Passed HESI Admission Assessment Exam - My experience/Tips

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    Hello everyone!! =)
    I recently graduated from nursing school in June (LPN), passed my boards in August 2012.. and now I am continuing my studies -- I want to be a RN and hopefully one day a nurse practitioner =)


    Today I had to take a Hesi Admission Assessment Exam for the nursing school I want to go to. I passed it =) Total Average = 88.5%


    We were tested in the following major topics : Math, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary.
    My scores were as follows:
    Reading Comprehension = 86%
    Grammar = 84%
    Vocabulary = 84%
    Math = 100% (Omg, I can't believe I got a 100 in math! Lol .. But I did put a lot of time into studying math since it was always a weak subject for me. I'm glad my hard work payed off.)


    For the school I am applying to, you pass the exam if you get a 75% or better in math, and a 75% or better average of Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Vocab.


    My school had us purchase the following book to review and prepare for the exam : "HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review Edition 3" - ISBN# 9781455703333


    I really liked the review book. I thought it was extremely helpful (especially in the math - it kind of "dumbs it down" for you, and makes it easy to understand.


    ***~~~MATH~~~***
    My school allowed us to use a basic calculator for the math section.
    The book goes over and teaches you how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals..
    I feel that since you can use a calculator, dont stress yourself out over it. I had no idea we could use a calculator for my exam so I studied everything,




    ***~~~Reading Comprehension~~~***
    Honestly, I dont really know what to tell you. Just do the practice questions in the book, read over the tips in the chapter for reading comprehesion. The more you practice, the better of you will be. (Btw, the passages were not ridiculously long, so that was good.




    ***~~~Vocabulary~~~***
    For me, I looked over all the words in the vocabulary chapter. Made flash cards on those I didnt know. The vocabulary for me was not that bad because I knew most of the words already. Make flash cards on those you dont know, study them.



    Thats pretty much it. We had a total of 4 hours to finish up the sections. I finished in about 3. But take your time!! Dont rush!! But make sure you have good time management!! Maybe have a hand watch on the day of your exam.
    **(Oh also for those wondering, the test was computerized. Once you answer a question you cannot go back)




    ***********In the back of this review book; there is an appendix. There is a appendix for each topic. The appendix contains review questions. I suggest you go over them and do them once you have gone over the content to see if youre ready or not.***********


    I basically studied hard core for about 1 week and 2 days. But it depends on you, and how comfortable you feel with the material. You know what your weak areas are, so focus on them. But that doesnt mean you dont review the other sections. Its important to review all the sections in the Review Book that you will be tested on.
    Last edit by sirI on Sep 29, '12
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    Hi thank you for this great post. However, i wanted to know from this Assessment Exam Review Edition 3 did you see all the vocabulary from this book on the test or was the vocabulary from this book not helpful? I took it the first time and I had the 2nd edition and not one vocab that i studied was on there.

    Please help it would really help
    Thank You
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    WOW! THANK YOU for this post! I just found out that I will have to take the HESI Spring 2013... the school I plan on attending use to use the TEAS... This post was very informative..I will take your advice.. I will have to focus on the math PORTION OF THE EXAM... Thank you!!!
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    Quote from jmuamar
    Hi thank you for this great post. However, i wanted to know from this Assessment Exam Review Edition 3 did you see all the vocabulary from this book on the test or was the vocabulary from this book not helpful? I took it the first time and I had the 2nd edition and not one vocab that i studied was on there.

    Please help it would really help
    Thank You
    Some of the vocabulary from the book was there, although, there were some words that were not in the book.

    I made sure I knew all of the words in the review book, and despite that I got a 84 on the vocabulary section =/

    I recommend maybe use the Assessment Exam Review book, as well as some other source to study for vocab.

    Good luck!
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    Quote from kgregg
    WOW! THANK YOU for this post! I just found out that I will have to take the HESI Spring 2013... the school I plan on attending use to use the TEAS... This post was very informative..I will take your advice.. I will have to focus on the math PORTION OF THE EXAM... Thank you!!!
    Glad I could help!
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    Xxmichellejxx congrats on passing the hesi . I also took and passed the hesi about a month ago at St Pauls School of Nursing (staten island) i was wondering if you were applying to the school?

    Thanks!
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    Quote from kcolgan
    Xxmichellejxx congrats on passing the hesi . I also took and passed the hesi about a month ago at St Pauls School of Nursing (staten island) i was wondering if you were applying to the school?

    Thanks!
    Yes! I took the Hesi at St Pauls School of Nursing in Staten Island. I was told my file was going to be sent on over to the Admissions Office, and that I would hear back from them within a couple of weeks. I will be sending you a PM (Private message). Please answer back to it.
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    Quote from xxMichelleJxx

    Yes! I took the Hesi at St Pauls School of Nursing in Staten Island. I was told my file was going to be sent on over to the Admissions Office, and that I would hear back from them within a couple of weeks. I will be sending you a PM (Private message). Please answer back to it.
    How many questions for each section? It is timed also correct ? I'm slow at taking test! I take it next Saturday! :-/
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    How many questions for each section? It is timed also correct ? I'm slow at taking test! I take it next Saturday! :-/
    I believe each section had about 55 questions. My school allowed us a maximum of 4 hours to complete all parts of the exam. I finished the exam in about 3 hours. Make sure you manage your time well when taking the exam. Remember you need to finish what ever sections your school requires in that allotted time of 4 hours.
    Heres a tip: Wear a watch the day of the exam so that way you can keep track of the time.

    Good luck! I hope you do well on your exam!
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    Good luck getting in!
    I have an 88 average as well, but my program requires 93+ to get in since other applicants in that bracket are going to get into one of the 36 slots. So my chances of getting in are slim.


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