HELP! Bombed the HESI Entrance Test

I took the HESI pre-entrance test today and BOMBED scoring 72.5%. I need a minimum of 77% to even be considered for the program.

I got the Elsevier review book and studied for 10 days. I took the 4 practice tests in the back of the book but I dont think it helped enough. There were questions on the practice tests that were not covered in the review chapters.

I got a 68% on the Math (improper fractions killed me) and had trouble with the Bio section. I did OK on the AP part but there were questions I didnt know even though I studied the review book. I completed AP I this
Fall (got a B+) and I am registered for AP II starting in two weeks. I passed Algebra I and II with a B+.

I am frustrated. I am a 3.6 GPA in the pre-nursing classes, I work a full-time job and a part-time job as a Nurse Assistant in the ER (16 hours a week) to make me more competitive when I apply. I go to school two nights as week to complete the pre-reqs. I am a returning student after 20 years and I truly want to be a nurse. The clinical experience in the ER I love and I have learned a great deal in a short period of time

Does anyone have any advice on how to better prepare for the re-take test? I have two weeks to get ready and this re-take is my last shot for me to apply for the Fall 2009 class. You can only take the test twice in one
application year.

Thanks for your help and guidance

I purchased an additional study guide on line from a company called..Mometrix. It was the best 80.00 I have found. Lots of practice tests. As well as test taking tips in general. Good Luck and do not give up!

I used a GED math review book, and Cliff's Notes general Biology, since I'd never taken more than 1 semester of 9th grade biology. I used the McGraw Hill nursing pre-entrance exam book, the HESI pre-entrance exam study guide, and I googled TEAS test and used some free online questions. That GED math book was just the ticket for boning up on math. We have calculators for that stuff in the technical world, lol.

How did you end up doing on the exam?

Same here. Failed it the first time, but got an 88.8% this time.

what type of A&P questions are asked on the HESI?

https://sites.google.com/site/apinnerworkings/home has this https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&p...ZGRiYWFmOTU4YQ and other free stuff.

I have the HESI A2 guide around here, someplace. I'll try to take a look at that section later today. Might be tomorrow, though.

Thanks very much.
Were there any other books or websites you used to get ready? There are a lot on the NET but not much on the HESI.

Thanks.

I don't know what state you live in (or if it makes a difference), but I was really unhappy with the Elsevier HESI study guide. I don't feel as though it helped me either. If it makes you feel any better, you are not alone!

Now that you already took it one time, you should be able to know what the content will be on for the second time. You said that impropr fractions gave you a problem, so be sure to study those. My HESI didn't have A+P so I'm not sure what advice I can give there.

Best of luck to you!

I don't know what state you live in (or if it makes a difference), but I was really unhappy with the Elsevier HESI study guide. I don't feel as though it helped me either. If it makes you feel any better, you are not alone!
I completely disagree with this statement. I studied every single page of the study guide (ISBN: 9781416056355) and loved it. I got a 92% overall on the test and did highest on the math portion of the test thanks to the great math section of the book. I did every single practice problem in the book, and kept the book simply because of the math review(I got a 96% on the math portion of the test).

My advice would be to study everything in the book, not just the practice questions. Everyone I have met at my school, failed because of the vocabulary section of the test. (I got an 88, my lowest score, on that portion of the test)

I am really sorry that you didn't pass. But I have one question for you. Are you going to work full time throughout nursing school? While being a Nurse Aide may help you get into the nursing program with your school it won't give you an upper hand when it comes to getting hired down the road. My school strongly suggests working no more than 20 hours a week while in the nursing program, and I agree.

Just to make things clear for me. I was under the impression that HESI i needed to be taken once you are done with ur pre reqs and about to apply for the ADN program. Is that true? or can i take it as im taking my prereqs, that way if i fail i can take it again and again. How often and around what time of the year is this HESI exam available. I just bought the book too that FUTURENOVARN mentioned.
Please help me.....Thannks

Robbie S.

I am willing to help you in any way that I can. I took the test January 6th. I got a 96.81% on the Composite and 100 on the Math section.

I used the HESI Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam Review Book. ISBN: 978-1-4160-5635-5

Feel free to private message me. I will help you.

What sections does your school require? I actually thought the Reading Comprehension was radically different from the review sections in the book. I will be more than happy to help you with fractions and ratios.

I thought the review for ratios and fractions in the HESI book mentioned above was very good.

Remember, this is not a timed test. If you want to sit there for 6 hours, you can. Take your time. You are an intelligent woman. You've worked hard. You can do this! You can make your dream a reality! I promise!

Lady Vol are you talkin to me?

