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I bought every 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 main idea, 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 answers b/c of the calculator. for example I would press 100 but it would show up 10. so make sure the numbers type right... You will do great Oh ya.. study the military time, roman numeral, percent, ratios, fractions, decimals, yes know your measurements. there are couple word problems but nothing hard I *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 on that test. Some that I can think of - proper use of it's, there. How many ounces in a half gallon? Roman numeral translations, military time, meaning of patent, labile, overt. That kind of thing. Critical thinking was very hard for me, someone who has had NO medical background at all. All of the questions are situations in a hospital or home health, what should be done or said first? Which patient do you treat first? One thing that helped me, I borrowed a NCLEX study guide from the library and read the hints in that. This helped with some of the critical thinking questions, I learned things like, always asses first before 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 very similar 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 ask you 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 use lie and lay! (Just remember that lay means to place, and lie means to recline, the words kind of sound like 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 the pronoun/noun in the sentence" so you probably dont need to worry about specific preposition lists or anything. (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 the sentence. Questions are very similar to the practice ones in the guide. One question had 4 sentences using bad/badly, i had to choose the correct usage of the word. He and I. among and between.The math did 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 but kinda random... democracy, overt, ravenous, imply, concave. Know the ones in the book. They had a couple anatomy terms. One was saggital i think? During reading, read the question carefully. The answer is often obvious. They like to ask "What was the author trying to say..." Honestly, if you know that book I think you will do great! Almost everyone got done bfore the time was up... we were given 4 hours, i finished 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 first four listed. We just took A&P, biology, and chemistry as practice or as a reference guide to see where you stand in those areas. The math was really easy. The only conversions I had were mostly converting pints, quarts, and gallons into ounces. There were two roman numeral questions but they were both under 20. I didn't have any temperature conversions. It stayed true to the Hesi study guide and I had a calculator the ENTIRE time so 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 wrong with the sentence or that multiple things were) but for the most part, if English is your native language you 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. They were all the really basic ones that most everyone knows and you should be fine even if you haven't had anatomy 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 readings were very simple and straight forward. I thought the reading comprehension part was easier than it was in 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 4 years, 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, etc thing. Like I had to know which one of those was the most inclusive but still included both insects and mammals. Another wanted to know the correct way to write wild cat. Like which letters were capitalized, 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. I got a 76% on that section. Chemistry was pretty much all general chemistry. Some of the questions asked about things with the periodic table, but I didn't have one so I had to guess. It had been a while and I forgot most stuff!! I got an 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% to get accepted. My cumulative score for all parts was a 89.38%, so still very good. Overall, I'm happy. I feel confident going into the nursing program now. If I decide to go to a different school which scores ALL the parts, I feel confident that I can get a 75% cumulative since I got almost a 90% cumulative with zero studying 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 to take your time. The math, reading, vocab, and grammar had 55 questions each I think and the science sections 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 have to let you know. Still, wouldn't hurt to have it because it is written by the same people who write the exam!! I've heard they do a very good job at preparing you for the math section and vocabulary section. I've heard the grammar section is pretty basic (correct the sentence). Reading is a little tricky - go back and confirm 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 standing reputation in test preparation. What are your weak points? I'd focus there. Repeating what others have said on this thread, focus on anatomy 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't remember a whole lot on the chemistry, except it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I looked
up a couple chemistry tutorials on-line and went through them. Know a little about acids/bases, makeup of the atom... I don't remember many formulas on any portions of the HESI (except know your math conversions)." Math is VERY basic - junior high level. Don't worry too much about that section, especially because they will give you a basic calculator. Oh and know English to metric conversions!! I've heard they have a lot of those. I've heard A&P is the hardest part. I'm assuming you've taken the courses since it is part of the admission test so go back and study your notes from class and freshen up!
