What is the HESI A2?
The HESI Admission Assessment (HESI A2) is an admission exam required of all applicants to pre-licensure nursing programs (BSN, ABSN and ELMSN). The exam tests your knowledge of the English language, math and science—academic skills that are critical for success in a nursing program.
Does Samuel Merritt University accept the TEAS?
No, we will accept the HESI A2 only.
When do I need to have my HESI A2 score?
You must have scores available to submit with your application. In other words, scores must be available by the application deadline. Applications submitted without HESI A2 scores will be considered incomplete.
Can I take the HESI A2 after the application deadline and provide my scores when they are available? If I retake the HESI A2, can I update my scores?
No. The scores that you submit with your application are the scores we will use to consider you for admission. If you are unhappy with your scores and fear that they might cause you to be denied admission, we recommend that you prepare to retake the exam and submit a new application.
How many times can I take the HESI A2?
We strongly recommend that you take the HESI A2 no more than two times. You may only take the HESI twice using the SMU department ID.
Do HESI scores expire?
HESI scores do not expire at SMU.
How much time must pass between attempts?
Samuel Merritt University does not put restrictions on time between testing, but please give yourself enough time to study and prepare for your next attempt.
What subjects does Samuel Merritt University require?
There are three main sections to the HESI (English Language, Math and Science), each with one or more subsections. Samuel Merritt University requires scores in the following sections:
Vocabulary and General Knowledge
Basic Math Skills
Anatomy & Physiology
Samuel Merritt University also requires two, short learner profile exams, which are not used in the evaluation of your application: Learning Style & Personality Profile.
Please note that there are additional sections on the HESI A2 that may be required for other schools to which you are applying. You can provide HESI A2 scores that include these additional sections so long as the sections that are required by Samuel Merritt University are included in those scores, including the two Learner Profiles.
What are passing scores on the HESI A2?
While there are not passing scores, successful applicants will generally have a score of 80 percent or higher on each of the individual subsections as well as the overall composite score. The Learner Profile exams will be used to understand more about your learning style and personality and there is no minimum score.
How soon are the HESI A2 scores available?
You will be able to access your score report within 24 hours of taking the exam 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.
How do I submit HESI scores using SMU's ID?
First, manually enter the scores in the designated areas of your NursingCAS application. Secondly, upload a copy of your score report in the Program Materials-Documents tab. 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.
How do I submit HESI scores if I registered through another school's ID?
First, manually enter the scores in the designated areas of your NursingCAS application. Secondly, upload a copy of your score report in the Program Materials-Documents tab. If you registered through another school, you must have a HESI Transcript sent to the Office of Admission via email or mail. 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
How do I register for the HESI A2?
The HESI A2 is administered by Elsevier. The first step is to create an Elsevier Evolve Account. After you have created your account you will have the option to register for your exam and have it proctored through Prometric (Testing site option) or Examity (Remote option).
I’m being asked to provide a Samuel Merritt University Department ID. What is the SMU ID number?
The SMU ID number is: 201772. Note that Examity also requires that you enter a separate Payment ID number when registering. This information is described and listed in the Examity Registration Instructions above.
Which version do I sign up for: RN Admission Assessment Version 1 or 2?
Please choose Version 1 unless you have already taken the first exam. If you have already taken the exam, please sign up for version 2.
Are study materials available for the HESI A2?
Yes. Learn more about the HESI A2 study guide and enter promo code 92595 to receive a discount.
I’m having difficulties registering for the HESI A2, what do I do?
Questions about creating an Evolve Account, adding Student Access, or Prometric? Contact Elsevier Support at 1-800-222-9570.
Questions about scheduling your Examity remote appointment? Contact Examity at 1-855-392-6489, option 1.
How do students request special accommodations for HESI exams given through Examity?
Remote Proctor Students who are scheduling a testing appointment, through Examity, who require exam accommodations due to a disability-related need (such as extra time, reader, screen magnification, etc.) will need to submit their accommodation requests and supporting disability documentation directly to Elsevier for review. Complete this "ADA Remote Proctoring Accommodation Request" form and then submit the completed form and supporting disability documentation through Elsevier's accommodation request portal (called "Hightail"). Do not schedule your testing appointment until you have received a response from the Elsevier Special Accommodations Team. A response to an accommodation request is given within six (6) weeks.
How do students request special accommodations for exams at Prometric?
Distance Testing Students scheduling a testing appointment at a Prometric Testing Center who require exam accommodations due to a disability-related need (such as extra time, reader, screen magnification, etc.) will need to submit their accommodation requests and supporting disability documentation directly to Elsevier for review. In the Evolve Portal, click on "Student Access" for the HESI assessment. Under the "Distance Testing" menu, select "Accommodation Request". Complete the "Request for Distance Testing Accommodation" form and then submit the completed form and supporting disability documentation through Elsevier's accommodation request portal (called "Hightail"). Do not schedule your testing appointment until you have received a response from the Elsevier Special Accommodations Team. A response to an accommodation request is given within six (6) weeks.
How do I pay for my HESI Exam and Schedule my Testing Appointment?
Follow the Registration Instructions for Prometric or Examity to pay for and schedule your HESI A2.
I have taken the HESI A2 more than once. What scores do I use?
Please enter your highest score for each subsection of the HESI A2. Please upload a copy of all your HESI A2 score reports with your NursingCAS application.
How much does the HESI cost?
SMU does not set costs, but you can expect the cost to be around $85 - $125, depending on the proctoring service you select. Fee waiver requests should also be directed to Elsevier.
How does the HESI differ from the TEAS?
The HESI and TEAS are similar exams offered by different companies. Although no single exam is perfect, the faculty at Samuel Merritt University feel that mastery of the content offered on the HESI A2, viewed in context of the entirety of your application, is a better predictor of success.