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HESI A2 and TEAS Nursing School Entrance Exam FAQ [MASTER POST]

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Getting into nursing school is a terrifying experience . . . not to mention confusing.  With all the prereqs, checklists, shots, and thousands of other things to do, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  Most schools require an entrance exam on top of all the other requirements.  The most common tests are the HESI and the TEAS exam.  To help you navigate this process we have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions about these exams into one post.  Enjoy, and save for later!

See TEAS FAQ below and scroll down a bit for HESI FAQ.

 

TEAS: Nursing School Entrance Exam FAQ

Where to buy TEAS test study guide?

The ATI website has a book to prep for the TEAS test as well as a smart prep course.

Book: $55 (Although I also found this on amazon for $20)

Smart Prep: $209
Other prep sites are available but I am not certain about the validity of these sites or their material.

Where is TEAS test offered?
You will need to check the website for locations. Testing centers are certified and thus very specific to where you can take your test.
Which TEAS test book is the best?
I used the McGraw-Hill study book and found it very helpful. While I was in nursing school, my nursing school used ATI (the company that writes the TEAS) for our coursework and testing. I recommend both of them. ATI wrote the test thus will be styled the same as well as having the information be relevant to the actual test.
Who makes the TEAS test
ATI nursing education, a company that was started by a nurse and now ran by many nurses who contribute. Learn more about ATI here: https://www.atitesting.com/About.aspx
What's the average TEAS test score?
The national average is about 65-75% overall, however, you need to be more concerned about your school’s requirement rather than national averages. Each school requires different scores not just for the overall test, but for each individual section. Either find out what your school requires, or if you are not sure which school you want to go to, study hard and get at least above an 85%. Most higher end schools require you to have an 85% so if you set that as your personal goal you can apply to most schools with that score.
What does TEAS test consist of?

There are 4 sections of the TEAS test. You get 209 minutes to complete 170 total questions. The breakdown of each section is as follows:

  • Science: 48 questions with 66 minutes to complete it.
  • Math: 30 questions with 51 minutes to complete it.
  • English/Language: 30 questions with 34 minutes to complete it.  
  • Reading: 42 questions with 58 minutes to complete it.

http://atiteas.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ATI-TEAS-Content-Updates.pdf

When to take the TEAS test for nursing?
It is recommended to take the TEAS test early, like in your freshman year of college. The results are good for four years after you take the test. Get it out of the way so you can focus on your prerequisites because it is important to do well in those classes to help you do well in nursing school.
How to prepare TEAS test?

Make a plan. There are four sections of the test. Reading, math, science and english language usage. Pick your testing date out and get a study book or buy their ATI online package to help you study. What you don’t want to do is go in unprepared, it’s a waste of your money and time. Study a section at a time or follow the ATI study plan.

 

Set times to study. For example 2 hours everyday or 4 hours 3 days a week. Pick what time frame you have available and get in as much as you can. Make sure you stick to it though! It helps if you have a study buddy.
If you need help learning how to study check out our blog, where we talk about study hacks.

How to cancel TEAS test?
If you registered to take the TEAS through your school, you may be able to get the test cancelled or re-scheduled through the school. If you registered through the ATI website, you cannot cancel, you will just have to not show up and still pay for the test. If you want to re-schedule and you have registered online previously, you will have to pay again to take the test during a new testing time.
How to send TEAS test scores to colleges?
This cost $27 and you go to the transcript website to request it to be sent to another school. When you register you get to choose 3 schools to send it to so make sure you have picked 3, even if you are positive you are going to a certain school, just give yourself options.
How hard is the TEAS test?

It isn’t hard, it just requires that you know the material on the test. It isn’t a tricky type of test. Most of the information is like a recap of what you should have learned in school up to that point. The information is from pulled from what you learned in grades 7-12.
If you study, the test is easy. So what I am telling you is to study.

How long is the TEAS test?

The total number of questions are 170. The overall time allotted to take the exam is 209 minutes which is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. Each section has its own allotted time though. So keep your eye on the time!

  • Science: 48 questions with 66 minutes to complete it.
  • Math: 30 questions with 51 minutes to complete it.
  • English/Language: 30 questions with 34 minutes to complete it.  

Reading: 42 questions with 58 minutes to complete it.

Are TEAS test results immediate?

The preliminary results are available immediately, but the testing center needs to review the test and confirm that there wasn’t any cheating before it is considered official results. You will be able to view your results after the test online in your profile for ATI.

Are calculators allowed on the TEAS test?

Calculators are provided. If taking the online version the calculator will be digital on the computer. If you are taking a paper and pencil version, the calculator will be provided for you by the facility administering the test. Do not bring a calculator to the testing facility, you will not be allowed to use it.

https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/pre-program/PreNursingSchoolFAQ.aspx

How long are TEAS test scores good for?
Four years from the date you took the test. So if you took the test 1/1/2020 it will be good until 1/1/2024.
Taking TEAS test without studying?
This is not recommended unless you were the valedictorian of your high school, just graduated this past year, are a great test taker, and of course remember everything you learned from grades 7 through 12… Oh and you don’t mind having to pay again to take the test again if you don’t do so well. But, to each their own.
Is the TEAS test like the HESI?

