I am about to finish my first semester of my first year (of a two year program) in my RN program. Our school requires that we take the HESI exit exam after we finish our second semester of the first year, but we must past this test with an 850 (no matter if we passed the semester or not) to continue to second year. In the past years, the students were allowed 3 tries to pass, but now they are only allowing us 1 attempt. I'm so nervous because there must have been a reason that they gave 3 attempts in the first place! I have passed all of my instructors exams so far and I took a practice HESI exit from the site, it gave 20 questions, and I got a 70%. I thought this was ok since I've only been in the program 14 weeks and we haven't focused on specific diseases and systems yet (that starts next semester, we focused on the history, certain skills, and assessment this semester). I am just so scared that I have worked so hard in this program, kept an A average, done what was expected at clinical, learned my skills, and this will all be for nothing if I fail this test. My question is did you have to take the HESI exam and if so, did you pass the first try? Is there anything out there (books, computer programs, websites...) that really helped you prepare for the test? I live in Southern Oklahoma so I don't have a lot of big stores, but we do have Walmart and Dallas is a little less than two hours away so I can always drive to find books and such there. THANK YOU ALL for taking time to read this and for all the help!! Best wishes!!!!!!