HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam

All applicants to the Orvis School of Nursing are required to take the Health Education Systems Incorporated Admission Assessment (HESI A2) exam. The HESI A2 is an assessment tool used to evaluate prospective students’ potential for success in a rigorous nursing program.

When should I take the HESI?

The HESI A2 exam may be taken only once in an application cycle and must be the University of Nevada, Reno – Distance Testing Exam.  HESI results from other institutions will not be accepted. 

If the HESI A2 is retaken the following application cycle, the candidate must retake all required sections of the exam. The most recent scores will be used for each application submitted to the Orvis School of Nursing.  Scores are valid for two rolling calendar years.

Candidates may take the HESI A2 a maximum of three (3) times in a rolling two-year period for the Traditional 16-month BSN Program and only three (3) times total for the Accelerated 12-month BSN Program.  Any exception to these requirements must be submitted as a petition to the Orvis School of Nursing Student Affairs committee.

HESI registration dates

  • HESI A2 Registration will open on April 1, 2020, and close on September 14, 2020.
  • Testing dates will be April 15, 2020, through September 16, 2020.
  • The last day for applicants to the Accelerated 12-month Second Baccalaureate BSN Program to take the HESI A2 exam is August 10, 2020.

Where do I take the HESI exam?

The HESI A2 exam can be taken at any Prometric testing center. You must register with Evolve/Elsevier HESI and obtain a testing Eligibility ID code to be able to schedule your exam. All payments are processed through Prometric, and the testing fee varies by testing site (average fee is $95). Note that Prometric limits the total testing time to four hours. Be sure you plan your time to allow you to complete all required sections of the exam.

What is on the HESI exam?

Candidates must complete the following assessments each time they take the HESI A2 exam.

  •  Anatomy & physiology section consists of 30 items with a recommended time of 30 minutes and the benchmark score is 80%.
  • Math section consists of 55 items with a recommended time of 60 minutes and the benchmark score is 80%.
  • Reading comprehension section consists of 55 items with a recommended time of 60 minutes and the benchmark score is 75%.
  • Grammar section consists of 55 items with a recommended time of 60 minutes and the benchmark score is 75%.
  • Learning and personality styles section is 29 items with a recommended time of 30 minutes and this item is not scored.

How to register for the HESI

Create an account

You must have an Evolve student account with HESI Assessment.  To register for your HESI Distance Testing exam, you will need an Evolve Student account.  If you do not have an account, you can create an account on the Elsevier website and be sure to keep this password as you will need it when you take the HESI exam.

Register for distance testing exam

Once you have created your Evolve account, log back in and click on “Student Access” and select Register for a Distance Exam.

  1. The Department ID that you will enter is 202078 (University of Nevada, Reno – Orvis School of Nursing). Make sure that your first and last name match your government-issued photo ID with signature.  Middle name is not required.
  2. Click TAB on your keyboard to populate the information.
  3. Select the exam: RN Admission Assessment V2.
  4. Check the box “My Evolve profile is the same as it appears on my government issued photo ID.
  5. Press SUBMIT

You will receive your Eligibility ID within 1 to 3 business days via email from Elsevier with your exam eligibility.  Be sure to check your spam/junk folder for this notification.  Keep the eligibility code as you will need it when you take the HESI exam.

Schedule an exam with a Prometric Testing Center

Visit the Prometric Testing Center website and click on Test Taker and type in “Elsevier” in the search box for Test Owner Search.  Click on Elsevier and then click on the link on the left to “Schedule Exam.”  Scroll to the bottom of each page and check the boxes that apply.  Type in your eligibility code when prompted and enter the first four characters of your last name.  From this point, follow the prompts selecting the location, date and time for the exam.  You will also be asked to pay for the service.  Keep the confirmation number received following payment.

Information from the Reno Brainseed Testing (Prometric) Center Staff

We are looking forward to working with you this year!  We want to make your testing experience with us as stress free as possible.

When you set up your account with Prometric

  • Fill in all the areas on your account – phone number is especially important.
  • Register with your name EXACTLY as it is shown on your identification.
  • Identification required: Driver’s License or Passport.
  • Choose the site where you will be testing – 2205 Reno, Nevada
  • If you are unable to get the exact day and time you want, it is because that time is already filled by another candidate. We are not able to set or change appointments at this site – it must be done online.

The day before your appointment, we will call you to remind you of your appointment.  This is why it is so important that you register with a phone number so we can contact you.

Day of your appointment

  • Know your EVOLVE password as you will need it to take the exam. Bring it with you.  This is the password you set up with Elsevier, not with Prometric.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your check-in time.
  • Your testing station has been reserved for you for approximately 4 hours.
  • You will be able to take unscheduled breaks during your appointment time – consider that your test time will continue to count down on any break.
  • You will be offered a locker to store all of your personal items.
  • You may wear a sweater in the testing lab. Outer wear is not allowed.
  • You will be asked to remove any jewelry (watches, earrings, etc.).
  • Cell phones must be turned off and stored in your locker.
  • You will be asked to review the Rules and Regulations of Brainseed Testing and then you will be asked to be seated in the order of arrival.

Once you go into the Admin area to begin the check-in process, you will be security checked (pockets, sleeves, etc.) and the security wand will be run to detect any electronic devices.

You will then meet with our Test Center Administrator who will guide you through the check-in process and explain the supplies you will receive and set you up at your workstation.

The calculator feature is not enabled in all exams.  You may not bring a physical calculator.

At the end of your exam, you will be provided with a printout showing your score.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us (775) 825-1672.