HESI Exam Registration Policies & Procedures for Nursing Program


Testing Schedule

Students taking the HESI admissions exam for entrance into the SFCC Nursing Program are allowed to test twice in an application period. However, candidates are tested in cohort groups, so each testing date has an automatic retest date of 20 business days following the original test date.  That is, you have an opportunity to choose whether you want to retest approximately 20 business days after your first attempt.  Please be sure that, when you select your preferred test date that you will be available for the retest date as well, should it become necessary. We cannot test any candidate outside of his or her cohort, so you may only retake the exam on the specified date for your cohort.

If you test on this date:

You will retest on this date:

Cohort – 1

January 11

February 8

Cohort – 2

January 12

February 9

Cohort – 3

January 13

February 10

Testing time is open, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00p.m. on test days. Students arriving outside these times will not be able to test.


There is a $39 fee for taking the HESI Nursing entrance exam, and a $5.00 sitting fee, paid at our Cashier’s office the day you test. You must also be a registered SFCC student. Students not registered at SFCC must pay an additional $25 proctor fee at the cashier’s office before taking the exam.

Registration and Payment

You must register and pay for the HESI admissions exam online.  Your first step is to go to:https://evolve.elsevier.com/ and set up your account.  You will create a username and password, and that is what you will use to get into your admissions exam on your test day. Be sure you bring that with you.

If you are having problems, contact Evolve Support, through this link.

You must register and pay for the HESI admissions exam online.  Pursuant to SFCC Nursing Program policy, you may take the HESI exam a maximum of two times during a given application period, on the specified date, within your cohort.

Once you have registered and paid, you will automatically be on a roster to test on the day you’ve chosen. 

On your test day, you must present a current photo ID and a receipt for the $5 sitting fee.  You must also bring in your Elsevier username and password that will allow you into the exam.  Testing Center staff will provide further instructions for you to open your exam once you’ve signed into your Elsevier account.

Look for test preparation materials in this site’s updates.

Cancellations and Date Changes

If you wish to change or cancel a HESI registration, contact the Elsevier website to make the change.

Late Arrivals and No-Shows

You are expected to arrive at the Testing Center during the testing window times, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. on testing days. Both your first attempt date and retest option date will be open from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.  If your arrival time will not allow you to complete the exam by Testing Center closing time, you will not be allowed to test.  If you do not show up for your first attempt, you will be allowed to test only on your scheduled retest date. You will not be given a retest opportunity.

Accommodations for Examinees with Documented Disabilities

Testing accommodations are provided for examinees with documented disabilities in accordance with the ADA. To receive accommodations, you must meet with the SFCC Office of Disability Services (505-428-1711) for a standard intake interview and to have your documentation reviewed. The Testing Center will not provide non-standard testing arrangements without a referral from the Disability Services office.  

For more information, please contact The Testing Center, (505) 428-1625, testingcenter@sfcc.edu.