Available Testing


The HESI A2 Test is a comprehensive exam that evaluates the academic and social skills of new applicants to the nursing program. This exam evaluates a student’s math skills, reading skills, science knowledge, vocabulary, social interaction, stress level, learning style, and personality profile.

MATH: Focuses on math skills for health care fields including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, and general math facts.

READING: Provides reading scenarios over medical topics in order to measure reading comprehension, identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, and making logical inferences.

VOCABULARY/GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Contains vocabulary terms that are used commonly in both general English speaking and in the health care fields.

ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY: Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.

PERSONALITY PROFILE: Uses concepts related to introversion and extroversion to classify the student’s personality style.

LEARNING STYLE: Assesses the preferred learning style of the prospective applicant and offers test-taking and study tips suited to that learning style.

Degree Program Score Requirements

  • In order to apply to the Associate Degree of Nursing program students must complete all six sections and have a passing score of 80% in Reading, and 75% in Math and A&P.
  • The Vocational Nursing program at Tyler Junior College requires a minimum score of 70% in Reading and Math. A minimum score is not required on the Anatomy and Physiology section of the HESI, but extra points will be given for scores greater than 70%.

When and where can a student take the exam?

The Nursing Program offers the HESI A2 exam in the Testing Center at Tyler Junior College. Depending on demand an appointment may be necessary otherwise testing is administered on a first come - first test basis. HESI A2 testing will not be administered 4 hours before closing. Visit http://www.tjc.edu/testing for testing hours. If the student completes the exam at another institution, the institution can fax the scores to:

    If applying for the ADN program - by fax 903-596-7923 or by mail Tyler Junior College, Associate Degree Nursing, PO Box 9020, Tyler, TX 75711-9020.
  • If applying to the VNE program - by fax 903-510-2592 or mail at Tyler Junior College Vocational Nursing Education Program, PO Box 9020, Tyler, TX 75711-9020

How much does the HESI A2 cost and what do I need to take the exam?

The cost of the exam is $50.00 for Tyler Junior College students. The student must pay for the exam and present a receipt to complete the exam. Payment can be made at the Testing Center or the Cashier’s Office in White Administration Building. The Cashier will accept check, credit card, money order or cash payments. Along with receipt of payment, the student will need to present a photo ID. Calculators may be used during the exam and are provided by the Testing Center.

Prior to testing students must create an account with Elsevier at www.hesiinet.com. Instructions on how to create an account and directions for testing will be given when the HESI ticket is given. Students must see an academic advisor in Nursing and Health Sciences located on the second floor of Rogers Student Center for the HESI ticket. Students will have four hours to test.

Can a student retest?

The HESI A2 may only be taken twice (one test, one retest) in one semester, including long summer, to achieve a passing score. If the minimum passing score is not reached on the first attempt, the student may retest in that area once per semester. Two hours are allowed on the retest. Passing scores are good for two years.

Is there a study guide?

A study guide can be purchased at www.elsevier.com or at various bookstores: "Admission Assessment Exam Review", 3rd edition - approximate cost is $43.00, ISBN 978-1-4557-0333-3.