Welcome to the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) resource and review guide for Western Technical College students! This guide collects a variety of resources and strategies to help you prepare for your upcoming exam. Use the tabs on the left to navigate through the guide.
This prep guide was created collaboratively by a group of Western Technical College Learner Support and Transition instructors, Assessment Center staff, and Advisors.
This guide is maintained by Student Learning Librarian, Ellen Range. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to get in touch with her using the contact information on this page.
The HESI Admission Assessment Exam measures students' knowledge of various academic subjects including mathematics, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and anatomy and physiology. There is also a section which assesses students' preferred learning style.
Beginning in 2022, this is now the preferred exam for admission to the Nursing – Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs at Western Technical College.
Students can find information about test dates on Western's Assessment Center website.
The HESI Admission Assessment offers more subjects, but Western requires the following exam sections:
|Section||Number of Questions||Time Available||Description|
|Anatomy and Physiology||30 questions (5 pilot, 25 scored)||25 minutes||Questions on general terminology as well as anatomical structures and systems|
|Reading Comprehension||55 questions (5 pilot, 50 scored)||60 minutes||Reading scenarios provided with questions to measure comprehension, identification of main idea, meaning of words in context, and logical inferences|
|Vocabulary and General Knowledge||55 questions (5 pilot, 50 scored)||50 minutes||Assessment of vocabulary terms commonly used in general English-speaking settings and in health care fields|
|Basic Math Skills||55 questions (5 pilot, 50 scored)||50 minutes||Questions assess math skills needed in health care, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio, proportion, and measurement.|
|Learning Style||14 questions||15 minutes||Assesses test taker's preferred learning style|
Other testing logistics:
YES! There are a lot of different prep books and packages available to buy or borrow.
This guide offers a starting point to help you get familiar with the test structure, access practice tests, and guide your preparations.
But, there are also many Western staff people that can help you prepare for the HESI Admission Assessment:
Reach out. We want to help!