OK I took both HESI and NCLEX and our school had the same drama that all of yours are having. Here is what I came up with NCLEX was a freakin JOKE compared to HESI!!!!! I did very well on HESI but most of my class has taken both and agrees, HESI was a much different and much WORSE. I think that the schools use HESI to weed out the students that may not pass NCLEX so that their school does not look bad in the stats that the state boards put out. Plus the schools lose money and possibly accredidation when their students don't pass NCLEX by certain percent the first time.
Oh and if you don't think nursing school could drive a person to suicide, then reserch the internet about depression and suicide rates among nursing students. It's not that far fetched! Try thinking that in 3 months you will finally be able to feed your children (because lord knows the government wont help you unless you are illegal and have 9 kids), kids that you raise alone, and then having the chance yanked out from under you by a stupid exit test that was sprung on you last minute, when if given the chance you would most likely pass NCLEX and be a nurse. I had the wonderful fortune of not having that situation and don't even know what I would have done if I was in it (considering nursing school seriously damaged my psychological integrity as it was).
:)~ Off the soap box now,