HSV 2650: Information Literacy in the Health Sciences is part of the curriculum for several undergraduate degrees. The course is a prerequisite for HSV 3000: Research in Health Services and HSV 4780: U.S. Health Policy. You may take the Information Literacy in the Health Sciences Proficiency Exam as an alternative to taking HSV 2650. If you score 75 percent or better on the exam, you do not have to take HSV 2650 and you may enroll in HSV 3000 and HSV 4780.
The exam consists of 50 questions that are true/false and multiple choice. Once you start the exam, you have 10 hours to complete it, though it usually takes two to three hours.
The exam measures your ability to find and evaluate resources, use APA style in your writing and to avoid plagiarism. Since information literacy depends on your ability to use tools to do this, you must use the appropriate tools to complete the exam. In addition to other tools at your disposal, we have created a guide on the WMU library site. The material in this exam will be utilized in your subsequent classes, so it is important to know how to use these resources.
The exam costs $50.
Where to find the exam
After paying for the exam, it will appear in your My Courses section of Elearning. Select Information Literacy in the Health Sciences Proficiency Exam.
It is recommended that you complete the proficiency exam by the following dates to enroll in HSV 3000 and HSV 4780 for that term.
- To enroll in fall - complete exam by August 1
- To enroll in spring - complete exam by December 1
- To enroll in summer I - complete exam by May 1
- To enroll in summer II - complete exam by June 1
After you take the test, your score will be emailed to you within 24 hours. At that point, you can determine whether or not you can use the proficiency exam as your prerequisite (a score over 75 percent). If your score is less than 75 percent, you may retake the exam (and pay an additional $50) or enroll in HSV 2650: Information Literacy in the Health Sciences. We highly recommend that you take the course if you have failed the exam three times. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.