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Nelson Education > Assessment > Bender Gestalt Test

Bender Visual-Motor Gestalt Test, Second Edition

CATEGORIES: Ability, Achievement


The Bender Visual-Motor Gestalt Test, Second Edition (Bender-Gestalt II) is a brief assessment of visual-motor integration that may provide interpretive information about an individual's development and neuropsychological functioning. The Bender-Gestalt II may be administered to children and adults, ages 3 to 90 years.

The Bender-Gestalt II consists of a series of template cards, each displaying a unique figure. The individual is asked to draw each figure as he or she observes it. The design card is not removed until the drawing is complete.

The Bender-Gestalt II is ideal for use as a first measure in an extended psychological battery. With its simple design and administration, the Bender-Gestalt II is an effective and non-threatening precursor to more challenging assessments. It is also a reliable tool to assess visual-motor development and may be used as a screener for neuropsychological impairment.

Psychologists will appreciate the new features of the Bender-Gestalt II:

  • Expanded norms from ages 3 to 90 years gathered from over 4,000 individuals representative of the 2001 U.S. population allow you to obtain a standard score and make valuable peer comparisons
  • Added items extend the range of ability assessed
  • New procedures to assess visual-motor memory provide a more comprehensive assessment of visual-motor skills
  • Supplemental tests of simple motor and perceptual ability help identify specific visual-motor deficits.
  • Comprehensive testing observations including physical demeanor, drawing technique, and test-taking behaviour and attitude
  • A timing component option that measures drawing time for each figure
  • Quick-and-easy comprehensive scoring criteria
  • Co-normed with the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, Fifth Edition


  • Assessment Bulletin Number 1- Innovative Features of the Bender-Gestalt II and Expanded Guidelines for the Use of the Global Scoring System - (PDF file)


Complete BGII Kit includes: Manual, Stimulus Cards, one package each of Observation Forms, Motor Test Booklets, and Perception Test Booklets.


(Cdn. $)
Bender-Gestalt II Complete Kit 9-20648
BG II Examiner's Manual 9-20642
BG II Motor Test Booklets (Pkg. 25) 9-20644
BG II Test Records (Pkg. 25) 9-20643
BG II Perception Test Booklets (Pkg. 25) 9-20645
BG II Stimulus Cards 9-20641


Prices are in effect April 3, 2014.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice.