My school requires passage of the Exit Hesi as well, with a score of 850. In the 2 years that I have been in this NS, they've had a 20% pass rate on Exit Hesi.
Starting in 1st semester, we've had a mini-Hesi at the end of each semester, related to the subject matter taught in that semester (med-surge 1, pedi, mental, ob, etc). Fairly simple exams that were worth 10% of our course grade.
Now, in a graduating class of over 100, with many many "A" students that pass the mini's each semester with no problems, you'd think they'd prepared us for the Exit, right?
Apparently not, however, as I said: 20% pass rate on the first attempt in the last 2-4 graduating classes.
A week or two ago, our 4th level instructors informed us that we're still going to take the Hesi on exit, and 850 is still passing. However, starting with us, they are also going to administer the NLN Exit exam (which they've promised to meet with us for a bit of orientation to this exam), which is pass/fail.
Basically, we have to pass either the Hesi with 850, OR the NLN exam with "pass", in order to move on to practicum/preceptorship and then graduation/NCLEX.
NOT both. One or the other. Apparently, the NLN is much easier than the Hesi. I guess they got tired of trying to justify that 80% fail rate on Hesi.
As I've stated to them several times: If 10% - 20% of your class is failing, you can blame that on the students not studying or working hard enough or whatever. If 70% - 80% of your class is failing, you need to look at the instruction being given.
I'm pretty much an "A" student (damn you, OB) so far, with just 3-4 months to go. Here's hoping I can pass one of the two!