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How to Pass the Entrance Hesi A2 Exam

The Hesi A2 exam is the admission assessment every Pre- Nursing college student dreads. What exactly is on the exam? What study materials do I need to buy? What strategies do I need to acquire in order to master this exam? Well have no fear Heather Blackbeauty is here to answer all your questions. DON'T FORGET TO LIKE AND COMMENT YOUR QUESTIONS.

What is the Hesi A2?

The Hesi a2 Exam or the Health Education Systems, Inc. is a admissions exam some colleges and universities require in order to enroll int the nursing program.

What are the subjects the Hesi A2 Exam covers?

The Hesi a2 Exam is composed of seven academic core exams followed by a personality profile and learning style survey. The nine subjects the hesi covers is Reading Comprehension,Vocabulary and General Knowledge,Grammar, Basic Math Skills ,Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Critical Thinking and physics. Although the founders of the exam (Evolve) produce nine core subjects most colleges don't require you to take all of them.

How many questions are there?

Fortunately, the Hesi a2 exam divided into subject portions so you don't have to worry about getting math questions one minute and Chemistry questions the next minute. You can even choose which subject you would prefer to start with first. The following are questions per subject:

  • Reading Comprehension: 55 questions

  • Vocabulary & General Knowledge: 55 questions

  • Grammar: 55 questions

Basic Math Skills: 55 questions (Not as hard as everyone makes it out to be don't worry)

  • Biology: 30-33 questions

  • Chemistry: 30-33 questions

  • Anatomy & Physiology: 30-33 questions

  • Physics: 30-33 questions

  • Personality Profile: 15 questions

  • Learning Style: 14 questions

  • Critical Thinking: 25 questions

How much time do I have to take the Hesi A2?

The time allotted really depends on which college or testing center you choose to take it at. However, it usually ranges from 4-5 hours. Take your time because you cannot go back to check your work or the previous question.

What study exam booklet do you recommend?

Take this from me you really don't need to invest in a lot of textbooks and study guides to take this exam (Don't waste the little time you have studying the wrong things!). If you want an A all you need is the Admission Assessment Exam Review: Edition 3 by Elsevier Health Sciences. Don't go busting the bank on all these no name exam books.

Everything you need to know is right in this book. It never hurts to have prior knowledge before embarking on this study journey. Each nursing program lists different co and prerequisites before entering into the nursing program. Try to retain the information learned previously in those classes It might just help. If you don't understand the concepts found in the Elsevier Admission Assessment Exam Review: Edition 3 book or find yourself lacking confidence, I suggest going to and typing in crash course. There are a serious of science videos there that pretty much reinforce the topics covered in this book. Crash course videos, however, are a lot more entertaining.

What do you recommend studying?

Study the Admission Assessment Exam Review: Edition 3 (by Elsevier Health Sciences) back to front. Do not leave any pages unturned and don't forget to read the captions of the pictures. It not only will explain the concept well but it might list important details not written in the text ;) Really focus on the details when it comes to the science subjects even though sciences are tested separately some biology might show up in other sections.

Hesi A2 Math

The math section of the HESI A2 consists of basic arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In addition, the Hesi A2 will ask you to perform operations with fractions and decimals, or to determine ratios and proportions. It is actually nearly identical to the Admission Assessment Exam Review: Edition 3 (by Elsevier Health Sciences) book. Similar to the standard calculator that comes on every computer, the majority of math questions on the Hesi A2 Entrance Exam have four functional calculators to use. Notice I said majority, which means not all. Lucky for you many of the questions are multiple choice with an occasional fill in the numerical value.

Hesi A2 Vocabulary /Grammar

The 98% of the terms in the Elsevier Admission Assessment Exam book will be shown on your Hesi A2 Entrance Exam . Make Sure you understand the meaning of each word as well as the context it's being used in. You will also see questions concerning parts of speech, and commonly occurring grammatical errors.

Hesi A2 Reading

The Reading section of the Hesi A2 exam provides Passage comprehension questions. In addition, you must Identify the main Idea, understand the meaning behind words in the context, and make logical inferences about what you have read.

Hesi A2 Personality Profile and Learning Style

Personality Profile and Learning Style sub categories are not counted in your final score. However, they do help determine how you will perform in the program.

Hesi A2 Biology

The biology section of the Hesi A2 exam is IDENTICAL to the Admission Assessment Exam Review: Edition 3 (by Elsevier Health Sciences) . All of your questions concerning biology are from the passages in this book.

When do I get my Hesi A2 results?

For all my worry warts and anxiety ridden people don't fret.Immediately after each subject exam, your score for the subject is revealed and at the end, your accumulative score is revealed. Do not stop taking the exam and exit out f you don't get the score you want in the particular subject. Go through all the subjects so you know what to expect next time.

Any Studying tips?


There is no possible way you can skim the book once and pass the test. Don't cram information either. My best advice to you is to take it piece by piece each day. Don't only memorize the big idea but memorize the details to. A month or two of studying every day would help tremendously and diminish stress.


Do not leave any pages unturned and dont forget to read the captions of the pictures. It not only will explain the concept well but it might list important details not written in the text ;)


If you come across a subject in science or math that stumps you don't be afraid to draw a table or diagram especially when it comes to those conversions. It doesn't hurt to write out everything you know , especially for those key students who are not very good test takers and quiver and blank out at the sight of an exam;it is bound to kick start your memory somehow.


The Hesi a2 exam does not control how long you take to finish one subject (THANK YOU GOD) So don't rush through your questions you might end up missing a question that you knew so well. Four/Five hours is plenty of time to take the exam so manage it wisely but remember once you click next you can not go back to check your work.


I can not stress how important it is to get good nights sleep the day before the exam. Although, anxiety might be taking a toll on you try to sleep. A good nights sleep produces better results


Most testing centers are freezing! Don't leave your house without slipping on a small sweater just in case


Utilize your scratch paper during the math section. Don't worry if you use it all up they will give you more ( AND THERE IS A CALCULATOR IN THE MATH PORTION)


1 John 5: 14 "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us."


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