Free Hesi A2 Practice Tests

Free Practice Tests for the HESI A2

HESI Practice Tests are an ideal way to prepare for your upcoming HESI A2 exam. In order to get into your chosen Nursing School, you will need to score well on the HESI.

Our directory of free HESI A2 practice tests are listed below.  Taking sample questions is an effective way to study for your entrance exams.  Our free HESI Admission Assessment sample tests provide you with an opportunity to assess how well you are prepared for the actual HESI test, and then concentrate on the areas you need work on.

HESI Practice Tests

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  • HESI Grammar – Complete grammar review with practice questions.
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HESI A2 Exam Overview

The HESI entrance exam is formally referred to as the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam.  The HESI exam consists of a total of 10 different exams, covering the areas of:

  • Math - 50 question exam with 50 minute time limit.  Evaluates a students math skills as related to health care.  Math skills that are tested include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, ratios, proportions, fractions and decimals.  A large portion of the exam will include conversions, household measures and dosage calculations.
  • Reading - 47 question exam with 60 minute time limit.  The reading comprehension exam will measure a students capability to understand reading passages.  These reading passages will typically be health care related.  Students will be required to identify a primary theme, find the meaning of phrases in context, determine logical inferences and understand reading passages.
  • Vocabulary - 50 question exam with 50 minute time limit.  Students are tested on the grasp of various health care related terms.
  • Grammar - 50 question exam with 50 minute time limit.  Basic grammar principles are evaluated.  These include important terms, their uses in grammar, common grammatical errors, and parts of speech.
  • Biology - Typically given if Biology is a required pre-requisite. 25 question exam with 25 minute time limit.  The biology test will cover metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, biological molecules and biology basics.
  • Chemistry - Typically given if Chemistry is a required pre-requisite of your nursing program. 25 question exam with a 25 minute time limit.  The Chemistry exam will cover: the periodic table, atomic structure, chemical equations, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry and matter.
  • Anatomy and Physiology - Usually required if Anatomy and Physiology is a pre-requisite.  25 minute exam with 25 minute time limit.  The A&P exam will cover anatomical structures, general terminology, and systems.
  • Physics - Usually required if Physics is a pre-requisite course for your school.  25 question exam with 50 minute time limit.  The Physics exam will evaluate a student's understanding of the following topics: rotation, gravitation, Newton's Laws of Motion, average speed, acceleration, projectile motion, light and optics, and energy.

Schools can choose to adminster any of the exams to assess a potential students fitness for their program.  Most schools choose to focus on the Math, Reading, Vocabulary and Grammar tests as a way to evaluate a student's readiness.


There are many benefits of preparing for your GED exam with practice tests.  Studying for your GED test using sample questions is one of the most effective study practices you can use.  The advantages of using sample GED tests include:

  • Concentrating Your Study - As you take more and more sample tests you begin to get a feel for the topics that you know well and the areas that you are weak on.  Many students waste a lot of valuable study time by reviewing material that they are good at (often because it is easier or makes them feel better).  The most effective way to study is to concentrate on the areas that you need help on
  • Strengthening Your Problem Solving Abilities - As you practice with our sample questions, and review the provided explanations, you will increase your ability to solve problems.  Solid problem solving skills will be crucial for you to achieve a passing score on your HESI exams, especially the mathematics portion.
  • Understanding the Exam Format - Every standardized test has its own unique format.  As you take practice HESI tests you will become comfortable with the format of the actual exam.  Once the test day arrives you will have no surprises!
  • Improving Your Speed - The HESI A2 exams are all timed.  Although most students who take the exam feel that there is sufficient time, taking the practice tests with self-imposed timers help you budget your time effectively.

HESI A2 Scores

Studies have shown a strong correlation between HESI A2 scores and first semester course grades and ultimately Nursing program completion. Each Nursing school chooses which of the subject tests (e.g., math, anatomy, etc.) that its prospective students need to take. After a student takes the exam, the institution will receive two types of scores: individual percentage based scores for each subject exam and an overall composite score for all of the exams that were taken by the student.

Each nursing program determines its own requirements for admissions - there are no minimum passing scores set by the exam creator (Elsevier).  Elsevier and many institutions, however, do believe that a minimum composite score of 75% and minimum individual exam scores of 70% are required for a student to be successful in their Nursing program.

Score guidelines for each of the subject tests are shown below:


Vocabulary knowledge has been shown to be an effective measure of adult IQ by several studies. Your vocabulary scores indicate:

  • 90% to 100% (Excellent) - Student has at least a tenth grade reading level. The student is capable of reading and understanding typical nursing textbooks.
  • 80% to 89% (Very Good) - Student will most likely be successful in Nursing school, but may require additional reading time for comprehension.  Student will also spend more time determining the meaning of terms that they do not know.
  • 75% to 79% (Satisfactory) - Reading assignments will be harder and require more time for a student.  Student may require additional tutoring.
  • Below 75% (Needs Improvement) - Student will require more formal help in reading and vocabulary prior to entering the Nursing program.


The HESI math test evaluates a student's math skills at a minimum tenth grade level.  Your math scores can be evaluated as follows:

  • 90% to 100% (Excellent) - Student demonstrates ability to calculate all levels of medication administration.
  • 80% to 89% (Very Good) - Student is capable of calculating basic medication administration but should seek help to calculate higher level calculations
  • 75% to 79% (Satisfactory) - Student will need assistance in performing medication calculations
  • Below 75% (Needs Improvement) - Student will require formal math remediation, either prior to entering a nursing program or with entry level courses.


The HESI A2 Grammar test assess a student's basic grammar skills at a tenth grade level.  The grammar scores indicate:

  • 90% to 100% (Excellent) - Students are fully capable of producing grammatically correct writing assignments with little difficulty.  Student should be capable of understanding typical nursing textbooks.
  • 80% to 89% (Very Good) - Student is capable of completing a grammatically correct writing assignment.  Student may, however, require that the assignment be proofread prior to submission.
  • 75% to 79% (Satisfactory) - Student may struggle with grammar with both written assignments as well as verbal communications.  Student would find outside help with English and Grammar to be beneficial.
  • Below 75% (Needs Improvement) - Student should attend a English/Grammar remediation program prior to entry into a Nursing program.


The HESI Reading test evaluates a student's comprehension and basic reading skills at a tenth grade level.  The reading comprehension scores predict:

  • 90% to 100% (Excellent) - Student is fully capable of reading and understanding a typical nursing textbook.
  • 80% to 89% (Very Good) - Student should comprehend most of the information in a Nursing textbook, but may need to spend more time on more complex topics.
  • 75% to 79% RN/70% to 79% PN (Satisfactory) - Students may struggle keeping pace with heavy reading assignments.
  • Below 75% RN/Below 70% PN (Needs Improvement) - Student will require more formal help in reading.


These tests attempt to evaluate a student's understanding of the subject matter.  These tests are typically given if a nursing program requires the subject as a pre-requisite.

  • 90% to 100% (Excellent) - Student displays a thorough knowledge of the subject.  Student should demonstrate success in the sciences required of a Nursing program.
  • 80% to 89% (Very Good) - Student should be well prepared for entry into the Nursing program.
  • 75% to 79% (Satisfactory) - Student demonstrates satisfactory knowledge of the subject, but may require additional assistance and/or tutoring.
  • Below 75% (Needs Improvement) - Student requires remediation or needs to retake the subject prior to entry.

HESI Practice Tests are one of the most effective ways to study for your Nursing Entrance Exam.  The sample questions give you a feel for how the actual test will be delivered.  In addition, studying with sample practice questions allows you to assess what areas you are strong on and what areas you are weak on.