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Purpose: To assess the ability to perform work tasks that require a high level of finger dexterity. The work sample simulates sedentary work and makes the following physical demands upon the evaluee: reaching, handling, fingering, feeling, near acuity, depth perception, and visual accommodation. Significant motor coordination, manual dexterity, and finger dexterity are required to perform the work sample at a competitive level.
The work sample elicits information on several work-related characteristics including the ability to follow instructions, concentration, communication skills, frustration tolerance, and self-confidence.
The work sample has a number of work-hardening applications as well.
Design: Hands-on work sample in three timed exercises.
Special Features: Scores may be interpreted against criterion-referenced standards or locally developed norms. It is appropriate for use with disabled or nondisabled persons.
The work sample is lightweight and portable.
Information Collected: The three exercises of VCWS 204 have been analyzed according to the U.S. Department of Labor job analysis procedures. Through these procedures, it has been established that each exercise requires a number of rated work factors to perform at a competitive level. These lists are called Worker Qualifications Profiles or WQPs, and when the evaluee performs an exercise at a satisfactory rate, s/he has demonstrated all of the factors at the rated levels of the WQP.
Valpar uses Methods-Time Measurement (MTM) procedures to establish the competitive work rate for the three exercises. The evaluator uses learning curve adjusted MTM standards to determine whether the evaluee has performed the work sample exercises at a competitive level. Unadjusted MTM standards are also given for both single and multiple administrations of the exercises.
Procedures: Due to the short nature of the three exercises, it is recommended (but not required) that the exercises be administered twice. In the standard administration, the work sample takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
In the first exercise, Fine Finger Dominant, the evaluee uses his or her dominant hand to turn five grooved metal rods (finger screws) into a bar as quickly as s/he can.
In the second exercise, Wiring, the evaluee threads a nylon wire through 20 metal pins that must first be lifted out of holes and held in place by reverse-tension tweezers as the wire is threaded.
In the third exercise, Fine Finger Nondominant, the evaluee uses his or her nondominant hand to turn the five hand screws all the way out of the bar as quickly as s/he can.
Components: The work sample is a square box 12″ x 3 1/4″ constructed of particle board and covered with blue plastic laminate. The flat surface has 20 holes, each of which contains a threaded jack pin. A 27″ nylon wire is attached to a metal based plug to the left of the 20 holes when the box is aligned to the front. In the inside rear of the box is a 10 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ bar in which there are five 2 1/8″ grooved finger screws. A pair of 4 1/2″ reverse tension tweezers, a pad of 100 scoring sheets, and a manual are also supplied. The work sample comes with a protective cover for shipping and storage.
Shipping Size and Weight: 16″ x 16″ x 8″ @ 15 lbs.