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National Health Science Assessment

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The National Health Science Assessment is a validated, knowledge-based test designed to evaluate the extent of the candidate’s knowledge of the National Health Science Standards and Objectives. The purpose of the health science assessments is to measure and document student knowledge and to inform classroom instruction. Upon successful passing of the test, students are awarded a certificate of proficiency on the health science standards.

In addition to the NHSA, we offer over 20 content specific (end of course) health science certificate exams. Members of NCHSE receive assessment discount rates as well as access to national assessment data.

The National Health Science Assessment is administered by Precision Exams and may not be proctored by a health science teacher/instructor, or any individual that has a direct vested interest in the candidates/students’ score on the assessment.

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Assessment Content

Assessment content identifies the number of items constructed for each standard competency and the cognitive level test items are going to address. Questions require simple recall as well as the integration of information from several sources, interpretation of pictorial material, prioritization of alternatives, and utilization of critical judgment in reaching a correct conclusion. Therefore, in addition to the National Health Science Assessment’s multiple choice questions, students will answer question types that provide more ways to present and process information.

Assessment Format

Students should be prepared to answer enhanced questions that might appear in the following formats:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Labeling
  • Matching
  • Sequencing/Ordering

These enhanced questions may involve using the cursor to drag and drop and/or choosing an answer by visual picture depiction, etc. By delivering the test item content in multiple formats, the National Health Science Assessment is remaining current with testing standards that require critical thinking and problem-solving. These differentiated test items may provide partial credit points or are worth more than one point per question.

Assessment Blueprint

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The National Health Science Standards and Assessment are supported by:

A few years ago, our program only had 5 out of 24 pass the National Health Science Assessment. Using the assessment data provided by Precision Exams, we refined our teaching and curriculum delivery to improve teaching and learning.  In 2019, we proudly presented certifications to 23 out of 24 students!

Katrina Haynes RN BSN, NBCTWhite Knoll High School, SC HOSA Chair, National Board Certified

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