Drexel Hesi 2012

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    Hello all,

    I got accepted to Drexel University and have been reading many threads on allnurses about Drexel's hesi exams, and it still has me a little worried. I posted some comments on forums that I've found on allnurses but none of which are up to date. I never received a response from anyone, so if anyone can give me any insight on how to prepare for it? When does Drexel give you the hesi exams? If there are any books, what type of books do you recommend that will prepare me for Drexel's hesi? Even if you would like to share your experiences. thanks

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    You get a book as part of the e-book package that helps you review for the HESIs. It doesn't have many questions, just a really great outline of the important information for various topics as well as boxes of things that almost always come up as test questions.

    In every clinical class you take, you have the class final and then the HESI exam on the same day. The exit exam is scheduled after final exams. The grades on the HESI subject exams factor in to your class grade (it was 15% when I was there with the exception of Principles which was 5%) and you don't have to have a minimum score on them, just your overall class grade to continue on. The exit HESI has to be passed with a minimum score or percentage, which is not rounded. So for my class we needed an 87% or a 950. 86.999% still required a retake.

    If you don't pass the first exit HESI, you get to review your text and retake it again in 2 weeks. If you don't pass that, you enroll in the senior seminar again and have more chances to retake it. We could take the senior seminar a third time. They told our class that 60% pass the HESI exit exam on the first try. I think our class was inline with that. We did have classmates who had to enroll in the senior seminar the second time but most passed it within the first two tries.

    They offer test taking and study sessions led by teachers in the learning center. Go to those. The big thing is to get used to the NCLEX format of questioning early on in the program. Once you crack that code it's a matter of learning to study with an eye for what is a key point and what is nice information to know but not essential. Think big picture rather than small view, forest, not trees (with exceptions that are usually made obvious).

    There's a Drexel ACE facebook group that is pretty active about answering questions: Log In | Facebook for more updated info. I graduated in September 2010 so some things might have changed, but I believe the overall structure is the same.
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    Quote from hiddencatRN
    You get a book as part of the e-book package that helps you review for the HESIs. It doesn't have many questions, just a really great outline of the important information for various topics as well as boxes of things that almost always come up as test questions. In every clinical class you take, you have the class final and then the HESI exam on the same day. The exit exam is scheduled after final exams. The grades on the HESI subject exams factor in to your class grade (it was 15% when I was there with the exception of Principles which was 5%) and you don't have to have a minimum score on them, just your overall class grade to continue on. The exit HESI has to be passed with a minimum score or percentage, which is not rounded. So for my class we needed an 87% or a 950. 86.999% still required a retake. If you don't pass the first exit HESI, you get to review your text and retake it again in 2 weeks. If you don't pass that, you enroll in the senior seminar again and have more chances to retake it. We could take the senior seminar a third time. They told our class that 60% pass the HESI exit exam on the first try. I think our class was inline with that. We did have classmates who had to enroll in the senior seminar the second time but most passed it within the first two tries.They offer test taking and study sessions led by teachers in the learning center. Go to those. The big thing is to get used to the NCLEX format of questioning early on in the program. Once you crack that code it's a matter of learning to study with an eye for what is a key point and what is nice information to know but not essential. Think big picture rather than small view, forest, not trees (with exceptions that are usually made obvious).There's a Drexel ACE facebook group that is pretty active about answering questions: Log In | Facebook for more updated info. I graduated in September 2010 so some things might have changed, but I believe the overall structure is the same.
    Thank you so much for the valuable information. I actually sent you a reply on one of your old threads on Saunders book on Amazon. There isn't any specific books that you would suggest that'll help prepare me for the Hesi, as well as, class study material? Thank you so much for the replying and answering my questions.
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    The ACE HESI test is a tool the school uses to prevent students from graduating who may have problems passing the NCLEX. The school basically requires student's to pass it because if you pass the HESI you will in all likelihood pass the NCLEX. So it is a way for the school to keep its ratings up.
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    ... And just to be perfectly clear on what this means, it's a disgustingly unethical practice. You can satisfy all graduation requirements but not pass the HESI and the school will not allow you to graduate. Consider this: You go through a year of studies, satisfy all the requirements of all your courses, which means you've learned everything your instructors have taught you and passed all of the courses. If you were instructed properly, and proved you learned what you were instructed by passing the course, you should already be prepared to pass the NCLEX. You should at least have the right to graduate and sit for the NCLEX, but the school will not allow this. If at the end of the program you've satisfied all of your course requirements but can't pass the HESI, it's because you weren't properly instructed. And then you are weeded out in the end, after you've paid your tuition in full, so you don't bring down the school's NCLEX pass ratings.

    If you read between the lines this policy will give you some insight into the mentality of the program towards its students.
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    Quote from REESEE10
    Hello all,

    I got accepted to Drexel University and have been reading many threads on allnurses about Drexel's hesi exams, and it still has me a little worried. I posted some comments on forums that I've found on allnurses but none of which are up to date. I never received a response from anyone, so if anyone can give me any insight on how to prepare for it? When does Drexel give you the hesi exams? If there are any books, what type of books do you recommend that will prepare me for Drexel's hesi? Even if you would like to share your experiences. thanks
    Hey Reesee...how are classes coming along so far? I've been accepted into Drexel for spring 2013 but I will be attending in fall 2013. I just wanted to get your feedback thus far re classes, professors, students, the workload, living etc. Anything you can offer please do! (anyone else please feel free to chime in too!)


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