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The Evolve RN Admission Assessment with Critical Thinking Exam, also know as HESI A2, is a pre-requisite for the Baccalaureate Degree nursing programs at the University of Mobile. All students must take the exam to be considered for the nursing program; there are no exemptions or substitutions, nor can other test scores be accepted to meet this requirement.

The University of Mobile School of Nursing has selected the HESI A2 examination because it is specifically written as a nursing school entrance exam and has research, which correlates performance on this exam with nursing school success. It is our desire to select students who have the most potential for success with nursing school content areas.


Beginning March 2, 2014 a cumulative score of 70% must be achieved on the Evolve RN Admission Assessment Test with Critical Thinking (HESI A2), on no more than 2

attempts in each of the sections: Vocabulary and General Knowledge, Grammar, Basic Math Skills, Reading Comprehension, and Anatomy & Physiology. Although not used as admission criteria, applicants will also complete the Learning and Personality Styles to provide insight into their study habits, learning preferences, and dispositions as they relate to academic achievement. For more information, updates and FAQ’s regarding the UM nursing program, visit the website for the School of Nursing.

Evolve RN Admission Assessment with Critical Thinking exam (HESI A2) scores must be submitted by or prior to the application deadline date of March 1st of the year student is planning to enter the Baccalaureate Degree nursing program. Students who have not taken the HESI A2 by the deadline will not be considered for admission to the School of Nursing. Exceptions to this policy will not be permitted, regardless of the student circumstance.

Payment Cost is $50.00

Testing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Students must bring to the exam a receipt from the University of Mobile Business office validating payment of $50.00 for testing.

Test Preparation Tips

Passing the Evolve RN Admission Assessment with Critical Thinking exam (HESI A2) is the first step on the journey to becoming a successful nurse – make sure you’re prepared. Below are several recommended sources of preparation materials, both in print and on line to help refresh your skills and knowledge prior to taking the exam.


Recommended Book:

HESI Admissions Assessment Exam Review, 3rd Edition. 2013. Available in the UM Bookstore for purchase.

Recommended Websites:

Instructions for Examination Day

Location: Computer Lab Room 218 or 220 in Weaver Building (2nd floor) Before you arrive:

Create your Evolve account - Go to

Click on “Login”- then select “Create an account” and submit the requested personal information.

Instructions for creating a “Username” and “Password”

1. “Username” – should be ALL lowercase letters, no capital letters are permitted Use the first initial of your first name (legal name, no nicknames) and your entire last name. For example, if your name were Mark Jones, your “Username” would be mjones. If your name is Susan Ashley Smith, your “Username” would be ssmith.

2. “Password” – should be ALL lowercase and limited to 8 letters/numbers. No symbols of any kind, no dashes, no underscores, or no hyphens are allowed. Students should use their student ID number if they are currently enrolled at the University of Mobile.

Please keep your “Username” and “Password” in a safe place, as you will access the Evolve site frequently once you are admitted to the nursing program. Email Mrs. Carithers at, Testing Coordinator, your “Username” and “Password”. In order to take the exam, your Evolve Account must be established prior to arriving at the testing center. Failure to do so will result in rescheduling of the exam.

Bring the following items to the exam:

Current photo ID (Drivers License), foam earphones may be used if students are easily distracted, a drink with a lid (will be kept on a table at the front of the room as nothing is allowed at your computer workstation), your Evolve Username and Password.

No outside materials will be allowed (i.e. cell phones, books, notebooks,

electronic devices, etc.). A drop-down calculator in the exam can be used to solve Math problems.


Testing Room Policies

Students are expected to arrive 10 minutes prior to testing time and will be checked in.

Examinees are not allowed to test without appropriate identification (photo ID). All personal items should remain in car. Cell phones are not allowed – do not bring them to testing.

No communication is permitted with anyone other than testing coordinator after the test is begun.

Examinees remain in their assigned seats and raise their hand if assistance is needed.

Other Policies Retesting:

The University of Mobile School of Nursing policy allows students to take the HESI Admission Assessment exam only twice. The second attempt must be at least 30 days after the initial exam. The School of Nursing will not consider HESI A2 scores if: retesting occurs less than 30 days, OR the student has taken the exam more than 2 times, regardless of where the exam was taken, OR scores that are older than 2 years old.

Exam Descriptions

The Evolve RN Admission Assessment with Critical Thinking (HESI A2) consists of 5 academic exams, two personality style assessments, and one critical thinking exam (listed below). Individual exams are not timed but the test session is timed. Total testing time is limited to 4-½ hours. Students must complete the test within the 4-½ hour time period.


Reading Comprehension Provides reading scenarios to measure reading

comprehension, identifying main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc.


Vocabulary & General Knowledge

Contains vocabulary terms used commonly in both general English speaking and in the health care fields

50 Grammar Contains basic grammar, including parts of speech,

important terms and their uses in grammar, commonly occurring grammatical errors, etc.


Basic Math Skills Focuses on math skills needed for health care field, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measurements, general math facts, etc.


Anatomy and Physiology Quick assessment of A&P knowledge. Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems


Personality Profile Uses concepts related to introversion and extroversion to classify the students personality style

15 Learning Style Assesses the preferred learning style of the application

and offers test taking and study tips suited to the learning style


Critical Thinking This exam is a multiple-choice test. All answers are correct; however, each choice reflects a different degree of critical thinking skills. Scores range from 0-1000. The higher the score, the better the ability to think critically within the discipline of nursing.


Testing Schedule

The testing schedule will be posted on the bulletin board in front of the Rosemary Adams School of Nursing building and will be available in the School of Nursing office.


Register for the Evolve RN Admission Assessment with Critical Thinking (HESI A2) exam by contacting the School of Nursing secretary, Mrs. Lynnelle Kahalley at 251.442.2253. We advise scheduling the HESI A2 well in advance of the testing

deadline as seating may become limited. Students will be contacted by email if there is a change in the scheduled testing date.

Math Remediation

Students who are accepted into the BSN nursing program and scored between 70 and 75% on the math portion of the HESI A2 exam will be required to take a one-hour math remediation course during the first semester of the nursing program.

Testing Questions

Students should direct any questions regarding testing and exam preparation to Mrs. Diann Carithers, School of Nursing Testing Coordinator. She may be reached at





TESTING DATES 2014 – 2015





November 7, 2014

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Weaver Bldg.

Computer Lab # 220


December 12, 2014

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Weaver Bldg.

Computer Lab # 220


January 8, 2015

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Weaver Bldg.

Computer Lab # 220


January 23, 2015

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Weaver Bldg.

Computer Lab # 220


February 6, 2015

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Weaver Bldg.

Computer Lab # 220


February 20, 2015

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Weaver Bldg.

Computer Lab # 220


February 27, 2015

(Reserved for

retakes ONLY)

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Weaver Bldg.

Computer Lab # 220

*Testing Dates subject to change. Students will be

contacted by email for testing date changes.