Passed HESI A2 Yesterday-- My Experience

  1. 2 Hey, Ya'll! (I used to hate, hate, HATE that word!! (I live in SoCal) I took Latin my senior year in HS and when conjugating, my teacher always had us say ya'll for 2nd person plural. It also grew on me when Maci from Teen Mom says it) ^^I've got an ADD problem lol I'm not necessarily new here, but this is my first post. I took the HESI A2 exam for the first time yesterday, and passed with a 92.5% average. I finished in 2 hours and 40 minutes, but you're given up to 4 hours.

    The exam consisted of Math, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Vocabulary with 55 questions per section. The nursing school I am going to attend gave me the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review 3rd Edition to aid in my studying. You're allowed to complete the sections in any order you want. There wasn't a timer on the screen, but there was a clock in the room. I wore a watch just in case.

    Math: 94% 52/55 Basic, basic math. It's the kind of math that's actually fun because it's so easy (believe me, I grew up hating math). I made the dumb mistake of forgetting to round when I got my answer, Don't forget to round when you have to produce your own answer!! I became a master of metric conversions when studying, but mainly because my brother (he's in rocket science lol) showed me a really easy conversion formula. You're also given a basic virtual calculator to use.

    Reading Comp: 90% 50/55Short articles made it easy. The questions were straightforward. The study guide booklet didn't help. For the most part, the answers are right on front of you. The part where I missed points was in the "understanding."

    Grammar: 98% 54/55 I'm a grammar nazi lol. Even so, the questions seemed overly easy,

    Topics from study guide in exam? Other than 1 DO question, none. I'd say if English is your native language, there's no reason to do poorly here. Vocabulary: 88% 48/55The part that got me was when I didn't know the definition of a word because there weren't distinctive prefixes and suffixes and there wasn't a sentence to figure out the meaning through context.

    That's it! If anyone has any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer those!!:]
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 11, '13 : Reason: TOS/content
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  3. Visit  FutureNurseCelena profile page
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    how was the vocabulary part? did the study guide help?
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    OK so the vocabulary section definitely had words that were not in the study guide, which I expected and tried to study for. To try to do better on the vocab part, I used The Words You Should Know by David Olsen. ISBN 1558500189. The price varies depending on where you go to get it, but all under $10. There's 1200 words. I highly recommend it. It comes in print and as an eBook. There were a few words from the study guide, but I want to say no more than 5 though. When there's 55 questions of vocab, no, the study guide didn't help, and you're going to need a supplemental study guide if you're not too savvy with vocab. It's doable, though. I'd say 80% are words you probably already know. Hope this helps!
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    HESI A2 Exam Practice: HESI A2 Practice Tests ; Exam Review for the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment Exam....I found this on the barnes & noble website. Do you think it would be helpful to use? Its only $3.99 plus tax & I can download it right to my computer. I just wanna know if the entrance exam is that hard or if its just some basic stuff? I am freaking out over here!
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    It's only $4. Yeah, I'd say get it. While the exam is pretty basic, it's good to brush up especially with grammar rules if you're not too great with those. I mean, I found it to not be challenging, but the admission advisors and proctors kept saying that a lot of people don't pass the first time and sometimes need the 3rd time (you're given 3 chances if you didn't know) to pass.
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    [QUOTE=

    I became a master of metric conversions when studying, but mainly because my brother (he's in rocket science lol) showed me a really easy conversion formula. You're also given a basic virtual calculator to use.

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    What was the conversion formula?
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    Winterling:

    Did you feel The Words You Should Know helped you on the test?

    I'm debating on studying the plethora of prefixes and suffixes in my study guide. Did you say it was hard to decipher the particular prefix or suffix in some of the words?
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    Winterling:

    Did you feel The Words You Should Know helped you on the test?

    I'm debating on studying the plethora of prefixes and suffixes in my study guide. Did you say it was hard to decipher the particular prefix or suffix in some of the words?
    If you study that book religiously, you'll do much better than just studying the HESI A2 Exam Review, 3rd Edition, no doubt. I flipped through the pages to familiarize myself with all the words, but I didn't study them.

    I'm pretty good with prefixes and suffixes, especially since I got over 100% in the Latin class I took as a senior in hs, not to toot my own horn. There was one word I didn't know that I thought I guessed right, but I looked it up later and saw that I hadn't. The suffix on it didn't give the meaning of the word, and if there even was a prefix, I wasn't familiar with it. And as I said in my original post, there wasn't even a sentence to derive meaning through context.
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    Quote from Dizzymoose
    What was the conversion formula?
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  11. Visit  Nurse2b7337 profile page
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    @ Winterling!!!! Inquiring minds wanna know that formula!! Inbox me please!!!
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    You start with what you are given (in example 1 it was km) and find a unit you know is equal to a number of the unit you start with(she knew that 3280 feet were in a km) So, you multiply what you are given (x km/1) by 3280ft/1km. Since these are equal, it's the same as multiplying by one, you're not changing the value, just the unit or way it's measured (ft rather than km). Then, once the km cancel out ( you have one on top and one on bottom) you find the next unit you know (she knew that 1 mi=5280 feet) and you multiply by that (1mi/5280ft). Then the ft cancel out (because they are on top and bottom) and the only unit left is miles. You multiply all of the numbers on top (x)(3280)(1) and that becomes your top number and multiply across the bottom (1)(5280). This Leaves you with 3280x/5280, you then work the fraction. Remember whatever number you start out with (the number before km) is the number you replace x with. Your end number is ___ miles, because this is the only unit you had left since we cancelled the rest out.

    *Note: when you have two units that are equal ex) 3280ft=1 km, you can set it up with the km on top (1km/3280ft), or the ft(3280ft/1km). It doesnt matter, you just want to be able to cross cancel, so look at your fraction to the left and make sure that what you want to cancel is opposite its matching unit in the fraction on the right.


    Hope that wasn't too confusing, saw that someone asked for a formula, and there's really not one, it will change for every problem. You just take what you are given to start with and multiply by units that are equal to each other and continue doing so until you get to the unit you want your answer in
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    Hello,
    I'm taking the Hesi on the 26th. I believe got math down. conversions seem pretty easy. I took the TEAS and OMG!!! passed one section and didn't pass the other that was needed. I heard the hesi is a lot easier. But if you can give me any pointers I would really appreciated!
    thanks,
    Pris
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    @nurse2b

    Your inbox is full. No one can pm you until you delete some messages.
    But just go to YouTube and search "metric to us conversion formula" since I was on my YouTube phone app, it was the second listing (some videos are banned from being viewed on mobile devices). In any case, the username is luv2shop313
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