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Brief Visuospatial Memory Test–Revised™

Ralph H. B. Benedict, PhD, ABCN

Measures visuospatial memory
Paper and pencil, Software
Age range:
18 years to 79 years
45 minutes to administer (includes 25-minute delay); 25 minutes to score
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

A measure of visuospatial memory, the BVMT-R can be used as part of a large neuropsychological battery, as a screening measure, and as a repeat measure to document changes over time.

Features and benefits

  • Designed for easy administration in clinical settings or at the bedside
  • Six equivalent, alternate stimulus forms consist of six geometric figures printed in a 2 × 3 array on separate pages.

Test structure

  • In three Learning Trials, the respondent views the stimulus page for 10 seconds and is asked to draw as many of the figures as possible in their correct location on a page in the response booklet. A Delayed Recall Trial is administered after a 25-minute delay. Last, a Recognition Trial, in which the respondent is asked to identify which of 12 figures were included among the original geometric figures, is administered.
  • An optional Copy Trial may be administered to screen for severe visuoconstructive deficits and to help in scoring recall responses.

Technical information

Reliability coefficients range from .96 to .97 for the three Learning trials, .97 for Total Recall, and .97 for Delayed Recall. Test-retest reliability coefficients range from .60 for Trial 1 to .84 for Trial 3. The BVMT-R correlates most strongly with other tests of visual memory and less strongly with tests of verbal memory.

Scoring software also available

The HVLT-R/BVMT-R SP provides unlimited scoring and reporting for both instruments after hand-entry of an individual’s raw scores.

  • The software generates up to five reports: an HVLT-R Score Report, an HVLT-R Longitudinal Report, a BVMT-R Score Report, a BVMT-R Longitudinal Report, and an HVLT-R/BVMT-R Discrepancy Report.
  • The Professional Manual Supplement provides information on the development, use, and interpretation of new scores, including reliable change scores and discrepancy scores. In addition, normative data are included for all new scores.

Note. Stopwatch is required for administration.