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What is the HESI exam?

The Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) exam assesses applicant academic readiness for nursing education programs.

Applicants for the ADN and LVN to ADN Curriculum Track program must complete the HESI ADN assessment during the application period. Applicants for the LVN program must complete the HESI PN assessment during the application period. The first attempt score (per year) is the score used to assess readiness.

ProgramHESI ExamApplication Dates
LVNHESI PNJune 1st- July 31st
LVN to ADNHESI RNDecember 1st- January 31st
ADNHESI RNDecember 1st- January 31st

HESI- PN Assessment Areas

The HESI- PN has six assessment areas:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Basic Math
  • Grammar
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary & General Knowledge
  • Critical Thinking

HESI- RN Assessment Areas

The HESI- RN has six assessment areas:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Basic Math
  • Grammar
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary & General Knowledge
  • Critical Thinking

The HESI exam is computerized and timed. The length of the exam will be 4 hours and 45 minutes. You will be allowed breaks but keep in mind that the timer does not stop. Testing format is multiple-choice items with one correct answer.

Your HESI Score

A competitive HESI score is at or above the National Percentile Rank. A score below this rank indicates the applicant is not ready for the nursing program.

Areas of improvement will be evident and shown on printed score results. A Score Explanation and Interpretation is part of the score results. Nursing program faculty and staff are not permitted to comment on or review HESI results with applicants.

Unfortunately, there will be no retests allowed. Each student will be allowed one attempt per  year from date of testing.

Study Resources

HESI A2 Study Guide book is available in the Brazosport College bookstore, through online vendors, and the college’s Library or you may access the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review ebook.

The following are also helpful study resources:

Have questions about the HESI exam? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Register to take the exam On-Campus

Step 1: Register for the Exam

Create an Evolve Account and Submit the Registration Form & Pay Assessment Fees

Required Evolve Account

In order to complete the registration form for the exam, you will need to create an Evolve account. Please visit to create an account using a valid email address.

You will also need the username assigned to you from Evolve (this is different from your email address) and your password on the day of the exam.

You will need to submit the HESI Registration Form and payment for the exam fee of $65.

Register to take the HESI Assessment

The fee for the HESI exam is NON-REFUNDABLE.

If you need testing accommodations you may contact the Office of Disability Counselor, Phil Robertsontwo weeks prior to test date.

Please Note: Applicants that need to cancel or reschedule from their original registration date must wait until the last testing date. Please contact the testing center to reschedule at

Step 2: On the Day of the Exam

You must have a photo ID for the check-in process, no exceptions. Please have your Evolve account information, and HESI receipt.

Please Note: You may use a calculator on the HESI A2, but you are not allowed to use your own. There will be a “calculator” button available on-screen for every question that requires math. Simply click on the button to open up the calculator, then click on the numbers to do your calculation.

Assessment Center Hours

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Contact Us

Corrina Bickham
Senior Administrative Office Assistant
Assessment Center

Arnold Ramirez
Director of Counseling and Testing

Counseling & Testing