Ultrasound Student Assessment

Ultrasound Student Assessment (USA)

The USA is an examination of intrinsic skills that are essential for the sonography profession. Study tools and practice exams are not available. Visit the Pegasus website for additional information. ACC Sonography Programs will use the physics and clinical score categories to apply points towards the program application.

  1. Applicants must call Pegasus Lectures at (972) 564-3056 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST) to schedule a time to take the assessment in a remote proctoring environment and make payment in the amount of $65 (includes proctoring fee) for their test. Visa/MC/AMEX or Discover are acceptable forms of payment. Testing times are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST.
  2. Once the appointment and payment have been made, the applicant will receive an email from Pegasus Lectures confirming the appointment time.
  3. On the testing day, the applicant will receive an email prior to the testing time with a link for the proctor to connect to your computer. Make sure to follow the instructions on the email.
  4. The USA must be completed in one sitting. There is no time limit. Testing time is generally 1.5 – 2 hours.
  5. Close all other programs prior to starting the USA.
  6. Enter the following information for the Instructor:
    • Instructor’s Name: Jessica L. Hejny
    • Email: dmsprog@austincc.edu
    • Select: Student
  7. When the USA asks if you are right handed or left handed, you can select your dominant hand or the hand that you use to operate a computer mouse.
  8. If you do not know your GPA, maximum GPA possible, rank in College, or how many students were in your class, click “enter” and N/A will be entered on the line(s).
  9. Applicants may take the test only once prior to submitting the sonography program application, therefore concentrate, analyze and carefully select your answer choices. Re-applicants should visit the FAQ page for more information on this policy.
  10. A recorded chatbox with the exam proctor will be available during testing. If you have questions during the exam, be sure to ask for assistance. The proctor may or may not be able to answer your question depending on the nature of it. Do not continue with the test if significant technical difficulties arise.
  11. Applicants will not receive their scores upon completion of the USA. Scores will be uploaded to the ACC Sonography Programs account. Please do not contact Pegasus Lectures for scores. To request a review of your score for this assessment, you must email the sonography program at dmsprog@austincc.edu.

If you have any technical questions, please contact Cindy Davis at techsupport@pegasuslectures.com.

  1. You will be downloading the USA to your computer to take the exam. The USA will not work on a Mac, Chromebook, tablet or phone.
  2. The applicant must have the following prior to starting the USA:
    • Windows operating system on their computer
    • An standard-size, free-moving mouse is required
    • A mouse pad is strongly suggested
    • A physical keyboard (touchscreens will not work for the exam)
    • A flat surface and clutter free area
    • Computer display settings at no more than 100%

Please contact dmsprog@austincc.edu as soon as possible if you are unable to meet one or more of these testing environment requirements.

The Sonography program uses the physics and clinical categories to award points on each applicant’s ranking worksheet. These points are then added together as your overall USA score. The qualities being evaluated under the physics category include spatial resolution, logic, graph interpretation and problem solving. The qualities being evaluated under the clinical category include visualization, judgment, dexterity/hand-eye coordination, and persistence. The USA is not a pass/fail exam and does not use a 0-100 point scale like other standard exams. An average score in any category is zero (0).

Weighted Score Points Awarded in Physics Category Points Awarded in Clinical Category
<= 0.0 0 0
0.1 – 3.5 4 4
3.6 – 7.0 8 8
7.1 – 9.9 12 12
>= 10 16 16

Table explanation: Column 1 = Applicant’s weighted test score. This score applies to both the physics and clinical categories separately. Columns 2 & 3 = Points awarded by the program towards the applicant’s ranking in each category. These points will be added together for a combined total. The program will round to the nearest 10th for each weighted score.

How can I study for the Ultrasound Student Assessment?
The USA program is a true aptitude test and as such, there is no studying possible. This program tests innate abilities such as visualization and hand-eye coordination which impact the ability of an individual to master essential skills required to perform ultrasonography. There are some areas for which students may see a negative value in the raw cut score. This does not mean failure, it only identifies weaker areas in a particular quality.

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