Use the Checklist to: 

  • 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 Test is administered using paper record forms. The Movement ABC-3 Checklist can be administered using either paper or digital administration. Online scoring is available via Pearson’s Q-global® online assessment platform.

MABC-2 vs MABC-3 Comparison

Ages 3:0–16:11 across 3 age bands
  • Age Band 1: 3:0–6:11
  • Age Band 2: 7:0–10:11
  • Age Band 3: 11:0–16:11
Ages 3:0–25:11 across 3 age bands
  • Age Band 1: 3:0–6:11
  • Age Band 2: 7:0–11:11
  • Age Band 3: 12:0–25:11
8 tasks per age band
  • 3 Manual Dexterity
  • 2 Aiming & Catching
  • 3 Balance
10 tasks per age band
  • 4 Manual Dexterity
  • 3 Aiming & Catching
  • 3 Balance & Locomotion
Unified constructs across ages
UK normsNormative data co-collected between the UK, Australia, and New Zealand
Paper-and-pencil only
  • Test: Paper-and-pencil administration
  • Checklist: Both paper and digital administration options
  • Digital scoring via Q-global available for Test and Checklist
For ages 5–12
  • Separate checklists for each age band, including self-report option for Age Band 3
  • Opportunity for multiple respondents to complete the Checklists: Parent/Caregiver, Teacher/other, Self (Age Band 3 only)
  • New and revised items
  • Improved manipulatives to enhance usability





Which manipulatives in the Movement ABC-3 have been carried over from Movement ABC-2?

The tennis ball, bean bag, pegboard and pegs, yellow threading beads, lacing board, triangle test, blue coin bank and coins have all been carried over from the previous edition.

New manipulatives that have been introduced in the Movement ABC-3 kit include a larger ball, updated balance board and mats, new target, line walking mats and two additional sets of threading beads for age bands 2 and 3.

Can I re-use Movement ABC-2 manipulatives or upgrade my old kit to convert it to the new edition?

Some of the manipulatives are the same in the 2nd and 3rd editions of the test, but the majority of items in the Movement ABC-3 are new, for example the Test manual, Checklist manual, record forms, Checklists, drawing circles sheets, and the additional or updated manipulatives. It is therefore not recommended to try to upgrade an old kit. Manipulatives that have been carried over from the Movement ABC-2 can be kept as spare parts.

There are some black items in a plastic bag in my kit. What are they for?

The items in the plastic bag are dividers to help you organise your kit bag if you wish. There is also a storage bag for the walking line mats. They aren't required for any of the assessment tasks - you can discard them if you don't want to use them.

How can I access the demonstration videos?

For Q-global users, a link to the videos is available in a pdf document in the Q-global resource library. Test users who don't have access to Q-global can view the Movement ABC-3 Demonstration Videos here.



The following webinars are available for Movement ABC-3