Information about the HESI Admission Assessment

About the HESI Admission Assessment

Samuel Merritt University Department ID: 201772

Applicants to a pre-licensure nursing program (BSN, ABSN or ELMSN) beginning in spring 2017 or later will need to take the HESI Admission Assessment Exam, also known as the HESI A2. Scores must be available by the time you submit your application.

The HESI A2 tests applicants on three main academic areas—English Language, Math, and Science—and two personal assessment areas. Each main academic area has one or more exams that students must complete to be able to gauge a prospective students’ academic readiness.

In particular, Samuel Merritt University requires the following exams in the areas of English Language, Math, Science and Learner Profile:

English Language
Each exam includes 55 questions and lasts between 50-60 minutes.

  • 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.
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge: contains vocabulary terms that are commonly used in both general English-speaking settings and in health care fields.
  • Grammar: contains basic grammar, including parts of speech, important terms and their uses, commonly occurring grammatical errors, etc.

Math
Includes 55 questions and lasts 50 minutes.

  • Basic Math Skills: focuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general math facts, etc.

Science
Includes 30 questions and lasts 25 minutes.

  • Anatomy & Physiology: provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.

Learner Profile
Each exam includes 14 or 15 questions and lasts 15 minutes.

  • Learning Style: assesses preferred learning style.
  • Personality Profile: assesses personality related to preferred learning style.

Additional Sections

There are two additional sections of the HESI Admission Assessment (Biology and Chemistry) that are not required by Samuel Merritt University. If you are taking the exam for a college/university that requires these sections, you can present those scores to us, but we will only consider the scores for the sections of the exam that we require as outlined above. 

Preparing for the HESI A2

HESI offers an Admission Assessment Exam Review study guide at a 25 percent discount to students. Learn more about the HESI A2 study guide and enter promo code 92595 to receive the discount. Please note that the study guide will cover sections of the exam that are not required by Samuel Merritt University. 

How to Register for Evolve

The HESI A2 is administered by Elsevier. First you will need an Elsevier Evolve Account and Student Access:

  1. If you don’t have an Elsevier Evolve Account, create an account and register for the HESI Student Access:
    1. Go to: https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/product/9781455728916?role=student
    2. Click on “Register for this now”
    3. Click on “Redeem/Checkout”
    4. Provide your contact information, email address, and create a password.
      1. Select Not Affiliated with a School
      2. Click “Submit”
    5. Accept the Registered User Agreement and click “Submit”
  1. If you already have an Elsevier Evolve Account, log into your account, add Student Access (https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/product/9781455728916?role=student) and follow the steps below to register for the exam.

You are now registered for a HESI account with Student Access. To begin the registration process for the exam:

  1. Click on My Evolve at the top of the logged-in account page.
  2. Click on Student Access.
  3. Payment Info: 1st time test taker will enter Payment ID 13628
  4. To finish payment, click “submit.”

Examity Remote Proctoring for HESI Admission Assessment Exam Version 1 Steps:

  1. After paying for you exam, click here to schedule:  RN Admission Assessment Version 1 Link:
  2. Create or login to your Examity profile and schedule your exam for your preferred time.  Additional instructions for setting up your profile and scheduling your exam can be found here: HESI Quick Guide
  3. When you have your appointment created, log back into your Examity account to start your exam.  Please remember to bring your Evolve login credentials, and note that you will be asked to provide proof of payment before starting your exam.

Examity Remote Proctoring for HESI Admission Assessment Exam Version 2 Steps:

  1. Payment info: 2nd time test taker will enter Payment ID 13629. After paying for you exam, click here to schedule: RN Admission Assessment Version 2 Link
  2. Create or login to your Examity profile and schedule your exam for your preferred time.  Additional instructions for setting up your profile and scheduling your exam can be found here: HESI Quick Guide
  3. When you have your appointment created, log back into your Examity account to start your exam.  Please remember to bring your Evolve login credentials, and note that you will be asked to provide proof of payment before starting your exam.

Prior to testing, please check the HESI and Examity System Requirements:

Mac: https://hesicdn-public.hesiinet.com/customer_notification/resources/inetmacsystemreq.pdf

Windows: https://hesicdn-public.hesiinet.com/customer_notification/resources/inetwindowssystemreq.pdf

HESI compatibility check:  https://hesiinetvalidation.elsevier.com/ClickHere.aspx?applid=iNet

Examity compatability check: https://prod.examity.com/systemcheck/computerreadinesscheck.aspx

Questions about creating an Evolve Account and adding Student Access? Contact Elsevier Support at 1-800-222-9570. 

Questions about scheduling your appointment? Contact Examity at 1-855-392-6489, option 1. 

Scores

Successful applicants will have achieved a score of 80 percent or higher on each of the above exams in the areas of English Language, Math and Science. The Learner Profile exams will be used to understand more about your learning style and personality and there is no minimum score.

You will be able to access your score report within within 48-72 hours of taking the exam (if not sooner) on your Evolve account. You must upload a copy of this score report to your NursingCAS application, which means that scores must be available by the application deadline. Plan your test dates accordingly as scores from test dates after the application deadline will not be accepted. There is no requirement to wait a certain period of time between exams on the part of Samuel Merritt University. However, it does take time to receive a test date so plan ahead. 

Applicants must submit official scores directly to Samuel Merritt University. If you have registered for and taken the HESI using the Samuel Merritt University Department ID, we will have access to your official scores and you do not need to do anything else. If you registered through another school or did not ask your scores be sent to Samuel Merritt University, you will need to request a HESI Transcript be sent to the Office of Admission via email, mail, or fax. Please click here to learn more about requesting a HESI Transcript. Our contact information for the request is:

Samuel Merritt University
ATTN: Office of Admission
3100 Telegraph Ave, Suite 1000
Oakland, CA 94609
admission@samuelmerritt.edu
Fax: 510-457-2622

FAQs

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the HESI.

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