HESI A2 Practice Test

If you need help studying for the HESI A2 test or just want some more information about what the test is like, you’ve come to the right place.

Click below to take a free HESI A2 practice test!

What’s on the HESI A2?

The HESI A2 test is actually split into eight subtests, each covering a different subject. Depending on where you take the test, the time limit and number of questions in each subtest may be a little different, but there are generally around 300 questions in total across the full test.

Here’s the good news: you likely won’t be asked to take all eight subtests.

It all depends on the program, but you may only need to take the subtests that cover more basic knowledge, like math, reading comprehension, grammar, etc. Some programs will ask you to also take the biology and anatomy subtests, and others will require the chemistry and/or physics subtests as well.

Be sure to check with your program administrators so you know exactly which subjects you need to study for!

Let’s take a closer look at each HESI A2 subtest.

55 questions

  • Basic Addition and Subtraction
  • Basic Multiplication (Whole Numbers)
  • Basic Division (Whole Numbers)
  • Decimals
  • Fractions
  • Multiplication of Fractions
  • Division of Fractions
  • Changing Fractions to Decimals
  • Changing Decimals to Fractions
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Percentages
  • 12-Hour Clock versus Military Time
  • Algebra

50 questions

  • Identifying the Main Idea
  • Identifying Supporting Details
  • Finding the Meaning of Words in Context
  • Identifying a Writer’s Purpose and Tone
  • Distinguishing between Fact and Opinion
  • Making Logical Inferences
  • Summarizing

50 questions

  • Etymology
  • Verbal Ability
  • Nursing-Specific Word Knowledge
  • Healthcare-Specific Word Knowledge

50 questions

  • Eight Parts of Speech
  • Nine Important Terms to Understand
  • Ten Common Grammatical Mistakes
  • Five Suggestions for Success
  • Fifteen Troublesome Word Pairs
  • Summary

30 questions

  • Biology Basics
  • Water
  • Biologic Molecules
  • Metabolism
  • The Cell
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Cellular Reproduction
  • Genetics
  • DNA

30 questions

  • Scientific Notation, the Metric System, and Temperature Scales
  • Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Chemical Equations
  • Reaction Rates, Equilibrium, and Reversibility
  • Solutions and Solution Concentrations
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Stoichiometry
  • Oxidation and Reduction
  • Acids and Bases
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

30 questions

  • General Terminology
  • Histology
  • Mitosis and Meiosis
  • Skin
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Nervous System
  • Endocrine System
  • Circulatory System
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Urinary System
  • Reproductive System

25 questions

  • Nature of Motion
  • Acceleration
  • Projectile Motion
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Friction
  • Rotation
  • Uniform Circular Motion
  • Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy
  • Linear Momentum and Impulse
  • Universal Gravitation
  • Waves and Sound
  • Light
  • Optics
  • Atomic Structure
  • The Nature of Electricity
  • Magnetism and Electricity

How to Register

To get started with the registration process, you’ll need to contact your school/program. They will provide you with all of the information you need to get started, including which sections of the test you’ll take and what the exact time limit is.

The fee for the HESI A2 test will differ for every school/organization.

HESI A2 Study Guide and Flashcards

Get practice questions, detailed study lessons, and complex subjects broken down into easily understandable concepts.

HESI A2Study Guide

HESI A2 Scores

Once you have completed the test, the hard part is over!

You should get a score notification on the screen as soon as you finish the test, and you can pick up a score report before you leave the testing center.

One of the perks of the HESI is that there is technically no way to “fail” the test!

How is that possible?

Well, because your HESI A2 scores are used by schools as an evaluation tool, there is no predetermined passing score to achieve. Different schools and programs will be looking for different HESI scores, so what counts as “passing” is totally up to them.

Retaking the Exam

If you did not get the score you wanted on your first try, that’s okay! Most schools will let you retake the test after a waiting period.

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Online HESI A2 Prep Course

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  • Review Lessons Covering Every Topic
  • 3,250+ HESI A2 Practice Questions
  • More than 550 Digital Flashcards
  • Over 150 Instructional Videos
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Is the HESI exam hard?


Yes, this is known to be a competitive and somewhat difficult exam.


How long is the HESI exam?


The length of the exam depends on which sections you are required to take.


How many questions are on the HESI?


Each section contains roughly 25-55 questions.

Self-Assessment Modules

Math Practice
English Practice