Free Discover Health Occupations Readiness Test

The Discover Health Occupations Readiness Test was developed in order to assess student readiness for entering various fields in the health care industry. The test also helps improve student retention through early remediation by helping to flag students who may be less likely to complete their education. The test was created for use with adult allied health program applicant populations.

The Discover is an exam with 85 questions and a 105-minute time limit. Subjects covered include reading, mathematics, science, English, and language usage. The science section is the longest at 33 minutes, and the English section is the shortest at 17 minutes. All questions are in a multiple-choice format with four answer options.

The reading section is the one with the fewest (2) subcontent areas: paragraph and passage comprehension and informational source comprehension. The former comprises 10 questions and the latter 11 questions. Along with the science section, the mathematics section contains the most (four) subcontent areas: numbers and operations (10 questions), algebraic applications (2 questions), data interpretation (1 question), and measurement (2 questions). The four subcontent areas in the science section are human body science (5 questions), life science (8 questions), earth and physical science (7 questions), and scientific reasoning (4 questions). In the English and language usage section, there are three subcontent areas: grammar and word meanings in context (8 questions), spelling and punctuation (4 questions), and structure (3 questions).

There are many objectives listed for each of the different subcontent areas. Some of the most important ones include: identifying the topic, main idea, supporting details, and themes within a passage (reading); using mathematical reasoning or computational procedures to solve one- or two-step word problems with fractions or decimals or whole numbers (mathematics); identifying parts of a cell and its function, such as energy production, transportation of molecules, etc. (science); and using different parts of speech, as well as demonstrating sentence fluency by utilizing techniques such as varying the beginnings, length, and patterns of a sentence (English).

In addition to these questions in each of the content areas, there are 10 questions across the different content areas that are considered pretest questions and are not included in the final score. They are used solely for research purposes and may be added to future versions of the exam.

Students will be given an individual performance profile at the conclusion of the exam, which also shows the number of times the test has been taken as well as the number of days since the last attempt (if applicable). The score report will show the percentage of total questions that were answered correctly as well as individual scores for each separate section. Additionally, students will be provided with what's called the adjusted individual total score. This score takes the percentage of overall questions answered correctly and is then adjusted to account for slight differences in the specific form of the exam that was taken. (Some students may take versions of the Discover Health Occupations Readiness Test that have a slightly higher or lower degree of difficulty than other versions.)

The score report will also include means and percentile ranks. While these scores may change slightly from year to year, as a general rule the fiftieth percentile (or the point at which roughly half of test takers score higher and half score lower) is approximately 62 percent. In other words, a test taker who has an adjusted individual total score (raw percentage of questions answered correctly weighted by difficulty of version) of 80 percent has scored higher than approximately 90 percent of other test takers.


Last Updated: 03/01/2017

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