Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT)
The Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) measures high-stakes reasoning and decision-making processes. The HSRT is specifically calibrated for trainees in undergraduate and graduate health sciences education. Scores on this instrument are predictive of successful professional licensure and high clinical performance ratings.
Poorly reasoned decisions can have major consequences in health sciences. Published research 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.
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Insight Assessment’s Health Sciences Reasoning Test is used worldwide at top-ranking health science educational programs and medical centers for measuring critical thinking skills in students and practicing professionals.
- HSRT is the assessment of choice for educational research and training evaluation programs focused on clinical reasoning
- HSRT is used by all health science specialties and is available in culturally competent valid translations (see language options).
- HSRT assists clients with benchmarking scores for admissions, learning outcomes assessment, program evaluation, and accreditation self-reports.
HSRT has a variety of forms calibrated for graduate level, undergraduate level and associate degree/certificate programs. The HSRT-AD is designed for 2 year programs. HSRT Plus can be used to assess critical thinking skills in highly selective graduate level programs. Call us at 650-697-5628 to learn more.
Based on over 40 years of Insight Assessment’s research into critical thinking measurement, the HSRT is a multiple-choice formatted assessment meant to be administered in a 50 minute setting.
- HSRT questions range in their difficulty and complexity. They are set in recognizable clinical and professional practice contexts. Any specialized information needed to respond correctly is provided in the question. No health science knowledge is required.
- The HSRT invites test-takers to apply their skills in a variety of different scenarios. Information is presented in text and as diagrams. Test-takers must make interpretations, analyze information, draw warranted inferences, identify claims and reasons, and evaluate the quality of the arguments presented.
- Questions are multidimensional and interrelated, so that individual and group test results provide meaningful insights into specific critical thinking skills.
Health Sciences Reasoning Skills Test Scores
The HSRT provides an overall score for critical thinking and scale scores to assist trainers or instructors in focusing curricula and training to address particular skills gaps in both individuals and groups.
The HSRT Overall Reasoning Skills score targets the strength or weakness of a test-taker’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.
HSRT’s score package includes an optional population percentile, specific to the practice discipline and educational level.
Insight Assessment offers the industry’s most complete and cost-effective array of testing options. Secure, encrypted online testing is available 24x7x365 in multiple languages. Available via a browser or an app, assessments can be accessed on virtually any device.
The test-taker’s data is encrypted and the online interface is easy to use and flexible. Tests can be assigned to be taken within any window of time. Each test is scored as soon as the test-taker hits the submit button.
Tests are available any time, anywhere, whether directly on your site or multiple sites, at test centers or sent to individual devices.
Highly 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 dispositions (also referred as having a lifelong learning mindset) as well as skills should be measured. Using companion assessments results in a full measurement of whether a test taker is both “willing and able” to think well.
We recommend that the HSRT should be taken in conjunction with the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI).
Critical Thinking Online Training
Next steps? The HSRT reveals higher education applicants who are proficient along with those requiring further development in critical thinking skills. The Keys & Strategies Critical Thinking Course Pack is available for students requiring intervention to gain this necessary competency for study and the future of work. In addition to 20 modules, proven to build their critical thinking skills and their lifelong learning mindset to apply those skills, a post-course assessment is included to measure both individual and group improvement.
Learn how health science administrators are using this powerful predictor of academic and professional success, in undergraduate and graduate student admissions processes.
The Health Sciences Reasoning Test returns objective scores on these scales: Analysis, Interpretation, Evaluation, Explanation, Inference, Deduction, Induction, Numeracy and an OVERALL reasoning skill score.
HSRT Scale Descriptions
Reasoning Skills Overall
Analytical skills are used to identify assumptions, reasons, themes, and the evidence used in making arguments or offering explanations. Analytical skills enable us to consider all the key elements in any given situation, and to determine how those elements relate to one another. People with strong analytical skills notice important patterns and details. People use analysis to gather the most relevant information from spoken language, documents, signs, charts, graphs, and diagrams.