In some ways TEAS is similar to HESI. They both are used as entrance exams to nursing school, they both have categories of knowledge that is tested separately, and both are used to predict how well you will do in nursing school as well as on the NCLEX examination. Both tests are taken at certified centers with very specific rules (like no cell phones) and they have a time limit for each category. Each nursing school will have their own set of goals for the test so make sure to check what your nursing school requires.
The TEAS exam tests you on four categories and you take all four categories no matter what. The HESI exam has eight categories that each school can pick and choose which they would like to have their students be tested on. This matters because if you only test on 4 of the categories for one school but then decide to go to another school that requires 5 categories you will have to retake the whole exam again. Which brings me to the next difference. HESI can be taken ONCE in a 12 month period, TEAS can be taken as often as it is offered. Also, the TEAS exam allows you to go back and check your answers before submitting if you have time for that section, whereas the HESI exam does not allow you to back.

How much does the TEAS test cost?

This depends on the state and city you are taking it in. Ranges between approximately $90-$100 You can check out your locations of testing then select the learn more button to find out the price at this website:

http://www.atitesting.com/ati_next_gen/customecom/SessionCityStateSelection.aspx?stf=6&stype=1&prev=1
*This does not include the cost for any prep or travel expenses.

I failed the TEAS test, now what?
You can retake the TEAS. It is recommended that you wait and do additional studying to better your scores. You cannot take only one part either, you must retake the whole test.

HESI: Nursing School Entrance Exam FAQ

What is the HESI admission assessment?
HESI Admission Assessment, also called the HESI A2, is an entrance exam that is used by nursing schools to determine your attrition rate (meaning if you will be able to do well in nursing school). Many nursing schools use this as a point of admission, meaning if you do not pass the exam with the score they want, you cannot apply to their nursing school. Each nursing school uses different parts of the HESI A2 exam as there are 8 categories as well as a personality style and learning style test. A nursing school may want all categories to be tested on, whereas another may only require 4 categories, check with the school you are applying to for details on their requirements.
where to buy a HESI study guide?

HESI is written by the company Evolve Elsevier. They would have the best study material.
And here is their book from Amazon, which is much cheaper: HESI Exam Review 

Which is harder HESI or TEAS?
This is debatable, but some people think the TEAS test is harder because it will have two really good answers that are hard to chose from. However, both are very similar in difficulty as far as content is considered.
What does the HESI test consist of?

The HESI A2 exam has 8 categories as well as a personality style test (15 questions with 15 minutes to answer) and learning style test (14 questions with 15 minutes to answer). The categories are as follows:

  • Biology: 25 questions with 25 minutes to answer.
  • Chemistry: 25 questions with 25 minutes to answer.
  • Physics: 25 questions with 50 minutes to answer.
  • Reading comprehension: 47 questions with 60 minutes to answer.
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge: 50 questions with 50 minutes to answer.
  • Grammar: 50 questions with 50 minutes to answer.
  • Math: 50 questions with 50 minutes to answer.

Anatomy and Physiology: 25 questions with 25 minutes to answer.

What does HESI mean?
Health Education System Incorporated.

They have two main tests, the admissions assessment test (or sometimes called A2) or the exit exam (taken at the end of nursing school). The admissions assessment is similar to TEAS and is used to help determine your eligibility to the nursing school. Nursing schools have their own preference so you need to check with the school you are trying to apply to to find out which test you need to take.

When to take the HESI exam?
Check with your school about when it is offered and when they think you should take the exam. You can only take the HESI exam once in a 12 month period so make sure you take it at the right time for your school. School guidance counselors can help you with figuring out the right time to take this test.
When is the HESI exam offered ?
This depends on the facility offering the exam. Start by checking with your school to find out if they do the testing at the school or if they do the testing through a separate company. Once you figure out the location, you can start checking their websites for times that the test is offered. It should be noted that you need to have talked with your school’s guidance counselor before you decide on the time to take the test to ensure you are taking it at the optimal time for your program.
How to pass HESI entrance exam?

The best way to pass the HESI is to study using the study guide provided by Evolve Elsevier and to take the test after talking to your prospective schools guidance counselor as to which categories need to be taken for their program as well as when that school recommends you take it.
If you are looking at more than one nursing school then you should make sure to check with all schools involved and make a plan based off the needs of all the schools.

HESI A2, what to expect?
You will be in a secured testing area, on a computer, with a proctor overseeing the exam administration. You will not be allowed to bring in personal items like your cell phone. You will take the exam for either the allotted time or until you have finished, whichever comes first. Afterwards you will be able to print your results. The exam scores will be sent to whichever school(s) you requested.
HESI, how to pass?

The best way to pass the HESI is to study using the study guide provided by Evolve Elsevier and to take the test after talking to your prospective schools guidance counselor as to which categories need to be taken for their program as well as when that school recommends you take it.
If you are looking at more than one nursing school then you should make sure to check with all schools involved and make a plan based off the needs of all the schools.

HESI, how many questions?

The HESI A2 exam has 8 categories as well as a personality style test (15 questions with 15 minutes to answer) and learning style test (14 questions with 15 minutes to answer). Total questions: 297 plus 29 additional questions for the personality style and learning style test.

 

The categories are as follows:

  • Biology: 25 questions with 25 minutes to answer.
  • Chemistry: 25 questions with 25 minutes to answer.
  • Physics: 25 questions with 50 minutes to answer.
  • Reading comprehension: 47 questions with 60 minutes to answer.
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge: 50 questions with 50 minutes to answer.
  • Grammar: 50 questions with 50 minutes to answer.
  • Math: 50 questions with 50 minutes to answer.

Anatomy and Physiology: 25 questions with 25 minutes to answer.

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