A2 Admission Assessment

The A2 Admission Assessment is required for admission to the ADN program in the TSU School of Nursing.  The A2 Admission Assessment is published by Evolve /Elsevier and is sometimes referred to as the HESI Entrance Test.

We only administer the sections of the HESI that are required of the TSU ADN program which are:

  • Math
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Chemistry
  • Personality Profile

Individual parts of the A2 Admission Assessment are not timed, however, the total test session is limited to three (3) hours.

Schedule and Location
Date Time Campus Location Building Room
Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:00 am Gallatin Wood Campus Center 210
Monday, December 2, 2013 1:00 pm Gallatin Wood Campus Center 210

The A2 is administered on the Gallatin campus in the Wood Campus Center, Room 210.

Exam Fee

Total cost of exam is $59.  ($34 payable online to Elsevier and a $25 administrative fee paid directly to Vol State.)  Exam fees are non-refundable and cannot be used for rescheduling or transferred to another person.  Examinees are responsible for selecting the correct test, correct date, and correct time when test fees are paid.

Test Preparation

Study guides are available.  To purchase by phone call 1-800-401-9962 and request ISBN #9781416056355.  To purchase online go to http://evolve.elsevier.com and type “admission assessment” into the site search window.

Test Registration and Test Fee Payment

There are three steps in the Test Registration and Fee Payment process that you must complete before you can take the A2 Admission Assessment at the Vol State Testing Center.  You must begin this process in advance so that there is adequate time for each step and you meet all deadlines.

Step One—Select Test Date and Pay Registration/Administration Fee:

  • Deadline for this step is one week in advance so that there is sufficient time for the other steps in the process.
  • Call the Vol State Testing Center at 615-230-3484 and reserve a date and time to take your exam.  Pay a $25 administration fee directly to Vol State.

Step Two—Create a Student Evolve Account:

  • There is no cost for this step. 
  • Go to http://evolve.elsevier.com/exam and complete the steps to open an Evolve account and get a username and password. 
  • You must know your evolve username and password when you report to take your exam.

Step Three—Payment of Evolve Test Fee:

You will receive an email from Vol State with specific payment information approximately two weeks before the exam.  The following information will be in the email:

Order ID

Payment ID





RN Admission Assessment (A2) -  


To make your payment, login to Evolve using this link and then click on the "My Exams & Remediation" link where you will be instructed to complete the required payment information.

If you have any questions or are having trouble making the payment please visit http://evolvesupport.elsevier.com and click on the Student Support & FAQs area on the right hand side of the page.

On Test Day
  • You must report 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time.
  • You must bring valid, government-issued, photo ID in the same name as your test registration.
  • You must bring your receipt for the $34 exam fee paid to Evolve.
  • You must know your Evolve username and password.

**If you do not meet one or more of the above requirements, you will not be able to take your exam and you will need to register for a future test date and pay all required fees for that future date.

Score Report

After you complete each part of the test you will see your score for that part of the test.  When you complete all parts of the test you will click on Summary Score Report and your Admission Assessment Report will be printed before you leave the Testing Center.

A more detailed score report will be emailed to the address you provided when you create your Evolve account.  It may be several weeks before you receive the detailed score report.  When you receive your email from Evolve regarding your score report, this also indicates that you can access your Evolve account and order additional score reports.

A2 Admission Assessment Score Reports are available only from Evolve.  Score Reports are not available through the Vol State Testing Center.

The test administrators/proctors will not interpret what scores mean or advise students regarding A2 Admission Assessment results.  Required scores are determined by each TSU nursing program.


The TSU School of Nursing requires that you wait 30 days before re-taking the A2 Admission Assessment.  When you receive your detailed score report from Evolve it will include remediation suggestions that may be helpful as you prepare for re-testing.