Test Results are usually presented by way of a Test Certificate.
A Test Certificate should be easy to read and understand. Every laboratory and test facility has its own format for the presentation of the test results. Here is a short list of information that a Test Certificate ought to include:
- Name of laboratory or facility and contact details
- Date of the report / certificate (and usually a report number)
- Name of the client and contact details
- A clear description of what was tested
- The reference standard(s) and or criteria and any building code requirement
- Any special considerations pertaining to the samples supplied
- The test method conditions including sample sizes
- Any adaptation of the test method and explanation
- The test results – usually in tabular format for ease of understanding
- Comments on the results, particularly where some results do not appear consistent with other results. It may be that some results need to be ignored.
The reviewer of a test report / certificate needs t be able to understand whether or not the testing (or calculation result) verifies compliance with the relevant criteria or performance requirement or not.