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What is the HESI A2?

The HESI A2 examination is a computer-based exam that nursing schools use to screen students for entrance into their nursing programs. It is also sometimes called the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment. This test measures the academic readiness of potential nursing students and helps nursing schools to determine a student’s success in their first year of their nursing program.

What is covered on the HESI A2 exam?

The HESI A2 exam is a multiple-choice exam that covers three main categories of focus: Mathematics, Science, and English. The test also includes two additional components that will not be scored: Learning Style and Personality Profile. These three categories (Math, Science, and English) are then broken down into seven sub-sections to include: hesi student

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge

  • Grammar

  • Basic Mathematic Skills

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Anatomy and Physiology

It’s important to note that not all nursing schools require you be tested on these seven sections some schools only focus on five such as: Anatomy and Physiology, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Mathematics. It is essential that when considering taking this exam you contact the nursing school directly in order to find out which sections they test you on so that you can adequately prepare to take the exam. When calling the nursing school, it’s also important to find out if there is a minimum score that must be obtained in order to be accepted into their program. Your HESI A2 exam results do not guarantee you will be admitted to your nursing school of choice but it does play a big factor.

By diving further into these categories you’ll be tested on such topics as:

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English Grammar

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What is the HESI Critical Thinking Exam?

The HESI Critical Thinking Exam is not part of the traditional HESI A2 exam, but some nursing schools are including it as part of their test. It is important that you contact your nursing school of choice to see if they are requiring that portion of the exam. This section is all about thinking through the problem from all angles and determining what the best course of action would be as if you were a certified nurse. This portion will not be included in the overall test score it’s more for gauging your thought process regarding the daily activities a nurse encounters on a regular basis.

How much time do I have to take the HESI A2?

When taking the HESI A2 examination you will be given 5 hours and 15 minutes to complete the exam.

If I don’t pass the first time how quickly can I retake the HESI A2 exam?

You may take the HESI A2 exam again however, nursing schools vary in how much time there is between taking the test the first time and taking it for a second time. Some schools only allow the exam to be taken once in a 12-month period whereas other nursing schools allow you to take it every 60 days with no more than 3 times in a 12-month period.

When should I take the HESI A2 exam?

The HESI A2 exam can be taken anytime but there are a few factors that should be considered before you set a date. For example:

  • When is the application deadline for your nursing program?

  • How much time do you need to adequately prepare to take the test?

All of these are important points to consider when you choose the test date. By calling the nursing school directly you can get a list of application deadlines and work you test date based around that key factor. NOTE: It is important to take the HESI A2 exam prior to completing your nursing application and after any necessary courses in math, reading or writing have been completed.

Where do I take the HESI A2 exam?

The HESI A2 exam can be taken at any number of testing centers across the country. Registering early for a spot at the testing centers is essential to guarantee you have the opportunity to take the test when you want to.

What do I bring with me on testing day?

Students will need to bring a form of picture identification as well as a receipt of purchase from when they ordered the test online. No electronics are allowed in the testing room so those will have to be left at home. The testing center will provide a calculator and scratch paper for your convenience while taking the test.

When can I get my test results?hesi test

Upon completing the exam, you will be given your test results immediately. Your designated testing center will provide a printout with your test results. Be on the lookout for an email within seven days that will provide your test results and an online individualized remediation plan that will be available through your online account. Taking advantage of the online remediation plan is recommended by nursing schools in order to guarantee a more successful outcome the following time you take the test. Your test scores will be valid for two years from the time you receive them.

Minimum Requirements for Passing

The current minimum requirements for admission to your preferred Nursing Program are 75% on the Math and 80% composite (average) score on the Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge and Grammar.

Accommodations for Test Taking

If you have a disability and require certain accommodations, it’s important to contact the nursing school directly in order to find out what accommodations are accepted. Each school may be different so it’s best to call each one and find out.


The cost to take HESI A2 is .00. Depending on where you take the exam a proctoring fee may be applied. If you want to apply to a nursing school not affiliated with one another you may incur a fee for sending test scores to other nursing programs.


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