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Visual Search and Attention Test

Max R. Trenerry, PhD, Bruce Crosson, PhD, James DeBoe, PhD, and William R. Leber, PhD

Measures attentional processes
Paper and pencil
Age range:
18 years to 60 years
6 minutes
Qualification level:
All qualifications for Level B plus an advanced professional degree that provides appropriate training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The VSAT consists of four visual cancellation tasks that require the respondent to cross out letters and symbols that are identical to a target. 

  • Yields an overall attention score and provides separate scores for left- and right-side performance to assess visual field defects, unilateral spatial neglect, or syndromes that affect the perception of portions of the visual space.
  • Test-retest reliability over an average of 2 months is .95. The test correctly differentiated 84% to 86% of normal and brain-damaged subjects in validation and cross-validation samples. Sensitivity ranged from .78 to .88 and specificity ranged from .86 to .87.
  • Normative data are provided by age group.