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HESI

HESI

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I took it on Monday, and it was cake. I waited a year to take it because I was scared to fail it. I boughtevery HESI prep book out there and all you need to focus on is the following:1. Math = Fractions, Ratios, Roman numbers, and metric system (liquid mostly)2. Reading = If you read much you shouldn't have a problem, they want to see if you can get the mainidea, understand the meaning etc.3. Vocab = again if you read a lot you should be ok.4. Grammer= know your word usage, such as, when to use Their, There, Was, Is,I scored a 91% and most of what I studied was not on the test!First of all you are lucky that you only have to take those sections. Math ...practice practice practice..you will do great. It sucks b.c there are alot math problems and you have to double check your answersb/c of the calculator. for example I would press 100 but it would show up 10. so make sure the numberstype right...You will do greatOh ya.. study the military time, roman numeral, percent, ratios, fractions, decimals, yes know yourmeasurements. there are couple word problems but nothing hardI *just* finished my a2 test today. Everyone here is so helpful, I want to share, too! For reading,vocab, math and grammar, the Hesi study guide was VERY helpful! Nearly everything in the book was onthat test. Some that I can think of - proper use of it's, there. How many ounces in a half gallon? Romannumeral translations, military time, meaning of patent, labile, overt. That kind of thing. Critical thinkingwas very hard for me, someone who has had NO medical background at all. All of the questions aresituations in a hospital or home health, what should be done or said first? Which patient do you treatfirst? One thing that helped me, I borrowed a NCLEX study guide from the library and read the hints inthat. This helped with some of the critical thinking questions, I learned things like, always asses firstbefore doing any treatments. Hope this helps you guys who need to study!I had the hardest time with trying to figure out inferences. Often they gave 2 words that were verysimilar and could easily have both been right. "Was this author feeling pessimistic, or gloomy?"However, the other 2 types of questions, the answer is usually right there in the paragraph. It will askyou if something was stated, and all you have to do is go back and read it word for word. Not difficult, just time consuming. Do the practice tests over and over. It will teach you how to think. Yes, they did uselie and lay! (Just remember that
lay
means to
place
, and
lie
means to
recline
, the words kind of soundlike their meanings.)Here is some more information that I told someone else about it -Remember each test is a little bit different. The grammar didnt have anything like "point out thepronoun/noun in the sentence" so you probably dont need to worry about specific preposition lists oranything. (Which i wondered if i needed to memorize them!) It did have a couple sentences, and it
 
would say which part of this sentence is dependent, or which part/phrase belongs at the end of thesentence. Questions are very similar to the practice ones in the guide. One question had 4 sentencesusing bad/badly, i had to choose the correct usage of the word. He and I. among and between.The mathdid have a lot of word problems, but none of them were especially difficult. 10 kids in a class, 56 cookies,how many can each kid have. fraction, decimal, percents, tons of ratios, roman numeral, military time.Plenty of conversions, lb to kg, gram to oz, etc. turn the ratio into a percent. How many mm in a cm.Vocab was all over the place! At least 15 of the words were straight from the book. Nothing too bad butkinda random... democracy, overt, ravenous, imply, concave. Know the ones in the book. They had acouple anatomy terms. One was saggital i think? During reading, read the question carefully. The answeris often obvious. They like to ask "What was the author trying to say..." Honestly, if you know that book Ithink you will do great! Almost everyone got done bfore the time was up... we were given 4 hours, ifinished in about 2. So take your time and just read it all carefully. Best of luck to you!The Hesi A2 was pretty simple I thought. I had to take all the sections (reading comprehension, math,vocabulary, grammar, A&P, biology, and chemistry). I needed at least a 75% composite score on the firstfour listed. We just took A&P, biology, and chemistry as practice or as a reference guide to see whereyou stand in those areas.The math was really easy. The only conversions I had were mostly converting pints, quarts, and gallonsinto ounces. There were two roman numeral questions but they were both under 20. I didn't have anytemperature conversions. It stayed true to the Hesi study guide and I had a calculator the ENTIRE timeso you could check every answer before you submitted it. I got a 100% on the math portion.The grammar section wasn't bad either. There were a few I guessed one (I swear nothing was wrongwith the sentence or that multiple things were) but for the most part, if English is your native languageyou will be fine. I got a 98% on the grammar section.The vocab section was also pretty easy. There were a few anatomical terms in there, but not a lot. Theywere all the really basic ones that most everyone knows and you should be fine even if you haven't hadanatomy or medical terminology. I got a 96% on that section.The reading section had very short readings (around 2 paragraphs at most per reading). The readingswere very simple and straight forward. I thought the reading comprehension part was easier than it wasin the study guide. I got a 95.65% on that section.I did a lot better on the last three sections that I thought I would. I haven't had biology or chemistry in 4years, anatomy was 1 year ago, and I have never taken physiology.A lot of the anatomy stuff was stuff I never learned in anatomy and others were the very basics of anatomy. I cannot comment on the physiology as I've not taken it. I got an 80% on that section.
 
 Biology asked me a number of very detailed questions on the the kingdom, phylum, class, order, etcthing. Like I had to know which one of those was the most inclusive but still included both insects andmammals. Another wanted to know the correct way to write wild cat. Like which letters werecapitalized, if it was italicized, etc. I never learned that in honors high school bio or pre-med college bio!!I had a few questions on mitosis and a lot of details about cell structure and what some of the parts do. Igot a 76% on that section.Chemistry was pretty much all general chemistry. Some of the questions asked about things with theperiodic table, but I didn't have one so I had to guess. It had been a while and I forgot most stuff!! I gotan 80% on that section.My overall score for the Tri-C's part was 97.4% which I'm happy with because you only need a 75% toget accepted. My cumulative score for all parts was a 89.38%, so still very good. Overall, I'm happy. I feelconfident going into the nursing program now. If I decide to go to a different school which scores ALLthe parts, I feel confident that I can get a 75% cumulative since I got almost a 90% cumulative with zerostudying for the science parts.The test is 4 hours long and the individual sections are not timed. I got done after 2 hours so feel free totake your time. The math, reading, vocab, and grammar had 55 questions each I think and the sciencesections had 30 questions each.'ve heard good and bad about the official Evolve study guide. I ordered it and it is on the way so I'll haveto let you know. Still, wouldn't hurt to have it because it is written by the same people who write theexam!!I've heard they do a very good job at preparing you for the math section and vocabulary section. I'veheard the grammar section is pretty basic (correct the sentence). Reading is a little tricky - go back andconfirm all answers by looking at the paragraph again. Anat/Phys you are pretty much on your own for.Kaplan also has a book out. Again, I don't know too much about it, but Kaplan has a long standingreputation in test preparation.What are your weak points? I'd focus there. Repeating what others have said on this thread, focus onanatomy and cell biology.From another poster:"Go over anatomy (heart, blood flow; basics of each system in the body) and workings of the cell(components, membranes, organelles, etc.) really good!! And study medical terminology too! I can'tremember a whole lot on the chemistry, except it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I looked

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