Reading Comprehension

Vocabulary & General Knowledge


Anatomy & Physiology


What is HESI A2?

The Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) Admission Assessment (A2) is a entrance exam that all Chamberlain Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) applicants must pass before being accepted into the program.  

The exam has:  

  • 170 Multiple-choice questions  
  • 3-hour time limit  
  • 2 exam attempts before the admission committee review 

How to Study for the HESI A2 

With the largest nursing program in the U.S., Chamberlain has helped thousands of future healthcare professionals prepare for the HESI A2. Here are tips and resources our students, nurse educators and alumni found most helpful: 

HESI A2 is an admission requirement for all applicants of Chamberlain University’s BSN Program. 



What is the HESI Admission Assessment (A2)?

All applicants of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program are required to complete the HESI A2 prior to admission. The HESI A2 consists of four required academic exams.

Can I complete the HESI A2 before applying to Chamberlain?

Only applicants with paid and approved applications can schedule and take the HESI Admission Assessment through Chamberlain. They must also have a Chamberlain student ID number. 

I’ve already taken the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam. Do I still need to take the HESI A2?

All students applying for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Chamberlain University must complete the HESI A2. 

When should I schedule a time to take the HESI A2?

We recommend that applicants schedule and test within three to five days of applying to Chamberlain University. The HESI A2 is taken in a proctored online session. 

How is the HESI A2 scored?

You must complete all four required academic exams per attempt. Individual scores are provided for each exam, and the scores are combined to provide sub-scores in the academic areas listed above. If any of the four academic exams result in a zero, the incomplete exam will count as an attempt, but the results will not be considered acceptable. 

HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Review Preparation

The HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review guide has sections on mathematics, chemistry and physics. Will I have to take those exams?

No, you’ll only take the following four required exams:  

English Language 

  • Exam 1 — Reading Comprehension: includes identifying main ideas, understanding word context, passage comprehension, and making logical inferences. (55 items) 
  • Exam 2 — Vocabulary & General Knowledge: includes vocabulary terms used frequently in English and healthcare. (55 items) 


  • Exam 3 — Biology: includes cells, molecules, water, cellular respiration, metabolism, and other basics of biology. (30 items) 
  • Exam 4 — Anatomy & Physiology: includes general terminology and anatomical structures and systems. (30 items) 
How long does it take to complete the HESI A2?

Your total time allotted is three hours, including short breaks. Once time has expired, the exam will automatically end. Applicants testing via remote proctoring must complete their attempt within two business days of accessing the exam. After two business days, if the HESI A2 is not completed, the exam will be submitted as -is. 

Where is the HESI A2 given? Is there a remote option?

You can complete the exam via remote proctoring. Please refer to the Online Remote Proctoring FAQ for information on test preparation. for information on test preparation. 

What if I don’t pass the HESI A2 the first time? Can I retake it?

Applicants have the option to retake the test one time before the admission committee review.  

What if I don’t qualify after my second attempt?

Applicants denied academic eligibility by the Chamberlain admission committee will be allowed to complete a third attempt within one year of test validity for consideration in a future session. 

I still have questions about the HESI A2. Who can I contact?

Our admission representatives are happy to help. Call us at 855.294.7205 or email us today.