Purpose: Measures finger and hand dexterity
Restriction Level: Medium
Ages: 5 to 70+ years
Times: 90-150 seconds
The Purdue Pegboard measures finger and hand dexterity. Originally developed for employment selection, it has also been shown to be useful in neuropsychological assessment. The Purdue Pegboard comes complete with pins, collars, washers and an examiner's manual with norms for ages 5 through 70+ years.
The pegboard contains two parallel rows of 25 holes each. The client places the pegs first with the preferred hand, then the other hand, and then both hands simultaneously. Each condition lasts 30 seconds-total actual testing time is 90 seconds.
The score is the number of pegs placed correctly. In a fourth condition, the client uses both hands alternately to construct "assemblies" combining pins, washers, and collars to complete as many assemblies as possible within 60 seconds. The score is the number of parts assembled.
For employee selection, the Purdue Pegboard is appropriate for positions requiring gross movements of the hands, fingers, and arms as well as fingertip dexterity. As part of the neuropsychological assessment, the test has been applied to localization and lateralization of lesions and motor dexterity.