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  1. Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of resources that are out there? Tired of stressing over your upcoming exam? Does the idea of trying to achieve a 900 on HESI seem impossible? Is your anxiety getting the best of you? Well I just want to say you're not alone and I've been in your shoes, but I have some good advice that I hope will help ease your worries. To give value to the statements I'm about to make, I would first like for you to take a deep breath and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth and clear your mind. This HESI exit exam does NOT, I repeat does NOT!! define how good of a nurse you will be! Let's get that straight 1st. The HESI is supposed to be a good indicator of how well you'll do on NCLEX, but a lot of it has to do with how well you read the questions and pick the best answer. I have used so many sources to prepare myself for these exams such as: Saunders (Purple book), HESI (red prep book w/ hints), EVOLVE, Kaplan and so many online resources... but I kept falling short on every HESI exit. I ended up taking this thing 4 times, believe it or not, and I was a great student in class - A/B grades all the way through the 4 year BSN program. These sources all have +/- , but they did NOT help me achieve a score above 900 EVER! Tried these sources for the 1st three exams and still fell short of 900 each time and after getting a 780 (1st time), 855 (2nd), 848 (3rd) Enough was enough.. I felt like I would never achieve my dreams of becoming a Nurse, but I did on the 4th try and here is how I did it....UWORLD and memorizing as many hesi concepts/hints that I could from the hesi green book 4th edition. Uworld changed my life! All I could do after seeing that score of 1090 and 94.8% was stare is disbelief. I had Jumped over 200 points. I had started UWORLD just 10 days prior and I knew it would be a game changer when it came down to taking the HESI exit for the 4th and final time. Here is why this resource worked: it has a ton of select all that apply questions, the rational is phenomenal it's easy to read, gives you all the information you need to know about the topic in question with pictures. I purchased it for 30 day which is 70$, but trust me, you'll be glad you did. This particular package comes with 2 assessments that are 75 questions a piece. These are great in determining your readiness for NCLEX/HESI EXIT. It covers all the types of questions that you would see on HESI exit such as: PSYCH, MATERNITY, FUNDAMENTALS, PROFESSIONAL ISSUES and MEDSURG CONCEPTS, but the great thing about UWORLD is that most of its questions are about interventions, priority, delegation and implementation. It's a wonderful resource and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It gave me the confidence to know that I could answer these questions correctly on the exit HESI and achieve an outstanding score. I want to wish you the best of luck on your upcoming exam whether it be the Exit HESI or NCLEX. I know you can do it! You have the drive to achieve! Whoever says nursing school was easy would be lying, and you and I both know that... but I truly believe by using UWORLD and knowing those HESI hints you can't go wrong. As a final statement, I'd like to says CONGRATS RN's can't wait to see you working in the field of nursing!!!
  2. jaqrose

