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HESI A2 Entrance Exam DMS, Nursing, and Surg Tech

Please contact your advisor with any questions regarding the HESI A2 exam.

If after reviewing all of the instructions below, there are remaining registering and/or scheduling questions, please contact Joely Magana jmagana@morainepark.edu.

You are allotted 2.5 hours to complete.

Content Areas:

  • Reading Comprehension (55 questions) Which consist of health related scenarios that measure reading comprehension. Identify the main idea, find meaning of words in context, passage comprehension and making logical inferences.
  • Mathematics (55 Questions) Basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures and general math facts used in calculating drug dosages and solutions. Calculator built into the exam.
  • Anatomy and Physiology (30 Questions) Provides coverage of general terminology anatomical structures and systems.

Study Guides

Online Resources

Student Success Center

For information about how to prepare in the Student Success Center contact the following:

Recommended Book

Admission Assessment Exam Review 5th edition is available in all MPTC bookstores & available for checkout at all MPTC libraries. It is also available from Amazon. This book is also required for the Integrated Nursing Concepts (998-122) class.


  • HESI Hints boxes offer valuable test-taking tips
  • Step-by-step explanations and sample problems in the math section
  • Sample questions in all sections
  • A 50-question comprehensive post-test
  • Easy-to-read format with consistent section features
  • NEW! Comprehensive practice exams with over 200 questions
  • NEW! Updated, thoroughly reviewed content

Bring picture ID (driver’s license, student ID, passport)

You are allotted 2.5 hours for the exam and can leave when finished.

Do not bring notes or books to the test room.

2 sheets of scratch paper will be provided for the in-person exams.

You will have the option for one restroom break.

Calculators will be available within the exam as needed.

No printing during the exam. No electronics allowed.

Please note, if you did not pass the NLN-PAX on two attempts, you are allowed to take the HESI A2 twice.

It is recommended you take the exam within three years of petitioning. However, there is no expiration to your score and can be utilized for petitioning at any time.

Testing accommodations for students who have a documented disability are available through Disability Resources.

If requesting accommodations, please DO NOT register for the HESI exam until after you have met with an Accommodation Specialist.

If you have a disability for which you may require accommodations, please see the Accommodation Specialist at your respective campus. You will need to provide documentation of your disability.

  1. Contact an Accommodation Specialist:
    • If you are not registered with Disability Resources, please create an accommodation request through Accommodate at:  https://morainepark-accommodate.symplicity.com/public_accommodation/
      An Accommodation Specialist will respond to your request with next steps. Please note, you must create your Accommodate account and therefore start the accommodations process at least 3 weeks before the last in-person test session of the current HESI testing window.
    • If you are registered with Disability Resources, please use your Accommodate account to schedule an appointment with the Accommodation Specialist to discuss your request. If you already have approved MPTC accommodations, please make your request for HESI accommodations at least 3 weeks prior to your desired exam date. Test date must be scheduled on or before the last in-person test session of the current HESI testing window.
  2. After you have met with an Accommodation Specialist and your testing accommodations are approved, you will be given instructions on how to register and schedule your exam.

Nursing students need to achieve a cumulative score of 74%.

Surgical Tech students need to achieve a cumulative score of 70%.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography need to achieve a cumulative score of 70%.

The petition process weighs your score along with your GPA, science grades and other requirements.

Score reports and remediation are generated to you in 48 hours.

Your Evolve Elsevier account will have a copy of your score report and your scores are automatically sent to MPTC and saved in the system.

If you do not achieve a the required cumulative score for your program, you will be allowed another (one(1)) attempt to take the HESI-A2 entrance exam.

You are allowed two attempts total on the HESI-A2. You will need to wait at least three months in between the initial exam and the retake to ensure you have completed remediation and adequate study efforts to ensure success on the second attempt.

Remediation is required prior to retake unless you have received associate dean of nursing approval.

Please meet with your academic advisor and visit the Student Success Center for remediation completion.

Your HESI A2 entrance exam taken at another college may be considered for selection if the exam consists of the same content areas. If over three years, you need to provide an explanation of circumstances in writing to your academic advisor.

Your transcript must be sent by Evolve Elsevier to MPTC directly; no student submissions will be accepted. The processing fee per transcript is $15.00. Processing time is three to five working days. Please send a transcript request form (found on Elsevier’s  website) via email to transcripts@elsevier.com. After submitting your request you must call Elsevier at 1-800-950-2728 ext.6947 with your credit card number.

Moraine Park Technical College Beaver Dam Campus
700 Gould St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac Campus
235 N. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Moraine Park Technical College West Bend Campus
2151 N. Main St.
West Bend, WI 53090

You are encouraged to complete General Anatomy and Physiology prior to taking the HESI A2 exam. If you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor.

In-person, proctored exam:

$52.00 (subject to change). Exam purchases are non-transferable.

Upcoming test session: May 31st, 2023 / 9 a.m. / Fond du Lac campus

Registration opens April 3rd, 2023.

A completed SSC remediation form OR advisor approval will be required to receive the pay ID (reserve a seat).

Deadline to submit a completed SSC remediation form is 12:00 p.m., Thursday, May 25th, 2023. No exceptions.

Contact Joely Magana (jmagana@morainepark.edu) with any payment and/or registration questions.

To cancel or reschedule an in-person exam: contact Joely Magana at jmagana@morainepark.edu (preferred) or 920-924-3118, TTY/VP: Use Relay/VRS.

In-person exams can be rescheduled within the current testing schedule, pending availability.

Only one (1) HESI A2 exam cancellation will be eligible for a refund. Subsequent cancellations will not be refunded. All efforts should be made to cancel 48 hours in advance of scheduled test date.

Please note if you fail to show up for a scheduled exam without notice, you will not be eligible for a refund.

To request an exam refund: contact Joely Magana at jmagana@morainepark.edu