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HESI RN Admission Assessment (A2)

As of February 2010, the standardized nursing admission assessment was changed from the NET to the HESI RN Admission Assessment (A2). The HESI A2 evaluates basic academic skills found to be important to students’ success in the nursing program. Skill areas covered on the assessment are math, reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar. In addition, learning style and personality profile modules will be included.

To prepare for the HESI A2, students may consider purchasing the study guide published by Mosby/Elsevier titled the "Admission Assessment Exam Review", third edition (Print Book ISBN: 9781455703333; eBook ISBN: 9781455738298). The study guide is available for purchase in the JC Book Store, on reserve in the Library or for use in the Center for Student Success.

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What is the HESI A2?

The HESI A2 is an assessment that measures a student’s Basic Math and English skills. The assessment is divided into two areas; an Academic Section and a Personal Assessment Section.

The required modules in the Academic Section are:

  • Math
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

The HESI A2 is not an assessment of nursing knowledge; however, for the Vocabulary Section, students will need to be familiar with general vocabulary words used in the health care field.

The Personal Assessment Section consists of a learning style assessment and a personality profile. The Personal Assessments are intended to give the student information about their study habits and academic dispositions.

Why do I have to take the HESI A2?

The HESI A2 is designed to assess an applicant’s academic readiness and predictor for success in the nursing program. Students who do not meet standard scores in math and reading comprehension are more likely to have difficulty with the rigors of the nursing curriculum. Conversely, students who have high scores tend to do well. HESI A2 results are utilized, along with other program admission requirements, to determine a student’s eligibility to be accepted into a nursing program. Minimum scores are required for entry into the ADN and LPN to ADN programs.

Applicants to the PN program must take the HESI RN Admission Assessment (A2) but minimum scores are not required at this time.

You must be, or become, a Jackson College student to take the HESI A2.

What scores do I need to achieve and what do the scores mean?

Minimum scores of 75% in Math and 75 % in English Composite are required. The English Composite score is the average of the reading comprehension vocabulary and grammar sections. The scores are intended to direct the student in identifying academic strengths and areas for improvement. Based on the scores, students may benefit from remedial activities.

When should I take the HESI A2?

Students should plan on taking the HESI A2 after completing any developmental courses in reading, writing and/or math; and after the prerequisite Math course is completed. Students are advised to take the assessment early enough in the sequence of pre-requite courses to allow time to improve skills and retake if necessary. Kimberly Seaburg, the Nursing Advisor, can assist you in planning the right time to take the HESI A2. You can schedule an appointment with Kimberly at 517.796.8452 or SeaburgKimberlG@jccmi.edu.

The HESI A2 must be completed by:

  • June 20: for Fall ADN applicants
  • July 18: for Fall LPN-ADN applicants
  • November 7: for Winter ADN & PN applicants

THE HESI A2 DOES NOT HAVE TO BE TAKEN BEFORE
THE NURSING APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED.

Maintain a copy of your HESI A2 scores for your records.

How many times can I take the HESI A2?

The HESI A2 can be taken a maximum of 3 times. If you do not achieve the minimum scores the first time, you must take time to work on improving the basic academic skills before attempting to take the HESI A2 again. Students who attribute a poor performance on the assessment to a bad day and who rush to take it again without preparation typically have the same result. It takes practice and work to improve scores.

PREVIOUS NET TEST SCORES: Your NET test scores count as your original assessment test. Repeating the NET scores counts in the HESI A2 repeat total.

How can I prepare to take the HESI A2?

Utilize the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review Book to prepare for the assessment. The study guide is available for purchase in the Bookstore. In addition, 2 copies are on reserve in the Library and one copy is available for review in the Center for Student Success. The book may also be purchased directly from the publisher at:

http://www.elsevier.com
  • Go to the Search: Type in, “Admission Assessment Exam Review”; then ‘Enter.’
  • Click on “Admission Assessment Exam Review”, then “Info/Buy” and the web page will take you to the purchase page.

Other Math sources to explore are:

For English support try:

How do I register for the HESI A2?

There are two steps to the registration process:

  1. With the date selected, contact Sue Lewis, Nursing Coordinator (JW 241, 517.796.8424 or at lewissusanj@jccmi.edu) to register for the HESI A2.
    • You will need to provide your full name, address, telephone number and your JC e-mail address.
      Sue will forward payment instructions to you at this address about two (2) weeks before your
      test date.
  2. The payment process is below under “Steps for Purchasing HESI A2 Access.” Complete instructions are in this area. Please use your JC e-mail for all Nursing Department communication.

