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HESI A2 RN Admission Exam

All students applying to the Associate Degree Science in Nursing (ADN) program at MassBay must take the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) exam at a Prometric Test Center. The exam assesses an applicant’s academic readiness and is a predictor for success in the first year of an ADN program


HESI publishes a review book specifically for this exam, HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review, 4th Edition, Copyright 2017, ISBN 9780323353786. This book can be purchased thru Amazon or at bookstores such as Barnes and Noble, and is also available for purchase through MassBay’s campus bookstore. The book will include samples of test questions from the subject areas that will be covered on the exam as well as information regarding test question formats. It will highlight important concepts and provide tips for studying and test-taking. It also offers a 25-question pre-test at the beginning of the text helps you assess your areas of strength and weakness before using the text, and a 50-question comprehensive post –test that covers all of the text’s subject areas. The questions will also include rationales for correct/incorrect answers. MassBay also offers HESI preparation assistance through our MassBay Academic Achievement Center (“AAC”) at several different times and campus locations. Please contact the ACC for more information. Please reference the Health Sciences page, with curriculum sheets, for details on all program prerequisite courses


Seats in MassBay’s ADN program are limited. Discuss your readiness with your academic advisor or admissions counselor.


  • For Priority Admission decision the exam dates are August 1st–December 31st. Review will take place by March 1st.
  • Additional testing option dates are January 2nd–May 15th. If seats are still available additional review will take place by May 30th.