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2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704 
(608) 246-5220

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211 North Carroll Street
Madison WI 53703 
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TRUAX D2603 
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704
(608) 246-5220 

Main Office
(920) 206-8000


HESI Admission Assessment (A2)

The Nursing program at Madison College utilizes the online, proctored HESI (A2) tool, which consists of:

  • English Comprehension: Reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and general knowledge

  • Math: Basic math skills

  • Science: Biology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology

Testing windows are February - March and June - August for the Nursing program. Testing windows are 10 - 12 weeks long.

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

Registration is required. You will need to create a free Evolve account in order to register. See instructions on the Preparation tab below.

The recommended amount of time is about five hours for the HESI (A2). Most students complete in less than five hours.

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


You must create a free Evolve account. Go to  Elsevier and click on My Evolve at the top of the page. You will need to enter your name, email address and create a password. Once you have done that, navigate to your Account Settings by clicking on your account in the top right corner. Under the Your Institution section, enter all information including your seven-digit Madison College student ID number to ensure your test results are received by Madison College

Example of Evolve Account Settings

Prior to taking the HESI, you are encouraged to use Madison College library resources and consider purchasing preparation products. The 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.

  • New! The registration process will be changed. Check back here for updates.  
  • HESI (A2) exam will be offered at the Truax Campus several times throughout the year for the next petition window .
  • Please create your Evolve account prior to registering for a HESI (A2) exam.
  • 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 may retake the HESI test once in each testing window, at the specific retest sessions. There is no required waiting time to retest.
  • Students must retake the entire HESI (A2) - you will be charged the $52 fee for the retest.

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.
  • Students may take short breaks between the components of the test.
  • 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.