In game, the test consists of keeping a red bar within a green bar during a cinematic. In the cinematic, Fox fights the ShadowHunters, four ghosts of the SharpClaw that breathe red and blue flames, and a giant silhouette of General Scales that grabs him. When the test is completed, Fox opens his eyes and finds himself back on the floor, implying that the entire test was an illusion induced by the Krazoa Spirit.
The Test of Fear is considered to be the most difficult test during the game, as the sound and cinematic can be jarring, making the player lose control. If the test is failed, Fox is seen frozen in terror on a white background with demonic laughter.
- Andross's vision is seen towards the end of the test. It could be that Andross was watching the events take place and took no part in the actual test. The demonic laughter heard (if Fox failed) could indicate that Andross had enjoyed Fox's failure. He did not appear directly, yet this does foreshadow his role later on.