I've recently been participating in random tests on http://usabilityhub.com and I find myself cringing when the 5-second tests come up and feeling guilty at my seemingly useless responses once I'm finished. I frequently can't remember the details when it comes to question time so I'm afraid my responses are not helpful to people.
I can have an opinion or overall impression within 5 seconds, but remembering multiple, specific details is another matter entirely.
In a perfect world, if the UI were clear and obvious enough, I suppose I would not have issues remembering the important things. It's also a lot to take in in 5 seconds and the questions span a large range of topics including logo, colors, site purpose, call-to-action identification, etc. If they want to know if I absorbed what services they offer or what their name was and I could only focus on the gigantic stock photo or the pretty colors, I am having a difficult time seeing those responses of mine being beneficial to someone.
Is this the whole point of the 5-second test or am I a terrible tester? Or, is this a case of people using the 5 second test instead of the click test because they want the free-text answers?