Quote from Soliloquy
My scores have not be good for the HESI. Our school wants us to have an 850, but in my HESI scores have consistently ranged from 577-825. I have more HESIs coming up and I know I've improved in nursing but I just feel really discouraged right now. They make us do test questions on the Evolve website and I tend to get between 56-80% right on the questions.
The stories I read on here, people are pulling in the thousands for the Hesi. I'm going to graduate for sure. I know I know my work, but answering the questions...for whatever reason I get it wrong. And that makes me nervous for the NCLEX.
Insight and additional information please.
My school does the same thing -- we need to have a 900 to pass. I had the same anxieties you have, and whatever I used at first, I always got an estimated score of 700, or something below 800. It didn't help me that I only had a few weeks to study while the rest of my classmates had the entire summer (I was in summer school).
The thing I figured out after a while was there was a pattern to the questions, and you really have to change how you think. I really don't think HESI questions are similar to NCLEX questions -- I think they're harder, and their approach is different. I had to find some other way to approach the questions. When I finally took the exam, I got a score of 1031 (...totally not what I would've gotten before). Some of my classmates haven't passed it after taking the second one, and we graduate next week.
That's what worked for me in the end. I know it's frustrating because it really isn't a measure of what you know and what you can do, it's just a test, and the whole "you-can't-graduate-until-you-pass-HESI" is ridiculous.
Too bad nursing schools won't be changing that any time soon, at least not where I am.