Quote from Hoping2b1
Anybody care to share what the HESI exam is like if you have taken it.
We took a HESI after our last Med-Surg class (which for us is before we do pedi, ob, psych, mgmt, etc.), and since I've heard the NCLEX is Med-Surg heavy, I was glad to take something to give me a hint at how on-track I am for it. Just finished our HESI 2 weeks ago! Wahoo!
I basically studied my one and only (so far) NCLEX review book (Lippincott) for it, and did a little brushing up on EKG's. I also did a quick "most important info on most common drugs" Pharmacology review. Nothing much - the *whole* review/study I spent maybe 3 hours on. (We took HESI in the middle of final exams week and it was only 5%, other tests were 35% so it got less attention).
I felt the NCLEX review book and Pharmacology crash review were the *most* helpful. Seems like there were a LOT of drug questions on there, like antidotes, tox s/s, safe admin (doses), etc. Also, make sure your review book has those multiple-multiples on it as well, as the HESI exam now also features these horrendously difficult questions!
If you are not already a good "test taker" then please review info on how to take tests. You can increase your odds of right answers by eliminating certain answers off the bat, by reading what the question is *really* asking, etc. For example, one answer may contain 100% correct information, but not be *the* right answer because it does not directly address the actual question. Those will not trip you up if you remember to take a full minute to read the questions and answers thoroughly, and think about what is being asked of you before you pick an answer. Don't pick the "correct" info on CV if they are looking for the *relevant* info on Respiratory.
Also, the electronic format is challenging as you can't scribble on the test like you can in class, checking off the wrong answers, underlining key words, etc. (I find that helpful normally), and on the HESI, you CANNOT go back to change an answer once you click the Next button, so take your time on each and every question before moving on.