    TEAS V Score 93.3% - Study Advice

    I took the TEAS V for the first time two days ago and found so much help through this site, I wanted to try and do the same. I was completely freaked out about it. I want to get a second bachelor's and I kept reading about how impacted schools are, so this test was a huge deal and only added to the pressure. I've been having nightmares the last few nights about my score and have been super stressed. But there's no reason to feel that way! I am so happy to say that I scored an adjusted 93.3% with this breakdown Reading - 85.2% Math - 100% Science - 95.8% English - 96.7% I signed up for the test about 10 days prior to taking it. I bought the ATI book and the Mometrix Secrets of the Teas. I started going through the ATI book and I'd do the practice problems in each section then I did both practice tests in the back. ✔️ I watched Kashwani on Youtube for the math (SUPER helpful and he is hilarious), he has TEAS V specific videos and goes through the ATI book with you, one page at a time: ✔️ I also used the forum on allnurses to put into a word document and make my own study guide from: How I Passed the TEAS V Exam - How I Passed the TEAS Exam ✔️ I used these practice tests: TEAS Reading Practice Test - Free TEAS V Practice ✔️ I also watched videos on Khan Academy for science topics that I needed refreshing on (meiosis/mitosis, circulatory system, the kidney etc) and for some of the basic math (pre-algebra) for dividing decimals ✔️ I downloaded the Quizlet app on my phone and studied TEAS V flashcard sets when I was in bed and couldn't sleep or in the car I purchased the practice test A from ATI and thought it was actually pretty hard. The first time I took it, I took my time and read the explanation for each answer I got wrong or any answers I was iffy on. It's really helpful because you start to understand the types of answers they're looking for and why the wrong answers were wrong even if you swore they were right. Even if you got the answer right, still read the explanation for why it was the right answer so you know what they're looking for for that type of question. Plus it's nice to get some experience taking the test on a computer since that's how the actual test is given. I reviewed everything I wrote down from the first time for a few days and took it the second time 2 days before the exam. The second time I took it, I timed myself to be sure I could complete it under the given time. I'm a fast test-taker in general, and on the actual exam I finished each section with at least 15 minutes to spare. My practice test scores went: First time Overall: 78.7% Reading: 92.9% Math: 73.3% Science: 66.7% English 83.3% Second time Overall: 96.7% Reading: 100% Math: 96.7% Science: 97.9% English 90.0% The practice results are just like the actual results. It gives you a breakdown of the sections in the ATI book that you need to focus more on to improve your score. Obviously I did better on the actual exam than the first practice (except in reading, which is weird. nerves for the first section maybe?) so if you don't do well on the practice, DON'T WORRY! As I said, I found it harder than the actual exam and it's amazing preparation. I read several reviews where people said the science section was nothing like the ATI book, so I used the Mometrix to supplement that. I ended up with a 24 page study guide from the one in the all nurse forum and a 26 page study guide of just science from the Mometrix book. In total, I studied for about 10 hours each day for a week and once I took the test, I felt like I was really prepared. Maybe even over prepared. I knew the answers to a majority of the questions and felt like it was almost "too easy" compared to what I was expecting. I had to remind myself to read the questions and what they were asking for and not assume I knew the answer. The reading sections on the actual exam are a bit longer than the practice, so if you're a slow reader you might run into some trouble with time. There were only a few reading passages though and the rest of the section after that is pretty quick so if you're getting short on time, don't fret. You can make it up towards the end of the section as that part won't take you as long. The math portion was exactly like the practice one. Definitely know your fractions! On the practice test, I subtracted mixed numbers by subtracting the whole numbers separate from the fraction. I got the answer wrong and when I clicked for the explanation, it said "improper subtraction of mixed numbers" so I converted the mixed numbers into fractions, found the LCD and subtracted that way and got the right answer. I still don't know that rule, but I recommend always changing mixed numbers into fractions when you're adding/subtracting, better safe than sorry. I found the science section on the practice test to be more challenging than the real science section. I found my questions were specific, but easy to where I either knew the answer or knew which answers were totally wrong and could pick by default. I also felt like the study guide from the forum was pretty spot on in terms of the topics you need to know. The English section was a breeze, but I've always been really good at grammar. Don't forget to go over your parts of speech and English basics: verbs that act like nouns, subjects, homophones, similes, who/whom, etc. I forgot some of those things and had to reach deep into the depths of my brain to remember what it was! I hope this is helpful and can calm some people's nerves who don't do well on the practice test and are scared for the actual test. My test center was awesome. I had headphones to cancel out noise and was in a corner cubicle so I wasn't distracted. Be sure to get there early, go to the bathroom beforehand, eat a good breakfast and try to get a good night's sleep. Also my test results say program: ADN... I don't recall ever picking that as I want a BSN. I had a minor freakout and called ATI. She said it doesn't matter at all, it only changes the national percentiles on the results sheet, but it is the same test and the schools can change that if they want to (what a relief!). If anyone has any questions or wants any other advice, I'd be happy to help as much as I can!
  3. kj2455

    Is my HESI score good enough?

    Hey everyone! I applied to my local community college's ADN program. I'm SO worried that I'm not going to get in. To my knowledge, they accept roughly 80 students into the entire program. It's really the only program in my area, so it is highly competitive. I score an 85.3% on my exam. My school requires a minimum of 71%. I also have a 3.5 GPA in my prerequisite courses that are required to enter the program. What did you score on the HESI? Did you get into your small program?
  4. jennifermejia_1

    HESI A2 entrance exam!!

