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Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) is a software-based testing company that produces standardized and customized tests for nursing students.


HESI Information       

PRIOR to arriving to test, you MUST create an account with Evolve (the HESI testing company).  Instructions on creating your account can be accessed at Creating an Evolve Account.pdf.

The HESI A2 entrance exam will be required for application to most of the TVCC Health Occupations programs.  The exam consists of eight subtests however only passing scores on the Reading, Grammar, and Math sections are required for the TVCC Health Occupations programs.  There is a four hour time limit on the HESI A2 administration.  Once minimum scores are earned, they will be good for 5 years.

Please read all of the information below, especially if you are mailing in your registration.  This FAQ section should answer most, if not all, of the questions most examinees have asked regarding the HESI A2 entrance exam and the registration and testing procedures at TVCC. 

The HESI A2 Registration Form is available here.  In order to register by mail, you must print and complete the application and mail it in with a check or money order in the amount of $55 (non-refundable) to TVCC Athens. The address is located on the registration form.

To obtain HESI exam dates, see the campus name listed below.  On your application, please do not list a date that is not on the testing schedule. 

 HESI A2 Spring & Summer 2018:
Athens Campus (8:00 AM only) 
Orval Pirtle Admin. Building, (for GPS location: 500 S. Prairieville Street) 100 Cardinal Drive, Athens, TX 7575

  • May 10, 2018 (Thurs.)
  • June 7, 2018 (Thurs.)
  • July 12, 2018 (Thurs.)
  • Aug. 2, 2018 (Thurs.)

Kaufman HSC Campus (8:00 AM  only unless specified)
800 Ed Hall Drive, Kaufman, TX 75142

  • Apr. 25, 2018 (Wed.) 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM
  • May 23, 2018 (Wed.) 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM
  • June 20, 2018 (Wed.)
  • July 25, 2018 (Wed.)
  • Aug. 15, 2018 (Wed.)

Palestine Campus (8:00 AM only) 
Please note: HESI exams are given at the TVCC Mall campus located at 2100 S. Loop 256, Palestine, TX and not on the main TVCC Palestine campus.

  • Apr. 17, 2018 (Tues.)
  • May 22, 2018 (Tues.)
  • June 12, 2018 (Tues.)
  • July 17, 2018 (Tues.)
  • Aug. 7, 2018 (Tues.)


What is the HESI exam?  Why do I need to take it?  Which programs is it required for?

The HESI A2 is a computerized nursing entrance exam required for applying to the ADN, VN ,Surgical Technology, and ADN/Paramedic Transition programs at TVCC.  There is a 4 hour time limit for examinees to take the HESI A2 that begins when the instructions are read.  Further information regarding the HESI test is available at www.evolve.elsevier.com/studentlife  

Does the Testing Center have study materials available for the HESI exam?

>The Testing Center does not have study materials available for the HESI exam; however, the TVCC Bookstore in Athens does have the HESI Study Guide in stock.  Copies of the study guide are also on reserve in the libraries on each of the TVCC campuses. 

How do I register to take the HESI exam? Is there a form I can mail in?

Pre-registration AND non-refundable $55 payment are required in person or by mail in advance of the test date preferred.  Examinees may register in person at the Testing Center in Athens, at the Counseling Offices in Terrell or Palestine, and on the Kaufman HSC TVCC campus, or by mail.  You cannot register by phone or online for this exam.

If you choose to register in person, payment can be made by cash, check or money order (payable to TVCC), Visa, or Mastercard.  Your appointment will be confirmed in person upon providing your receipt to the staff in the Testing Center in Athens or the Counseling offices in Palestine and Terrell. 

If you choose to register by mail, send the registration form and payment (check or money order only payable to TVCC) to the Testing Center in Athens.  The mailing address is printed on the form.  Be sure to list two different exam dates you prefer.  We will try to schedule you according to your first choice exam date; if we are unable to schedule either preference, we will notify you of the next best option.  If you list an email address, you will be notified by email instead of by phone.  PRIOR to arriving to test, you MUST create an account with Evolve (the HESI testing company).  Instructions on creating your account can be accessed at Creating an Evolve Account.pdf.
Seating is very limited on each exam date, thus we recommend registering well in advance of the date you prefer to test if it is close to the application deadline for any health occupations program. 

