What is the NCHSE Health Science Assessment?

What is the cost of the assessment per student?

  • The cost for students from NCHSE member states is $12 per assessment and $15.00 for students from non-members states. This price is subject to change. (2/28/14)

How do I get started?

Is there a sample exam?

  • Yes, there are two versions of a 25-question sample exam. You can find a PDF version of the sample exam and associated key here on the assessment webpage under the resource link and on the Precision Exam NHSA link. You can also access a fully functional online version of the sample exam once you are registered and authenticated as a proctor in the Precision Exam system.

Is there a pre- and post- exam available?

  • Yes. Precision Exams provides a standard report that measures student growth between the Pre and Post NHSA exams.

Who can proctor the exam?

  • The National Health Science Assessment may NOT be proctored by a health science teacher/instructor or any individual that has a direct vested interest in the candidates/students’ scores on the assessment

Who “authenticates” or “validates” my proctor registration?

  • For security reasons, every proctor is authenticated by their state or district’s office of education.
  • If Precision Exams has not previously authenticated your employee status you can still register, but you will not receive your username and password until your district or state has authenticated your status. This can take multiple days depending on the availability of your district or state staff.

Is the test timed?

  • The exam is not constructed as a timed exam. For administration reason, the exam is set to time out after 90 minutes. Over 98 percent of candidates finish within the allotted time. Time accommodations are made for students with documented IEPs.

How much time does NCHSE/Precision Exams recommend for scheduling and assessment registration prior to the actual exam date?

  • Precision Exams and NCHSE recommend getting students registered at least 24-48 hours prior to the actual exam date.  However, last minute student registrations can also be performed by the proctor or student, by clicking on the “register student” button located on the student login screen.

Is it possible to administer the assessment over a series of days rather than one class session?

  • It is important to ensure that the assessment experience is consistent for all students throughout the country. Therefore the assessment must be initiated and completed during one class session.
  • The assessment can be scheduled over a series of days allowing different cohorts of students to sit for the exam.

What is the policy on “retakes”?

  • Students are allowed to retake the post-test as needed and will be charged at the same fee as the initial assessment. The policy for assessment retakes is determined by each state and not by NCHSE.

Are students allowed to use calculators during the assessment?

  • Students may use calculators that are provided by the proctor administering the assessment. Students are not to use personal calculators or cell phones.

How often is the assessment reviewed?

  • It is reviewed annually.

What is the NHSA pass score?

  • The pass score for the National Health Science Assessment is currently 70 percent. However, the life-cycle for each assessment differs depending upon several factors including number of assessment forms, test volumes, exposure, and item rotations. For these and other reasons, passing scores are subject to change without notice.

How do I access my program’s assessment data reports?