HESI A2 Exam vs. TEAS Test – What’s the Difference?

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  • May 8, 2013

The TEAS and HESI A2 exams are two of the most popular exams for nursing school applicants. Which one of these is right for you? And what are the differences, if any, between these exams? Read on to find out.

The HESI A2 Exam

The Health Education Systems Inc. Admission Assessment Exam – aka the HESI A2 exam – is a common entrance exam for many nursing programs. It is a multiple-section computerized exam, with up to ten sections totaling about 300 questions. (Not all programs require the full 10 sections; some require as few as six.) Exam topics include reading comprehension, English grammar, vocabulary, math, and various branches of science, including anatomy, biology, chemistry, and physiology.

The TEAS Test

The Test of Essential Academic Skills is another exam you’re likely to face if you’re interested in entering a healthcare program. It covers the same subjects as the HESI A2, with the addition of some extra material in life science and general science. There are a total of 170 questions, 20 of which are non-scoring.

Which Exam is Right for you?

Because the TEAS and HESI A2 exams cover so much of the same information, there is really no “right exam”. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the TEAS may be marginally harder, but many nursing candidates agree that they are quite similar. Both exams are not nursing assessment exams. Rather, they are a predictor of how likely you are to excel in a nursing school. In the end, you’ll find that the choice of exam is more related to which school or program you choose to apply for, not the differences in the exams themselves.

Study and practice are two of the keys for a successful attempt at the HESI A2 or TEAS exams. Why not start today, using free HESI A2 and TEAS practice tests? You might be surprised how much you already know!

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