Nursing Admissions Assessment

The Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) A2 admission assessment is a tool used to evaluate nursing applicants and their potential for successful program completion. The assessment consists of two academic exams, mathematics and reading comprehension, and two non-scored sections identifying a student's learning style and personality profile.

All students applying to a Nursing program at Northeast Iowa Community College are required to complete the HESI A2 admission assessment in addition to the courses required for program admission. Scores may be transferred from another institution as long as they meet the NICC criteria and were completed within five years of the student's application date.

Advanced-standing students who are current LPNs can articulate into the sophomore year only after meeting program requirements. Advanced standing students must successfully complete the HESI LPN to ADN Assessment with a minimum score of 850 as an entry requirement to the ADN program.

The minimum requirement for acceptance to an NICC Nursing program is a score of 80 percent or above on both the mathematics and reading comprehension sections of the exam. Results of the personality and learning style sections are not scored but provide valuable information to the nursing department and the student. The scores are not used for the admission criteria.

Assessment Preparation

Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the most appropriate time to complete the HESI assessment. All students should prepare for the assessment by accessing one or more of the following resources.

  • Schedule one-on-one or group tutoring at the Learning Center.
  • Reserve study resources from the campus library or Learning Center.
  • Use online resources by searching for "HESI A2 admission assessment study guides or practice tests."


Students must purchase the assessment online through Evolve/HESI. A credit or debit card can be used for the purchase. A payment ID code is required and is available by contacting Mary Kay Kellogg-Strong at Resources for creating a student account and making payment are provided when the student requests a payment code.

Test Dates and Scheduling

NICC is transitioning to using Brightspace/HonorLock for HESI exams starting in September, 2020. Do not use ProctorU, as the test dates no longer exist for scheduling in their system. Exams will continue to be remote through Brightspace and HonorLock for proctoring.

NICC will return to scheduling your exam. Test dates are:

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020 1-4pm
  • Friday, September 18, 2020 1-4pm
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020 1-4pm
  • Friday, October 23, 2020 9am-Noon
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020 1-4pm
  • Friday, November 6, 2020 1-4pm
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020 1-4pm
  • Friday, December 4, 2020 9am-Noon

*Dates for 2021 will be added during 4th Quarter 2020 & emailed to those interested.

When emailing or calling to schedule, please advise which test you need to take (A2-Entry Level 1st time or LPN to ADN-1st time, etc.). Email: to be added to a test date.

You will be emailed instructions about registering and paying for your exam through Evolve and general information about the exam you are taking. If you already have a payment ID# from Mary Kay Kellogg-Strong, this payment ID# is still valid to use.

PLEASE make sure you pay for your exam PRIOR to the date you are testing. You will not be allowed to take the exam if you are showing unpaid through Evolve.
On the day of your exam, you will be sent an email with your Access Code and instructions on how to access the Evolve website to take your exam through Brightspace.

Please be reminded you need a webcam on your computer for HonorLock. You are allowed a basic calculator and pen/pencils and scratch paper only. No phones or other devices.

On-Campus HESI entrance tests are still not available and undetermined as to when these will resume.

Assessment Results and Next Steps

Results are available immediately after completion. Students are emailed once their test results are posted online within their Elsevier student account. Assessment results are also provided to the nursing department at NICC for review and documentation. The nursing department notifies the Admissions Office of the students who have completed the assessment.


Students who score below the minimum 80 percent are allowed to test a second time. A minimum of two weeks is required before attempting the second test, which will allow the student time to study and prepare for retesting. If the second test is unsuccessful, the student must wait three months before attempting the test again. A new payment ID must be issued.  Please email for a new payment code.