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HESI Frequently Asked Questions

What is on the HESI entrance exam?

There are nine content areas on the HESI entrance exam. These areas cover specific math, science, reading skills. The HESI entrance exam also includes a Personality Profile and a Learning Style section.

What subjects are on the HESI test?

The HESI Test focuses on nine specific subjects. These are Vocabulary and General Knowledge, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Basic Math Skills, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Physics. Critical thinking.

How many questions are on the HESI test?

There are a total of 326 questions on the HESI entrance test.

Do you get to use a calculator on the HESI?

You are allowed to use a calculator on the HESI exam. However, you cannot bring your own. There will be a digital calculator available on-screen.

What does the HESI stand for?

The HESI stands for Health Education Systems, Inc., with A2 standing for Admission Assessment.

How many questions are in each section of the HESI A2?

Each section of the HESI A2 contains 25-50 questions. All science sections contain 25 questions, while all math and English sections contain 50 questions. The one exception is Reading Comprehension, which contains 47 questions.

How much does it cost to take the HESI?

Every school sets their own cost for taking the HESI entrance exam. You can expect to pay anywhere from $35 to $70.

What are HESI scores?

Each section on the HESI exam is individually scored. Each school sets their own passing score for the HESI exam. The minimum score for most nursing schools is 75-80% on each section.

What is the HESI A2 exam for?

The HESI A2 exam is used to test academic readiness of those who are wishing to enter nursing school.

How do you sign up for the HESI?

To sign up for the HESI entrance exam, you must have an Evolve account with Elsevier, the exam sponsor. You can create an account here:

Practice For the HESI A2 the Best Way

Scoring well on the HESI A2 is crucial to being accepted for admission into nursing school. How can you prepare for this important exam in the most efficient way? The best approach is to use a variety of study materials and to verify your readiness for the test by taking HESI A2 practice tests. Apollo Learning Institute Learning Institute Learning Institute provides free resources to assist you in this endeavor. The links above give you access to practice test study guides that cover all the subjects included on the HESI: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, English, and Math. You can also take free practice tests. A HESI A2 practice test will assess your knowledge and skills and provide an indication of how prepared you are for the actual HESI A2 test. A practice test will also reveal any areas that need further study and understanding. To ensure the most effective use of your time, take the HESI A2 practice test for the first time and indicate next to each question which of the following statements is true.

  • I confidently knew the correct answer
  • I chose the correct answer but was unsure of my choice
  • I had no idea which option was the correct answer

Asking yourself these questions will help you determine your areas of strength and weakness so that you can wisely focus your study time on the areas that need the most work. Obviously, the questions that you answered correctly don’t require a lot of study; however, you will want to review this material to confirm that you have a thorough understanding of the concept. In other words, you need to know why it is the correct answer. The questions that you answered correctly but were unsure about need more time and focus. Perhaps you partially understood the topic of the question but not thoroughly.

The questions that you were completely at a loss as to the correct answer are the areas that will require the most time and effort. Was the question confusing to you? Were there words that were unfamiliar to you? Don’t be discouraged about these HESI practice exam questions! Apollo Learning Institute Learning Institute Learning Institute can provide you with all the help you need to prepare and score well on the HESI A2.

HESI A2 Practice Methods

As you prepare for the HESI, you may want to use the following approach:

  • Take a practice test making note of each question as outlined above. Have your HESI A2 study materials available. Don’t worry about how long it takes you this first time.
  • Use the free HESI A2 study materials available to you from Apollo Learning Institute Learning Institute Learning Institute to gain a better understanding of the concepts you struggled with. There are links above to videos that explain all the critical concepts you need to grasp in order to score well on the HESI.
  • Take another practice test trying to use your resources as little as possible.
  • After taking the first two HESI A2 practice tests, take all other practice tests like it is the real HESI A2 test. Take them in a timely manner and take the test without any of your resources.
  • If you need additional instruction, check out the Apollo Learning Institute study guide which includes additional practice tests.

NCLEX Frequently Asked Questions

What is on the NCLEX exam?

The NCLEX exam has four (4) main categories and ten (10) subcategories. These categories include:

Safe Effective Care Environment

  • Management of Care
  • Safety and Infection Control

Health Promotion and Maintenance

  • Growth and Development Through the Lifespan
  • Prevention and Early Detection of Disease

Psychosocial Integrity

  • Coping and Adaptation
  • Psychosocial Integrity

Physiological Integrity

  • Basic care and comfort
  • Pharmacological and parenteral therapies
  • Reduction of risk potential
  • Physiological adaptation


How many questions are on the NCLEX exam?

The NCLEX examination software works in real time and you will receive specific questions based on how you answer. Because of this, one may receive anywhere from 75 to 265 questions during the exam.


Are there any testing materials I need?

No materials are needed to take the NCLEX exam. If, during the exam, you would like an erasable board and marker, you may raise your hand and the proctor can provide you with one.


What does NCLEX stand for?

NCLEX stands for National Council Licensure Examination. NCLEX is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses used in the United States as well as Canada. There are two types of exams, the NCLEX-RN (registered nurses) and NCLEX-PN (practical nurses)


How many questions are in each section of the NCLEX?

As previously stated, the number of questions can range from person to person. However, the Safe and Effective makes up approximately 21-33% of the total NCLEX questions, Health Promotion and Maintenance makes up about 12%, Psychosocial Integrity is 12% and Physiological Integrity is the largest portion of the exam at 43-67%.


How long do I have to complete the exam?

You will have a total of five (5) hours to complete the exam. You will be allotted two (2) 10-minute breaks.


How much does it cost to take the NCLEX?

The exam is $200. Additional costs may be added by the individual State Boards of Nursing for licensing fees.


How is the NCLEX examination scored?

The NCLEX examination is a pass/fail logit examination. Logit is a unit of measurement that compares one’s ability to answer questions relative to a question’s difficulty. The passing standard is currently 0.00 logits. Therefore, no definitive score exists. Rather, the examination is a simple pass/fail.


When will I receive my scores?

The examination is taken on a computer and will be scored immediately, it will then be scored a second time by the National Council’s testing service. After this time, your NCLEX exams score will be mailed to you by your state board of nursing


What if I fail my NCLEX exam?

You may retake the NCLEX examination as many times as you need to. The National Council mandates a waiting period of at least 91 days before you can retake the exam. Please look into your corresponding state board as they may impose different, stricter requirements for retaking your exam.


NCLEX Test Prep

Here at the Apollo Learning Institute, students can experience intensive comprehensive workshops geared towards their area of learning, supervised by quality instructors with real-life experience.

USMLE Frequently Asked Questions

What does USMLE stand for?

The United States Medical Licensing Examination

What is on the USMLE?

  • Step 1 (The Boards): includes subjects such as anatomy, behavioral sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology. Empathy and medical ethics are also included in the examination. The exam generates questions based on how the test taker answers, therefore certain subjects may be emphasized more than others.
  • Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge): a nine-hour long multiple-choice examination focusing on internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, preventive medicine, psychiatry and surgery.
  • Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills): test takers will be presented with a series of patient cases or standardized patients (SPs). During the encounter, examiners must take a history, complete a physical examination, determine differential diagnoses, and write a patient note based on their findings. Communication and interpersonal skills, spoken english proficiency, integrated clinical encounter will be assessed during this portion of the examination.
  • Step 3 Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP): an assessment of knowledge in basic medical and scientific principles, of which are essential for providing effective health care.
  • Step 3 Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM): an assessment of the test taker’s ability to apply comprehensive knowledge of health and disease in the context of patient management and the evolving manifestation of disease over time.

Apollo Learning Institute only offers USMLE prep for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS).

How long does Step 2 CS last?

The examination consists of 12 patient encounters. The examination will take a total of 8 hours.

  • 10- minute break after the 3rd patient encounter
  • 30-minute break (lunch) after the 6th patient encounter
  • 10-minute break after the 9th patient encounter

How is the examination scored?

The examination is not numerically scored, it is a pass/fail exam. Examinees must pass all three areas to obtain a passing score.

(1) Integrated Clinical Encounter score,

(2) Communication and interpersonal Skills

(3) Spoken English Proficiency

Additionally, only 11 out of the 12 patient encounters are scored.

How do you sign up for the USMLE?

First you must register with ECMFG

USMLE Test Prep

Here at the Apollo Learning Institute, students can experience intensive comprehensive workshops geared towards their area of learning, supervised by quality instructors with real-life experience. For USMLE Prep, we have 14 patient exam rooms to help students familiarize themselves with the exam environment. Our USMLE prep courses are instructed by top-tier physicians, who have an exceptional understanding of what is needed to receive high marks on the USMLE Step 2 CS.

How much does the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills cost?

$1,550 for each exam registration

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