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Rey Complex Figure Test and Recognition Trial

John E. Meyers, PsyD, and Kelly R. Meyers

Measures visuospatial ability and visuospatial memory
Paper and pencil
Age range:
6 years to 89 years
Approximately 45 minutes , including a 30-minute delay interval (timed)
Qualification level:
All qualifications for Level B plus an advanced professional degree that provides appropriate training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

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The RCFT standardizes the materials and procedures for administering the Rey complex figure, measures recognition memory for the elements of the Rey complex figure, and assesses the respondent’s ability to use cues to retrieve information. Appropriate for use with children and adults, the instrument enables you to gather information on major aspects of neuropsychological functioning.

Features and benefits

  • Provides a well-rounded cognitive snapshot. Captures information about five domains of neuropsychological functioning: visuospatial recall memory, visuospatial recognition memory, response bias, processing speed, and visuospatial constructional ability.
  • Standardizes a common stimulus. The 8½" × 11" stimulus card contains a computer-rendered replica of the original Rey complex figure. The normative data presented in the manual were collected using the Stimulus Card. Use of a different complex figure stimulus may render normative comparisons invalid and may affect the validity and utility of the obtained instrument.
  • Reliable discriminating power. Has been shown to discriminate mildly brain-injured patients from normal patients; it also discriminates brain-damaged patients with documented memory impairment who are able to live independently from those who are not and distinguishes deficient performance due to motor impairment from deficient performance due to memory impairment.
  • Diagnostically powerful. Studies show that the Recognition trial provides incremental diagnostic power compared with using recall trials alone.
  • Identifies possible causes of memory deficits. Evaluates the relative contributions of encoding, storage, and retrieval processes to memory performance.

Test structure

Scoring of drawings is based on the widely used 36-point scoring system; the same scoring criteria apply to all three drawing trials (i.e., Copy trial, 3-minute Immediate Recall trial, and 30-minute Delayed Recall trial). Each of the 18 scoring units is scored based on accuracy and placement criteria, and scoring examples are provided.

Technical information

  • Demographically corrected normative data for the RCFT copy and memory variables are presented to assist in interpretation as well as in making comparisons among individuals and various patient groups.
  • Test-retest reliability coefficients of the memory scores range from .76 to .89; interrater reliability ranges from .93 to .99.

Note: Stopwatch is required for administration.