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 educational programs. Scores on this instrument have been found to predict successful professional licensure and high clinical performance ratings.
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.
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.
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.
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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).
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.
Inductive reasoning relies on estimating likely outcomes. Decision making in contexts of uncertainty relies on inductive reasoning. Inductive decisions can be based on analogies, case studies, prior experience, statistical analyses, simulations, hypotheticals, trusted testimony, and the patterns we may recognize in a set of events, experiences, symptoms or behaviors. Inductive reasoning always leaves open the possibility, however remote, that a highly probable conclusion might be mistaken. Although it does not yield certainty, inductive reasoning can provide a solid basis for confidence in our conclusions and a reasonable basis for action.
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 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.
The Assessment Report package includes:
- Individual test-taker analytics:
- an overall score of thinking ability (Overall Score)
- a categorical interpretation of the strength of the Overall Score and scale scores
- a norm-referenced percentile ranking (applicable to skills assessments only)
- scale scores to indicate which of the skills areas are particularly strong and which are weaker and require training attention.
- test administrators control whether test-takers receive their individual results after testing.
- Group analytics include:
- descriptive statistics and presentation ready graphic representation of the average Overall score and scale scores for the group
- descriptive graphics and representations including size of the group, mean, median, standard deviation, standard error of the mean, lowest score, highest score, first quartile score and third quartile score. To see video about interpreting group report histograms
- descriptive statistics of the demographic characteristics of the test-taker group (if collected
- the average percentile of group as compared to a pre-selected external norm group (applicable to skills assessments only). For more information on norm-referenced scores
- Electronic data files spreadsheet with all scale scores and demographic responses.
- User Manual which includes chapters on interpreting individual and group test-taker scores using our 4-Step Process.
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. For further information, see Insight Assessment Reports and Analytics.
Individual and group scores are provided for all Insight Assessment test takers. Different groups of test takers have very different performance levels and therefore their scores differ quite a bit on scientifically developed measures of cognitive ability. It is important to understand how your group of test takers compares to selected external comparison groups, for example, the population of comparable regional or national peer groups.
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.
Comparison Percentiles Available for the HSRT
2-Year Undergraduate Program Comparison Percentiles
Health Sciences Programs
4-Year Undergraduate Program Comparison Percentiles
Health Sciences Programs
Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy
Graduate Program Comparison Percentiles
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.
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- a discussion of validity and reliability for the measures;
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