The Most Common High School OT Assessments

Ever wondered what the most common high school OT assessments are? Look no further! I’ve gathered my fave ones I’ve used over the years with students from 9th grade all the way up to 22-year-old post-secondary students. Plus, I put this question out to the wider Dynamic School OT community to see what they had to say as well. (Psst – join us.) So the next time you’re unsure what assessment to use with a high school student, check out this (almost) exhaustive list to help you make your decision! 

PS: Looking for assessments you can use with students of different ages? Check out this list

REAL (The Roll Evaluation of Activities of Life)

Focus: A comprehensive caregiver checklist of ADLs and IADLs

Year Released: 2013

Age Range: 2:0 – 18:11

Scores: Standard scores and percentile ranks

Completion Time: 15 – 30 minutes (for respondent filling out assessment)

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GOAL (Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills)

Focus: Structured ADL and motor tasks that can be used to develop a treatment plan

Year Released: 2013

Age Range: 7 to 17 years

Scores: Standard scores and progress score

Completion Time: 45 – 60 minutes 

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TVPS-4 (Test of Visual Perception Skills, Fourth Edition)

Focus: A comprehensive visual-perceptual skills measure

Year Released: 2017

Age Range: 5 – 21 years

Scores: Scaled scores, percentile ranks, and age equivalents for each subtest and for overall performance

Completion Time: 30 – 90 minutes

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

Focus: A variety of fine and gross motor skills

Year Released: 2005

Age Range: 4:0 – 21:11

Scores: Age-based standard scores, percentile ranks, age equivalents, and descriptive categories

Completion Time: 30 – 60 minutes

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Beery VMI (Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration, Sixth Edition)

Focus: Quick test of visual and motor integration

Year Released: 2010

Age Range: 2:0 – 99:11

Scores: Standard scores, percentiles, and age equivalents

Completion Time: 15 – 30 minutes

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WRAVMA (Wide Range Assessment of Visual Motor Abilities)

Focus: Visual spatial, fine motor skills, and visual-motor integration

Year Released: 1995

Age Range: 3 to 17 years

Scores: Scaled scores, standard scores, age-equivalent scores, and percentiles for each subtest; visual-motor integration composite score when all three subtests are administered

Completion Time: 10 – 30 minutes

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SP2, SC (Sensory Profile 2, School Companion)

Focus: A comprehensive caregiver checklist of sensory processing in the school environment

Year Released: 2014

Age Range: 3:0 – 14:11

Scores: Percentiles and descriptive classifications

Completion Time: 15 – 30 minutes (for respondent filling out assessment)

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SPM-2 (Sensory Processing Measure, Second Edition)

Focus: A comprehensive caregiver checklist of sensory processing in the home and school environment

Year Released: 2021

Age Range: 4 months to 87 years

Scores: Standard scores and raw scores, standard scores (T-scores), percentile scores, DIF scores

Completion Time: 20 – 40 minutes (for respondent filling out assessment)

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DeCoste Writing Protocol, Second Edition

Focus: Tool that examines a child’s ability to write & type and the factors that influence success with these tasks

Year Released: 2015

Age Range: No ages listed

Scores: Informal results related to speed, spelling, and other mechanics of writing

Completion Time: 30 minutes

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COPM (Canadian Occupational Performance Measure, Fifth Edition)

Focus: Outcome measure for a client’s self-perceptions of their participation in occupation

Year Released: 2014

Age Range: 6 – 65

Scores: No scores per se; client and therapist collaboratively set goals and outcomes

Completion Time: 15 – 60 minutes

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SCOPE (The Short Child Occupational Profile, Version 2.2)

Focus: Occupation-focused assessment that examines a child’s volition

Year Released: 2008

Age Range: Birth through 21

Scores: Informal measures of performance

Completion Time: 10 – 20 minutes

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TVMS-3 (Test of Visual-Motor Skills, Third Edition)

Focus: Standardized assessment of visual-motor skills

Year Released: 2014

Age Range: 3 to 90+ years

Scores: Standard scores, percentile ranks, and age equivalents

Completion Time: 20 – 30 minutes

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I hope these recommendations for high school OT assessments were helpful! One note I do want to make is that any formal assessment in the school system should always be paired with excellent & robust informal assessment – think classroom observation, activity analysis, student & caregiver interview, etc. (You can also snag my blank template for this age level here!) And, if you’re looking to tie it all together and get better at school-based OT evaluations, I’d love to have you join my course, The Dynamic School OT! Doing a thorough and legally-defensible assessment is just one of the many topics we cover in this comprehensive course. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at thedynamicschoolot@gmail.com.

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2 thoughts on “The Most Common High School OT Assessments”

  1. Thank you so much for putting this together! Regarding the REAL, may classroom teachers complete questionnaire?

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