Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) is a United States company that provides exams and other study material to help prepare student nurses for their professional licensure exam. Schools often use HESI to help predict the student's likelihood of success in tests such as the NCLEX-RN.[1] Their Admission Assessment (A2) Exam are used as a baseline entrance criterion by some nursing schools. This exam is computerized and administered online in a four-hour setting.[citation needed]

HESI was acquired by Elsevier in 2006.[2]

Exam content

The exam is 315 minutes (5 hours and 15 minutes) and consists of 310 questions. There are up to 8 topics covered in separate subtests: Reading, Vocabulary & General Knowledge, Grammar, Basic Math Skills, Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology and Physics.[3] Different programs may require different combinations of these subjects.

Exit Exam (E2)

Many schools use the E2 exam 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]

See also


  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. ^ Admission Assessment Exam Review. Elsevier Health Sciences. 2020. ISBN 9780323582261.
  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.