AAS Admission Testing

The HESI A2 Entrance Exam testing cycle opens in October and runs through March each year.

Successful completion of the HESI A2 is required for admission to either the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing programor the Certificate in Practical Nursing program.  For a full list of admissions requirements please see the linked program pages.

Only students who are not currently licensed practical nurses and are applying for the Certificate in Practical Nursing program or the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree program may sit for the HESI® A2 Entrance Exam during the October – February testing cycle. Students who are already licensed in practical nursing must  follow the APO Admissions Testing cycle.

Health Education Systems Inc. Admissions Assessment (HESI® A2)

The Health Education Systems Inc. Admissions Assessment (HESI® A2) test is an online exam given to students interested in applying to Laurel Ridge’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing and Certificate in Practical Nursing programs. This five-option multiple-choice test includes questions on reading comprehension, mathematics, anatomy and physiology, critical thinking, and learning styles with a 4-hour maximum time limit. A calculator will be provided within the test program. Personal calculators may NOT be used for the test.

The learning styles component on the exam is not graded and is for teaching purposes only. This component on the test will allow students to identify weaknesses. They will not be utilized in determining admission into the nursing program.

The scores on reading comprehension, mathematics, anatomy and physiology, and critical thinking will be taken into consideration for admission into the nursing program.

Exam Fees

Each Attempt (subject to change)$64

Refund Policy

No refunds.

Retake Policy

Laurel Ridge nursing applicants are allowed one (1) retake  following a 7-day waiting period after their initial exam. There will be an additional $64 fee for the second attempt. Initial testing begins in October; retake testing begins in January.

Prepare for Testing

The 2024/25 HESI A2 Study Guide is available on Amazon in multiple formats. 

Currently registered students may also access HESI A2 practice exams through Brainfuse.

Drop-In Review Sessions for the HESI A2 exam will be offered through the Laurel Ridge Tutoring Center.  A math and a biology tutor will be available to answer your questions and provide resources.

No appointment necessary, simply drop into the Tutor Zoom Room anytime between 10 a.m. and Noon on any of the following Saturdays in December 2023 or January 2024.   

December 9, December 16, January 6, and January 13

Other dates may be added based on student interest.

Register for Testing

Please note that students are required to present a photo ID and a payment receipt when arriving at the Testing Center.

Accommodations Needed?

Testing accommodations are available for the HESI A2 exam. Students are required to have a letter of accommodations in order to receive alternate testing conditions for the HESI A2 exam.

In order to best facilitate testing accommodations, please follow these instructions:

  1. Students who require testing accommodations will need to first contact the Office of Accommodations and Disability Services to obtain a letter for any necessary accommodations.
  2. Once a letter of accommodations is acquired, the student must then forward the letter to the Testing Center where testing will take place:
  1. The student will then be contacted to schedule a new testing date, depending on the accommodations, and receive further instructions on how to register for the exam.

Score Reports and Remediation

Instructions for Accessing your HESI A2 Exam Score Report

  1. Log on to evolve.elsevier.com
  2. Click on Student Access
  3. Click on Admission Assessment Report under Exam History (this is for the bar graph page of the HESI—Save this document as PDF.
  4. Go back to My Exams
  5. Click on the plus sign (+) next to Admissions Assessment Report
  6. Critical Thinking will appear in the drop-down list. Click on the link “View Results”
  7. Click on “Results Report” under View Your Detailed Scoring Report on the right
  8. Save this document as PDF

HESI Next Generation EXAM REMEDIATION Video Instructions.  Please note, exam remediation is provided, but is not required.

Finding Your Payment Receipt

To locate the payment receipt, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your account at evolve.elsevier.com
  2. Go to My Evolve (if on a phone, you can find this by clicking on the three-line menu in the upper left corner).
  3. Go to the My Other Products tab and click on Student Access.
  4. Click on the Payments tab and then Payment History.
  5. Click on the highlighted exam name. This will open a separate window with the payment receipt. You can either print out the payment receipt or show the Testing Center staff on your phone when you arrive to test.