Reynolds uses the HESI exam for admission testing into the AAS Nursing Program. Students must register online and pay for the exam prior to coming to the testing center. Please see detailed instructions further down on this page.

HESI Exam Details and FAQs

HESI will cover the following topics


Weighted percentage

RN Minimum Passing Score

Number of Questions


Anatomy & Physiology





Reading Comprehension















Critical Thinking

These categories must be taken but are for data purposes only and not used in ranking



Learning Style



Personality Profile





4hr 5 min

Study Materials: Many study materials are available online from different vendors and students may use whatever study materials they choose; just search "HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam" in your internet browser to find resources to assist you.


Students may only take the HESI exam twice in a two year period. A different payment ID is used for each attempt that is purchased. Students MUST take the 1st time tester first, before they can take the 2nd time tester.

Updated 1/12/2023: New Payment ID numbers for students wanting to take HESI for applying to the Fall 2023 cohort.

HESI for RN applicants 1st time tester Payment ID: 25009

HESI for RN applicants 2nd time tester Payment ID: 25010

Reynolds is not responsible for any purchases of the wrong exam type

Refund Process: Please send an email to to request a refund. Please include the Type of credit card used (MC or VISA), Name on the card, date you purchased the exam, your Elsevier account name or login only,phone number, and email used to purchase the HESI. The Nursing Coordinator will complete the form and send to HESI for processing. A confirmation email reply will be sent to notify that the refund request was submitted. It can take 4-6 weeks to process refunds and there is no guarantee of a refund. Refunds CANNOT be processed if the test was purchased over 90 days. Anyone that has started a test session will not be eligible for a refund. Refunds will not be processed for purchasing the wrong test version. Once the refund form has been sent to HESI, please follow up with HESI regarding the processing of the refund.

Students should call Elsevier with questions regarding refunds or credits at 1-800-222-9570


HESI Exam Availability:

Fall 2023 Cohort Applications - HESI PURCHASE timeline: beginning January 16, 2023 HESI MUST BE TAKEN BY: May 8, 2023

Spring 2024 Cohort Applications - HESI PURCHASE timeline: beginning May 22, 2023 HESI MUST BE TAKEN BY: August 14, 2023

Please ensure that you are allowing enough time in your schedule to purchase the test and then schedule to take the test by the testing deadline above. You also want to consider whether or not you will want to take the HESI a second time, so, please allow enough time for scheduling a second test within the same time frames. It is recommended (but not mandatory) to allow 3 weeks between attempts to remediate to help improve your scores.

Scheduling an appointment for HESI testing will not be allowed after the deadline has passed. Please read the "important facts to know" listed below in Step Two regarding the Reynolds Testing Center and when appointments can be made.


HESI Testing Instructions (For RN test ONLY)

Please be sure to read ALL INSTRUCTIONS and follow explicitly. If active, only VCCS Reynolds school email accounts should be used to register and request instructions. Personal email account should only be used in the event your Reynolds email account is not active.

Step One (contains 3 parts-A, B, C)

A. Create your Evolve account first. (If you already have an Evolve account, skip to Step #2 or use the forgot username & password reset under the Sign In link)

B. Login into your Evolve account and follow these steps to add HESI Student Access to your Evolve account:

  • Go to the Students Welcome page (Sign In is at the top Right Corner of the screen)
  • Click "Register for results and remediation" in the section "HESI Secured Exams" on the bottom right side of the screen.
  • Click "Register".
  • Click "Checkout/Redeem" to continue.
  • The last page shows a confirmation of your request. Click "My Evolve" in the top right corner of the page to go to your courses and resources.
  • Click "HESI Assessment Student Access" to access the HESI Assessment center
  • After completing these steps you will have added HESI Student Access to your new or existing Evolve Account.

C. Follow these steps to pay for your HESI Admission Assessment (A2) exam

  • Log in to your Evolve Account.
  • Go to your "My Evolve" and click "HESI Assessment Student Access".
  • Click "Payments", place in the Payment ID provided above and click "Search". A payment ID is a unique identifier for your exam and varies by program type and test version
  • Fill out the necessary information and review all details before proceeding to "Checkout".
  • After successfully processing the payment, your receipt can already be viewed on "Payment History"

Step Two

Print a copy of your receipt for the payment of the test and contact the Reynolds Testing Centers to schedule an appointment to take the exam. Important facts to know:

  • The Testing Center staff will schedule appointments on a first come first serve basis.
  • Space is limited and you may have to look at multiple dates to confirm a testing appointment.
  • Please schedule early so that you have the needed flexibility in peak times.
  • Please note that testing will only occur Monday, Tuesday or Thursday on the Downtown or Parham Road campuses.
  • HESI test appointments will not be allowed during Midterm or Final exam peak periods of the semester.
  • The exam requires at least 4 hours so students must schedule appointments to start between 8:30am and 11:30am. No afternoon appointments will be accepted.

Please go to the Reynolds Testing Centers webpage to see current service hours, phone numbers and email contact information for the Downtown and Parham Road testing center locations.

Step Three

Once you have completed the exam you can view the results from your Evolve account. You will then save a copy of the results to your computer and included them with your program application that must be submitted by the application deadline.