The HESI A2 exam stands for Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment and it is used by nursing schools to determine admittance into their nursing program. It is also known as the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment, and it covers a number of topics: reading, vocabulary, grammar, math, biology, chemistry, physics, as well as anatomy and physiology.
The good news is there is no “pass” or “fail” on the HESI A2 entrance exam. The test is scored on a scale, ranging from 750 to 900. Many nursing schools have a minimum score applicants need to achieve on the HESI A2 for admission, so it’s important to know what score you are aiming for.
You can take the HESI A2 exam once every 60 days, but no more than 3 times over a year. However, there are nursing programs that will only allow a student to take the HESI A2 exam once a year. Before you apply and take the HESI A2 exam, make sure to check the requirements for the school you are applying to very closely.
For more information about the test, here are the 10 things you should know about the HESI A2 exam and frequently asked questions from our partner, Mometrix.
Though this can feel like a lot of pressure, Quizlet is here to help you feel confident and ready for test day.
Below are 5 hacks to help you get the score you want on the HESI A2 entrance exam:
Take a practice test. The most important first step is familiarizing yourself with the exam, so you know what to expect on the big day. Taking a practice test before jumping into studying will also help you prepare more efficiently. The first HESI A2 exam you take will let you know which subjects you might want to focus on tackling first.
Tailor your study plan. Once you know which sections you want to focus on, that’s when you can roll up your sleeves and dig in. Find a method of studying that works best for you. Flashcards, for example, can be a great way to help you remember the key concepts. Flashcards can be especially handy for sections like vocabulary or anatomy. The Quizlet HESI A2 Prep Pack has 250+ flashcards to get you started on the right track. You can also easily make your own flashcards with the highlight-to-create feature.
Practice, practice, practice. The more practice you have, the more confident you will feel on test day. Taking practice tests as you study also helps you measure how much you are improving. When you put together your study plan, consider scheduling a practice test every two or three weeks. When you are ready to take the practice test, find a quiet place free of interruptions to simulate the actual exam day. The Quizlet HESI A2 Prep Pack has 3 full practice tests to help you get ready for the big day.
Manage your time. Students are given a maximum of 5 hours and 15 minutes to take the test, and each section can range from 25-50 questions. While it might be stressful to have a time limit, there are different strategies that you can try to take the test. You might decide to tackle easier questions first, which will allow you to spend more time on harder questions. Or perhaps you want to take the sections that you find more challenging first, because your brain will be the most refreshed at the start of the exam. Find what works best for you.
Take a final practice test before the big day. About two weeks before your test day, take a final practice test. This will give you the chance to look over anything that you might still need to brush up on. If you still have a few topics that you’re not as confident in, the Quizlet Prep Pack has 500+ exam-like practice questions with expert answers to help you fully grasp what you need to know.
Remember, before the big test day: breathe, you got this!
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We’re excited to be at the start of your future career in nursing.