HESI-A2 Exam Requirement

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Last updated August 1, 2017 for 2018 admission.

Applicants for the following programs must include HESI exam results with their application:

  • BSN Traditional Program
  • BSN Accelerated Second Degree Program

About the HESI-A2 Exam

Cost: Approximately $100*

*Subject to change per Elsevier and Prometric

The HESI Admission Assessment, or HESI-A2 (version 1), is a computerized exam developed by Elsevier designed to assess the academic and personal readiness of prospective students for higher education. Learn more about the HESI-A2 exam on Elsevier's web site. Elsevier publishes review materials for this exam that may be purchased directly through Elsevier or through your local bookstore.

Students may only take the test one time.

The HESI-A2 (version 1) must be taken after January 15 of the prior year in which you wish to enroll in the BSN program. In order for test results to be eligible for the Fall 2018 BSN program, the HESI test must be taken between January 16, 2017 and January 14, 2018.

The School of Nursing requires the following sections on the exam. Prometric only allows four hours for the full exam. We recommend you allocate the following time to each section:

  • Math, 52 minutes
  • Reading Comprehension, 43 minutes
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge, 52 minutes
  • Grammar, 43 minutes
  • Anatomy and Physiology, 28 minutes
  • Learning Style, 11 minutes
  • Personality Profile, 11 minutes

NOTE - The Biology and Chemistry sections are not required for the Mason BSN application. The scores in these sections will not be used in the evaluation process.

An on-screen calculator will be provided. You may not use your own calculator or device with a calculator function. 

The HESI-A2 is offered at all Prometric testing centers (approximately 300 testing centers nationwide, with five in the DC/VA/MD area). The HESI-A2 is not offered at George Mason University.

Taking the Exam

Register for the HESI admission assessment exam with Elsevier. Prometric Testing Centers will administer the HESI exam at any of their US and Canada locations.

Step 1: Create an Evolve account and register for the exam.

The Mason school ID may only be used by students applying to the Mason nursing program. Mason will not transfer HESI scores to other nursing schools; however, Elsevier will. Visit the Elsevier website or contact Elsevier customer support for more information.

Step 2: Receive an Eligibility ID/user name and schedule your exam.

Elsevier will email an Eligibility ID/user name in one to three business days. The email includes instructions for scheduling your exam with your selected Prometric testing center.

Scheduling tip: Take your exam prior to December to avoid peak exam times and to ensure timely delivery of your results.

Step 3: Take the Exam

On the day of the exam, arrive at your chosen Prometric center 30 minutes prior to your exam. Present your Eligibility ID/user name and one form of approved, non-expired government ID with a picture and signature on the document.

You will be sent to your assigned testing station with instructions. You must have your Evolve Eligibility ID/user name and password memorized to sign into the exam. You will not be able to retrieve this information once you have entered the testing environment.

Printing a Score Report

You must include your HESI-A2 one-page score report (Admission Assessment Exam Cumulative Report) with your BSN departmental application supporting documents package (Part C). Your results may take up to seven days to become available to print. We recommend applicants complete the exam no later than the third week of December in order to ensure scores are obtained before the application deadline.

  1. Ensure you have the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.
  2. Visit http://evolve.elsevier.com
  3. Click "Student Site."
  4. Log in with your Evolve username and password.
  5. Click "HESI Assessment Student Access."
  6. Click the plus sign ("+") next to "Admission Exam Report."

Important Note: The School of Nursing requires a copy of your one-page Admissions Assessment Report reflecting your HESI-A2 text scores. This page indicates the breakdown of Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary and Knowledge, Anatomy and Physiology, Math, and Cumulative Score. Do not submit the multi-page summary report available from clicking the "Admission Exam Report" linking text.

What is the Passing Score?

There is no stated "passing score." Admission to the BSN program is highly competitive and is not guaranteed even if you meet the minimum BSN departmental application requirements. Each application is evaluated on the strength of the credentials you present and judged against equally strong applications. The higher your score, the stronger your application becomes. 

Disability Accommodations

To receive testing accommodations on the HESI-A2, contact Elsevier at 1-800-222-9570. George Mason is not a testing center and therefore, students must go through Elsevier to receive accommodations.