    I do not have my HESI grade report with me because I accidentally closed down the tab after I was done taking the exam (I have to wait 24-48 hours for results to be posted online now SO DON'T CLOSE YOUR TAB ONCE YOU'RE DONE) but I do remember my overall grade, 86.7. I took READING, MATH, VOCABULARY, GRAMMAR, ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY, AND CRITICAL THINKING. On each section, my score was above an 80%, Anatomy was a 92%, and Critical Thinking was around 860 (can't really remember)!!! I am so happy though, especially because it was my first time taking the exam and the school I am applying to requires a 75-80% on each section and a 750 on critical thinking. I used the HESI ASSESSMENT EXAM REVIEW, 4TH EDITION (HAER) as a study guide for each section. READING For reading, I honestly just read HESI ASSESSMENT EXAM REVIEW, 4TH EDITION. I did not do anything else but read the book since I wasn't really nervous about this section. This section on the exam was pretty smooth. However, I took almost an hour on this section because I wanted to make sure I understood everything. I can't really much say of this section since it was just pretty basic. MATH On this section, I took my time reading the HAER book. This section is BASIC MATH. Work on each sample questions even if you think you got it, that way it sticks in your head while you're learning other materials. This section on the exam was mainly proportions and ratios (honestly), work on those two mainly!! I felt like out of the 50 questions, there were 30 of these. There was also many %'s, e.g. (NOT COMING FROM THE TEST, JUST GIVING AN EXAMPLE FROM MY HEAD --> KATIE HAS 16 FRIENDS, 2 OF THEM ARE FEMALES, WHAT IS THE % OF FEMALE FRIENDS KATIE HAS?) Not many metric questions, I think it was a total of 4, BASIC, but learn them. I did not get ONE question of degrees conversion but if I were you, I'd still learn them. Got one question of converting military time to U.S. time. Honestly, DON'T stress on this section because you have a calculator on screen. VOCABULARY OK! Lets get serious! Who isn't nervous about this section? Even if you are so good in vocabulary, this is just random words picked out. BUT guess what?! The HAER book was helpful (LEARN THOSE, LITERALLY LEARN THEM AND KNOW THEM, TAKE YOUR TIME ON THOSE). I cannot say more than know those words. However, I felt like those words weren't enough, I knew the test was going to bring out words that weren't covered on the book and it did. I think it was like 20-30 question words that weren't on the book, on the test BUT *TA DA!* I found a great quizlet account! This girl went out of her way and put more words down and honestly like 15 of those words were on my test! She put down the book vocabulary down on this quizlet and added more words. If I were you, I'd go over the book first to just focus on those words and then go over her quizlet to review not only the same words that are on the book but new words that CAN be on your exam. HESI A2 words Flashcards | Quizlet GRAMMAR Some people tend to be so nervous on this section (I was) but honestly it was not so bad! I took my time on reading the HAER book and used a helpful website.. Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude This section was mainly on (pick the noun or phrase that is NOT used correctly), but A LOT of subject-verb agreement. Get the hang on S-VA. OK, I am feeling a little too happy so I am going to break down the subject-verb agreement for you guys!! If your subject is singular then your verb will have an "s" on the end. E.g. -> SHE (singular) plays. If your subject is plural then your verb will not have a "s" on then end. E.g. -> THEY (plural) play . MULTIPLE SUBJECTS: OR/EITHER/NOR/NEITHER/AND This AND that ---> plural verb This AND those --> plural verb This OR those ---> plural verb Those OR this ----> Singular verb How to choose if its singular or plural? GO BY CLOSEST TO THE VERB. ANYONE, EVERYONE, SOMEONE, SOMEBODY, NO ONE, NOBODY, EACH, AND EVERYBODY WILL ALWAYS BE SINGULAR. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY HAER book!! Go over it and KNOW IT ALL, in depth. I also used these two helpful websites.. 1. HESI Flashcards | Quizlet --> This Quizlet account basically broke down the book so go over this!!!! It will make you understand the book more. 2. Anatomy & Physiology --> Go over each chapter!!!! Go over the power points, SO HELPFUL. Literally. This is why I got an A on this section because questions that didn't come from the book, somewhat came from these power points! I can't really tell you what was really on this section but questions derived from the book and power points. CRITICAL THINKING OK! Obviously this one is not in the book but this section was more like scenarios. All answers are correct, they just want to know (as a nurse) what would you do given the scenario. The better choice you pick, the more points you get. EX: ONE PATIENT, 45 YEAR OLD MALE, E-MAILS YOU TO HANG OUT, WHAT WILL YOU DO?? OBVIOUSLY, PICK THE "KEEP THINGS PROFESSIONAL." HONESTLY, DO NOT GET NERVOUS! I THINK THE BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE YOU IS TO NOT BE NERVOUS, IS EITHER YOU KNOW IT OR YOU DONT!!! P.S. I ALSO USED "HESI A2 EXAM PREP 2016 EDITION- POCKET PREP, INC." APP, IT LOOKS PURPLE. I THINK IT WAS $12.00 BUT SO HELPFUL!!!! BUY IT!!! That's all. Hope this helps!!!!!
  5. samanddave7b

