Students take the Accuplacer and CELSA placement exams at the Testing Services Center.

HESI Testing

HESI A2 & HESI PN Hours 

GCC Main (only):

Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (last time to start)

Friday: 9 a.m. - Noon (last time to start)

*May - August closed Fridays

HESI A2

The Evolve Reach (HESI) Admission Assessment Exam (A2) is the Nursing program entrance exam. The HESI A2 is a computer-based test consisting of seven modules: Math Skills, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary & General Knowledge, Grammar, Learning Style, Personality Style, and Critical Thinking. The Science exams in Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology and Physics will NOT be administered or used for admission to MCCCD Nursing Programs (If you need any of the Science sections you will be charged an extra $20 fee and must request the extra section(s)). Visit the Maricopa Nursing Programs for admissions requirements. 

  • All seven modules must be completed within a single four-hour testing session;
  • No breaks are allowed during the exam;
  • Current valid photo ID is required;
  • Personal calculators are not permitted. When allowed, a calculator will appear on the testing program. Scratch paper and pencils will also be provided;
  • Results are valid for two years;
  • Students may retest after a 60-day waiting period. Up to two retests are permitted within one year from the date of the first valid test;
  • Prior to testing, we encourage students to create their Evolve account (username and password required on the day of testing. For step-by-step instructions, you may review or print the pdf version of Steps for Creating an Evolve account.

Fees and Method of Payment

Cost: $40 for students testing for the MCCCD Nursing program. 

Cost: $60 for students testing for a school outside the Maricopa Community College District. This includes an additional $20 Proctor test fee and ALL sections are available. Please make sure you know which sections are required for your school and mention that you are testing for an outside college or you may take the wrong exam.

No refunds and costs are subject to change. Payment must be made in person the day of testing. Students must come to Testing Services first to verify eligibility before payment.

An eight digit MCCCD student ID number is required for testing and payment all students regardless of which school students are applying to. If you do not have an MCCCD student ID number, please go to my.maricopa.edu and complete step one.

Students are not allowed to take any breaks during the four-hour exam. Please plan accordingly.

HESI PN

The HESI PN is the Nursing program entrance exam for students looking to enter block three or block four:

  • The HESI PN is for students applying for Blocks three or four of the nursing program. The exam is a computerized, untimed exam designed to assess basic knowledge of practical nursing. The average time it takes to test is one hour so plan accordingly;
  • Current LPN applicants and transfer applicants seeking admission into block three or block four must achieve a score of 850 or higher to be considered entrance into the program;
  • The score is available immediately and is valid for six months. There is no retesting allowed.The test can be taken again after score expires;
  • Current valid photo ID is required;
  • No breaks allowed during the exam.

Fees and Method of Payment

Cost: $50 or students testing for the MCCCD Nursing program. 

Cost: $70 for students testing for an outside college. This includes an additional $20 proctor fee.

No refunds and costs are subject to change. Payment must be made in person the day of testing. Students must come to Testing Services first to verify eligibility before payment.

An eight digit MCCCD student ID number is required for testing and payment all students regardless of which school students are applying to. If you do not have an MCCCD student ID number, please go to my.maricopa.edu and complete step one.

Contact:

Building: Testing & Student Success Services (TS3)
Phone: (623) 845-3058
Fax: (623) 845-3346
Email: Testing.Services@gccaz.edu