Hello everyone!!! So I decided to take some time out of my day and share with you how I passed my exam. I do not have my HESI grade report with me because I accidentally closed down the tab after I was done taking the exam (I have to wait 24-48 hours for results to be posted online now SO DONT CLOSE YOUR TAB ONCE YOU'RE DONE) but I do remember my overall grade, 86.7
. I took READING, MATH, VOCABULARY, GRAMMAR, ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY, AND CRITICAL THINKING.
On each section, my score was above an 80%, Anatomy was a 92%, and Critical Thinking was around 860 (can't really remember)!!! I am so happy though, especially because it was my first time taking the exam and the school I am applying to requires a 75-80% on each section and a 750 on critical thinking.
I used the HESI ASSESSMENT EXAM REVIEW, 4TH EDITION (HAER)
as a study guide for each section.
For reading, I honestly just read HESI ASSESSMENT EXAM REVIEW, 4TH EDITION.
I did not do anything else but read the book since I wasn't really nervous about this section. This section on the exam was pretty smooth. However, I took almost an hour on this section because I wanted to make sure I understood everything. I can't really much say of this section since it was just pretty basic.
On this section, I took my time reading the HAER book. This section is BASIC MATH. Work on each sample questions even if you think you got it, that way it sticks in your head while you're learning other materials. This section on the exam was mainly proportions and ratios (honestly), work on those two mainly!! I felt like out of the 50 questions, there were 30 of these. There was also many %'s, e.g. (NOT COMING FROM THE TEST, JUST GIVING AN EXAMPLE FROM MY HEAD --> KATIE HAS 16 FRIENDS, 2 OF THEM ARE FEMALES, WHAT IS THE % OF FEMALE FRIENDS KATIE HAS?) Not many metric questions, I think it was a total of 4, BASIC, but learn them. I did not get ONE question of degrees conversion but if I were you, I'd still learn them. Got one question of converting military time to U.S. time. Honestly, DON'T stress on this section because you have a calculator on screen.
OK! Lets get serious! Who isn't nervous about this section? Even if you are so good in vocabulary, this is just random words picked out. BUT guess what?! The HAER book was helpful (LEARN THOSE, LITERALLY LEARN THEM AND KNOW THEM, TAKE YOUR TIME ON THOSE). I cannot say more than know those words. However, I felt like those words weren't enough, I knew the test was going to bring out words that weren't covered on the book and it did. I think it was like 20-30 question words that weren't on the book, on the test BUT *TA DA!* I found a great quizlet account! This girl went out of her way and put more words down and honestly like 15 of those words were on my test! She put down the book vocabulary down on this quizlet and added more words. If I were you, I'd go over the book first to just focus on those words and then go over her quizlet to review not only the same words that are on the book but new words that CAN be on your exam.
HESI A2 words Flashcards | Quizlet
Some people tend to be so nervous on this section (I was) but honestly it was not so bad! I took my time on reading the HAER book and used a helpful website..
Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude
This section was mainly on (pick the noun or phrase that is NOT used correctly), but A LOT of subject-verb agreement. Get the hang on S-VA. OK, I am feeling a little too happy so I am going to break down the subject-verb agreement for you guys!!
If your subject
then your verb
will have an "s" on the end.
E.g. -> SHE
If your subject
then your verb
will not have a "s" on then end.
E.g. -> THEY
MULTIPLE SUBJECTS: OR/EITHER/NOR/NEITHER/AND
- This AND that ---> plural verb
- This AND those --> plural verb
- This OR those ---> plural verb
- Those OR this ----> Singular verb
How to choose if its singular or plural? GO BY CLOSEST TO THE VERB.
ANYONE, EVERYONE, SOMEONE, SOMEBODY, NO ONE, NOBODY, EACH, AND EVERYBODY WILL ALWAYS BE SINGULAR.
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY:
HAER book!! Go over it and KNOW IT ALL, in depth. I also used these two helpful websites..
1. HESI Flashcards | Quizlet
--> This Quizlet account basically broke down the book so go over this!!!! It will make you understand the book more.
2. Anatomy & Physiology
--> Go over each chapter!!!! Go over the power points, SO HELPFUL. Literally. This is why I got an A on this section because questions that didn't come from the book, somewhat came from these power points!
I can't really tell you what was really on this section but questions derived from the book and power points.
OK! Obviously this one is not in the book but this section was more like scenarios. All answers are correct, they just want to know (as a nurse) what would you do given the scenario. The better choice you pick, the more points you get.
EX: ONE PATIENT, 45 YEAR OLD MALE, E-MAILS YOU TO HANG OUT, WHAT WILL YOU DO??
OBVIOUSLY, PICK THE "KEEP THINGS PROFESSIONAL."
HONESTLY, DO NOT GET NERVOUS! I THINK THE BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE YOU IS TO NOT BE NERVOUS, IS EITHER YOU KNOW IT OR YOU DONT!!!
P.S. I ALSO USED "HESI A2 EXAM PREP 2016 EDITION- POCKET PREP, INC." APP, IT LOOKS PURPLE. I THINK IT WAS $12.00 BUT SO HELPFUL!!!! BUY IT!!!
That's all. Hope this helps!!!!!