Students applying for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Accelerated Second-Degree BSN (ABSN) option, are required to take the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) examination and submit their exam score report along with their application.
Students taking the HESI A2 and scoring the preferred minimum of 75 on each of 5 subsections (Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary & General Knowledge, Basic Math Skills, Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology) will receive preference in the ranking process.
Applicants are allowed to take the exam a maximum of two times. Applicants who do not achieve the preferred minimum score on the first attempt must wait a minimum of three months before the second attempt. Students who are retaking the exam for their second attempt, must register for the HESI A2 V2 (version 2).
This exam must be taken within the appropriate dates prior to the application deadline for each admission cycle. See specific timeframes for applicants below.
There is a study guide available for the HESI A
2 that can be purchased online as well as at many local bookstores. The HESI A
2 study guide is titled
HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review.
The HESI A
2 must be taken within the following timeframes:
Spring 2020 ABSN applicants will need to test between June 2, 2018 & June 1, 2019.
Dates for future application cycles will be posted at a later time.
Distance Testing Eligibility registration instructions:
To register for your HESI Distance Testing exam, you must have an (Elsevier) Evolve student account. If you do not have an account, you can create it at:
https://evolve.elsevier.com. Once you have an Evolve student account, you can register for your HESI Distance Testing Exam.
You will receive an email confirmation notice indicating that they've received your request for eligibility to take the HESI A
2. The email indicates they will contact you to let you know when you may schedule your exam at Prometrics Testing Center. Please carefully review the information contained in your confirmation notice. If your name is not correct, or has been changed, please contact Elsevier HESI Assessment at
email@example.com. Failure to do so could result in forfeiture of your testing appointment and associated fees.
You will receive your Eligibility ID within 1-3 business days from our receipt of your eligibility request. Please add the following email address to your email's safe sender list to avoid delays:
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not see the notification, please check your spam/junk folder.
Please continue to check the ECU College of Nursing website (
www.ecu.edu/nursing) for updates.
For questions regarding the HESI A
2 exam, please call ECU College of Nursing Student Services office at 252-744-6414 or email