Exit Hesi - page 2

I take my exit Hesi next week and was looking for pointers from students that may have taken it already. I have not passed a Hesi yet and need to pass for graduation. Any help you can provide would... Read More

  1. by   collegemamma
    I took the Exit HESI a few weeks ago. I was a nervous wreck but prepared by using my Saunders NCLEX Review cdrom and workbook. I concentrated alot on memorizing lab values (which came in handy!) I practiced relaxation techniques prior and during the test. I made sure to take a mid exam break and use the restroom and did some body stretches. My school requires a score of 850. I ended up with a 928. I passed on the first try!! Just relax and take your time. Make sure to read and reread each question and answers before making your selection. Good Luck!
  2. by   IrishIzCPNP
    We had a test taking class recently. It was a 2 hour class put on by Drexel. It was really neat and I feel like I learned a lot.

    Here are some things we were told and keep in mind these aren't set in stone but she said they are generally going to work...

    If the question asks about " what is the initial" or "what is the first" something think assessment.

    Initial (first) = Assessment

    If the questions asks what is "essential" think safety.

    Essential = safety

    Odd answer wins. The question they showed us had 4 answers. Three of the answers included "cannot move", "unable to use", "difficulty full extending" and the right answer was "has no sensation". So 3 were about movement and the odd one was not. So sometimes it's hard to figure out the odd one.

    Look for answers that say the same thing. For example "The tars in smoke cause changes in lung tissue" and " The lungs are damaged by smoke".

    Clues in stem. Question "To prevent respiratory complications....abdominal surgery what nursing action"...leaving out some words and just including the one thats shows the answer and the one set to confuse you. Answers were "monitor vitals" which is not specific to resp as the question asked. "Encourage coughing..." ah this does have to do with resp. The other 2 were not resp related either. The question wanted resp related not other stuff that you may also have to do.

    Watch for questions with opposites. Question wanted therapeutic outcome. Answers were "alter the w/ meds", "alter the pain by repositioning", provide adequate diversional activities" and "reduce client perception of pain". It would be the last one because they are looking for outcome and the other things are interventions.

    Look for words in the answer...

    Deadly words - all whole completely each only nobody never entire every total any always none

    Dangerous words - main avoid major rarely lack too chief primarilty eliminate impossible

    Safe words - usually frequently almost many partial might should few nearly average often

    There were other things but these stuck out. They seemed obvious once they were pointed out to us.

    So this applies to nursing style tests...NCLEX, ATI and whatever.
    Last edit by IrishIzCPNP on Apr 27, '07
  3. by   4tnerzwife
    I took the Hesi a couple of weeks ago and passed!! I went to a study session that the school offered ($300) and I bought NCLEX made incredibly easy. There is a RN Hesi book with a CD that I heard was awesome. Good Luck...remember to bring earplugs!!!
  4. by   LoveHateRelationship
    What part of the website do you actually use? I've been taking the HESI's after each clinical course and although my scores were good, they weren't as good as i need them to be.
  5. by   Bortaz, RN
    Quote from SAHStudent
    We had a test taking class recently. It was a 2 hour class put on by Drexel. It was really neat and I feel like I learned a lot.

    Here are some things we were told and keep in mind these aren't set in stone but she said they are generally going to work...

    (SNIP)

    So this applies to nursing style tests...NCLEX, ATI and whatever.
    That was a great post. Thanks a lot.

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