The reality of HESI scores and who takes them - page 3

by GeminiTwinRN 66,646 Views | 27 Comments

I wanted to report to ya'll about some interesting facts straight from HESI on their scoring explanation sheet that prints out when you print your scores. Quoted directly from the printout (bolded items are mine, and used... Read More


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    I used the saunders review book in place of the HESI. I used the book outline...not so much the questions. I studied my weak points and the unfamiliar material in that book and I used saunders because of this website! I kept reading how everyone said it helped them so I decided it couldnt hurt. im so glad i have this website to refer to.



    Where is this webiste or book that you are referring to?
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    Quote from NurseSomeday
    I used the HESI book by answering the review questions at the end of the sections in which I was least familiar with and taking the practice tests on the CD. I think taking the practice tests helped me the most. I studied for about 2 hours and made a 1056 with a 96.something percent. Typically, I study tons of hours for each test so I don't know how I passed. I guess I did learn something during the semester! We have to take it again 4th semester to be allowed to take the NCLEX. I hope I pass that one!
    I got a 1038 on the HESI exit exam with very little studying aside from the stuff for nursing school
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    Since this was posted a few years ago, the scoring for HESI has changed. Just to make all aware, students are no longer given the percentile scores that show how the student compared to all takers. They now give you the HESI score, based on the HPM (HESI predictibility model) that gives an idea of how well the student would do if taking NCLEX and this varies depending on the level of difficulty of the questions answered correctly. Also given is a conversion score which is a percentage calculated that could be used if the HESI is being figured in to a student's grade.
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    Just passed the HESI Exit with score of 1,288 and 99.99% two days ago

    From the report:

    The Percentile Score Ranking measures your level of performance as compared to the performance of a standard or “norm” group. For this exam, the norm group consists of 52,720 nursing students from all type of RN programs (diploma, associate degree, and baccalaureate degree) who took a Hesi RN Exit Exam in the last 364 days.

    The Percentile Score Ranking does not reflect the percentage of test items that you answered correctly. Instead, the percentile ranking is useful for determining how many students in the nation scored BELOW your score.

    You scored in the 99.91 percentile rank, which means that you performed better than 99.91% of the nation’s nursing students, while only 0% of the nation’s students had higher scores than you.
    Last edit by nursesandor on Mar 31, '11
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    Quote from nursesandor
    Just passed the HESI Exit with score of 1,288 and 99.99% two days ago

    From the report:

    The Percentile Score Ranking measures your level of performance as compared to the performance of a standard or “norm” group. For this exam, the norm group consists of 52,720 nursing students from all type of RN programs (diploma, associate degree, and baccalaureate degree) who took a Hesi RN Exit Exam in the last 364 days.

    The Percentile Score Ranking does not reflect the percentage of test items that you answered correctly. Instead, the percentile ranking is useful for determining how many students in the nation scored BELOW your score.

    You scored in the 99.91 percentile rank, which means that you performed better than 99.91% of the nation’s nursing students, while only 0% of the nation’s students had higher scores than you.

    Wow, I need you to comme tutor me, LOL! We are taking our this thursday and need I say I am freaking out over here.
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    I'm about to take the hesi entrance exam for the nursing program, I have 3 different books and are studying them all nursing school entrance exam by mcgraw hills, study manual for the TEAS since TEAS is similar to the HESI and then the recommended hesi admission assessment exam review 2nd edition by mosby. Does anyone have any advice of what other books to study? this would be my first time taking the test and i need to pass. Please let me know your thoughts. THANK YOU!
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    Please if you are reading this, I would like to know how you got 99%. I am about to the the HESI specialty exam for mental health and need to score at least a 90% to pass the class because I have not been doing well in the class exams. Unfortunately our school makes the HESI exam a huge chuck of our grade.
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    Pls people, any ideas on how to get a high score on HESI mental health specialty exam? it is greatly needed.


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