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The Health Education Systems,Inc is an entrance exam used by many nursing programs in the United States. The exam assesses your academic potential and provides the school with a clear picture of your performance in higher education.

The HESI A2 is commonly used by LPN/LVN, RN, and APRN programs

The HESI A2 is a timed, electronic test taken on a computer. It’s a multiple-choice exam (choose one correct answer from a list of possible answers) with five scored sections and one unscored personality assessment. The scored sections are further broken into a few areas for a total of nine subjects. The five scored subjects include:

  • English Language
  • Math
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Your school decides how long you’ll have to complete the exam, but most schools give students between two and three hours. The number of questions in each section includes:

English Language

  • 50 grammar questions
  • 50 vocabulary questions
  • 47 reading questions


50 general math questions covering:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Ratios and proportions
  • Household measurements

Biology – 25 questions

Chemistry – 25 questions

Physics – 25 questions

Anatomy and Physiology – 25 questions

Personality assessment

  • 30 critical thinking questions
  • 30 questions related to personality and learning styles

Most schools require at least 75%. However, the minimum required score is up to the school, so check with the admissions office before you take the exam.

The cost of the HESI A2 can range between $30 and $110. Some schools offer the exam for no cost, so check with any schools you’re interested in applying to before registering for the test. If you take the test virtually, you might incur an additional fee for the virtual proctor, usually around $25. Always check with your school about their testing fees. If you’re applying to several schools, you might be able to use one score for all of the applications if the test version meets the requirements for all of the schools.

Preparing for the HESI A2 can feel overwhelming because there are so many subjects to study. Check out these test prep ideas with suggested resources:

Complete a prep course and take as many timed practice tests as possible.

  • Mometrix offers a course with practice questions, lessons, videos, and flashcards. You can register for one week of free access with a money-back guarantee if you decide it’s not the best course for you.
  • Study.com offers a prep course with video lessons, transcripts, practice questions, and flashcards. You can try the course for free for thirty days.
  • Smart Edition offers a course with lesson modules, timed practice tests, video lessons, flashcards, and practice questions organized by topic. You can purchase this product for a one-time price without monthly fees

Watch test prep videos on YouTube.

  • There are many HESI A2 prep videos on YouTube. Look for videos from reputable companies like those by Smart Edition Nursing.

Join a Facebook prep group.

  • Facebook groups are a great way to connect with others taking the test. Look for a large, active TEAS support community to find great resources and ask others what helped them score high on the test.


Make A Plan

You might want to dive right in and start studying. However, it’s like practicing your baseball swing with a golf club without a plan! To make your plan, ask yourself these three questions:

  • How many weeks do I have to study? (We recommend taking six weeks)
  • What subjects make me worry the most?
  • What resources do I have/need to study?

Plot out each subject across the six weeks. Build in repetition, which means you should study all subjects throughout the six-week study period, so you study each subject more than once. To make the most of your study plan, organize your resources, find a quiet place to study, and map out your plan on a calendar. Schedule at least two hours of study time daily for six weeks to be well-prepared

Get To Know The HESI Exam

Get to know the ins and outs of the exam. Understand the test format, subjects covered, and the types of questions you’ll take. This strategy helps you fully understand what might be on the exam so you can prepare the best way.

Take HESI Practice Tests

The best practice tests mimic the real test you’re taking. To get the most out of your practice tests, find timed ones with the same types of questions as what’s on the entrance exam. It’s a good idea to practice your time management skills during every practice exam to ensure you have enough time to answer all the questions. Feeling confident you can make it through all the questions will help reduce your stress levels on exam day.

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