Interpretation is the process of discovering, determining, or assigning meaning. Interpretation skills can be applied to anything, e.g. written messages, charts, diagrams, maps, graphs, memes, and verbal and non-verbal exchanges. People apply their interpretive skills to behaviors, events, and social interactions when deciding what they think something means in a given context.
Inference skills enable us to draw conclusions from reasons, evidence, observations, experiences, or our values and beliefs. Using Inference, we can predict the most likely consequences of the options we may be considering. Inference enables us to see the logical consequences of the assumptions we may be making. Sound inferences rely on accurate information. People with strong inference skills draw logical or highly reliable conclusions using all forms of analogical, probabilistic, empirical, and mathematical reasoning.
Evaluative reasoning skills enable us to assess the credibility of sources of information and the claims they make. We use these skills to determine the strength or weakness of arguments. Applying evaluation skills we can judge the quality of analyses, interpretations, explanations, inferences, options, opinions, beliefs, ideas, proposals, and decisions. Strong explanation skills can support high-quality evaluation by providing the evidence, reasons, methods, criteria, or assumptions behind the claims made and the conclusions reached.
Explanation is the process of justifying what we have decided to do or what we have decided to believe. People with strong explanation skills provide the evidence, methods, and considerations they actually relied on when making their judgment. Explanations can include our assumptions, reasons, values, and beliefs. Strong explanations enable others to understand and to evaluate our decisions.
Deductive reasoning is rigorously logical and clear cut. Deductive skills are used whenever we determine the precise logical consequences of a given set of rules, conditions, beliefs, values, policies, principles, procedures, or terminology. Deductive reasoning is deciding what to believe or what to do in precisely defined contexts that rely on strict rules and logic. Deductive validity results in a conclusion which absolutely cannot be false, if the assumptions or premises from which we started all are true. Deductive validity leaves no room for uncertainty. That is, unless we decide to change the very meanings of our words or the grammar of our language.
Numeracy refers to the ability to make judgments based on quantitative information in a variety of contexts. People with strong numeracy can describe how quantitative information is gathered, manipulated, and represented textually, verbally, and visually in graphs, charts, tables and diagrams. Numeracy requires all the core critical thinking skills. Numeracy includes being thoughtfully reflective while interpreting the meaning of information expressed in charts, graphs, or text formats, analyzing those elements, drawing accurate inferences from that information, and explaining and evaluating how those conclusions were reached.
The Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT) has been designed to deliver high quality objective metrics on the strengths and weaknesses of key aspects of thinking.
HSRT reports deliver individual and group results in a presentation ready format. Each report includes a wide range of statistical and demographic information about individuals and/or test-taker groups. Test-taker scores and group summaries are presented with interpretative analysis by Insight Assessment measurement scientists.
The HSRT measures and reports on an array of reasoning skill scale scores: Total Score, Analysis, Interpretation, Inference, Evaluation, Explanation, Induction, Deduction and Numeracy.
Insight Assessment clients depend on the comprehensive data and analysis in an HSRT report to provide the insights needed to achieve their assessment goals. Clients are currently using individual data for professional development, student or intern placement, hiring, advising, competency training. Group data is being used for new cohort assessment, outcomes assessment, demonstrating the quality of an educational or training program, demonstrating group proficiency, staff development, admissions and more.
Clients can customize their results package with additional analyses, graphics and interpretative text discussing your scores in relationship to your particular goals and objectives.
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Why Choose Insight Assessment for Education
Insight Assessment provides world-class reasoning skills testing, thinking mindset assessment, instructor and student learning resources, and highly responsive client support services to educational clients including universities, colleges, K-12 schools, and individual researchers.
We are dedicated to supplying the very best online instrumentation, client-specific data gathering capacity, report generation options, and professional development consulting services possible so that educators can accurately assess and successfully nurture in students a positive critical thinking mindset and strengthen their students’ critical thinking skills.
Since 1986 we have assisted thousands of educational institutions, doctoral dissertation candidates, and grant-funded scholars to gather valid and reliable data for applicant selection, student retention, student success, program evaluation, educational effectiveness, faculty development, quality-improvement plans, educational research, and accreditation self-study purposes.
