The HESI A2 exam, while similar to the TEAS VI, is a unique test with its own unique challenges. Many nursing school will require test scores from at least one, if not both, so it is best to be prepared for either by using The Adkins Academy TEAS & HESI Review Course.


The HESI exam will test you on concepts such as grammar, vocabulary, anatomy & physiology, reading and math, and how they apply to the medical field. In order to position you best for success, The Adkins Academy features a variety of real challenging, high-yield HESI A2 test questions written by Dr. Adkins himself.


These questions are meant to simulate the questions you will be encountering on the HESI test. They are designed to not only teach you the material but for you to also get comfortable with the types of questions asked and the critical thinking required for success. During our classes, we will review these questions one-by-one, explaining key HESI test concepts, and the thinking needed to arrive at the correct answer.


Our Live Online HESI A2 Test Prep Classes are not lectures, but rather live interactive sessions with Dr. Adkins. This method allows for a full understanding of what is needed to be successful on the exam, rather than simply memorizing information. The HESI A2 exam expects you to apply your knowledge.


What is on the HESI A2 Exam?


HESI A2 Exam Vocabulary


Here are some of the most commonly asked vocabulary terms on the HESI A2 test.


Sudden: to refrain from something by one's choice

Abstain:  to refrain from something by one's choice

Access: a means to obtain entry or a means of approach

Accountable: responsible

Adhere: to hold fast or stick together

Adverse: Undesired, possibly harmful

Affect: Appearance of observable emotions

Annual: Happening once a year

Contract: To draw together or reduce in size

Deficit: A deficiency or lack of something

Deteriorating: Worsening

Dilute: To make a liquid less concentrated

Elevate: To place in a higher position

Diameter: The distance across the center of an object

Expand: To increase in size or amount

Fatal: resulting in death

Flushed: reddened or ruddy appearance

Hydration: Maintenance of body fluid balance

Impending: likely to occur soon

Ingest: to swallow for digestion

Intact: in place, unharmed, whole

Labile: changing rapidly and often volatile

Manifestation: an indication or sign of a condition

Ominous: significantly important or dangerous

Overt: Obvious or easily observed

Patent: open

Precaution: preventative measure

Preexisting: already exists

Prognosis: the anticipated or expected course or outcome

Restrict: to limit

Status: condition

Symmetric: being equal or the same size shape and position

Verbal: spoken, using words

Volume: the amount of space occupied by a fluid

Febrile: pertaining to fever

Untoward: unseemly or improper adverse, negative

Transdermal: administered through the skin -- as with a patch

HESI A2 Exam Anatomy and Physiology


These are topics covered on the HESI A2 Anatomy and Physiology portion:

  • Body Planes

    • Sagittal Plane

    • Coronal (Frontal) Plane

    • Transverse (Horizontal) Plane

  • Body Orientation and Terms of Direction

– Superior: Above

– Inferior: Below

– Anterior (Ventral): Towards or in front of the body

– Posterior (Dorsal): Behind, towards the backside of the body

– Medial: Closer to the midline of the body

– Lateral: Farther away from the midline of the body

– Proximal: Closer or toward the body trunk/chest/center of the body

– Distal: Farther and distancing away from the body trunk/chest/center of the body

– Superficial: Closer to the outer layer and surface of the body

– Deep: Away from the surface of the body

  • The Skeletal System

    • Osteogenic Cells

    • Osteoblasts

    • Osteocytes

    • The Haversian Canal

    • Types of Synovial Joints

    • Head, chest, arms, legs, feet

  • The Muscular System

– Epimysium

– Perimysium

– Endomysium

  • The Circulatory System

    • Epicardium

    • Myocardium

    • Endocardium

  •  Immune/Lymphatic System

    • T cells

    • B Cells

    • Thymus

    • Basophil

    • Eosinophil

    • Neutrophil

    • Plasma/Thrombocytes

  • The Endocrine System

  • The Nervous System

    • Parasympathetic nervous system

    • Sympathetic nervous system

  • Body Senses

  • The Reproductive System


HESI A2 Exam Grammar


The grammar portion of the HESI A2  Exam features around 40 questions that test your understanding and use of conventional grammar and syntax. Many questions are fill in the blank style where context clues can be extremely helpful. You will also be asked to identify incorrect elements in sentences. Basic knowledge of written English is essential for success on the HESI A2 exam.


HESI A2 Math


The math section of the HESI A2 exam is comprised of around 50 questions geared to test your quantitative abilities. This portion is divided into subsections covering the following topics:

  • Basic operations

  • Decimals/Fractions/Percentages

  • Proportions/Ratios/Rate

  • Military time

  • Algebra

The Adkins Academy HESI Test Prep Guarantee is fully committed to seeing you succeed on your HESI exam. We take this commitment seriously. As such, each student is allowed one free complete course retake if they do not score an 95 or better on their HESI exam the first time. As a general knowledge test, the HESI can also be treated as an excellent learning opportunity to show a potential applicant areas they need to improve before embarking on their journey to nursing school.


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