HESI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Most programs in the School of Health Sciences require prospective students to take this exam before they submit their application. Check with your admission advisor for details.

To schedule the HESI you must use the web based system “Health Sciences Test Scheduler.” A link to this test scheduler is located on the “Health Sciences Assessment Center” web page and other SLCC Health Sciences admission web pages. The first time you use the test scheduler you will be required to create an account. This is a separate account from any MySLCC account you may have already.

You must schedule your test at least one week in advance in order to give enough time for the Health Sciences Assessment Center to procure exams and complete the scheduling process. If you have taken the test previously and wish to take it again to improve your score there is a two week waiting period from the time you complete the exam until you can retest. Your retest must still be scheduled a week in advance of the scheduled HESI exam date. If special circumstances dictate, the Coordinator of the Assessment Center can over-ride these periods. Call 801-957-6225 to arrange this. “I forgot to do it in time” is not a special circumstance.

There are several different testing and assessment centers for SLCC on different campuses. The HESI exam is only provided at the Jordan Campus in the Health Sciences Building room 054. Room 054 is located on the lowest level of the building on the south side of the atrium. If you live more than two hours driving time away from Salt Lake City, you may choose to take the HESI via “distance testing”. A Prometric certified testing center will have to be located near you and an application for you to be tested at that location can be submitted. There may be additional cost involved and you should start the process to do this at least a month before you wish to test.

You will need to prove your identification using a government issued ID card such as a driver’s license, SLCC one card, passport or state issued ID card. The Assessment Center will provide a calculator and other items you may need for the test. You will not be allowed to take any personal items into the testing area such as your own calculator, pens, cell phones, MP3 players, books or notes. There are lockers in the Assessment Center where you can secure personal items while you are taking the exam.

Most of the programs only allow you to attempt the HESI twice in a two year period. Some allow three attempts. Check with your admission advisor for the details of your program.

Yes, you will have to wait two weeks from the day you complete your first test until the time you can start your second attempt. You can however begin the process of scheduling your second attempt as early as you would like. During this time period you should take advantage of the remediation resources offered by Evolve so that you can improve your score. Your second attempt will cover the same topics as the initial test, but it will be a different version of the exam and the questions will be different.

If you are applying for a program that requires a cumulative score from the HESI, you will need to retake the entire exam. If you are applying for a program that requires a minimum score on each of the modules and only need to improve one or more modules you can retest to take just the modules you want to improve. The admissions coordinator will consider the highest score you receive, so even if you score lower on a retest your admission score will not decrease. At the time this web page was written, Dental Hygiene is the only program that allow for the retesting of individual modules, all others require a cumulative score. Requirements do change from time to time so check with your admission advisor for the details of your program.

You will have to pay full price for a retest regardless of how many modules you choose to complete. The Company that owns the copyright to the test does not allow SLCC to purchase individual modules.

The HESI exam is not timed. We schedule the testing labs in 4 hour blocks, however some people take less than four hours to complete the test some people choose to take longer. Do not feel that you will have to rush through the test. Before the test begins we will tell you when the Assessment Center is closing that day. If you don’t complete the test on the day you start it, we will schedule a time for you to come back and complete the test. You do not have to return to complete your test on a day that the HESI is scheduled to start, you can return anytime the Assessment Center is open and has space available. If English is not your first language you should expect that you will need longer to complete the test than other students.

Students are allowed to take short breaks during the exam in order to use the restroom or to get a drink of water or a snack. Drinks and food are not allowed in the testing labs but you may bring them and leave them in a locker in the Assessment Center. During breaks students are not allowed to look at reference materials, use the internet or check email.

There are eight required modules on the test. You are not required to complete all the modules on the same day. You can complete the modules in any order you would like. Most modules are between 30 to 55 questions long. Some students complete the exam on one day and some prefer to complete several modules on one day and return a second, or even third time, to finish the remaining modules.

No. The fee for the test allows you to take the entire test once and you can complete it in one or more sessions as you desire.

Yes. These modules are 14 and 15 questions long and do not affect your assessment score. There are no correct or incorrect answers for these modules but completing them may help academic advisors provide better counseling should you need it during your studies.

As you complete each module your score for the module will be displayed on the main menu screen. When you complete the exam the test proctors will print out your scores for each module and the cumulative score. They can answer some questions about the modules and scoring but cannot tell you if your score will get you accepted into the program for which you are applying. Your scores are automatically made available to admissions, so there are no actions you need to take to provide scores to SLCC.

As of Fall 2015, SLCC charges $100 for the basic HESI A2 exam. Some programs require that you take a Critical Thinking module which does not cost extra. If you are an LPN testing so you can apply for the ADN program, you will take a different version of the test which will cost $105. These fees are subject to change. There have been price increases in the past and when you schedule a time to take the exam the Health Sciences Test Scheduler will have the current costs.

You will pay for the HESI by credit card on line when scheduling your exam using the Health Sciences Test Scheduler. Once you schedule an exam and make a payment, the fee is not refundable. You can reschedule an existing appointment for a $20 fee. The cost of the HESI allows you to take the entire test one time and you also get access to the Evolve remediation resources.

There are many resources available. The HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review 3rd Edition is available at SLCC Bookstores and other stores or websites that sell text books. There are other reference books available that help you study for nursing entrance exams and a search of the internet or inquiring at your local library should provide titles. A search of the internet will provide many sites that will help you study. Some offer practice exams and sample questions.

You are not evaluated on, nor required to complete Chemistry or Physics modules and you should not see these modules on the version of the HESI A2 exam you will be given.

Yes. Scores are calculated as you complete each module and the results of your entire exam are available to Health Sciences Admissions as soon as you complete the exam.

The Health Sciences Test Scheduler account is a separate account from the Evolve account. You will need an Evolve account (user name and password) to login on the day you take your exam. This account will also allow you access to study material and remediation resources provided by Evolve. This account will be used if you choose to retake the exam or if you take the exam over more than one session.

If your questions are related to the admission process or requirements please call 801-957-6253. If you have questions that would best be directed to academic advising or to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor call 801-957-6215. If your questions are related to scheduling or taking the HESI call the Health Sciences Assessment Center at 801-957-6220, 801-957-6225, 801-957-6226 or email the Assessment center at HSTesting@slcc.edu.