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HESI A2 Nursing Test (Health Education System Incorporated)   

The HESI Admission Assessment (A2) exam is a computerized test that can include up to seven academic exam sections, as well as a personality profile that identifies the applicant's learning style. Candidates need to be aware that each question has a different point value. It is to your advantage to supply an answer for each question, but keep in mind when receiving your scores that two individuals who have the same number of correct answers may earn a different overall score based on the weight of the test questions they answered correctly. The Northeast Texas Community College School of Nursing requires applicant's to take the following sections:
  • Math: 50-item exam. Focuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general math facts, etc.

  • Reading Comprehension: 38-item exam. 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 are provided as screen pop-ups, and students can move around the windows to see the entire scenario.

  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge: 50-item exam. Contains basic vocabulary terms that are commonly used in both general English speaking and in the health care fields.

  • Grammar: 50-item exam. Contains basic grammar, including: parts of speech, important terms and their uses in grammar, commonly occurring grammatical errors, etc.

  • Anatomy and Physiology (A&P): 25-item exam. Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.

  • Chemistry-25-item exam. Contains test items that cover matter, chemical equations and reactions, the periodic table, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, etc.
There are two additional tests,
  • Learning styles inventory
  • Personality profile
The 2 personal inventories are scored individually, but are not included in the overall cumulative score. There are a total of 9 exams. Northeast Texas Community College does not require the Biology, Physics, or Critical Thinking sections.

To Schedule a Test
  • The HESI Admission Assessment is offered by the Northeast Texas Community College Testing Center. Appointments are required and may be scheduled by calling the Testing Office at (903) 434-8273, or (903) 434-8217. You must show a photo ID on testing day.

  • Office hours Mondays and Thursdays: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fridays: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. On Mondays and Thursdays the Testing Center is open until 8:00 p.m. only if students have begun testing at 7:00 p.m. otherwise, the office will close at 7:00 p.m. Student(s) arriving after 7:00 p.m. will not be allowed to test. During summer hours the Testing Center closes at 6:00 p.m.
Test Fee and Payment
  • Cost of the test is $55.00 for NTCC students and for Non-NTCC students is $60.00
  • Payment method:

    • Cash, Check
    • Money Order (payable to Northeast Texas Community College)
    • Master Card, Visa, Discover (payable to Northeast Texas Community College)

What do I need to bring with me on the day I am scheduled to test?
All examinees must have photo ID on the day of exam to be admitted. We will provide scratch paper and pencils for examinees.

Can I bring a calculator to use on the exam?

Outside calculators are not permitted. A calculator is built into the HESI software and scratch paper is provided.


Do NOT bring:

  • Food or Drink
  • Cell Phones
  • Calculators or any electronic devices
  • Backpacks, large bags, or purses
  • Hats/Caps 

Child-care arrangements must be made prior to the day and time of your exam. Children are not allowed in the testing room.

Score Reports
Students will be given a copy at the time the test is completed.

  • Should a student need a copy of the report at a later date, they can access the report online at the HESI website.
Application Period
January 1 - March 1

Study Guides
  • HESI Study Guide - "Admission Assessment Exam Review", ISBN # 9781416056355
  • Price $36.95 plus tax
  • You may purchase a copy through the college bookstores.
How much time should I plan to spend taking the HESI exam?
  • There is a 4 hour maximum time limit that begins when instructions are being read to examinees. However, the average time most examinees take for completing the entire exam is two and a half to three hours. This can vary depending on your reading speed and amount of time to answer questions and if you take only the required sections or the entire exam

The Testing Center is located in the Business Technology Building on the NTCC campus.
For More Information Contact:
Elayne Peters
Director of Testing

Jamille Kelly
Testing Center Clerk

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This page last updated by E. Peters on 03/03/2015

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