Convergent and divergent validity between the KTK and MOT 4-6 motor tests in early childhood

Farid Bardid, Floris Huyben, Frederik J A Deconinck, Kristine De Martelaer, Jan Seghers, Matthieu Lenoir

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The aim of this study was to investigate the convergent and divergent validity between the Body Coordination Test for Children (KTK) and the Motor Proficiency Test for 4- to 6-Year-Old Children (MOT 4-6). A total of 638 children (5-6 yr old) took part in the study. The results showed a moderately positive association between the total scores of both tests (r = .63). Moreover, the KTK total score correlated more highly with the MOT 4-6 gross motor score than with the MOT 4-6 fine motor score (r = .62 vs. .32). Levels of agreement were moderate when identifying children with moderate or severe motor problems and low at best when detecting children with higher motor-competence levels. This study provides evidence of convergent and divergent validity between the KTK and MOT 4-6. However, given the moderate to low levels of agreement, either measurement may lead to possible categorization errors. Children's motor competence should therefore not be judged based on the result of a single test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-47
Number of pages15
JournalAdapted physical activity quarterly : APAQ
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2016


  • motor competence
  • physical activity
  • coordination

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