I am posting my scores and experience for others. These boards these boards got me through some tough anxiety during test prep, and I hope I can provide that for some of you now! I relied on the Admission Assessment Exam Review, 4th Edition
and the HESI Pocket Prep app.
My school admits on a point system, so I will include my score equivalent. Basically, earning 90-100 earns you 4 points, 80-90 earns 3 points and 75-79 earns 1 point. To be considered for admissions, a student must earn 75% or high on reading, grammar
, math and vocab.
Cumulative Score: 90.86%
Points Earned @ School: 24/28
Time Used: 150 Minutes, 2 Seconds
Reading Comp: 90%
Critical Thinking: 980/1000
Learning Style: Kinesthetic/Analytical
Personality Style: Creative/People
Reading Comp - I read through the section in the review book, and nothing more. I have always been fairly good with comprehension so I didn't spend much time here. Looking at my score though, perhaps I would have scored better if I had spent more time reviewing. I still got my full 4 points though! This section is exactly what it sounds like - read a passage and answer some questions about it. Be sure to know main ideas, inferences and conclusions.
Grammar - This test made me nervous. It has been 11 years since I left high school and some of the terms in the review book seemed almost foreign to me. A quick review of the section in the review book jogged my memory, and then I relied on quizzing myself in the Pocket Prep app. I kept selecting the option to make my own test, and would test myself on huge chunks of grammar only. Even with my review, I wasn't really confident. I was very relieved to get all 4 points here. I had many subject-verb agreement questions.
Vocabulary - I am pretty confident in my vocabulary. Even without knowing the words, I am pretty good at eliminating the words that wouldn't fit. I credit my high school Latin teacher for teaching me many word roots and how to dissect vocabulary. I did make Pocket Prep exams for just vocab and completed all words in the app once. 4 points! I did not see any words from the app on the actual exam, but I still see it as helpful to use the app. The words I received were a grab bag. Many questions featured the word in a sentence, allowing use of context clues.
Math - I don't know how that 100 happened ... I did try all 10 exercises of every problem provided in the review book. I did not study conversions and regretted it as soon as my group sat for the exam. All of the other students were talking about conversions and quizzing each other. Here I am, earning all 4 points though! I had mostly ratio and proportion questions. Make sure that you know how to work with fractions and decimals too. As for conversions, I had two questions that I was able to make educated guesses on.
** SCIENCES** My study strategies for the sciences were all the same. I was crunched on time, so I went through the review book and made a note card for EVERY main idea. I even worded questions for myself to answer later. After I completed my review of my note cards, I took the Pocket Prep tests in each subject.
A&P - I am disappointed with this score, and may retake this section to bump my 3 points up to 4. I have taken A&P I and just started A&P II. The review book and pocket prep filled me in on a lot of material that we will be covering this semester, but not quite enough to get full points. Know the parts of the inner ear, know organs within each body system. I recommend that you use more than just the book and Pocket Prep too.
Biology - Many of the questions here had to do with cells. Know the organelles, details about the membrane, and what sets prokaryotic cells apart. Study DNA, RNA and genotype vs phenotype. The review book covered everything that I needed here. 4 points!
Chemistry - Well, I knew I wasn't prepared. I may take this section again as well, to bump my score from 1 to 4. I had a surprising number of questions that involved knowledge of specific elements and I was not prepared for that. Other than that, I'd recommend spending some time with cellular respiration, photosynthesis and chemical bonds.
Critical Thinking - I did not prepare at all for this, as I wasn't aware that my school administered this section. The section gives you a patient and a problem, along with 4 options to solve that problem. To find real advice, I would suggest checking out others who researched more. I did manage to get a good score by asking myself what was most important, eliminating unnecessary actions, and always choosing a response that took personal responsibility.
I hope this helps some of you. Overall, it was not nearly as terrifying as I anticipated! If you put in a little bit of work, you can do it!