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Quick Neurological Screening Test, 3rd Edition, Revised

Margaret Mutti, MA, Nancy A. Martin, PhD, Harold Sterling, MD, and Norma Spalding, EdD

Documents the presence of neurological soft signs
Paper and pencil
Age range:
5 years to 80 years
30 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The QNST-3R is an assessment of the development of motor coordination and sensory integration seen as neurological soft signs (NSSs), such as poor coordination, sensory perceptual changes, and difficulty sequencing complex motor tasks. The presense of NSSs can indicate neural trauma and is often a harbinger of learning difficulties (with or without trauma).

Features and benefits

  • An easy way to quantify, over time, behaviors that may be of clinical importance, including:
    • Motor maturity and development.
    • Sensory processing.
    • Gross and fine muscle control.
    • Motor planning and sequencing.
    • Sense of rate and rhythm.
    • Spatial organization.
    • Visual and auditory perception.
    • Balance and vestibular function.
    • Disorders of attention.
  • Updated literature review includes information about NSSs seen in sports-related concussion injuries and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
  • Normative data have been updated and expanded to cover a wider age range (5 to 80 years).
  • The record form, administration procedures, and scoring guidelines have been revised and clarified.
  • No special equipment is needed.
  • Features tasks used in traditional neurologic exams, including hand skill, figure recognition and production, palm form recognition, eye tracking, sound patterns, finger to nose, thumb and finger circle, rapidly reversing repetitive hand movements, arm and leg extension, tandem walk, stand on one leg, skipping, left-right discrimination, and behavioral irregularities.

Note: QNST-3 forms are not compatible with the QNST-3R.