When is the HESI exam given?

See the testing schedule for each campus for dates.  The HESI exam will be given several times prior to each application deadline, however seating is limited on those exam dates, so do not wait close to the program application deadline to sign up for the exam.  Exam dates are subject to change.  

How will I learn my test date?  How will I be notified if I mail in my registration?

If you register in person, you will be told your appointment time and date or be given a confirmation card at that time.

If you register by mail, you will receive an email (if you provide an email address) or a phone call once your registration form and payment arrive at the Testing Center in Athens.  If you have not received an email or phone call/message from us after 10 days from when you mailed in your registration form, please call the Testing Center in Athens (903-675-6385) to verify that we have received it. 

Be sure that you provide a working email address that is regularly checked and has the spam settings set to allow receipt of emails from the tvcc.edu domain. 

***It is the examinee's responsibility to phone the Testing Center (903.675.6385) at least 48 hours prior to the first choice provided to confirm appointment.  Failure to confirm appointment by the examinee will result in loss of exam fee.

What time of day will the exam be given?

Athen Campus:  Exam time is ONLY at 8:00 am. 

Palestine Campus: Exam time is ONLY at 8:00 am.

Kaufman HSC Campus: Exam time is 8:00 am and at 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.

How much time should I plan to spend taking the HESI exam?

There is a 4 hour maximum time limit that begins when instructions are being read to examinees.  However, the average time most examinees take for completing the entire exam is two and a half to three hours.  This can vary depending on your reading speed and amount of time to answer questions and if you take only the required sections or the entire exam. 

Can I take the exam in Athens, Kaufman, Palestine, or Terrell?

The HESI A2 Exam will be given on three TVCC campuses (Athens, Palestine, and Kaufman) on specific dates posted on the Testing Schedule. The HESI A2 exam is not administered on the Terrell campus. To verify the exam location on the Palestine, and Kaufman HSC campuses where the exam will be given, speak with Sherry Landers in Palestine, and Sharon Clugston in Kaufman. Once minimum scores are earned, they will be good for 5 years.

What do I need to bring with me on the day I am scheduled to test?

Please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment for check-in.  All examinees must have photo ID on the day of exam to be admitted.  Scratch paper and pencils will be supplied for examinees.

Can I bring a calculator to use on the exam?

Outside calculators are not permitted to be used on the exam.  A calculator is built into the HESI software and scratch paper is provided. 

What if I need to reschedule prior to my scheduled appointment?  What if something comes up and I miss my scheduled appointment?

If for some reason you must reschedule, you must contact the Testing Center in Athens (903-675-6385) no later than two (2) business days prior to your originally scheduled test date.  If you fail to cancel or reschedule less than two (2) business days in advance, you will be required to pay another $55 exam fee to reschedule. 

I didn't score high enough to apply for the health occupations programs at TVCC.  How soon can I retest?

As stated in the brochures for the health occupations programs, for scores to be considered for application to the health occupations programs at TVCC, you must wait two (2) months before retesting and may not test more than twice in an academic year (that includes the initial examination and the retesting).  Regardless of the sections passed/not passed on the first attempt, all examinees will be required to retake all three required areas (grammar, math, and reading comprehension) again.  Therefore, it is best to take the HESI as early as possible in the event a retest is needed

Should I take the Anatomy and Physiology section of the HESI A2 exam?

The dean and counselor at the Kaufman HSC believe it would be beneficial for you to take the Anatomy and Physiology section of the HESI exam.

Do I have to take the A&P section during the same exam session as the three required sections, or can I attempt it on another date?

Examinees are not required to attempt the A&P section of the HESI during the same exam session that they take the reading, grammar, and math sections for application to the Health Occupation programs.  However, if you do not attempt it during the same test session as the three required sections, you will be required to repay the $55 to do so.

Posted Date:
5/31/2018 9:58:42 AM
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