HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam Information

The NMSU Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program requires that all applicants complete the Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) Admissions Assessment (A2) Exam, an entry level, standardized exam designed for pre-nursing students.

Where do I take the HESI A2 Exam?

The HESI A2 Exam can be taken at a Prometric testing center on a date that is scheduled by the student. The NMSU School of Nursing also offers two Saturday testing dates each semester. Email announcements about the campus testing dates and locations are sent to pre-nursing students by email and posted through Canvas. Contact the School of Nursing Advising Office at 575-646-7311 or nursing@nmsu.edu to sign up for the campus testing dates.

DO NOT take the HESI A2 Exam at DACC or any other school. The DACC nursing program requires that students complete different sections of the exam and they cannot tailor it to our requirements.

When should I take the HESI A2 Exam?

Pre-nursing students should take the HESI A2 in the months prior to their target BSN application deadline. The exam will need to be completed and the score available before the following application deadlines:

    • September 1st for Spring semester admission
    • February 1st for Fall semester admission

If you are taking your exam at Prometrics, you must schedule the exam well in advance of the BSN program application deadline since space is limited. We recommend you take Version # 1 at least a month before the deadline date so that if you need to take it again, you have time to take Version # 2 before the deadline.

How much does the HESI A2 Exam cost?

At a Prometric testing center, the cost is approximately $120-140 for the exam and test administration. The NMSU School of Nursing does not charge for the test administration, therefore the cost of the exam is $50.

Am I required to take all sections of the HESI A2 Exam?

No. The NMSU BSN programs requires that applicants complete the following sections on the HESI examination:

    1. ALL English sections
    2. Math
    3. Biology
    4. Chemistry

Requirements may change, therefore it is important to contact the advising office to get the most up to date information.

What score do I need to achieve HESI A2 Exam?

You must score a minimum score of 75% in each category for Math, Biology and Chemistry, and a minimum cumulative score of 75% in English. However, your HESI A2 score is worth 50% of your BSN program admission score, therefore a higher score will improve your chances of being accepted into the nursing program. If a student takes the exam more than once, a composite score will be calculated based on the highest scores in each section from the TWO most recent exams.

What happens if I don’t achieve a 75% on one or more sections of the HESI A2 Exam or want to improve my score?

In order to take Version #2 of the HESI students must request permission from a School of Nursing advisor in person or via email. Processing this request takes 24-48 hours so plan accordingly.

Student may re-take individual sections of the exam, or choose to re-take the entire exam. Please contact the School of Nursing Advising Office at 575-646-7311 or nursing@nmsu.edu.

I think that I am ready to take the HESI. What do I do next?

Contact the NMSU School of Nursing Advising Office to confirm your eligibility and to obtain the information document for the NMSU BSN HESI A2 Exam. This document has the NMSU exam identification code and more detailed information about how to take the exam. School of Nursing Advising Office: 575-646-7311 or nursing@nmsu.edu.

How many times can I take the HESI A2 Exam?

Students will be allowed to take the exam a maximum of TWO (2) times per application cycle. HESI A2 Exam scores are valid for ONE year. Applicants are permitted to attempt the HESI A2 a maximum of four (4) times.

How do I prepare for the HESI A2 Exam?

Reviewing information gained in your nursing pre-requisite courses, including textbooks and lecture notes, is the primary way to study for the HESI A2 Exam. Focus on the content areas required by the NMSU BSN program (English, Math, Biology, Chemistry).

HESI Admissions Assessment review books (with practice exams) are available at the NMSU and DACC campus bookstores. There are also review books and flashcards through online booksellers. The HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review and the HESI A2 Study Guide 2019 & 2020 are two options, however the School of Nursing does not endorse any one resource. Please note that the review books have chapters and practice exams on Physics as well as Anatomy & Physiology, which you DO NOT need to study.

A free HESI A2 Exam prep course is available through the Mometrix Test Preparation website at https://www.mometrix.com/academy/hesi-a2-study-guide/.

There are also apps for your smartphone through the App Store or Google Play:

    • HESI A2 Pocket Prep
    • HESI A2 Exam Prep

I live out of state. How do I take the HESI A2 Exam in order to apply to the NMSU BSN program?

Please contact the School of Nursing Advising Office at 575-646-7311 or nursing@nmsu.edu.

Download the HESI FAQs here.