When you’re planning to enter nursing school, you’ll be required to take an entrance exam. Many nursing schools around the country are starting to require a formal nursing school entrance exam.
When it comes to those entrance exams, some schools choose to require the TEAS 6 while other schools require the HESI A2 exam.
But what is the difference between the two?
Both exams are designed to really make you think and some may say that one exam is more difficult than the other.
The TEAS 6 exam measures your knowledge and skills in four sections:
• English & Language Usage
The TEAS 6 Reading section includes 53 questions that are timed for 64 minutes. Within the reading section, you will be given questions regarding key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas. You’ll be required to summarize a complex test, use text features, and identify primary sources in various media.
The Mathematics section contains questions over numbers and algebra as well as measurement and data. You’ll be required to convert among non-negative fractions, decimals, and percentages as well as calculate geometric quantities. There are 36 questions that will need to be answered within 54 minutes.
The Science section of the TEAS 6 exam contains 53 questions to be completed within 63 minutes. This section consists of questions regarding human anatomy and physiology, life and physical sciences, and scientific reasoning. You’ll be required to describe the general human anatomy, explain Mendel’s laws of heredity, and analyze the design of a scientific investigation.
The final section of the TEAS 6 exam is the English and Language Usage section. This section contains 28 questions that need to be answered within 28 minutes. This section contains questions regarding conventions of standard English, knowledge of language and vocabulary acquisition.
For the TEAS 6 exam, you are given a total of 209 minutes to complete the exam.
The HESI A2 exam goes into a little more detail than the TEAS 6 does. There are ten sections on the HESI A2 exam.
• Reading Comprehension
• Vocabulary and General Knowledge
• Basic Math Skills
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Personal Profile
• Learning Style
• Critical Thinking
The Reading Comprehension section contains 47 questions that will provide scenarios that measure your reading comprehension, require you to find the meaning of words in context and make logical inferences.
The Vocabulary and General Knowledge section contains 50 questions. You will be asked to explain vocabulary terms that are used in English as well as in the healthcare field.
The Grammar section contains 50 questions that cover basic grammar including parts of speech, important terms, and commonly occurring grammatical errors.
The Basic Math Skills section contains 50 questions that focus on math skills that are needed for the healthcare field. These math skills include basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures and general math facts.
The Biology section of the HESI A2 exam includes 25 questions. The questions will be regarding biology basics, water, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, and photosynthesis.
In the Chemistry section, you are given 25 questions over matter, chemical equations, the periodic table, nuclear chemistry, and chemical bonding.
The Anatomy and Physiology section contains 25 questions covering general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.
Along with these sections, the HESI A2 exam also requires you to complete sections regarding a Personal Profile and Learning Style. The Personal Profile asks questions that are used to determine your personality style and the Learning Style asks questions to determine what type of learning style works best for you. Once your learning style is revealed, you are given test-taking and study tips that are best suited for your learning style.
There is also a Critical Thinking section that assesses your critical thinking skills in problem-solving, biases and ethical dilemmas, argument analysis, and analysis of data.
The TEAS 6 exam is timed for a total of 209 minutes (roughly over 3 hours) while you are given 4 hours for the HESI A2 exam.
When you’ve completed the TEAS 6 exam, your score will be available immediately. Your score report will include your total score as well as the content area scores. There is not a set “pass” or “fail” score. Each nursing school sets its own standards as to what qualifies you as “passing” to be able to enter their program.
For the HESI A2 exam, there is also no “passing” score. As with the TEAS 6, each school set their own “passing” score in order to enter their nursing program.