Lady Vol are you talkin to me?
Actually, I was responding to Alphadog, but I'd be happy to help anyone else, if I can.

Lady Vol, WOW congratulations on your HESI score, that is amazing! I scored 81% on my first attempt and have decided to take it again. Any advice? I do have the HESI Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam Review, and feel that the math section was great preparation for the exam, although I had a lot of problems with reading comprehension. I feel the Exam Review book did not cover that section well, when doing the practice tests I got 100% but on the actual HESI exam I got a 78% in Reading Comp. Anyways, I'd appreciate any helpful advice? I really want to get in the 90%'s second time around. I have a month before my second attempt.

Thanks
Angelina

Hi Everyone
Sorry I have not replied.
I have been busy studying!
Wish me luck.
Tomorrow is my re-take

Thanks!

Good luck alphadog!! You'll do great! Keep us posted, im sure you'll score high!!

Good luck on the retake! I know you'll do great!

Hi Everyone
Sorry I have not replied.
I have been busy studying!
Wish me luck.
Tomorrow is my re-take

Thanks!

Any update? I'm curious to see how you did the 2nd time around. You're lucky that you have that option; my school only allows the HESI once per admission cycle. Good luck!!

I would recommend the HESI study guide. I used that one, and just got a 97 on my HESI. The math is easy but you can easily screw it up if you are not a math person and you don't memorize how to do all that stuff (that you never have to use in everyday life!) Just memorize all the math, and go over all the sections in the book and do the things they recommend in the HESI HINT sections and I think you will be fine. GOod Luck!! I spent about 15-20 hours total brushing up for the HESI. It is worth it!!

Thanks very much.
Were there any other books or websites you used to get ready? There are a lot on the NET but not much on the HESI.

Thanks.

I got a copy of the HESI study guide from the school library. That's what I used to study from. I passed the 1st attempt. Good luck on your next test!

Has anyone had to take the physics part of the HESI and is it really as hard as it is in the study guide?

any feedback on the a&p section of the test? i've been trying to study a little everyday for it and i don't think its enough.

hey i just took the Hesi and now im freaked out if ill be accepted in the Gloucester county program.
I got a 80 over all 91 in the reading part..my high school grades in bio is 91 and chem 94 do i have a chance!?!

hey i just took the Hesi and now im freaked out if ill be accepted in the Gloucester county program.
I got a 80 over all 91 in the reading part..my high school grades in bio is 91 and chem 94 do i have a chance!?!
Oh yeah

I just took the HESI entrance test today and did not pass all the sections. I took about 3 weeks to prep for this. Fortunately, I only have to retake 1 section. For those that haven't taken it yet, I'll just share what I did for prep work in case it helps:
I got a 92 in Math. It was truly fractions, rations and very basic math. Only a couple of questions with conversions to metrics. I used the Kaplan guide and did all of the practice questions. Know your fractions & ratios.

Reading comprehension and grammar 94. Take your time with the reading seaction. In our school, the part you have to read stays on screen with each question so you have lots of opportunity to re-read the material.
Grammar: I found this ridiculously easy.

Chemistry - I've never had chemistry and studied using Chemistry for Dummies. Its a good book but a little to much detail for the test. I would recommend the Kaplan guide instead. I passed this with a 72 --I actually feel pretty good about it.

Biology: I took biology 2 years ago and used my notes & the Kaplan guide. I got a 72.

A&P: I've never had this and didn't study for it. I took it for fun to see how I'd do. Giggles - only a 48!

I have to retake biology because the school I want to go to requires a grade of at least 62 in chemistry and an average of a 75 between Chem and 1 other science. I have a better chance bringing up my biology score than my A&P.

The important thing to do is reduce the # of things you're weak on so... get comfortable with math, vocabulary and reading. Those should be BASIC to anyone wanting to be a nurse.

Then focus on the items you struggle with. Get help from anyone willing to lend it, including the school you're testing at. Some may have study groups or test quizzes.

Good luck and God Bless America

I just registered to this site in hopes of some help. I amtaking the Hesi exam this thurs. 4/26 For BCC in NJ for dental Hygiene..Has anyone taking the exam for BCC if so..let me know.
For any other person that can answer... FOr the math part..are yo allowed calculators?? Do you relaly have to memorize the metric system and such??? as well as for the chemestry part?? AM I going to be asked about moles and balancing equations etc??

sweetnchicRe: HELP! Bombed the HESI Entrance Test
I just registered to this site in hopes of some help. I amtaking the Hesi exam this thurs. 4/26 For BCC in NJ for dental Hygiene..Has anyone taking the exam for BCC if so..let me know.
For any other person that can answer... FOr the math part..are yo allowed calculators?? Do you relaly have to memorize the metric system and such??? as well as for the chemestry part?? AM I going to be asked about moles and balancing equations etc??

