Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) is a United States company that provides exams and other study material to help prepare nursing and allied health students for their professional licensure exams. Schools often use HESI exams to help predict the student's likelihood of success in tests such as the NCLEX-RN.[1]

HESI was acquired by Elsevier in 2006.[2]

Admission Assessment (A2)

The HESI Admission Assessment (A2) is a standardized, computer-based admission test used by some nursing and allied health programs.[3]

The exam is 285 minutes (4 hours and 45 minutes) and consists of 275 scored questions. There are eight topics covered in separate subtests: grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge, basic math skills, anatomy and physiology, biology, and chemistry.[3]

Exit Exam (E2)

Many schools use the HESI Exit Exam (E2) to assess students preparedness for the NCLEX exam. E2 results also have a role in assessing the effectiveness of the school's curriculum and faculty.[4]

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  1. ^ Morrison, S; Adamson, C; Nibert, A; Hsia, S (2008). "HESI exams: an overview of reliability and validity". Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 26 (5 Suppl): 39S–45S. doi:10.1097/01.NCN.0000336442.01671.c6. PMID 18791390. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) joins Elsevier". Elsevier. 9 January 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b Riley, Tracy; Gouveia, Christine (2022). "2022 Scientific Evidence for the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) for Nursing and Healthcare Education Programs" (PDF). Elsevier. Archived (PDF) from the original on 31 March 2024. Retrieved 12 May 2024.
  4. ^ Zweighaft, EL (2013). "Impact of HESI specialty exams: the ninth HESI Exit Exam validity study". Journal of Professional Nursing. 29 (2): S10–S16. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2012.06.011. PMID 23566499.