Access to the HESI A2 may only be purchased with the use of a valid credit or credit/debit card. Cash, checks or money orders are not accepted. All orders are final. There will be no refund. Upon completion of the access purchase, a receipt will be sent to you via e-mail. A printed copy of this receipt must be presented to Sue at the time of the scheduled assessment session.

The HESI A2 will be given in Justin Whiting (JW), Room 101 on the following days and times:

For a Fall 2014 Admission

Friday, March 14 1 – 5 p.m.*
Friday, April 18 9 – 1 p.m.
Friday, May 9 1 – 5 p.m.*
Friday, May 23 9 – 1 p.m.
Friday, June 6 1 – 5 p.m.*
Friday, June 20 9 – 1 p.m.

For Fall 2014 or
Winter 2015 Admission

Friday, July 18 9 – 1 p.m.

For a Winter 2015 Admission

Friday, July 18 9 – 1 p.m.
Friday, August 1 9 – 1 p.m.*
Friday, September 19 1 – 5 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 9 – 1 p.m.
Friday, October 24 1 – 5 p.m.*
Friday, November 7 9 – 1 p.m.

* Please note time change.

Seat space is limited. You must attend on the date you are registered for. Late arrivals will not be allowed to sit. The door will close and the assessment will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

How much does the HESI A2 cost?

The cost of the HESI A2 is currently $34.00 each time the assessment is taken. It must be paid by a valid credit card or debit/credit card.

Can I take the HESI A2 at another school and transfer the scores to JC?

Unless you are a transfer student, JC students MUST take the HESI A2 at JC. If you have scores with another school, within the last five years (5), you must contact Elsevier, and for a $15.00 fee they will transfer a copy here. The contact is transcripts@elsevier.com. Have the copy of your scores sent to Sue Lewis, Nursing Coordinator, Jackson College, 2111 Emmons Road, Jackson, MI 49201.

What should I expect when taking the assessment?

The HESI A2 is a secured assessment and will be administered on a computer in the Justin Whiting (JW) Hall. The assessment will be proctored by Sue Lewis, the Nursing Coordinator. Prior to the beginning of the assessment, students must agree with the terms and conditions of the posted Confidentiality Agreement. This agreement means that students will access the assessment in a responsible, ethical, secure and civil manner. No books, backpacks, cell phones or other items will be allowed in the assessment area. A calculator is available on the screen which is to be used for math calculations. Scrap paper and pencils are provided.

Students are required to bring with them to their scheduled assessment a picture ID, copy of the receipt of purchase, Evolve ID and Password, and their JC e-mail address. Students will not be allowed to sit for the exam without a picture ID and receipt of purchase.

Each section of the assessment is a separate exam and each item is separate from other items. Once an answer is submitted, it cannot be changed or viewed again. Likewise, once the exam is completed, it cannot be accessed again.

Each individual exam requires 15-50 minutes to complete, depending on the content. Students will have 4 hours to complete the required HESI A2 from the sign in process through the academic and personal assessment sections.

When will I receive my score?

Exams are scored electronically. Students will receive a detailed Summary Report before they leave the room.

Steps for Purchasing HESI A2 Access

The first thing you have to do is create an account with Evolve. You will create a Username and Password. DON’T LOSE IT! We use the electronic HESIs throughout the nursing programs, and you will have to have this Username and Password to take your HESIs, starting with the HESI A2. To complete your purchase please follow the steps below: (This has to be completed by the afternoon before you are scheduled to take the test.)

A. To Create your Evolve Username and Password:

  1. Go to the Web Site: www.evolve.elsevier.com
  2. Click on "Create an account" (right side of the screen)
  3. The window will open for you to fill in your personal information: First Name, Last Name, Email Address, etc. USE ONLY YOUR JC E-MAIL ADDRESS. This is the only email address the Nursing Department will use to communicate with you.
  4. Register as: "Student"
  5. You will receive the Confirmation Page. It provides you with your Username and Password. Your Account is set up. Write this down and don't lose it. You will need it throughout the Nursing Program.
  6. Now you’re ready to make your payment.

B. Make Your Payment:

You will receive a forwarded message from Sue into your JC email account containing the payment information for the HESI you signed up for. The message is from Elsevier (the company that owns HESI). It will contain the time line and link to make payment. Once this is completed, you are ready to take the HESI exam. If you have any problems, please contact Sue at 517.796.8424.

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