Dean-Woodcock Neuropsychological Battery

  • Benefits


    • Measures of simple and complex sensory and motor functioning to provide more specific diagnostic capabilities
    • Interpretation methods at both the functional level and the neuropsychological/neurological levels appealing to a wide range of professionals
    • Valuable measures of important sensory-motor functions frequently assessed in geriatric populations
    • Measures of both cortical and subcortical motor functions for a more comprehensive assessment of neuropsychological function
    • An interpretive connection with the Woodcock-Johnson®III Tests of Cognitive Abilities and Tests of Achievement
    • Instructions in both English and Spanish
  • Administration

    Administration Time and Ages

    DW is compact, portable, and efficient – with administration time approximately 40-45 minutes. It is appropriate for ages 4:0 to adult, including the geriatric population and may be administered in schools, hospitals, mental health settings, or private practice.


    The Dean-Woodcock Neuropsychological Battery is comprised of three parts—Structured Interview, Emotional Status Exam, and Sensory-Motor Battery. During the Structure Interview, clinicians ask questions to determine an individual's medical and family background. The Emotional Status Exam includes psychiatric signs and symptoms—covering most major disorders found in the DSM-IV —as well as clinical impressions. The Sensory-Motor Battery consists of 18 subtests as outlined below:

    Sensory-Motor Battery Subtests

    Sensory Tests


    Sensory Tests

    Lateral Preference Scale

    Near Point Visual Acuity

    Visual Confrontation

    Naming Pictures of Objects

    Auditory Perception

    Tactile Examination

    Palm Writing

    Object Identification

    Finger Identification

    Simultaneous Localization (Hands Only and Hand/Cheek)

    Motor Tests


    Gait and Station

    Romberg Test

    Coordination Test (Finger to Nose and Hand/Thigh)

    Motor Tests


    Construction Test (Cross and Clock)

    Mime Movements

    Left-Right Movements

    Finger Tapping

    Expressive Speech

    Grip Strength


    Although most of the selected tests in DW have a long history of use in neuropsychology, many of the tests were characterized by the lack of standardization in the administration and scoring procedures. DW incorporates modern psychometrics and standardization procedures with standardized measures of sensory and motor functioning.

    Normative data for DW was collected from over 1,000 individuals, randomly selected within a stratified design to control for the following variables: sex, race, Latino/Hispanic, age, hand preference, and education. The normative sample is representative of the U.S. population according to the 2000 U.S. Census. DW is unique in that it was developed for use with both English and Spanish individuals. Special efforts were made to provide unbiased measures of an individual’s sensory and motor functioning.

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