    HESI Fundamentals

    Hey everyone. I am taking my hesi for fundamentals Monday. I am really nervous and not feeling so confident. For those of you who have taken yours, the practice exams on evolve, were the practice exams similar to the actual hesi exam you had to take? Any sites or anything you can recommend for me to study? I am nervous for this one..... help! ~Thanks!

    Passed TEAS (Finally)!!!

    Kenoi (name changed), is a young, bubbly 22 y/o who has set upon the path of becoming a nurse. She performed fairly well in her prerequisite classes; strong in math and science, and fair in reading and comprehension. She has reached out to me, her future mother in law, to help her pass her TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam. Now, I truly adore Kenoi, because she reminds me of myself at her age. Lots of passion and driven to succeed. So of course I accept and we set up a date to review material. What I did not know at this point was... Kenoi has taken, and failed the TEAS twice already... She doesn't really like reading... She lets gloom and doom invade her mental space, crowding out processes and retained information. Shocked and a tad perturbed at this revelation, I ask Kenoi what made her wait so long to seek help, knowing this is her last attempt at passing this test, and preparing for the nursing program. Remember what I said about gloom and doom, when she spoke, she had bags and buckets of negativity, feelings of failure, defeat, and self loathing. I could clearly see challenges forming. I examined her scores for the recently taken second TEAS exam. Small mistakes had big consequences. Kenoi had problems understanding what she was reading. Not only that, in some cases i discovered she wasn't reading at all as evidenced by a passage that I had her read aloud. At the end of the passage there were three questions that were related to the last sentence. Kenoi got them all wrong, as she did not read to the end of the paragraph. Kenoi admitted skimming often as she read, even less if she did not find the topic interesting. I helped her see that those three questions she missed were 33.3% each, and she just failed the whole section. This could have easily played a hand in her failed attempts. Gently getting her attention, I let her know that if you want a different result, changes have to be made. If the same behavior is repeated, you will have the same result. I could tell Kenoi was getting a bit flustered and apprehensive. We had a lot of ground to cover, but clearly she wasn't feeling it. I stopped her, and told her that her energy was off. I got some Lavender essential oil and put a dab on her bilateral wrist pulse points, both ears, and temples. I also placed Ylang Ylang to her heart, throat, and third eye chakras. I urged her to push out negative feelings of angst, failure and despair. and replace them with sun, damp earth, and rainbows. As she sat, I felt the energy around her, it was dense and hot, almost oppressive. I continued this action of swatting and replacing energy until it felt lighter, and she more relaxed. We were far from finished. After reviewing more material, we mapped out her strengths and weaknesses, and came up with a study plan. Kenoi was told to pace herself as she read. Take note of the content being asked, especially percentages and comparisons and ask herself, could this be a question? She was told that all the material is important to read, and the questions answered. Just answer the question, don't ponder "what if", "I think it's asking", or "I thought that meant"...just answer the question. Pick the answer that addresses all elements of the question. I urged her to tell the Negative Nellie to "kick rocks", as she is no longer welcome. Lastly, I instructed her to see me the night before testing for a full body massage. She thanked me for the insight, and set off to prepare for this final round, differently. The night before testing came a week later. During the massage session I applied Lavender infused oils and performed a full Reiki session. Afterwards, as we sipped coconut water I asked her how she felt, and did she feel prepared after making the changes in her review process. Her eyes were bright, and she exclaimed "Yes!" with the biggest smile. She did appear more focused, and much calmer. I hugged her and sent her home with solid words of encouragement. Testing was at 09:00 the next morning. I sent Kenoi a message of love and encouragement, and told her "You got this, get it done". She replied and thanked me for the sweet words and the awesome massage. She said she felt ready, and would call me after the test. And so I waited, seeing sun, wet earth, and rainbows... Kenoi passed with marked improvement compared to the previous test. No errors on the math, and reading scores were exceptional. She was later accepted into the Spring 2016 nursing class. I told her to see me often as needed for tutoring, pow wow sessions with a study group, or pretest prep. I am sure she will do well.
