## What is in the HESI A2 test?

## You can work through the sections on the HESI A2 in any order, so you should plan in advance how you’d like to tackle the test. Some students like to start with the section they find the hardest, while others like to focus their efforts on sections they know they’ll do well on.

The HESI A2 has eight sections, but most schools only require six: Mathematics, Reading, Vocabulary, Grammar, Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology. The time limits listed below are recommendations from the administrators of the HESI A2 exam. You do not need to strictly adhere to these suggestions, but these limits may be helpful as you practice pacing yourself for other board certification exams.

#### Mathematics

**Topics:** arithmetic, fractions and decimals, proportions, units and measurements, calculating dosages

**Number of Questions:** 55

**Suggested Time Limit:** 50 minutes

#### Reading

**Topics:** main idea, supporting idea, inferences, identify details, interpret information

**Number of Questions:** 55

**Suggested Time Limit:** 60 minutes

#### Vocabulary

**Topics:** knowledge of English vocabulary, particularly related to health and medicine

**Number of Questions:** 55

**Suggested Time Limit:** 50 minutes

#### Grammar

**Topics:** punctuation, grammar,sentence structure

**Number of Questions:** 55

**Suggested Time Limit:** 50 minutes

#### Biology

**Topics:** cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, biological molecules, cells

**Number of Questions:** 30

**Suggested Time Limit:** 25 minutes

#### Chemistry

**Topics:** atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical equations, chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, the periodic table

**Number of Questions:** 30

**Suggested Time Limit:** 35 minutes

#### Anatomy and Physiology

**Topics:** body systems (muscular, skeletal, nervous, renal/urinary, reproductive, endocrine, circulatory, and respiratory)

**Number of Questions:** 30

**Suggested Time Limit:** 25 minutes

#### Physics

**Topics:** mechanics, energy, forces, waves, and light (This section is typically excluded by many programs.)

**Number of Questions:** 30

**Suggested Time Limit:** 25 minutes