The test has several forms, depending on the age and training of the dog. Shakespeare took the Adult test, which runs as follows:
- Dog and handler weave through milling crowd of pushy people, dog on loose leash and not under any cue. The dog should be calm, stable, social.
- While the dog is in the group, the evaluator drops clipboard beside dog, greets him, etc. The dog should be calm, stable, social.
- Dog and handler go for a walk. A man comes out from behind a van and moves suspiciously. The dog should notice the man and watch him, but it is faulty if the dog aggresses before there is a real threat.
- The stranger turns and directly threatens the dog and handler. He fires a gun twice before raising a stick in a front attack. The dog should go forward intensely to meet the threat, without being deterred by the gunshots.
- The stranger retreats. The dog and handler move a short distance away and stand for a few seconds, and then the evaluator approaches to greet and pet the dog. The dog should recognize that the evaluator is not the same bad guy of a moment before and should be stable and social.
The possible scores are Pronounced, Sufficient and Insufficient. There is also a Puppy test (no threat at all), a Youth test (gunshots occur as stranger is retreating, so there is less direct stress and confrontation), and a Sport Dog test for titled working dogs (which includes actual bitework and outs).
A more complete picture of the dog's character can be gained in the Fit For Breeding tests or the Scandanavian Character Test, or other testing. But this at least ensures that the dogs which gain championship points are the dogs who are acting like Dobermans.