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Document And Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Oct. 31, 2016
Document Information [Line Items]    
Entity Registrant Name INTEST CORP  
Entity Central Index Key 0001036262  
Trading Symbol intt  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding (in shares)   10,376,770
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2016  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false