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The HESI A2* is a computer based exam required for students applying to the Maricopa Community Colleges District Nursing Program (AAS degree at any Maricopa Community College).

Fee for the HESI A2 test is $40.00 (fees subject to change)

Time limit for HESI A2 exam is 4 hours

  • No Calculator, Cell Phone, or Technical Device Allowed during testing
  • Scores will remain valid for 24 months from the date the test was taken
  • Students may take the initial test and retest twice for a total of three times in a 12 month period, with 60 days minimum between attempts
  • No appointment required for testing. Please note:  since the HESI is a 4 hour timed exam, students will need to arrive at the testing center no later than 1 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and no later than 12 p.m. on Fridays.
  • A official practice book for the HESI A2 is available for check-out at EMCC's library
  • Free unofficial practice questions also available online HESI A2 Practice Exams
  • For additional information about the test and preparation resources: https://evolve.elsevier.com/studentlife/hesi.html 
  • Admission to the nursing program requires the following HESI A2 scores: English Composite score 80% or higher (Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Grammar test scores averaged together); Math score 75% or higher.

A2 Content Exams (required)

  1. Math: 55-item exam. Focuses on math skills needed for health care 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.

  2. Reading Comprehension: 55-item exam. Reading scenarios that are 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.

  3. Vocabulary and General Knowledge: 55-item exam. Contains basic vocabulary that is often used in health care fields.

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

A2 Learning Style/Personality Profile/Critical Thinking (not included in minimum score requirements)

  • Learning Styles: 14-item assessment of preferred learning style. 
  • Personality Style: 25-item assessment of personality related to preferred learning style. Students receive a printout with study tips based on their learning style and personality profile. 
  • Critical Thinking: 30-item assessment of critical thinking ability. This exam is a four-choice, multiple-choice test.  All answers are correct; however, each choice reflects a different degree critical thinking skills. Scores range from 0-1000. The higher the score, the better the ability to think critically within the discipline of nursing.

*Please note that the HESI A2 is a separate test from the HESI PN Exit Exam used for Advanced Placement.  This office does not offer the HESI PN.  The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Skill Center Program is no longer available on this campus.