HESI-A2 Entrance Exam

All students applying to Nursing or Health Sciences* programs must take the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) exam. No exemptions or substitutions are permitted. The HESI A2 can be taken twice in an academic year (August-July). The program sheet for your major includes more detailed information about required scores.

Please read all of the information on this page before requesting an appointment. 

*Students applying for Emergency Medical Science, Health & Fitness Science, Nurse Aide, or Therapeutic Massage are not required to take the HESI-A2 entrance exam.

 

REQUEST A TESTING APPOINTMENT/DATES

Registration for the HESI A2 exam is available now online. Available test dates will be shown in the registration window on the next page.  Additional dates will be made available throughout the semester.

Click here to request your HESI A2 appointment.

 

 

WHEN TO TAKE THE EXAM

Students typically take the HESI A2 during the fall or spring semester prior to applying to their program of choice. Students should have completed English, Math and Science prerequisites, or be currently enrolled in those courses, before taking the HESI A2. Discuss your readiness with your academic advisor or the Director of Health Programs Student Support.

Pay attention to the admissions process and deadlines listed on your program’s webpage and program information sheet.

2020 Deadlines

The following dates are the last day to take the HESI A2.  Additional deadlines and dates are shown on the program website or program information sheet.

LPN Transition to ADN

October 10, 2019

Associate Degree Nursing

Early Consideration – January 27, 2020
Late consideration – May 26, 2020

Health Sciences

Early Consideration – January 31, 2020
Late Consideration – April 24, 2020

 

PREPARATION

HESI Admission Assessment study guides are available in the Sandhills bookstore and Boyd Library.  The exam is computerized and timed, and will test the following:

Reading Comprehension: 55-item exam.  Reading scenarios that are not health related.  Provides reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension, including identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc. The reading scenarios pop up on the screen.  Students can move around the windows to see the entire scenario.

Grammar: 55-item exam.  Contains basic grammar, including parts of speech, important terms and their uses in grammar, and commonly occurring grammatical errors.

Vocabulary: 55-item exam.  Contains basic vocabulary that is often used in healthcare fields.

Anatomy & Physiology: 30-item exam.  Covers general terminology, and anatomical structures and systems.

Mathematics: 55-item exam.  Focuses on math skills needed for healthcare fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, and general math facts that are useful, for example, when calculating drug dosages and solutions. Calculators are not permitted. You will be provided with pencils and scratch paper.

Learning Style/Personality Profile: assessments of preferred learning style and personality as related to learning style.  This section does not contribute to the score.

There is a score for each section.  The cumulative score is the average of all five sections.

 

TEST DATES

  • The HESI A2 exam is offered in a group setting, by appointment only, on specific dates.
  • Available dates are shown in the registration window on the next page.
  • Additional dates are added throughout the semester.
  • Seats are confirmed on a first come, first served basis and are limited for each test session.
  • Seats in deadline months fill up quickly and students are encouraged to register early.
  • There is no specific period of time you must wait between tests,
  • You may not reserve more than two appointments at a time.

 

COST – $42.00 – effective August 1, 2019, subject to change

Payment is required before your scheduled test appointment time.  You must pay in person at the Business Office (Stone Hall 100) during normal business hours.  You must have your testing ticket with you when you pay.  Students are encouraged to pay at least 48 hours in advance to avoid delays on the day of testing.

  • There are no refunds.

 

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS

To request an accommodation for testing, please contact the Disability Services Coordinator to establish your eligibility.  Requests for accommodations must be made at the time of registration for the exam and confirmed with the test coordinator prior to the appointment date.  For maximum scheduling flexibility, please allow at least two weeks for processing accommodation requests.

 

WHAT TO BRING THE DAY OF THE EXAM 

  • HESI A2 testing ticket with receipt of payment
  • Photo ID
  • Username and password- instructions provided in your registration packet
  • Calculators are not permitted. You will be provided with pencils and scratch paper.
  • Electronic devices, cell phones, personal items, bags, food, drinks, outside papers and study guides are not permitted in the testing lab.
  • Please secure your valuables before entering the testing lab.

TESTING LOCATION 

Pinehurst Campus
Stone Hall 219 (unless directed otherwise)
3395 Airport Rd
Pinehurst, NC 28374

Contact hesi@sandhills.edu with questions regarding the HESI A2.