How Long is the HESI A2 Nursing Exam?


HESI A2 Nursing Exam Test Length

Individuals who apply to nursing programs may be required to take the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admissions Assessment (HESI A2) tests as part of the application process. There are a total of nine tests that make up the HESI A2, but the specific number of tests that an individual may be required to take and the time allotted to complete them can vary from school to school. Each college or university sets its own requirements.

Due to the fact that the specific exam requirements can vary significantly, it is important to check with the school where you will take your test to determine which parts of the HESI A2 you will take, how many questions you must answer and how much time you will receive.

Number of Tests Required

Many colleges and universities only require applicants to take some of the HESI A2 exams. Some schools may use as few as four of the tests while others may require individuals to complete eight or all nine exams. Commonly used tests include:

  • Basic Math Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge
  • Grammar

Time Given to Complete the Tests

Typically, individuals receive four hours to complete the HESI A2 if they are testing at a Prometric test site. Some postsecondary institutions also allow students four hours to finish the exams, while others extend the time to five hours or more. There are even schools that do not impose any time limits.

Total Number of Questions

Due to the fact that different colleges have different testing requirements, the specific number of questions that a HESI A2 test-taker may be required to answer can vary significantly. This chart outlines the amount of time that Evolve recommends allowing for each of the HESI A2 tests and the total number of questions each HESI A2 test contains.

ExamRecommended Test DurationNumber of Questions
Anatomy & Physiology 25 minutes 30
Basic Math Skills 50 minutes 55
Biology 25 minutes 30
Chemistry 25 minutes 30
Grammar 50 minutes 55
Learning Style 15 minutes 14
Personality Profile 15 minutes 15
Reading Comprehension 60 minutes 55
Vocabulary & General Knowledge 50 minutes 55

HESI A2 Test Resources

Individuals must earn scores on the HESI A2 that are high enough to meet the admissions requirements of the college or university that they hope to attend. Taking the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Course is a good way to ensure that you have spent time reviewing all of the information that will be covered when you take the exams. This course contains 109 lessons that allow you to review material at your own pace from anywhere you have an internet connection and a suitable device, such as a smart phone or tablet. You can also take an HESI Final Exam at any point during your studies to identify any areas that could use some more study time and determine when you're ready for your testing appointment.

Designed by Elsevier Student Life, HESI exams are used to screen applicants to allied health care programs, chart their course progress, and help them prepare for certification examinations, such as the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

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