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HESI Exit & CAT 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 4 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:

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.

The exam dates and times will be provided in the NURS 441 assignments.

Be Prepared

Please ensure you are prepared to write your exams:

  • 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

More Information

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.

A support person will be assigned for the web conference as well as the exam. Their contact information will be provided to you. On the day of your exam if you experience problems please contact them. Contact information will be provided in the NURS 441 Module for the exams.

Remediation (Exit 1 and Exit 2 exams)

The purpose of the remediation is to improve student's critical thinking, reasoning skills, and test taking strategies to achieve NCLEX success. Following each HESI course and Exit Exam, students should remediate. The remediation requirements are dependent on the individual student's HESI score.