About the Exam

Prospective PN students will take the HESI entrance exam covering three areas: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, and Grammar. It will take approximately three hours to complete all three sections. Prospective students must achieve a cumulative score of 70% or higher and meet all other admissions requirements to be accepted.

Preparing for the Exam

To prepare for the HESI exam, refresh your knowledge on the following topics:

  • Reading comprehension: multiple questions over a number of short readings
  • Vocabulary: meaning and synonyms of English words, not medical terminology
  • Grammar: correcting sentences, identifying correct/incorrect usage of words

Study Resources

  • Textbook: HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review (4th Edition, Chapters 1-4)
  • Websites
  • Apps: HESI A2 Pocket Prep, Evolve Reach (by McGraw Hill)
Important Information about the Entrance Exam
  • Arrive at HCN or the designated testing facility 15 minutes before your scheduled test time.
  • Bring a valid photo ID.
  • A calculator will be available on your computer screen for portions of the QAS exam.
  • Scrap paper will be provided for you.