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NCHSE: NHSC - Frequently Asked Questions

This article covers commonly asked questions about the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) and its National Health Science Certificate (NHSC) powered by Precision Exams by YouScience.

What is the NCHSE Health Science Certificate?

Is there a sample exam?

Is there a pre- (benchmark) and post-assessment available?

  • Yes* YouScience provides a standard report that measures student growth between the Pre and Post NHSC exams.
    *Must adhere to local and state regulations

Who can proctor the exam? (Updated August 2020)

  • The National Health Science Certificate exams may now be proctored by the health science teacher/instructor as authorized by each state’s designated health science education authority.
    • This update allows teachers/instructors access to valuable assessment data that can aid in reporting and funding that promotes program and student growth.
  • NCHSE Proctor Agreement

What is the cost of the assessment per student? (Updated July 2022)

  • $15.00 per certificate for NCHSE member states
  • $20.00 per certificate for NCHSE non-member states

How often is the assessment reviewed?

  • It is reviewed annually.

What is the NHSC pass score?

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

How is the exam scored? (Updates coming soon...)

  • The total possible points for the NHSC is 110 points.
  • The passing percentage is 70%. Therefore the students must answer 77 of the 110 points correctly.

NHSA 2019 Passing

  • Please reference the following information on the NCHSE website:

    The National Health Science Certificate is remaining current with testing standards that require critical thinking and problem-solving. These differentiated exam items may provide partial credit points or are worth more than one point per question. Thus the 2019 National Health Science Assessment update has resulted in a revised exam blueprint of 105 exam items with a total point value of 110 points. Careful attention must be paid to a students exam results, (i.e. a total score of 70 does not grant a passing score out of 110 possible points) to alleviate misinterpretation of a student being granted a National Health Science Assessment Certificate of Proficiency.

Is the exam timed?

  • The exam is not constructed as a timed exam. For administration reasons, 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 a documented IEP or 504.

What if a student needs more time to finish the exam?

    • All exams are on a 90-minute timer. If a student cannot finish the exam and needs more time, please call YouScience Customer Support (385-255-7850), and we can add more time to the student’s timer. However, students must finish the exam in one sitting. They are not allowed to leave the exam and re‐enter it at a later date. We do make accommodations for students with an IEP or 504, they may have as much time as needed and can take the exam over multiple days if necessary.

    What is the policy on “retakes”?

    • Students are allowed to retake the post-assessment 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 a calculator 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.

    Are there other ways for students to learn the 11 National Health Science Standards?

    Yes. There are four course certificates that let students validate mastery of the 11 National Health Science Standards. Each certificate assesses specific health science standards taught in the corresponding four-course curriculum. They break the standards into smaller components that can be taught in semester- or year-long programs. Each exam costs $10 and offers its own end-of course certificate. Find the standards for the new exams: 

      Additional information may be found by reviewing the article: National Health Science Certificate (NHSC) - Getting Started & Exam Troubleshooting

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