Although the current Windows-only version of the EAS-5 application does generate a datafile (.EAS5) that includes the client’s actual test responses, its structure is complex and not suitable for import into a program such as Microsoft Excel or SPSS for the purpose of research and data analysis. The cross-platform (Windows/Mac) EAS-5 Reader utility was designed to extract from a batch of one or more .EAS5 datafiles the demographic information and test responses in a comma-separated-values (.csv) formatted file—one row per datafile—that can be imported into such programs. In turn, the EAS-5 Reader accepts as input this .cvs formatted file, generating a second .cvs formatted file that includes—one row per case—a raw score for each validity scale and clinical scale.
This EAS-5 Reader also accepts a single .EAS5 datafile and generates a test report in plain-text (.txt) format that—in addition to raw scores—provides for each clinical scale (and for most validity scales) a T-score based upon the most recently available normative sample.
Note that these raw scores differ from those displayed in the report generated by the EAS-5 application itself: While the clinical scale items are presented in the test as four-point Lickert scales, that application employs a method of dichotomous scoring (0 vs. 1). The EAS-Reader employs the continuous scoring (0-1-2-3) that will be implemented in a future cross-platform version of the full EAS-5 application.