Vienna Test System: Determination Test

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Note: This test review was published by BPS on 23rd May 2008

Description of the Test:

The Vienna Test System is a computerised collection of tests and assessments that can be used alone or combined as batteries of tests. The system contains some 59 multi lingual instruments covering work, health and education and categorised as Intelligence, General Ability, Special Ability, Personality Structure, Attitude and Interests and Clinical tests. Those tests that are produced in the English Language and have not been reviewed elsewhere in these reviews will be reviewed here as individual tests. The Determination Test is described as a complex multiple stimuli reaction test which provides measurement of reactive stress tolerance, attention deficits and reaction speed in the presence of rapidly changing and continuous optical and acoustic stimuli. The test is administered and scored by computer as part of the Vienna test System The test taker is presented with a variety of colour and acoustic stimuli to which he or she has to respond by pressing coloured buttons (on a specially provided keyboard – the universal panel) or by pressing foot pedals according to a set of pre-determined rules. The test, therefore, requires discrimination between different colours and sounds, memorization of the stimulus configurations, response buttons and response rules, and the correct selection of appropriate responses. There are 16 test forms which vary in terms of whether they require the use of the foot pedals and which presentation mode is used. There are three possibilities: Reaction Mode, where the presentation time is limited and new stimuli are presented whether or not there has been a response to the previous stimuli; Action Mode, where the presentation time is unlimited and new stimuli are presented only after there has been a response to the previous stimuli; Adaptive Mode, where the speed of presentation depends on the response speed of the test taker. Some of these test forms are considerably harder than others. Depending on the presentation mode, the following scores are provided: number of correct responses; number of responses on time; number of responses delayed; number of incorrect responses; number of omitted responses; median reaction time (all reactions whether correct or incorrect); the total number of stimuli presented and the total number of responses. The main areas of application are identified as traffic psychology, aptitude diagnostics in the area of performance, neuropsychology, clinical psychology, medicine and pharmacology, sport psychology, motor aptitude diagnostics and organizational psychology.

Authors: G. Schufried

Test Publisher: SCHUHFRIED GmbH