The reality of HESI scores and who takes them - page 2

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... Read More

  1. by   Kerrigan 06
    My school uses HESI as an exit requirement (900 or better in two tries; if failed the second time they will let you fudge by with the case studies). I scored a 1063 the first time and I had not even seen the HESI NCLEX book until the morning of the test when people were cramming from it. I didn't specifically study for HESI, but I do a lot of outline reviewing and questions from Saunders.
  2. by   mom2michael
    We did the HESI at the end of our 3rd semester and I scored an 1100 but in all fairness, that test was made for our program and tested strictly the knowledge we had gained in 3 semesters of our program so that the teachers knew what we still lacked so they could get that taken care of our 4th semester.

    4th semester HESI I scored a 1023 an did no preparation at all other than study for finals. This was the actual standarized HESI test. The highest score in our program was 1055 and that person did nothing more than study for finals.

    Looking back, it's all about trusting your gut. Do not try to rationalize out of the correct answers. Yes, there were VERY hard questions on the test but deep down I knew the answers but sat there and convinced myself otherwise and missed them.

    If you can narrow it down to 2 answers, always pick the one that will kill your patient the quickest (if you do or don't do it). Had I used that idea when I took the HESI I would've done even better.
  3. by   dansamy
    We've had HESI exams throughout our nursing program and are required to take a HESI exit exam, with 2 chances to pass it with an 850 or higher. I received a 1057 on my first take, which is the 97.75 percentile, meaning that only 2.25% of students nationwide performed better than I did.
  4. by   mustangmona
    Hi guys,

    I have not applied for the nursing program at my school (Mountain View College) in Dallas, TX yet. In order to be accepted into the program you have to take the HESI test prior to being accpected into the program. Not sure if any of you had to do that. I'm assuming this is to see what our knowledge base is.
  5. by   jessieka
    Which is better HESI, Saunders, Kaplan, NCSBN for NCLEX RN review?
  6. by   jessieka
    Do anyone know a good NCLEX RN review center around Orlando, FL?
    your input is much appreciated. thanks alot!!!
  7. by   nursetwobe
    We took HESI so we could compare it with our senior year. Ours was only out of a 1000 and I got a 960. Most of my friend got 840 or so...I am worried this is going to make it harder for me next time. I guess it is basically a test on your critical thinking skills?
  8. by   illidan01
    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?
  9. by   stram87
    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
  10. by   mammac5
    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.
  11. by   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.
    Last edit by nursesandor on Mar 31, '11
  12. by   Tanacious
    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.
  13. by   Waitforit007
    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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