Pre-Admission Test Information

The HESI assessment (A2) exam will be required for all applicants.  (RNs Exempt)

The HESI A2 exam is offered at Lakeview College of Nursing Danville and Charleston campus but can be taken at any location it is available (there are over 300 sites within the U.S. that offer it).  If the HESI is taken through LCN the cost of the test is included in the application fee.  However, please be advised that if the HESI A2 exam is taken at another location there may be a proctoring fee charged to you by the alternative site.


The HESI Admissions Assessment Exam (A2) consists of seven academic exams, as well as a personality profile that helps identify the individual applicant’s learning style.

English Composition

Reading Comprehension: Provides reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension, identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc.
55 items

Vocabulary and General Knowledge: Contains vocabulary terms that are used commonly in both general English speaking and in the health care fields.
55 items

Grammar: Contains basic grammar, including parts of speech, important terms, and their uses in grammar, commonly occurring grammatical errors, etc.
55 items


Basic Math Skills: Focuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general math facts, etc.
55 items


Biology: Covers biology basics, water, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, etc.
30 items

Chemistry: Contains test items that cover matter, chemical equations and reactions, the periodic table, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, etc.
30 items

Anatomy & Physiology: Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.
30 items

Personality Style

Personality Profile: Uses concepts related to introversion and extroversion to classify the student’s personality style.
15 items

Learning Style: Assesses the preferred learning style of the prospective applicant and offers test-taking and study tips suited to that learning style.
14 items

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 your score is, the better your ability to think critically within the discipline of nursing.
30 items

The HESI Assessment Exam (A2) is a four hour exam and can be taken at over 300 sites within the United States. Your overall Composite Score is a predictor of your likelihood to be successful in a nursing program.


Please check with us for scoring requirements.  Students may take the HESI A2 once per admission application cycle.


To Take at LCN

Please contact April Grant at or 217-709-0941 with the following information - - Name, Testing Location Preference (Danville or Charleston), Test Date, Phone Number and E-mail. Spots are limited.

The assessment will be offered on both the Danville and Charleston Campuses of Lakeview College of Nursing on the following dates. All tests will begin at 9:00 am and conclude no later than 1:00 pm.

Fall 2015 Admission     Applicants


Spring 2016 Admission Applicants


Early Decision Option 1

February 28, 2015

Early Decision Option 1

July 25, 2015

Early Decision Option 2

March 7, 2015

Early Decision Option 2

August 1, 2015

Standard Decision Option 1

March 28, 2015

Standard Decision Option 1

August 29, 2015

Standard Decision Option 2

April 4, 2015

Standard Decision Option 2

September 5, 2015

To Take Off-Site

Please view this document for detailed instructions.  Follow the directions within the preceding link only if you are NOT taking the exam at Lakeview's Danville or Charleston locations.  Please be advised that if the HESI A2 is taken at another location there may be a fee charged to you by the alternative site.  Once you have taken the exam off-site, please notify April Grant,, so that we can access your scores.


Check your local library, bookstore, or on-line for HESI Admissions Assessment Exam Review.

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