Confused about the HESI A2


Has 2 years experience.

So my school only requires Bio 1100(intro to biological chemistry) as a pre-requisite before you can take the A2 to get into the nursing program. Now I finally started looking tinto the A2 Test and I find out that it includes Chem, A&P, Medical vocab.....WHAT? So does this mean that I have to wait now until I finish all my A&P's and the Microbiology if I want to pass the test? I thought I would be ready to take the exam after my Bio1100 this semester. GRRRRRRR!!!!

Please tell me about your experiences. Did everyone take all the A&P's before taking the A2? If so, then why does my school not list those as pre-req's. They are only listed as part of the required courses for graduation. I was told that the test will only include math, English and science. Not Anatomy and Physiology. So I was planning to take the A2 and then continue to take my others until I get into the Nursing core.


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Hello, I understand your confusion! The Hesi A2, Has all the sections you mentioned but many schools just require you to take 4 or 5 of the sections. Like you, I was only required to take Vocab, Math, Grammer, and Reading Comprehension! So, if that is only what your school requires, then you dont have to take the other sections! This is how it was done at my Community College. Definetly check with the Nursing Department at your school, but that is how I believe it goes. Also, check out the Evolve Hesi Study Guide, it proved to be very helpful for me! Especially the Vocab part!! Good Luck and let me know if there is anything else I can help you with!! :)


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Don't worry about not finishing A&P and Micro. I just took the HESI A2 on Friday, and I'm still in my A&P 1 course!

I got a 92 on the A&P section of the exam. It wasn't as hard as I expected. Just get a Cliff Notes-type A&P book and read from tha, as well as looking over your notes from class if you're really that worried. But don't go into too much detail. Honestly, the test was not as scary as some people make it out to be. You'll do fine! :)

Some questions I remember were "What part of the body is [name of bone] in?" and "What is a hollow organ? [followed by 4 choices]"