What is a Functional Capacity Test (FCT) Screening?
Functional Capacity Test (FCT) screening consists of a short series of tests that measure basic visual, cognitive and physical abilities that are needed to safely operate a motor vehicle.
While FCT screening cannot predict a safe or unsafe driving experience, poor results can be a warning flag that a person is placing themselves, or others, at a higher risk when driving. Your driver’s license cannot be suspended simply because you do poorly on one or more segments of the FCT. However, poor test scores are a concern and may cause the reviewer to require a driving skills test with the MVA.
FCT screenings are recommended for drivers who come to the attention of the Medical Advisory Board (MAB) or the Division of Driver Wellness and Safety for whom there are concerns about physical and mental decline that can affect their ability to drive safely.
FCT screenings are conducted at 10 MVA locations, listed below. The test could take 30 minutes to complete.
The FCT has 5 different segments, and each measures abilities necessary for driving:
Motor Free Visual Perception Test: The driver will look at a completed diagram, and a number of incomplete diagrams, and will be asked to match them.
Rapid Pace Walk: The driver is asked to quickly walk approximately 10 feet, and return. Strength, flexibility and coordination are being tested.
Trails B Test: The driver will be asked to draw lines from numbers and letters in sequence (i.e. 1 to A, A to 2, 2 to B, B to 3, and so on).
Cued Recall: The driver will be given the name of three common objects, and several minutes later they will be asked to recall the named objects.
Useful Field of Vision: This test will determine if a driver is able to see peripheral objects while focusing on a central object.
For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Medical Advisory Board Office of the MVA at 410-424-3095.
Testing is provided at the following full service MVA branches:
You can also use a similar screening tool like Roadwise Review by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that measures mental and physical abilities important for safe driving – found at their website SeniorDriving.AAA.com.