HESI Exit Exams
The College of Nursing would like all graduates to be successful in their first writing of the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Research has shown that a high score (900) on the HESI exit exams is a strong predictor (97% accuracy) of success for first time writers of the NCLEX-RN exam.
Based on the current NCLEX-RN blueprint, the HESI exit exams (E1 & E2) will offer fourth year students an opportunity to test their knowledge and receive a remediation plan. The remediation plan is based on personal test results and individualized to support areas for improvement. Remediation is multimodal and tagged directly to the consistent and reliable content found in Elsevier textbooks. The exit exams have approximately 150 questions and students have up to 3 hours to complete the exam.
Similar to NCLEX-RN, the CAT (Computer Adaptive Test) provides tailored item selection which is based on personal performance on the previous item, creating an individualized testing experience. The CAT is meant to be completed as an experiential exam.
The College of Nursing has adopted the integration of the HESI Exit Exam Suite into the final year of your program. The Exam Suite consists of Exit Exam 1 (E1), Exit Exam 2 (E2) and the Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT). For more information on the HESI exit exams and CAT, please visit: https://evolve.elsevier.com/education/nursing-review-and-testing/
Students are required to take the E1 and E2 as components of NURS 441, the CAT is a recommended but not mandatory test that is being made available to students. For students in NURS 441 in spring term, the upcoming exam dates and times are listed in the exam section below.
Please contact Donna Ludwar if you have any questions.
Please ensure you are prepared to write your exams:
- Register for HESI Student Access on Evolve and know your Evolve username and password
- your email address will not work to sign in, you must know your Evolve username and password
- Instructions for finding your username are available here.
- Test your volume for audio based questions
- Food and drink are not permitted during the test.
- You are allowed one piece of paper and use of a pencil/pen during the test. Following the exam you must destroy the piece of paper.
- Cell phones, tablets, and other electronic and photographic devices are not permitted.
- Students may use only the built-in tools of the HESI exam, including EKG ruler and calculator
Wednesday May 26, 2021
Wednesday July 28, 2021
Wednesday August 4, 2021
For all online writings, students must have their camera on the entire time. The exam code will not be released, and students will not be able to begin the exam until their camera is active. Should a student’s camera turn off or they experience other technology issues they will be contacted after the exam to explain what happened. Absences will be noted, recorded, and shared with the faculty member and students will be expected to account for them.
On the day of your exam if you experience problems connecting to WebEx, please contact John Allison at 306-966-4203.
If you experience any issues during the exam, please contact HESI Testing at
Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
- CNA NCLEX-RN Exam Writing Tips
- CNA NCLEX-RN Exam Resources
- CNA NCLEX Prep Webinar - Click the link below to access the recording of the presentation. You'll need to put in your name and email address to access it, but it's free:
- For a pdf of the power point presentation click here:
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
- NCSBN Candidate Bulletin
- NCSBN Test Plan
- NCBSN Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT)