Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT)

Purpose

Poorly reasoned decisions can have major consequences in people's lives.  Published research on the importance of critical thinking in the health sciences places critical thinking at the very heart of diagnostic reasoning and the development of new clinical knowledge. The HSRT is specifically designed to assess the critical thinking skills of health science students.

The Health Sciences Reasoning Test is being used worldwide at high ranking health science education programs and at top rated medical centers to measure critical thinking skills and habits of mind in students and practicing professionals.

  • The HSRT is the instrument of choice for educational research projects, hiring, and staff development programs in all health science settings.
  • The HSRT is used in health care settings and in professional programs to assess an individual's reasoning skills as an element in a comprehensive employment or admissions application process.
  • In educational and staff development settings, the HSRT provides objective data for learning outcomes assessment, program evaluation, accreditation, professional development or research.
  • After extensive testing with health sciences educational programs and among health science practitioners in the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the HSRT now has percentile norms available for use in a variety of test populations including practicing professionals, graduate students, 4-year undergraduate and community college students.

Overview

The HSRT is designed as a multiple choice format test and can be administered in a 50 minute setting.

  • HSRT test items range in difficulty and complexity. HSRT test items are set in clinical and professional practice contexts.  Any specialized information needed to respond correctly is provided in the question itself. Items require no health science knowledge.
  • The HSRT invites test-takers to apply their skills to information provided in a variety of different scenarios. Information is presented in text-based and diagrammatic formats; questions invite test takers to draw inferences, to make interpretations, to analyze information, to draw warranted inferences, to identify claims and reasons, and to evaluate the quality of arguments.
    • Each test question is based on 40 years of Insight Assessment's research on critical thinking measurement; questions are multidimensional and interrelated so that individual and group test results provide meaningful insights into specific critical thinking skills.

Scales Reported

The HSRT is designed to provide both an overall score for critical thinking and a selection of scale scores to assist the trainer or instructor to focus curricula and training opportunities to address particular weaknesses in both individuals and groups. The HSRT Overall Reasoning Skills score targets the strength or weakness of one's skill in making reflective, reasoned judgments about what to believe or what to do.  Scores are also reported for: Analysis, Interpretation, Inference, Evaluation, Explanation, Induction, Deduction and Numeracy.

Test Administration

Insight Assessment offers the industry’s most complete and cost-effective array of testing options including online and traditional paper-and-pencil solutions.

Secure, encrypted online testing is available 24x7x365 with our multilingual delivery options.   Our browser or app based online system provides the option of taking our assessments on virtually any device. 

Tests are available any time any where, whether directly at your site or multiple sites, at test centers or to individual devices.

Recommended Companion Assessment

Engaging problems and making decisions using critical thinking involves both skills and habits of mind. For a complete assessment of a test taker's critical thinking, it is recommended that both skills and dispositions be measured. Using companion assessments results in a comprehensive measurement of whether a test taker is ‘willing and able’ to think well.

We recommend that the HSRT be taken in conjunction with the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) .

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