I don't know if the dental hygiene requirements are the same so I don't want to mislead you. The test I took, we were not allowed calculators as there is an online one that is really simple to use. Our proctor also had hand held ones we could borrow. I didn't use it, I just used the computer one. For me, scrap paper makes me happy and we were given some to use.
In terms of metrics, there were a couple of kilometer & milligram questions. There were some household conversions so know your cups, ounces, gallons etc..
There was one or 2 mole questions and a few "solve for x". A lot of fractions, ratios & simple math. I am not a genius and I got a 92. My girlfriend who didn't study math at all got a 90. She's been helping her fourth grader with his homework and that is really all she needed.

Good luck! You can do it

Thank you!! I am actually going to be taking the vocab. grammer, reading, math BIO, and laslty CHEM that is driving me insane. Of course the personality test and the other one. IT is a relive that I can use a calculator though....Thank u again!

I took my test yesterday but made 80-89%. I think the test is basically comprehensive. Just take your time to pick the best answer. The comprehension is very trickish, but take your time to pick the best answer after 2 distractor.:typing.

I too bombed my HESI A2, I did average on the math grammar etc but the sciences killed it for me. I bought the study guide and felt that it was only helpful in the math and grammar sections.

The review of the sciences was pointless I studied the guide front to back ant it was such a waste of time and money. I do not have a backround in A&P but I do in Bio and I still scored poorly.

I am a BCC student and took the HESI a2 but for the nursing program... the sciences were very very diffcult. YES you do need to memorize the metric system, there are alot of questions on them. The study guide they suggest is only helpful in math and grammar, not the sciences at all. If you want to study for them use old notes from classes you have taken in the past. GOOD LUCK

Does anyone know of any good online websites that break down metric conversions?? Sites that possibly show you how to convert without using their conversion calculator?

Tks

WAHOOOO!!!! I passed the re-take on the HESI2. I had to do the biology section as I'd passed everything else. I only got an 80 but that is okay - still counts

For those that don't know how the science sections are: you need to know the material "cold". What I've found out after taking it twice now is that there are going to be questions you didn't cover at all in your studies. So, you've really got to go into it knowing your stuff cause you're likely to miss a couple of oddball questions anyway.

Good luck friends! Now I've got to go do some housework

Hello Everybody, I would like some advice I am taking the HESI Entrance Exam on June 18 2009. I have just started studying. I printed out the westcoast university guide is this guide similiar to the exam??? My next question is what should I study for Biology and A&P. I would appreciate it if I can get some feedback on what to study in these two sections since the HESI book is too basic. PLEASE HELP!!!

Thank you

Yes, I too am seeking out the best ways to study the bio, chem and A&P parts of the test. I have the study guide as well as the mo-media study guide "secrets".

can anyone share the main topic areas for the sciences?
thanks!

oh, and one last question.. is the HESI Entrance score a combined score or each section on its own?
For example, if I get HIGH scores on math, grammar, vocab.. would that offset a lower score say in chem?

i am a bcc student and took the hesi a2 but for the nursing program... the sciences were very very diffcult. yes you do need to memorize the metric system, there are alot of questions on them. the study guide they suggest is only helpful in math and grammar, not the sciences at all. if you want to study for them use old notes from classes you have taken in the past. good luck

when you say bcc do you mean broward community college? what hesi test...

Is the Kaplan study book better than the HESI study guide?
Are all HESI tests the same for Nursing programs through out the US?

Help"bombed
I am about to take my exam.I went to take it last week but system went down.I was told a few important bits of advise.First..saunders most current comprehensive review of practical nursing will give you the best head start you can get..its thousands of questions..and all application, cover the hard stuff ..but you still have to know your chemistry applications..micro. basic science and algebra.Taking times 60 point algebra quizes over and over helps.Even though I havent taken it yet.The person I talked to coordinates my program..and knew whzt she was talking about. Its unfortunatly not a 2-4 week study exam.Not unless you have a photo graphic memory, or have a young mind and have just taken and comprehended all you a&p micro, chem nursing process, labs, med math etc etc.
This is NOT to overwhel but to prepare.If you choose to buy or even check out from library the saunders ...you will NOT regret it.But supplement with a comprehensive review of your important prenursing classes.
Hope this helps.