Insight Assessment Solutions Set the Standard:
World- leading critical thinking assessments and educational development tools
- Well-established, valid, reliable, culturally sensitive measures of students’ critical thinking mindset dispositions and their critical thinking skills applicable across all academic fields of study.
- Different tools specifically tailored and calibrated for each educational level: graduate, undergraduate, community college, and K-12 students at all levels.
- Online delivery in as many as 30 languages including English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. Currently available language options vary by the instrument selected for use.
- Engaging, self-development online critical thinking training modules and the Keys & Strategies Course Pack for high school, college, and adult learners.
- A library of free instructional resources and research on critical thinking to support faculty development.
- Deep discounts for non-profit educational institutions, NGOs, doctoral dissertation scholars, and researchers funded by external grants.
Relevant, immediate, and actionable score and analytics reporting
- Online reports package includes statistical and graphical presentations of aggregated group data and detailed “stats-ready” scores for each student assessed on each metric.
- Client training in the use of our online report generation tool to enable authorized personnel to generate custom reports, aggregating and disaggregating data by school, discipline, classroom, or any of the custom questions that the client may have included.
- Comprehensive group reports provide quantitative and qualitative scores on each metric assessed, applicable percentile benchmark of the overall critical thinking score, table of descriptive statistics for each metric, and presentation-ready color graphics displaying group performance on each metric.
- Printable individual reports specify qualitative and quantitative scores, percentile score if relevant, and detailed descriptions of each metric to aid in understanding more fully the individual’s strengths and weakness in reasoning skills or dispositional mindset attributes.
- Client’s choice of US or international comparison percentile group to rank each overall critical thinking score for organizational and individual benchmarking purposes. Available percentile benchmark selections vary by the instrument selected for use.
Superior assessment services
- Starting with an initial consultation to learn about your project, our experienced assessment specialists work with you on instrument selection and administration strategies that can best support your project.
- We assist clients in adding client-specific custom questions to enable organizing, managing, and analyzing the critical thinking assessment data that they plan to collect with our secure encrypted data collection and fully customizable student profile options.
- We demonstrate how easy it is to administer assessments even to very young students using our intuitive, browser-based, multilingual online testing system on almost any device: computer, tablet, or smartphone.
- We assist with privacy protection strategies, including, if needed, completely anonymous double-blind assessments.
- Preview packages enable future clients to experience the intended assessment tool in exactly the same way their students would. Preview packs include access to the full user manual.A
Training and consulting services
- Faculty development workshops focused on effective classroom strategies used to teach for critical thinking across the full spectrum of academic subject areas. Highly experienced academic workshop leaders with a track record of presenting engaging and effective faculty workshops at national conferences and on site.
- Institutional effectiveness consulting to assist with preparation for accreditation and outcomes assessment projects. Senior level consultants with solid academic resumes and many years of direct experience in higher education leadership positions.
Need to expedite your project? We can have your first online testing assignment available for your students within 24 hours.
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The reports for each Insight Assessment test instrument provide scores that can be benchmarked against a variety of external comparison groups so that our clients are able to evaluate the scores of individual test takers or of their entire group. If you do not see what you are specifically looking for, contact us to discuss your needs with a testing specialist.
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Some of the current authorized translations of the Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) are listed below. Insight Assessment is constantly working on expanding the multilingual capabilities of our products. If you do not see what you are specifically looking for, please contact us to determine if it is available.
- Chinese Simplified
- Chinese Traditional
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A preview provides you with one or more opportunities to view and experience the assessment from the perspective of the individual being assessed and to see the reporting options.
Your account representative will set up your preview of the instrument on mobile devices or on computers. The preview includes the profile page, an example of the assessment itself, and an example of the individual report that will be provided at completion of the assessment.
Each preview also includes a digital copy of the user manual and resource guide for the specific instrument you are viewing. User manuals provide:
- a brief description of each metric being assessed by the instrument;
- a description of how to interpret both individual and group assessment results;
- a discussion of validity and reliability for the measures;
- all necessary information about administration of the assessment;
- many additional resources that we hope you will find useful for designing your assessment project.
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