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Assessment (A2) Review Faqs

The HESI Admission Assessment (A2) is an admission requirement for all applicants to Chamberlain University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. Find the answers to some frequently-asked questions about the HESI entrance exam below:

What is the HESI Admission Assessment (A2)?

All applicants for the pre-licensure programs are required to complete the HESI A2 prior to admission. The HESI A2 consists of seven required academic exams, a personality profile and a learning style assessment. 

How much time do I have to complete the HESI Admission Assessment (A2)?

Total time allotted to complete the exam at a Chamberlain campus or via remote proctoring is 315 minutes (5 hours and 15 minutes), including short breaks equaling a total of 30 minutes. Once time has expired, the HESI A2 will automatically end with no option to re-enter. Applicants must schedule the exam during their admission interview.

What is tested?

English Language

  • Exam 1 — Reading Comprehension: Provides reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension, identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc.
    • 55 items
  • Exam 2 — Vocabulary & General Knowledge: Contains vocabulary terms that are used commonly in both general English speaking and in the healthcare fields.
    • 55 items
  • Exam 3 — Grammar: Contains basic grammar, including parts of speech, important terms and their uses in grammar, commonly occurring grammatical errors, etc.
    • 55 items


  • Exam 4 — Basic Math Skills: Focuses on math skills needed for healthcare fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general math facts, etc.
    • 55 items


  • Exam 5 — Biology: Covers biology basics, water, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, etc.
    • 30 items
  • Exam 6 — Chemistry: Contains test items that cover matter, chemical equations and reactions, the periodic table, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, etc.
    • 30 items
  • Exam 7 — Anatomy & Physiology: Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.
    • 30 items

Personality Profile

NOTE: Complete the personality style sections after the seven required academic exams. The completion of these two sections will not impact your overall custom score.
  • Personality Profile: Identifies the individual’s dominant personality type, strengths, weaknesses, and suggested learning techniques.
    • 15 items
  • Learning Style: Assesses the preferred learning style of the prospective applicant and offers test-taking and study tips suited for that learning style.
    • 14 items
  • Critical Thinking: Assess critical thinking in 4 areas: problem solving, biases and ethical dilemmas, argument analysis, and analysis of data.
    • 25 items

How is the HESI A2 scored?

Individual scores are provided for each exam and the scores are combined to provide sub-scores in the academic areas listed above. Any of the seven academic exams not completed within the allotted time frame will e counted as a zero in the overall HESI A2 custom score.

HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Review Preparation

How should I prepare?

A study booklet, Admission Assessment Exam Review (Elsevier Health Services), can be ordered online
Chapter 8: Physics will not be included in testing.

What should I bring with me if I'm testing onsite at a campus?

Bring only photo identification to testing. Testing supplies will be issued, including paper, a pencil and calculator. Do not bring any personal items to testing.

What steps can I take to prepare for my remote proctored HESI A2?

Please refer to the HESI A2 Online Remote Proctoring FAQ for information on test preparation.

What if I don’t pass the HESI (A2) Exam the first time?

The HESI A2 is not pass/fail. Applicants have the option to retake the test one time prior to admission committee review. 

All applicants for pre-licensure programs are required to complete HESI Admission Assessment (A2) at a Chamberlain location, via an approved remote proctoring vendor, or at a Prometric approved location prior to being deemed academically eligible and should test within 3 to 5 days of the initial application date.* All applicants taking the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) are required to have a Chamberlain ID number and present it at time of testing. An applicant may retake the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) only once prior to admission committee review. Applicants who are not accepted or do not start within six consecutive sessions of their original intended start date will be required to retake the HESI Admission Assessment (A2).

* Availability varies by campus location.

Do you have more questions about the HESI A2? Our Chamberlain admission representatives are happy to help! You can reach out to your admission representative directly, or call us at 855-294-7205.