Vienna Test System: Determination Test


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Test Name:Vienna Test System: Determination Test
Author of Original Test: G Schuhfried
Local test distributor / publisher:Schuhfried
Date of Current Review:December 2007
Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition:23 May 2008
Type of Test:Perceptual Speed
Manual Skills/Dexterity
Disorder and Pathology
Main Area of Use:Psycho-clinical
Work and Occupational
Sports and Leisure
Constructs Measured:Eight score variables are produced which give information about:
- Reaction capacity (reaction speed and accuracy)
- Attention (alertness and selective attention)
- “Resignation tendencies” (inhibition of reactions)
Administration Mode:Computerised locally-installed application - supervised/proctored
Computerised Web-based application - supervised/proctored
Response Mode:Computerised
Responses are made via a special keyboard (the universal panel) which has a set of coloured and numbered buttons. A headset is also required for the auditory stimuli. Foot pedals are used as the response input for some forms of the test.
General Description of 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.


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