Logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR) charts come in a variety of alternative forced-choice (AFC) formats and can be used with a variety of different rules to determine when to stop a subject reading down a chart (termination rules
Exact calculation and Monte Carlo simulation techniques were used to compare logMAR scores for different termination rules
and for infinite-, 26-, 10-, 8-, 4-, and 2-AFC logMAR chart formats. Slope-corrected standard deviation, an index of variability of the underlying ideal threshold, was used as a common metric for the different test conditions.
The mean and standard deviation of logMAR scores can be significantly affected by termination rules
and AFC format. For different AFC formats, different termination criteria were found to give optimal slope-corrected standard deviations.
A number of clinically suitable termination rules
are proposed for different AFC format logMAR charts. For letter-by-letter scoring of Bailey-Lovie and EDTRS charts, it is recommended that researchers and practitioners use a termination rule of stopping after four or more mistakes on a line.