HESI Admission Assessment (A2)

The Nursing program at Madison College utilizes the online, proctored HESI (A2) assessment tool. Due to the customizable nature of HESI, the test must be completed at Madison College. Testing windows are 10-12 weeks long. The testing window of July - mid September at the Truax campus is open.  

The HESI test could take up to five hours, however most students complete in less time.

If you have a disability and require testing accommodations, complete the testing accommodations reservation form.

Please refer to your Degree Progress Report to determine if you have already met the testing requirement for your program.

HESI Testing Process

  1. Registering for the Test

    Follow these steps to pay the testing fee and register for a testing session.

    1. Create a myEvolve Account

    Create a myEvolve account on the Elsevier website by clicking the Sign In link at the top left, then click Create Account. Be sure to enter your Madison College student ID correctly so that your test results will be received. An email with your login details will be sent to your email address - save this, you will need this information at the time of testing.

    2. Add HESI Test to Your Account

    From your myEvolve account, you will need to add the HESI student access to your account. Click on To add more content, visit the catalog link. Under the HESI Secured Exams section, click on Register for Results and Remediation. You will need to Register and Checkout/Redeem the HESI Registration for $0.00. Once you have added the HESI Registration, you will land on the Update your Account page. Check the box that you are not affiliated with an institution and click Continue.

    3. Pay for the Test

    From your myEvolve account, click on the HESI Assessment Student Access link. You will need to agree to the Terms & Conditions (scroll to bottom of terms). On the account page, click on the Payments tab and enter the payment ID 15486. Ignore the Payment Due By date.

    You will be prompted to purchase your test for $42. Complete the payment transaction (Note: if someone is paying the fee for you, the name and address of payment billing info must match the name on credit/debit card). You will need to bring proof of payment to your testing session.

    4. Register for Testing Seat

    Once you have paid for the test on the Elsivier website, reserve your testing seat at the college by clicking the button below.

    Reserve Your Testing Seat

  2. Test Preparation

    The HESI (A2) assessment tool consists of:

    • English Comprehension: Reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and general knowledge
    • Math: Basic math skills
    • Science: Biology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology


    Prior to taking the HESI, we encourage you to use Madison College library resources and consider purchasing preparation products. The preparation book ISBN is 9780323353786. All products can be purchased individually or in packages from the Evolve website.


    You will need to check your program admission requirements to ensure the HESI is completed prior to any program deadlines.

  3. Results & Retesting

    Madison College has determined individual program benchmarks - refer to your program admission requirements to determine your results.


    Remediation information is available 24 - 48 hours after completion of exam.


    Students who do not pass the first attempt of the HESI test will receive Results & Remediation via email. You have 1 retake during each testing window, at the specific retest sessions. There is no required waiting time to retest. You will need to pay the $42 fee before scheduling your retest. On the account page, click on the Payments tab and enter the payment ID 15506. Ignore the Payment Due By date.

Test Policies

  • Arrive 10 - 15 minutes prior to your test time.
  • Bring receipt to verify payment and Evolve user name and password.
  • Valid photo ID.
  • Cell phones, pagers and other electronics are not permitted in the testing room. Lockers are available.
  • Purses, backpack and bags must be placed in the lockers.
  • There are surveillance cameras within the Testing Center.
  • No children are permitted in the test area.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the testing room but can be brought and left outside the testing room.
  • Students may take short breaks between the components of the test and have access to their food and beverages.
  • Students, employees and visitors are prohibited from possessing or carrying weapons while in any of the Madison College Testing Centers. This includes on-duty, certified law enforcement personnel in uniform. Law enforcement personnel are asked to schedule test when they are off-duty and not in uniform. This does not include Madison College public safety personnel or authorized instructors from the School of Human and Protective Services.
  • Acts of dishonesty are are subject to disciplinary action.
  • The testing rooms are confined spaces. Please be considerate in your use of fragrance or similar products, as the use of such products may trigger allergic reactions and create health problems.