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HESI Admission Assessment (A2)

Your guide to preparing for the HESI A2.  

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Overview


The HESI A2 exam is an important step on your path to being accepted into a nursing program and moving forward on the path to becoming an RN. The test can seem daunting, so we’ve come up with this guide to show you what to expect in the exam, and how you can prepare to face it with confidence. 

What is the HESI A2?

HESI stands for Health Education Systems Incorporated, a company that helps nursing students prepare for licensure exams. The HESI Admissions Assessment test is designed to evaluate your academic readiness to engage in the rigors of nursing school. 

Exam areas include vocabulary, reading comprehension, biology, and anatomy and physiology: all taken consecutively. The exam has a three-hour time limit where you’ll be asked 150 multiple-choice questions about a variety of study areas relevant to your studies. 

How to study for the HESI A2 

Remember that most of the subject areas you’ll be tested on may be familiar, but if you want to brush up, there are lots of free resources you can take advantage of: 

 

HESI FAQ


When should I schedule a time to take the HESI A2?

Start by meeting with your admission counselor, then schedule your test within three to five days after that.

Where is the HESI A2 given? Is there a remote option?

The test is offered online and in-person at the campus. Please work with your admissions advisor to schedule.

How long does it take to complete the HESI A2?

Your total time allotted is three hours, including short breaks. Once the time has expired, the exam will automatically end. 

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Can I complete the HESI A2 before applying to the nursing program?

Yes, if you’ve taken the exam within the last year, you can submit your scores.

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If I’ve passed the TEAS exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills), do I still need to take the HESI A2?

Yes, all nursing students must complete the HESI A2, regardless of other tests they may have taken. 

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How is the HESI A2 scored?

Each of the four exams is scored individually. If any of the scores received are below benchmark, the section will need to be repeated.  

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The HESI review guide has sections on mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Will I have to take those exams?

No, you’re only required to take the following four exams:  

  • Vocabulary and general knowledge that will touch on familiar terms used regularly in English and healthcare
  • Reading comprehension, where you’ll identify the main ideas presented in a body of writing and demonstrate that you understand the context of the words used
  • Biology basics that include questions about cells, molecules, water, cellular respiration, metabolism, and more
  • Anatomy and physiology terminology and information about basic anatomical structures and systems
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If I don’t pass the HESI A2 the first time, can I retake it?

Yes, you will be able to retake the exam.

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When will I find out how I scored?

You’ll be notified right away of your scores and can access a HESI transcript as documentation of taking the exam along with corresponding scores for each subject.

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For answers to other HESI questions, contact:

Kirsten Carrigan
Kirsten.carrigan@alliant.edu
(858)-635-4698 x8632