[quote=nrenteria]Make sure you take a breath and take your time when answering the questions. There isn't a time limit on the test. Just relax and make sure you read all the way through the question before you answer it and move onto the next question. Memorize the fractions. I hate fractions and that's what I did to pass with an overall score of 90 on all sections. Good luck on your next attempt![/quo

I'll be taking it soon and didn't realize that there is not time limit. That is good news!

I'll be taking it soon and didn't realize that there is not time limit. That is good news!
It depends on your school, there was a time limit for my test. I have heard several people here on thehealthscience say that there is not a time limit but that is not always the case.

So, most of the schools don't have any time limit when taking the HESI Entrance Test? Are you allowed to take any breaks in between of each section of the test? It would be hard to take a test for a long period of time w/o any break at all. I'm always having this entrance test anxiety when it comes to entrance exams. I'm not very smart nor a slow person, it's just that these tests freaks me out! I go blank sometimes because of stressing too much about it. Please tell me more what to expect on the HESI entrance test.

I am currently attending Baker College in Michigan, we can only take the Hesi two times only, ever at Baker. How come I am hearing that the test is not timed, it is at Baker. Each section is timed and the total time for the test is 8 hours, I think, can't remember. We only take the Math, English, A&P, Med Term. But we have to score 86 or higher to even be considered for the program. It is very competitive as I'm sure it is everywhere. Baker takes 40 students in the Winter and 40 students in the spring. They used to only take 30 each time. I have taken the fall off of school to study for the HESI, I am fearful that I will not pass after reading this post. I am 51 and need to get back to work and I cannot afford to fail this exam. I have heard that the Sauders study guide coupled with the HESI study guide and the flash cards will help, is that correct? Thanks for reading

Any update? I'm curious to see how you did the 2nd time around. You're lucky that you have that option; my school only allows the HESI once per admission cycle. Good luck!!
We only get one chance at all. No retakes allowed, so if you don't do well, you have to transfer to another school.

I'm nervous about it to. I don't take it till Jan but my friends who took it this semester have been flunking the vocabulary section left and right (you need a 75% or higher in each section and they pass everything but the vocab). I have the Evolve book and I think it's great with the math (actually 1/3 of the freaking book is the math section) but it doesn't seem to have much vocab on there so is there anything else people used to study for that part of the test?

We only have two shots to take it, but I'd like to get it out of the way on my first try.

Just to make things clear for me. I was under the impression that HESI i needed to be taken once you are done with ur pre reqs and about to apply for the ADN program. Is that true? or can i take it as im taking my prereqs, that way if i fail i can take it again and again. How often and around what time of the year is this HESI exam available. I just bought the book too that FUTURENOVARN mentioned.
Please help me.....Thannks

Robbie S.


It is best to wait until you finish most pre-reqs...like All A&P courses, chemistrys, maths, etc...

Mex

I am currently attending Baker College in Michigan, we can only take the Hesi two times only, ever at Baker. How come I am hearing that the test is not timed, it is at Baker. Each section is timed and the total time for the test is 8 hours, I think, can't remember. We only take the Math, English, A&P, Med Term. But we have to score 86 or higher to even be considered for the program. It is very competitive as I'm sure it is everywhere. Baker takes 40 students in the Winter and 40 students in the spring. They used to only take 30 each time. I have taken the fall off of school to study for the HESI, I am fearful that I will not pass after reading this post. I am 51 and need to get back to work and I cannot afford to fail this exam. I have heard that the Sauders study guide coupled with the HESI study guide and the flash cards will help, is that correct? Thanks for reading
it was also timed for me as well...

Mex

Does anyone know if UNLV Hesi-A2 exam is timed?

oh, and has anyone used the 2009 Elsevier
HESI A2 Secrets Study Guide: HESI A2 Test Review for the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment Exam by HESI A2 Exam Secrets Test Prep Team BOOK AND FLASHCARDS? BOTH COMES UP TO BE 80 BUCKS. I dont know if it's worth it???

dont worry about the exam.

I am not sure if this thread was posted in Jan or not. So u might had already taken the test. How did it go?

I would feel bad as well if I bombed a test...but retaking it now that u know whats on it would give u a better chance to get a better score.

Wish u luck!

khayemae: i took the math, reading comp, and a&p sections of the hesi yesterday. i used the evolve official hesi study guide to prepare for math and reading, and the test was very similar to the guide for those two areas. unfortunately, the book didn't provide a lot of detail for a&p. so to supplement, i used a&p for dummies and my old anatomy class flashcards. i've heard the "secrets" book and the flashcards aren't worth the money. i think my study guide was $25 on amazon -- you can get them used, too.

my school also provides some a&p links:

http://www.austincc.edu/health/rnsg/..._resources.doc

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