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HESI Pre-Admission Test (Lake Worth Campus): About HESI

General Information and Registration

  • This test is also known as the Elsevier RN Admissions Assessment 'A2.'
  • This test is required for application to Palm Beach State's Registered Nursing Program and Practical Nursing Program (LPN).
  • It is a computer-based test.
  • The cost of the test is $76 ($46 goes to Elsevier and $30 to PBSC proctoring).
  • Visit the Testing Center webpage to register for the test (the test can be taken at Belle Glade, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton or Lake Worth campus' Testing Centers).
  • Students can take the entire HESI exam every 61 days, for a maximum of 3 times a calendar year (there is no 61 day wait to retake the Math portion only).

Information on how to register, how to pay, and how to create a student Evolve account can be found here:


Passing Scores and Test Content


  • A minimum cumulative score of 80 with a minimum individual Math section score of 80 is required to be included in the RN applicant pool.
  • A minimum cumulative score of 75 with a minimum individual Math section score of 75 is required to be included in the LPN applicant pool.
  • A score of less than the above on this examination will prohibit entrance for this period.

Areas Tested:

  • Reading Comprehension--Provides reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension, identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words incontext, passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc.
  • Grammar--Contains basic grammar, including parts of speech, important terms and their uses, commonly occurring grammatical errors, etc.
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge--Contains vocabulary terms that are commonly used in both general English-speaking settings and in health care fields.
  • Biology--Covers biology basics, water, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, etc.
  • Chemistry--Contains test items that cover matter, chemical equations and reactions, the periodic table, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry,
    chemical bonding, etc.
  • Anatomy & Physiology--Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.
  • Math--Focuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general math facts, etc.
  • Learning Style Inventory--Assesses preferred learning style.
  • Personality Traits Profile--Assesses personality related to preferred learning style.