Psychomotor Test Law and Legal Definition

A psychomotor test may be used in the employment context to determine strength, physical dexterity, and coordination when such factors are part of the essential job function. An employee may not be forced to take such a test, but if the employee is an at-will employee, refusal to take the test may be grounds for dismissal.

Psychomotor tests are also used for a variety of other purposes. For example, the One Leg Stand is a psychomotor test used to assist in the determination of whether or not a subject is impaired. This test is part of the battery of tests known as the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) utilized by police officials.