  7. This may seem long, but I wanted to share with my fellow nursing students the way I prepared for the HESI exit exam and how I passed with a score of 907 on my SECOND attempt. Like many other students, I searched dozens of articles on allnurses.com on how to pass this terrifying exam, hoping I would find something, anything to help me pass with a miracle. My school required a 900 or better to graduate, which was during the hardest semester of my life and I had zero time to actually prepare for this, outside of the 2 weeks I was able to study on top of completing my preceptor. My school uses kaplan and every instructor recommended this in preparation for the HESI, but after a little research I found that many students felt kaplan and HESI were completely different, so I decided to try another source, yourbestgrade.com. Many of my classmates had purchased this program ($100 + tax), and I read tons of reviews that found this program mostly helpful during their preparation for the exit exam. This was one of the best choices I have EVER made during my nursing student career. Here is what yourbestgrade program includes: 6 practice exit exams that consist of 160 questions, 10 shorter practice exit exams that consist of 30 questions, and 30 different specialty areas (peds, maternity, management of care, med surge) that consist of 55 questions each. Each of these you can do in test mode- which is timed and at the end you can see what you got wrong and all of the rationales for each answer, or you can take it in study mode- not timed and after you answer each question it tells you right away whether you got it right or wrong and the rationale. Watch HESI Study Tips video... Here is how I studied in two weeks. I tried reading the HESI book, which has all of the information possible that you will be tested on but I didn't have time for all of that and reading doesn't stick for me. Then I purchased yourbestgrade, read the introduction on how it all works, and began studying. Each day I would spend any where from 6-9 hours studying. The 160 question practice exams were helpful but a bit long, and I wanted to focus on one subject at a time, so I tried a few and switched it up (but do what works for you). Each day I would do 2 specialty areas in study mode (each one took me about 3 hours so I could get the content down), and then 1 of the 30 question tests first in test mode, then after I completed this I would retake the same test in study mode to review all of the rationales. I did this for about 2 weeks, on and off due to the six 12 hour shifts I had to complete at preceptor. Then the day came to take the test. The morning of the test I did a 45 minute review of a study guide of quick facts that I found on allnurses and reviewed my labs, and then I put all material away. I wished my nursing student friends good luck and we all agreed over our group message that we wouldn't say anything negative and we wouldn't freak each other out, because come on what else do nursing friends do. Once I got to school I peeked at my study guide one last time for a few minutes, put in my head phones, listened to a few songs that calmed me down and got me pumped up and positive for the test, took a few deep breaths, and started my exit exam, which we had 3 hours to complete 160 questions. I was 40 questions in and began freaking out, I knew nothing on this test. At question 75 I only had a little over an hour left and thought "wow I'm really screwed," and I began flying through questions just to catch up to the time. I caught up to where I had over a minute for every question left by question 135 and I thought to myself, there is no way that I passed this and I'm going to have to accept that I will have to take this a 2nd time. I finally got to the last question, hit end, and my score was an 890. I missed the exam by 10 points, and I cried and cried and cried. My life was over, I was so close, and I thought even getting this close was just luck. I can't do that good or get that close again. I had only one week until I took my 2nd and last attempt. HESI sends out a report showing what you did good in, what you did bad in, and your average score in every subject including how many you missed out of so many questions in that subject area. So during my week of preparation I repeated my same study style and focused on the subjects I did bad in which was basic care and comfort, patho, and med surge. The second time around I did my same preparation ritual the day of, I stayed confident, I timed myself throughout the whole exam spacing out my time, and during the last dozen questions I told myself "Okay this is it, you are at 890 and you only need to get these last questions right to pass and really give it your all. Give it all you got on these last few questions, take your time, you can do this." I hit end and I got a 907!!!! I thought it was a cruel joke someone was playing on me, it didn't seem like real life! Turns out I got the last 12 questions correct, all in a row. And I slumped and cried again, because I finally passed nursing school. I know this is a bit lengthy but for every fearful, stressed, and anxiety ridden student out there; YOU CAN DO IT. This exit exam is stressful, it is hard, and it seems impossible, but I promise you it is not. If you are able to get this far, you know your stuff now just practice the questions and brush up on what you don't know. Know your priorities, who do you see first? Who will die if you don't see them now? Think outcomes, if I choose this answer what will the outcome be? Read the question twice, identify what it is actually asking, and simplify it. And most importantly take your time, and make sure you are allowing enough time for the rest of your exam. I am currently studying for my NCLEX exam next week and I am hoping to pass on my first try in 75 questions, so cross your fingers for me! If you have any questions about the exit exam feel free to ask 🙂
  8. NursePallasFNP2b

