Albert's Test


 For the purposes of this review, we conducted a literature search to identify all relevant publications on the psychometric properties of Albert’s Test.


Internal consistency:
No evidence.

Chen-Sea and Henderson (1994) reported that Albert’s Test has an excellent test-retest reliability of r = 0.79.



Agrell, Dehlin, and Dahlgren (1997) compared the performance of 57 elderly patients with stroke on 5 different tests for visuo-spatial neglect (Star Cancellation, Line Crossing, Line Bisection, Clock Drawing Task and Copy A Cross). Albert’s Test had an excellent correlation with the Line Bisection Test (r = 0.85) and correlated adequately with the Star Cancellation Test (r = 0.63).

Massironi, Antonucci, Pizzamiglio, Vitale, Zoccolotti (1988) found an excellent correlation between the Wundt-Jastrow Area Illusion test and Albert’s Test (r = 0.64).

Deloche et al. (1996) reported an excellent correlation between the Catherine Bergego Scale and Albert’s Test (Spearman’s r = 0.73).

Known groups:
Potter, Deighton, Patel, Fairhurst, Guest, and Donnelly (2000) examined a computer-based method of administering the Albert’s Test in 30 patients with stroke and neglect, 57 patients with stroke and without neglect, and 13 age-matched control subjects. Significant differences were found between subjects with neglect and those without neglect, as well as subjects with neglect and age-matched controls. No difference between patients without neglect and age-matched controls was observed.


Fullerton, McSherry, and Stout (1986) found that test scores on Albert’s Test administered to 205 patients with stroke within 48 hours of hospital admission significantly predicted functional outcome at 6 months post-stroke (as measured by a 4-point crude scale). This study specifically found that 56.8% of individuals identified with visual neglect using the Albert’s Test were true cases of neglect (true positives). Approximately 4.3% of individuals without neglect were also screened negative on the Albert’s Test (true negatives). However, more than 35% of the individuals were unable to comply with the test because of an altered state of consciousness or dysphasia during this early phase of recovery.


Not applicable.

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