HESI Admission Assessment (A2)

The standardized nursing admission assessment is the HESI 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”, fifth edition (Print Book ISBN: 9780323582261; eBook ISBN: 9780323640114). The study guide is available for purchase in the JC Book Store and is also on reserve in the Library or for use in the Center for Student Success.

2020 Hesi A2 Dates

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions proctored testing dates/site will be determined based on the college re-integration plan for safe testing administration guidelines. Stay tuned to the JC Nursing website for information regarding these updates. *Students must download Zoom, and have access to a webcam and microphone to test.

Day Date Time
Wednesday August 19, 2020 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday August 26, 2020 1 – 5 p.m.
Wednesday September 9, 2020 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friday September 25, 2020 1 – 5 p.m.
Monday October 5, 2020 1 – 5 p.m.
Wednesday October 28, 2020 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • 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 PN-C program.

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

  • 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:

    • November 1: for Winter AAS-N & PN-C applicants


  • How many times can I take the HESI A2?

    The HESI-A2 exam must be successfully completed as one condition of admission to the Nursing Program. If the HESI-A2 exam is failed, there must be a minimum of 30 days before the second attempt to allow for remediation. If the HESI-A2 exam is failed a second time, and for each time the HESI-A2 exam is failed thereafter, there must be a minimum of one year between attempts to allow for remediation.

  • 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 may 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 NursingHesiExam@jccmi.edu 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 nursing department at the time of the scheduled assessment session.

  • How much does the HESI A2 cost?

    The cost of the HESI A2 is currently $46 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 Jackson College, Nursing 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.