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HESI A2 Exam

The HESI (Health Education Systems, Inc.) Admission Assessment (A2) is a computerized exam designed to assess prospective students entering the health science fields. The HESI A2 consists of eight different exams, seven of which are required by the Nursing program at Georgia Southwestern State University. The Georgia Southwestern State University pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program requires the HESI A2 for all nursing applicants Entrance decisions will be based on a HESI A2 composite score of 75%. Students seeking pre-licensure Associate of Science in Nursing program must receive a composite score of 65%. Admission is competitive. Students must have a minimum HESI A2 composite score to apply for admission to the School of Nursing. Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing requires students to take the following seven components of the HESI A2:


  • Reading Comprehension
    Provides reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension, identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc.
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge
    Contains vocabulary terms that are commonly used in both general English-speaking settings and in health care fields.
  • Grammar
    Contains basic grammar, including parts of speech, important terms and their uses, commonly occurring grammatical errors, etc.


  • Basic Math Skills
    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.


  • Biology
    Covers biology basics, water, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, etc.
  • Chemistry
    Contains test items that cover matter, chemical equations and reactions, the periodic table, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, etc.
  • Anatomy and Physiology
    Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.
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Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

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It is strongly recommended that students wait until they have successfully completed all required English, Mathematics and Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology) before attempting the exam. Students will be able to view immediate results after the exam.

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Students taking the HESI A2 must follow these instructions:
Step 1: View the Online Appointments and select an available date to take the test.
Step 2: Create an Evolve account at
  • Click on I’m a Student, then click My Evolve.
  • In the orange pop-up box, click Create Account.
  • You will receive an email containing your username and password.
Step 3: Bring your username and password along with two picture ID's to the testing center on the day of your exam.

Important Information:

Calculators are not permitted unless approved as part of a documented disability accommodation.
Scratch paper will be provided by the testing center.
The actual test time is 4 hours and 45 minutes, and there are no scheduled breaks.
Students with a documented disability must contact GSW Office of Disability Services six weeks in advance if needing accommodations to test.

Each student is allowed to take the HESI A2 test two times within 2 years to be accepted into the Nursing Program at Georgia Southwestern State University. Also, a student must score 75% or above to be admitted into the BSN program and a score of 65% to be admitted into the ASN program on the GSW campus.

If you are a no show or cancel for any  reason on your scheduled test date, even if you have registered in error, you will not be refunded your registration fee. This is a HESI A2 policy.

Disability Office Contact: Evelyn Oliver

Students must be at the testing center 30 minutes earlier than their test time. Students must be at Testing Center at 8:30 on test day.


Test Preparation

The following are resources for students to prepare for the HESI A2: 

Source Instructions
 Elsevier      Once you access the Elsevier website, type Admission Assessment Exam Review in the search bar to give you the most current study guide for HESI A2.


Retest Procedure:

Students will be allowed to retest once, with a minimum of 30 days between tests. Students will be allowed to test 2 times within 2 years. Scores are good for two (2) years.


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