I just took the HESI and A&P was included, but not chem or bio. I studied the study guide pretty thoroughly, and found it to be really helpful! I HAVEN'T HAD an anatomy class yet, and still managed to score OK, thanks to the guide. I will say that the questions on the A&P part were pretty specific, i.e. what hormones do what, what glad produces which hormone, cardiac physiology, etc. So my advice is to brush up on your systems, know the anatomy of major organs. I googled for example, " human skeletal system diagram" for each anatomical system and printed out all the labeled diagrams to study (again, I haven't had a course yet, so I really tried to memorize as much as possible). It also helped on the vocab section, as they use a lot of anatomical terms. However, I found that the study guide had most of the terms for the vocab section. The reading part was a bit confusing. I found the questions to be a bit tricky--so go with your gut there. First instinct is usually best! :-) Math--again, know the study guide and you'll be fine. Good luck!! :-) I took the HESI A2 entrance exam this morning, after weeks of preparation and anxiety over how I would perform. Overall, I found it to be much easier than anticipated. I was prepared for 8 sections, ranging from A&P to grammer but it turned out we only had to take the Math, Reading Comp, Grammer and Vocab tests. Each segment consisted of 55 questions and a 50 minute time limit. I found there to be plenty of time for each section so don't rush. I've never been strong in math and it's been 13 years since high school but I used the Barron's study guide and found the example tests and explanations to be right on. You should be prepared to add, subtract, and multiply fractions, and know your ratios and common household measurements like how many ounces in a quart and gallon. It's also worth noting that the Vocab section included a number of questions that require some knowledge of A&P. For example, knowing the difference between anterior and postierior, proximal and distal, etc. Nothing too heavy, just general A&P terms. Overall, my cumulative score was 88 but I don't know if that is above or below average for the testing group I was in. It's probably middle of the pack. I just hope it was good enough for consideration into this nursing program! Many thanks to everyone that has read this, I hope you found it helpful.
Hi, I took. the Hesi Assessment exam and did very well on it. We were only required to take the Reading, Math and Grammar. I also considered buying the Morrison study guide because I was so nervous. I didn't know what to expect. I'm glad I didn't. The math portion has everthing the study guide has. I made a 96 on this portion. Addition, sub., division, fractions. Add, Sub, Mult & Div. of fractions. Measurements. Know your conversion of kilos to pounds and vise versa. I had 1 question with the coversion and 1 question on military time and the rest were basically fractions. OH! Also ratios and percents. Don't worry. I have been out of school for a while. I just needed a refresher on all the info and I practiced. Not hard at all. "How many ounces are in a cup, pint, gallon) The very first question for the math was, more or less 2+10+13+15+18, etc.. The reading part was not that hard either. Just make sure you answer what they are asking. The passages are very short. At the most 2 paragraphs. I wouldnt try to read too much into it. I practiced everything I could find on the internet for Reading comprehension. I made a 98 on that section. I also used the Tasp Study Guide or Thea study guide to practice the grammar and the reading. On the grammer I made a 89. We had quite a bit of grammar usage. It would have a sentence and you would have to determine whether the grammer used was correct. For instance, when to use Whom or Who. also, Past tense or present sentences. Ex. I go to the car or I went to the car. There are quite a bit of those and you can answer them by the sentences just not sounding correct. The study guide, I believe was very helpful. At one point they were testing the A & P portion and one of the girls remembered that some of the questions were in the study guide. Ex.: Which arteries supply blood to the heart? If you read the study guide, the answer is in there. I know the study guide doesn't offer many practice questions, but it does tell you what to study. If you can get on the internet, you can find so many different sites that have tests for reading, grammer and math. Thats what I did and I did great! You will too! I hope this helps. Let me know and Good luck!
I am taking it in late Aug for the first time, and just ordered the study manual from the company that writes the test. I can tell you what the study manual shows will be on the test. Math seems very basic. Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. There is also ratios, and precents. Grammer includes the 8 parts of speech (Noun, Verb, Adverb, Adjective, Pronoun, Interjection, preposition, Conjunction), and how they are used. Proper grammer use, use of punctuation, commas etc. There is a whole list of vocabulary words, and 90% seem very simple. Biology basics include the properties of water, molecules, cells, metabolism, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, cellular reproduction, genetics, and DNA. Chemistry includes matter, chemical equations/reactions, periodic table, atomic structure, nuclear
chemistry, chemical bonding, molar relationships, stoichiometry, reation rates, equilibrium, oxidation and reduction, and Acids/Bases. A&P includes general terminology, histology, mitosis, meiosis, membranes, glands, cartilage, skin, skeletal system, muscular system, Nervous system, Endocrine system, Circullatory system, Respiratory system, Digestive system, urinary system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system, and a large list of vocabulary related to A&P. (The books breaks it down even more in regard to what you need to know about each system, but it would take pages to write it here) Also some people on here have said their school doesn't require the A&P section of the test, but mine does. I would ask before you take the time to study so you don't spend time where you don't need to. You can order the book for $25 + tax from www.hesitest.com. Make sure you get the hesi A2 entrance test book. Good luck hopefully we will both do really well.
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