Hello! I just took the HESI A2
exam today. My test consisted of Math, Reading Comprehension, Grammar
, and Vocabulary. I studied the HESI Admissions Assessment study guide exclusively and it was helpful. I practiced the Math questions because it had been so long since I had used fractions, ratio's, etc. On the test, there was some basic addition and subtraction as well as addition, subtraction, mult, and division of fractions, percentage questions, conversions for pints & gallons, and some military time conversion questions. The practice questions helped me and I got a 92 on this portion.
The grammar was fairly easy. It had questions where you have to pinpoint what word or phrase is not a correct use of grammar (e.g. I were going to call you this afternoon). As you can see, the "were" is the grammatical error. I got a 94 on this portion.
As for the vocabulary, there were some general words like "allude" and "persecute" on the test, but then there were quite a few medical words I was not familiar with and they were not in the study guide. For instance, one of the questions asked what the medical term for a newborns "soft spot" is. I took a guess and got it right, but there were quite a few questions like that and I had no clue so I had to guess and unfortunately got an 84 on that portion of the test.
The Reading Comprehension was a little bit difficult, at least for me it was. There were about 5-6 different passages w/ about 2-3 paragraphs in each passage. Some of the questions just seemd tricky. BTW, all of the questions are multiple choice. For the Reading Comp questions that had me stumped, I tried to narrow it down to the two answers that made the most sense and pick the best one out of the two. Unfortunataly I got an 87 on that portion.
Overall I got an 89.3 on the test, which is ok, but I was really aiming for a 90 or above. I know the nursing program I am getting into has a selection commitee that takes the Hesi scores very seriously when considering who gets accepted into the program. So I hope and 89 isn't too bad in their eyes.
My best advice is to brush up on your math and english. As for the medical terms in the vocabulary section, you may have a leg up since you have taken a physiology class. Good luck to you!