    Passed My Hesi Exit on First Try... Here's How!

    Hey everyone, I just wanted to share the good (and late) news that I passed my Hesi Exit V1 exam on the first try back in June (score of 936)!! I was very worried about it because I'm not one of those students that does awesomely on NCLEX-style questions or previous Hesi Specialty exams. I am very good at clinical practicum, but I came from a background where right is right and wrong is wrong; not where there are 3 answers that could be right, but you have to choose the most right one. Anyway, because of my lack in skill in this area, I knew I had to brush up on well, everything. The book that I discovered to be most helpful was the Hesi Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination @ amazon.com. Particularly, the online questions from the medical-surgical section and the comprehensive exams. I actually saw REPEAT questions (with slightly different scenarios) from the online questions, and I am so grateful to the classmate who suggested this book to me. Next, I used an NCLEX cram-sheet that I got off of here somewhere I believe. I really wish I could credit the author, but I downloaded them a couple years ago, and I don't recall where from. I will say that I did NOT make this cram sheet, and it's from a sticky thread on this forum somewhere. I also included 2 other study guides that I found elsewhere on the web and were very helpful! I am currently using one of them to study for my NCLEX, actually- long but very useful. I noticed that my test focused a lot on Diabetes management and lab values and not much at all on maternity stuff. There were also a decent amount of questions on standard precautions and basic stuff that you may not even think to study but might get wrong if you don't review it. Remember to review things like proper hand-washing and aseptic technique. I know this isn't as comprehensive as some posts have been but, I honestly think, if I can do this, anyone can. Once I learned to have more confidence in myself, I saw that usually my first response... my gut response, was right. Sounds cliche, but it's true. When I first began nursing school, I never saw myself writing a post like this and now here I am, accepted into my MSN-FNP program and studying for my NCLEX! Keep the faith and support each other. My classmates have kept me going on many days that I wanted to throw in the towel! NCLEX-RN_Cramsheet.pdf HESI ADVANCED CLINICAL CONCEPTS.doc HESI HELPFUL HINTS.doc LabValues[1]nclex review2.docx
  9. cajunRNtobe

