Passed HESI A2 Yesterday-- My Experience

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    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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    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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    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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    What was the conversion formula?
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    @ Winterling!!!! Inquiring minds wanna know that formula!! Inbox me please!!!


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