The HESI A2 Exam Registration Process (2024 Updated Guide)

William Cohen
Published by William Cohen
Last Updated On: January 6, 2023

The HESI A2 exam is a hurdle that many prospective students must pass before they are allowed entry into a nursing program.

But before you can take the test, you have to get registered for it. And that is not always as simple as you might think.

To make things easier for you, I will give you information about the steps you need to take in order to register for the HESI Exam.

Summary of the Key Findings

  • Every applicant will need to start registration by going to the Elsevier website and creating an Evolve account.
  • Some schools will have you go to a testing center, and others will have you use a remote proctor.
  • You get your scores back at different times depending on whether you take the exam at a testing center or via a proctor.

How to Register for HESI

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Every nursing school has its registration process, rules, and restrictions. It is essential to learn what your specific program's requirements are for registration.

That being said, there is one universal step for pretty much every exam registration process.

Since Elsevier owns and operates the HESI exam, you will need to go to the Elsevier website and create an Evolve account [1].

To add HESI student access like this is a requirement if you want to move forward and take the test.

You will need to create a user name and password as well as add your personal information.

After this step, the paths to registration for HESI exams diverge.

Probably the most common registration path after that is to use a Prometric Testing Center.

You can sign up for a date and time on either the Elsevier website or by calling Prometric at 1-800-481-6457.

Testing center staff can help you choose a date and time that works for your schedule.

Other schools require registration via a remote proctor. One of the most used remote proctor systems, though not the only one, is Proctor U.

You would contact this organization and get registered for a date and time.

And then, you have the final type of registration practice of being allowed to register to take the exam at your prospective school.

As opposed to using a test center or Proctor U, they give these exams only on certain test dates and times.

“Let us never consider ourselves finished, nurses. We must be learning all of our lives.” — Florence Nightingale, nurse

It means you need to contact your program and find out the HESI exam date and what you need to do to enroll.

Other pieces to the puzzle include paying the exam fee and making sure you meet the application deadline date.

No matter which method a school requires, students will have to check in on exam day without study materials or electronic devices.

It may sound a bit complex, but it isn't if you plan ahead. Schools have excellent websites that spell out all of this information.

If you have any questions, reach out to the program's admissions department for additional information.

About the HESI A2

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The HESI covers ten subject exams. These ten topic areas include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Physics
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge
  • Grammar
  • Chemistry
  • Basic Math/ General Math
  • Biology
  • Learning Style
  • Personality Profile

However, most programs do not require a prospective student to take all subtests. Most only require three to five subjects.

HESI Scores

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If you take the HESI exam at a testing center, you can expect to receive your scores directly after the exam is complete.

When registering, the score report will also be sent directly to your program if you put in the school code.

On the other hand, if you take the HESI A2 at your school, you will not get your scores for a number of weeks.

Of course, you can be assured that your exam scores will make it directly to your program.

Schools will typically use the test scores to set a cut-off for their admissions process.

It means that your average exam score on each subtest is likely to be pretty important.

Most schools consider a raw HESI A2 score between 90% and 100% to be excellent.

Scores in the 80% - 90% range are above average, while 75% - 79% percent qualifies as satisfactory but not outstanding performance.

A lower exam score than that is below average, and some schools may consider it to be below the minimum score for admission.

Once again, check with your specific nursing program to find out the exact cut-offs they're using for HESI A2 exam scores.

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Registering for the HESI A2 Exam

The HESI registration process can be a bit tricky because there are so many different approaches.

The three most common paths to take include registering for the exam at a testing center, registering with Proctor U, or being able to register at your prospective school.

Regardless of which path you choose, it is essential that you know whether any prerequisites need to be fulfilled.

If not, you should know what test score would qualify as passing in order for your program's admissions department to consider enrolling you.

With this information in hand and some careful planning, we hope that you will feel confident about the registration process.


  1. https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/store?role=student

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