I am taking the exam tomorrow, i will message back what i know can help you. Try reading some short stories to yourself, the outloud, and finally to another person. That way you may be able to grasp the flow of the grammar. Thats whats helping me learn spanish for an upcoming trip to Spain. If its similar to the NET(nursing entrance exam), its a paragraph on something irrelevant. I will cut and paste a sample question from a NET test study guide. My guessing is most schools are eliminating the NET test because too many nursing students were having difficulty with the grammatical skills required for nursing school. IF you are worried your english isn't that great, take a few more classes, or pay a friend to help you. I watch Sesame Street and Discovery Channel programs in Spanish to help me learn, as i was told the telenovellas (spanish soap operas) aren't the best way to learn Spanish :-)
ANYWAYS theres a paragraph like the one i pasted below, and about 7 questions referring back to the paragraph. Some are easy, and some make you really sit there and think. But i will let you know tomorrow or so how the HESI A-2 exam is compared to the NET!
*********sample paragraph from website---> Reading Comprehension Practice Questions - Help your Reading Comprehension Exam Score with free Practice Test Questions
In the sixteenth century, an age of great marine and terrestrial exploration, Ferdinand Magellan led the first expedition to sail around the world. As a young Portuguese noble, he served the king of Portugal, but he became involved in the quagmire of political intrigue at court and lost the king's favor. After he was dismissed from service to the king of Portugal, he offered to serve the future Emperor Charles V of Spain.
A papal decree of 1493 had assigned all land in the New World west of 50 degrees W longitude to Spain and all the land east of that line to Portugal. Magellan offered to prove that the East Indies fell under Spanish authority. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain with five ships. More than a year later, one of these ships was exploring the topography of South America in search of a water route across the continent. This ship sank, but the remaining four ships searched along the southern peninsula of South America. Finally they found the passage they sought near a latitude of 50 degrees S. Magellan named this passage the Strait of All Saints, but today we know it as the Strait of Magellan.
One ship deserted while in this passage and returned to Spain, so fewer sailors were privileged to gaze at that first panorama of the Pacific Ocean. Those who remained crossed the meridian we now call the International Date Line in the early spring of 1521 after ninety-eight days on the Pacific Ocean. During those long days at sea, many of Magellan's men died of starvation and disease.
Later Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the Philippines and was killed in a tribal battle. Only one ship and seventeen sailors under the command of the Basque navigator Elcano survived to complete the westward journey to Spain and thus prove once and for all that the world is round, with no precipice at the edge