Manual Dexterity

Last Updated: May 15, 2018

Definition - What does Manual Dexterity mean?

Manual dexterity is a person's ability to execute controlled movements using hand-eye coordination under specific conditions. From early childhood, a person develops manual dexterity by learning tasks such as writing, grasping and releasing objects, and assembling puzzles and construction toys. The ability can be further honed in adults who require advanced manual dexterity for their profession.

WorkplaceTesting explains Manual Dexterity

Manual dexterity skills are highly sought after by certain professions such a mechanics, surgeons, dentists, and pilots where movements are required to be accurate and repeatable. There are various tests that can be performed to measure a person's capacity to execute the movements required by a profession. This can assist in pre-employment screening to assess the candidates suitability for a vacancy.


Manual dexterity testing is also useful in the practice of physical therapy to measure the rehabilitation progress of a patient recovering from injury.

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