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HAPS Comprehensive Exam

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The HAPS Comprehensive Examination (HAPS CE) was established in June 1993 as a standardized assessment instrument for a two semester undergraduate course in Anatomy and Physiology.  It has been continually maintained since that time and in 2014 saw a substantial upgrade to an all-online secure and validated exam.

The intended purpose of the exam is to provide a means whereby a school can compare their students’ collective performance with the normalized data accumulated from the results of all students that have taken the same exam.   You must be an instructor of a two or four year college or university or a high school educator (teaching a dual-credit course) to order the exam. There are no study guides available for students - the exam is comprehensive according to the distribution of questions provided below.

The new online exam provides enhanced reporting capabilities.  Scores can be presented as a total score, or it can be broken down by topic area (such as cardiovascular anatomy, muscle physiology, etc.).  Chi Tester is used to implement the secure administration of the exam, and will work with schools to find appropriate facilities and reports.

The exam is structured as follows:
  • 100 multiple choice questions with 5 answer options each
  • no negatively styled questions
  • Bloom's taxonomy distribution: 50% knowledge, 30% comprehension, 20% higher domains
  • Content follows HAPS learning outcomes, with questions distributed as:

Prior to 2014 there was an option to administer the HAPS Comprehensive Exam as a written exam.  The questions used in the legacy written exam are no longer the same as the questions in the online exam, and are no longer updated by the HAPS Testing Committee.  The legacy exam will be discontinued as of July 2015, but will remain available until then to those unable to take advantage of the benefits of the online exam.  The legacy written exam will not include any aggregate data nor content area specific enhanced reporting.  See the Legacy Written Exam page for details.


For a thorough explanation of the online testing program, please read the Chi Tester Capability document in the file library below. 


HAPS Online Exam FAQ's

1. Can I talk to a real human about the HAPS online exam? I'd like an overview on how the whole process works. Yes. Please contact Craig Gundy at 801-725-8610 or email

2. Is there a practice exam?​ Yes, there is an exam that provides practice with the mechanics of taking an exam (not with subject matter). To take this five-question practice exam, follow the steps below.

a. Visit If you get a warning "there is a problem with the security certificate", or "this may not be the site you're looking for", or something similar, just confirm that you have entered and click "Continue to this website".

b. Log in with the username "student_999" and password "haps1".

c. You will see a list of exams - locate "HAPS Practice Test".

d. Select the exam, and (on the right side of the screen) click "Take this test".

e. A "Confirm the test to take" screen will ask for an exam password. The exam password is "password".

f. Take the exam. Most options on the left are unavailable because students are not allowed to go back to previous questions.

g. After you end your exam, note your score summary, then click the "Home" button.

3. How do I order an exam? At least 2 to 4 weeks before you need the exam, submit the exam request form (HERE) to or FAX to 706-883-8215.

4. The exam request form asks for the date and time I'll be administering the exam. I can't give a specific time, because I want to give the exam over several days. Is that okay? Yes, you may schedule the exam for any length of time necessary. 

5. Is there a time limit on the HAPS exams? Yes, the 100 question comprehensive exam has a 2 hour time limit. The 44 question A&P 1 exam has a 55 minute time limit. The 56 question A&P 2 exam has a 70 minute time limit. These numbers may change slightly as the exam is updated.

6. Can I make last-minute changes to my exam dates, times, or number of students? Yes. Please contact Craig Gundy at 801-725-8610 or email

7. I have a student with an ADA certified disability who needs extra time to take the exam. Can this be done? Yes. Please contact Craig Gundy (at 801-725-8610 or email and include the student's username and the amount of time needed.

8. When administering the exam, does the proctor have to walk to each testing computer to enter the exam password? This takes a lot of time for my large class. Yes, it's critical that the proctor enter the exam password in a way that prevents students from seeing it. To facilitate this process, HAPS instructor Carol suggests this procedure:

- Before students enter the computer lab, place an index card by each computer with the student's name and the unique student username assigned to that student (such as Student_101, or Student_102, etc.). This help ensure that proctors enter the correct student username at each computer, and shows students where to sit.

- Also before students arrive, at each testing computer, enter everything, up to and including the exam password (but don't click "Begin Test"). Now students can sit down at the proper computer, listen to your directions, and click "Begin Test" when ready. The exam timer does not start until they click "Begin Test".

9. While taking an exam, can the students return to a previously-answered question? No.

10. What happens if a testing computer freezes, the internet fails, or the server crashes while my students are testing? If a testing computer freezes, restart the computer and log the student into the exam again, as you did initially. If the original computer is non-functional, you may use a different computer. At worst, the student might have to re-answer two or three questions.

       If the internet connection fails or the server crashes, the student will see a message describing the problem. The student may continue testing, since answers will be stored (temporarily) on the testing computer. If the problem is not fixed by the time the student finishes the exam, wait a few minutes and then click the "Try Again" button. If unsuccessful, wait and try again, and so on. As long as the testing computer has not deleted the "browser cookie", no answers will be lost.

       The browser cookie may be deleted if the computer is restarted, depending on local setup parameters. In any case, if the duration of the problem is so long that you have to leave the computer and now have returned to it, log the student in and see what happens. Hopefully the cookie will still be available. If you are unsure, call Craig Gundy (801-725-8610) and Craig will check to see if your score has been recorded.

11. I need to get results quickly so that I can submit grades. How long do I have to wait for my results? You don't have to wait at all. If you've chosen to show students their scores immediately after they finish the exam, you can record each student's score into your grade book as soon as they finish. Showing (and recording) student's scores also provides a backup in the unlikely event that there's a problem later. In any case, Craig will send you a report within on day after your exam ends.

12. Are our results safe from hackers, malware, etc.? Our hosting partner uses antivirus software, and their networks have firewalls, iptables, and various authentication protocols to prevent hacking. No system is perfect, but these industry-standard tools and techniques make our servers as secure as possible. Furthermore, useable student ID information is never stored on our servers. Students are identified only by generic student usernames, such as student_101, student_102, etc. Only the instructor knows who "student_101" really is.

13. How is the exam protected against theft? In order to protect the security and credibility of the exam, instructors must agree to take precautions as outlined in the document "Security Guidelines for the HAPS Standardized Exam".
           The testing software (Chi Tester) uses several layers of security. 1) exams are available only at the scheduled time, 2) exams are accessible only to scheduled group of users, 3) exams are password protected, 4) administrative reports track several parameters that detect suspicious activity: exam start time, end time, duration, and IP address of the testing computer.

HAPS Comprehensive Exam files

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Question Distribution by Module JPG (145.81 KB) Administration 1/9/2014
Exam Request Form (.pdf) PDF (39.43 KB) Administration 12/11/2014
Exam Request Form (.docx) DOCX (49.51 KB) Administration 12/11/2014
Chi Tester Capabilities PDF (1.42 MB) Administration 1/9/2014