HESI Dental Hygiene Admission Assessment
The HESI A2 evaluates basic academic skills found to be important to students’ success in the dental hygiene 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.
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:
- Reading Comprehension
The HESI A2 is not an assessment of dental hygiene 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 dental hygiene program. Students who do not meet standard scores in math and reading comprehension are more likely to have difficulty with the rigors of the dental hygiene 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 dental hygiene program. Minimum scores are required for entry into the dental hygiene programs.
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. An academic advisor can assist you in planning the right time to take the HESI A2.
The HESI A2 must be completed by:
- End of Spring Term: for Fall applicants
THE HESI A2 DOES NOT HAVE TO BE TAKEN BEFORE THE DENTAL HYGIENE 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 2 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.
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:
- 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 and pay for the HESI A2?
With your date selected, e-mail email@example.com to register and pay for the HESI A2.
- You will need to provide your full name, and your JC e-mail address. Jackson College will forward registration and payment instructions to you at this address.
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 the Jackson College allied health department at the time of the scheduled assessment session.
SESSION DATES TBA
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.
How much does the HESI A2 cost?
The cost of the HESI A2 is currently $38.00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Have the copy of your scores sent to Jackson College, Allied Health Department, 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. 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.