Health Sciences Reasoning Test – Associate Degree

Health Science Reasoning Test - Associate Degree (HSRT-AD)

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The Health Sciences Reasoning Test–Associate Degree (HSRT AD) measures all the core reasoning skills needed for reflective decision-making (clinical reasoning) and provides valid and reliable data on the thinking skills of individuals and of groups. The HSRT AD is an assessment of the critical thinking skills needed by health sciences students as they develop their clinical reasoning skills. Its OVERALL score can be bench-marked to specific percentile comparisons. The HSRT AD is used by associate degree and certificate level programs across the health science disciplines most commonly for admissions, advising and retention, studies of curriculum effectiveness, accreditation, and the documentation of student learning outcomes.

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Higher Education

The HSRT-AD is calibrated for 2-YR college and certificate level programs in the health sciences. Additional versions of HSRT are also available for 4-YR undergraduate and graduate level programs (HSRT), and for high performing samples (HSRT Plus).


Administered online with a secure, user-friendly, multi-lingual, WCAG Level AA Compliant interface interface. 

Support Materials

User Manual includes all needed information about administering the assessment and interpreting the resulting individual and group scores.

Assessment Specs

50 minutes timed administration; 35 engaging, scenario-based questions.


Group graphics with statistical summary of scores; Excel spreadsheet of responses to all custom demographic questions, and all scores for each person tested. Optional individual score reports for administrators and/or test takers.

Results Reported

Metrics include scores for 6 critical skills, plus an OVERALL rating. Population percentile scores are available for benchmarking.


 All the HSRT-AD metrics are scored on a 100-point scale with a corresponding qualitative rating (Superior, Strong, Moderate, Weak, Not Manifested).


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Percentile Scores

Percentile scores for the HSRT-AD assist program directors to rank applicants in comparison to a national sample of individuals applying for and enrolled in associate degree and certificate programs in a pool of various Health Science disciplines. Percentile rankings are also available for two specialty populations: Nursing Associate Degree and Occupational Therapy Assistant, with more to come.


Metrics include scores for 8 critical skills, plus an OVERALL rating. Population percentile scores are available for benchmarking.

  • OVERALL Critical Thinking Skills– Sustained use of critical thinking to form reasoned judgments

  • Analysis – Accurate identification of the problem and decision-critical elements

  • Inference – Drawing warranted and logical conclusions from reasons and evidence

  • Evaluation – Assessing credibility of claims and the strength of arguments
  • Induction – Reasoned judgment in ambiguous, risky, and uncertain contexts

  • Deduction – Reasoned judgment in precisely defined, logically rigorous contexts

  • Numeracy – Sustained use of critical thinking skills in quantitative contexts (quantitative reasoning)


The Health Science Reasoning Test – Associate Degree Level (HSRT-AD) Report Package includes an individual test-taker report for each person assessed and group summary reports for each group and sub-group in the sample.

Reports are generated immediately after the conclusion of testing and are available for clients to download making real time assessment possible. Read more about how our customer support specialists work with clients to select their reporting options on our Services tab or contact us for a consultation.

Group Analytics

  • Clients can generate and download Excel spreadsheet files of all scores (OVERALL, Percentile ranking and all cognitive score metrics). At the option of the client, these also include the responses to custom demographic questions added by the client to the assessment profile, and percentile scores corresponding to the external comparison group selected by the client.

  • Presentation-ready tables and graphic representations of the score distribution for OVERALL critical thinking skills and for the additional cognitive skill metrics.

  • Customers who have added custom demographic questions can generate sub-group reports for these variables, or for specific testing sessions or time periods.

Optional Individual Test-Taker Reports

  • An overall score of critical thinking skills (OVERALL Score). OVERALL is reported on a 100-point scale accompanied by a qualitative rating (Superior, Strong, Moderate, Weak, Not Manifested), and a comparison percentile score.

  • Scores for each cognitive skill metric. These metrics are scored on a 100-point scale and are accompanied by a categorical interpretation of the strength of the score indicating areas of strength and areas for future development.

  • The Individual Test Taker Report can be pushed to an email address of the client’s choosing (for example, to an admissions office email, institutional assessment email, dean’s office email, etc.).

  • The client controls whether individual reports are made available to the test-taker.

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