    HESI Advice/My Experiences

    Hi! First off I'd like to say that this board drastically helped me on my first HESI exam that I took on March 20th. This is my first post on this website although I've been browsing on here since January. My college requires the A&P, Math, Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Vocabulary sections with at least a 75% in each section. The sections are weighed accordingly: A&P 30%, Reading Comprehension 25% and all other sections 10%. I focused heavily on studying for the A&P portion as I did not do as well as I would have liked in A&P I. I ended up being 1 question away from the qualifying score, which I'm not too happy about but my scores in all other sections will make it possible for me to brush up on as much as I can before my retest date of April 7th. There are 20 spots open for my nursing program so it's super competitive and I hope to do a little better in all the sections that I can do better in to improve my entrance chances. HESI TIPS STEP 1 Stop stressing It's not as hard as you think it is and if you've taken an ACT or SAT test in the last 5 years this test is not as challenging. It's basic knowledge in all of the sections. USE THE BOOK for everything other than A&P. The time limit did not make a difference for me, I finished in 101 minutes and 17 seconds. I wish I would have taken it a bit slower on some seconds so I could have done even better. Don't try and answer too quickly as you can not go back and there were multiple times that I realized as soon as I clicked the "submit" button that I had read the question too quickly and I did not mark the correct response. I'll talk about that when I'm explaining my experiences in those sections, though. STEP 2 Get some rest. I crammed as much as possible the day before, which honestly did nothing but make me super nervous and agitated only getting 4 hours of sleep. I wish I would have been as alert as possible instead of staying up trying to force information into my brain. STEP 3 Have confidence. If you're making decent grades in your classes, you should do fine. Especially if your curriculum requires some type of math, English and a&p before you take an entrance exam. If you go into the test unsure of yourself, you're going to second-guess all of your answers instead of going with the knowledge you already learned and have stored somewhere in your brain. The order that I took the exam in. Anatomy & Physiology (72%): I told myself I would not take this section first, but before the exam I became so nervous about it that I knew I wouldn't be able to focus on any other section until I got it over with. I'm disappointed in my score, but from a competitive standpoint this isn't so bad as I have not encountered any of my classmates that have done more than pass the A&P part "by the hair of her chinny chin chin" as she said it, lol. We're all still in A&P 2, and none of us really knew what to expect on the first, go-round. It really is an accumulation of everything you learned from A&P and having 25-30 questions means you have to have a well-rounded knowledge of what is going on. If your A&P professors are a little lenient on describing everything in scientific terms, you may want to brush up on that. (ex. mastication- chewing) That wasn't a question for me but that's the best example I can give without violating any TOS. Also, focus on A&P I as tissues, the skeletal system and the muscles are important. Know where things are in terms of anatomical directions. (ex. the sternum is superficial to what?) Once, again, just an example. A&P I was 80% of the knowledge I needed for my section. Basic knowledge about how chemicals in the body work and organ systems is also important. Overall, just brush up on things you feel you are weak in, and be confident enough to not try and re-learn all of A&P over in 3 months. If it's your first time taking it give yourself enough time beforehand to retake the test if need be. I feel 10x better knowing what to expect. Reading Comprehension: (92%) This section was much easier than I expected, as most of my classmates had trouble in this area too. I found the passages to be short and pretty simple. I lost points in the author's purpose areas on the test. Some of them were unclear but really pay attention to the language in which the author is speaking, review the grammar part of declarative, imperative, interrogative and exclamatory sentences and adjectives that might give a hint to the author's tone. Also pay attention to what the author is talking about and where you might find that type of excerpt. If it's talking about entertainment, the main idea is more than likely to entertain. If it's talking about science or any type of research it's either to persuade or inform. If the passage has a lot of details and sounds like something out of a textbook, it's probably to teach. Math: (98%) I cant say much more than what other people have said on this board. Use the HESI Elsevier guide and practice from that. Know ratios and proportions. Everyone I have encountered says that the test is mostly on this and I concur. Other than that, memorize the measurements, especially metric to English, and know Fahrenheit to Celsius and Celsius to Fahrenheit formulas. If you don't remember the KHDBDCM mnemonic, type it in Google and learn it. Don't be afraid to write things out. No one else in my testing group was doing much writing (from what I could hear) but that didn't really phase me. Math is something I have to visualize so that's what I did. Vocabulary: (100%) My test was 80% of the book and the other parts were common knowledge-type questions. Common medical language that you'd hear on any TV show. If this section worries you, make some flashcards. Don't overload yourself by trying to learn all of the words, just learn the ones that are tricky or that you don't recognize from everyday life or class. If English is not your first language, pay special attention to the section as I could see as how the way in which the questions are written may be a little challenging to understand. Grammar: (88%) The killer for me in this section was not having enough confidence in myself. Once I got to this section I focused too much on thinking that every question would be a trick question, and ended up marking some odd answers, when the answer was something as common as a spelling mistake. Brush up on subjects and predicates, and go from there. Independent/Dependent clauses also are important. What I used to study: The McGraw- Hill guide for all Nursing Entrance Exams was spot on with what I saw on the HESI in terms of Grammar and Reading Comprehension, I only looked through it the day before, and I kind of wish I would have utilized all of the practice tests. HESI Elsevier Guide 3rd Edition provided everything I needed for math. Literally, you don't need anything else to learn what will be on the math portion. There are no trick questions and the word problems are usually as simple as addition and multiplication. If you need extra practice, there are various websites online that will generate questions for you, just type in what you need help with (dividing fractions/ roman numerals/ metric to english) and it'll be there. Military time is easy. Just know how to convert regular time to military time and military time to regular time. The above guide also provided everything I needed for vocabulary. A&P: I was all over the place with studying for A&P. I used my Anatomy textbook, my class notes, the suggestion from this board of looking at youtube AnatomyGMC. My issue was that I studied too many topics instead of focusing on what I did not know. Overall, I am so glad I allowed myself more time to be able to re-take the exam and my college allows us to take our highest scores in each section from both tests, so I'm focusing on raising my anatomy, reading comp and grammar, but I hope something I said helped for those like myself who never take the "stop stressing" advice.
  10. kbilly3

