Dr. Jan Olson By: Dr. Jan Olson
HESI A2 Reading Practice Test

A HESI reading test is one of the best ways to prepare for the reading portion of the HESI exam. Use our practice exams below to begin your studies.

You will find passages and questions similar to what will be tested on the actual exam when using our materials.

Summary: Take our HESI reading comprehension practice test below. For help with other subjects, visit our HESI A2 practice test home.

You will find 3 different HESI A2 reading comprehension practice tests below. Take each one and see how you do.

Use the answer explanations at the end of each exam to help you better understand why an answer was correct or incorrect.

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You can practice for other sections of the exam by visiting our free HESI practice test hub.

Compare different HESI prep courses to find an option that fits your needs.

HESI reading is 1 of 8 potential sections you may be given when taking your HESI nursing exam. It is one of the more common sections given to students.

If you are required to take this portion of the exam, you can expect the following:

  • 55 total questions
  • 60 minutes to complete

The 55 questions will quiz you on various topics like:

  • Main Idea
  • Supporting Details
  • Meaning of Words
  • Purpose
  • Tone
  • Facts and Opinions
  • Logical Inferences
  • Summarizing

HESI Reading Overview

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If you feel comfortable with the reading section, practice other sections by visiting our HESI A2 practice exam home.

How many questions are on the HESI reading section?

There are 55 total questions.

How much time will I have on the HESI reading section?

You will have 60 total minutes to complete the section. To keep pace, you will need to spend less than 65 seconds per question.

Is there a passing score for HESI reading?

There is not a universal passing score. Each school or program sets their own standards. Most schools like to see their students above the 70-75% range.