Hey guys just wanted to post my experience with taking the HESI A2 this year. I know there are tons of threads floating around already but I figured I can add my experience as well. So to start of, I took the HESI twice. My first attempt was Dec 30th 2017 and I did not finish in time, therefore, my scores did not count and I had to complete the exam all over again. My college (New Mexico State university) don't accept incomplete exams but other colleges may differ so be sure to check with the SON to see what their requirements are for incomplete test. For NMSU, the requirements are as followed:
Anatomy and physiology (required but not calculated in the overall score)
Learning style (not required, but listed)
Personality (not required, but listed)
(BE SURE TO CHECK WITH AN ADVISOR BECAUSE THEY CHANGE THE REQUIREMENTS FROM TIME TO TIME!!!)
1. FIRST ADVICE, SCHEDULE TO TAKE YOUR FIRST EXAM MORE THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO APPLICATION DEADLINE, SO IN CASE YOU NEED TO RETEST YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MEET THE DEADLINE.
2. Study at least for 30 days or more, it's best to refresh your mind on the subject areas so that you are well informed about what to expect on the exam.
3. Get the English sections done first, because your brain will slow down after reading so much material.
4. Break down the sections with timing, even though 4 hours seem long enough, it goes really fast when you have to cover so many sections.
5. Study alot but don't stress yourself. The anticipation of taking the exam, by itself, can cause anxiety, but it's not that bad. REALLY, it's not. I've read reviews over and over about not stressing over it, but trust me I know how hard it is not to stress since your acceptance rides on the HESI exam.
6. The night before the test, get plenty on sleep and wake up with a good meal. The last thing you want to do it be tired and hungry while testing.
7. Some people recommend not to study the day of or the day before the exam, but my advice is do what you feel is best. Now, that don't mean cram all of your studying in the night before because that surely will not help.
8. For the math section, memorize the conversions table and then write them down as soon as you sit down for the exam, that way you don't have to waste time trying to remember the chart while working through the problems. Also, if you get confused with solving fractions, just change them to decimals and solve the problem then convert the answer back to a fraction.
The material that I used to study was the Elsevier HESI admissions assessment 4th edition, Pocket Prep (app in Google play store), quizlet, and random Google searched hesi practice exams. I must be honest, some of the material on the exam will be super easy and some questions will be stuff that's not really covered in the books and app, but for the most part the material that's covered in the studying guides will be on the test and will prepare you for the exam. The first time I took the HESI, it was much more challenging compared to the second one. I guess it's just the luck of the draw from the word bank of questions and also knowing what to expect.
Well I hope this help someone out, if you have any questions, post them below.
PS. I will not disclose what's on the exam so please do not ask me what specific questions are on the exam. I will not risk my schooling, hope you understand.