First time taking the HESI and stressing out!!!

  1. Hey everyone,

    this will be my first time taking the HESI, and im so burnt out right now. Are there any pointers anyone can give me??? Please Help?!?!
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  3. by   mrspjc
    There is a HESI study guide available. You can get it online or any bookstore. Hope this helps. Good luck
  4. by   amber92292
    My advice: DO NOT STRESS! It's seriously a piece of cake! I took the HESI once in December, and I got much higher than I planned to. To prepare for it, I bought about 4 of the study guides (I thought I would study for months in advance and learn everything in all of the books--that didn't happen). The books I would recommend are:

    The Evolve Reach study guide, this is the one they recommend on the website. I went through the entire book. In the few weeks before the test, I would work on the math and vocabulary. By the week before the test, I still hadn't finished though, because I didn't set enough time to study. So, about 3 days before the test, I skimmed through the entire book and took the practice test, then reviewed the information I was unsure of. DO NOT try to read the entire book. It is unnecessary and will not happen.

    The second book I recommend is the Hesi A2 Secrets book. I really just used this book for extra practice the day before the test. The thing I like best about this book is it explains ALL answers. The other book just simply says the answer is a,b,c, or d. I took the practice tests in this book also, and my scores for both books were I was very nervous. DON'T BE!! I eventually just decided to quit studying.

    DO NOT stress yourself out the night before the test. Just relax!! I reviewed some vocabulary before bed, but it's totally unnecessary. I woke up super early, had a big breakfast, and got to the testing center about 45 minutes before my scheduled test time. I was SO nervous, but convinced myself I'd be fine. I was right.

    Math- There is a calculator you can use on the computer. This is the section I spent the most time studying, because I forgot all the math basics. The problems I got the most of were the proportions. (ex: 1:4::3:x)

    Vocab- This was my lowest score. I am good with vocabulary, but there are many words that even context clues can't help you find the right answer for! Just review the vocabulary in the books, though, I didn't flunk it, it was just my lowest score.

    Grammar: TAKE YOUR TIME ON THIS SECTION! I thought "this stuff is too easy" and basically flew through it. I caught myself click the wrong answer several times!

    Reading Comprehension: SUPER SUPER EASY! Nothing like the ACT where there are long boring passages and stupid questions. The passages are about 5 sentences each and are very easy to read and follow. The questions are totally straight forward and not at all tricky.

    Biology- Basic concepts, I had just taken bio so this came super easily to me. Make sure you understand the basic concepts of Biology, it's not too in depth.

    Chemistry- Again, basic concepts. Don't freak out.

    A&P- I took A&P long enough to take the first test, and then I had to drop it, not because of my grade though. I thought the A&P section was pretty easy. Know the different planes...(is that the word???: sagittal, coronal, etc) know the different positions (supine, anterior, posterior, proximal, distal, etc.) know basic A&P concepts.


    Remember, BREATHE! It's super easy as long as you have common knowledge and prepare yourself appropriately Sorry I typed you a novel. Hope I helped a little and let me know if you have any more questions!!
  5. by   nurse_van2014
    To shed a little more light on your testing as the above responder said,it's easy! Take your time get the study guide/book and prepare to have enough time to touch up on areas that you haven't seen or practiced in a while. You don't need luck, so i'll simply say do your "BEST"!!