    HESI A2 Tips: Ratios and Proportions

    I did math first because I am someone that writes everything down, even with a calculator. I also double check that I typed into the calculator the right equation. MOST of my questions were PROPORTIONS! They were the easy ones too, 5:9 and x:20, solve for x. I had maybe less than five that were in a word problem version. I already knew how to do those but the website that helped me was Ratio and Proportion Worksheet: Writing Ratios(1 of 2). I also used the app- TeenEinstein US 6th/7th Ratios and Proportions. I did not purchase the app but if you get the answer wrong, it will not tell you how to solve it. I just did a couple. I used this website for all my math. It shows the answers too and explained how to do it very well. I also had fractions- add, subtract, multiply and divide. They were mostly like this 1 2/3 minus 4- 4/7. I had ONE with three fractions and multiplying them. I used the YouTube video HESI A2 - Math - Fractions Part 1 - YouTube For the fractions only, the answer needed to be in the nearest tenths, or hundredths place when asked. Learn those. I did not bother to learn conversions but to MEMORIZE a chart. Gallon Man infographic kitchen conversion chart | Good to Know | Pinterest | Gallon man, Kitchen conversion chart and Teacher stuff I used this one for fluids. I would memorize liters though because that was my only conversion I had to do. It asked my liters to gallons. For mm, cm, in, ft, yards, m, km, and miles I created a timeline like conversions chart. time line - Yahoo Image Search Results Underneath each length, I inserted the appropriate conversion. So underneath ft- I put 0.3048m. 12 in., and 30.48 cm. One foot equals all of that. I used her tips and conversions Hesi A2 Math Flashcards | Quizlet I knew I would not be able to memorize it on the top of my head so I repeatedly wrote down my time line chart until I inserted the correct conversions. I had ONE military time and a few PEMDAS equations that were very easy. READING, Vocab, Grammar I did Reading next because I knew I needed to take my time and see what they were asking. I used this free app for all Reading, Vocab and Grammar-CoCo E-Learning HESI A2 Exam Prep 2017 .It is a red and white icon. For vocab I also used Quizlet and typed in HESI A2 2017 Vocab. I chose the ones that were over 100 and those were examples that I had on the test word for word. I used the app too. For grammar, I used that app. I had what word or phrase does not fit in the sentence, finish the sentence by picking the correct word. what is the adverb, what is the independent clause and dependent clause. That is it. Here's some help on clauses, I used this Clause type identification quiz (it really is this easy). Tip- if you whisper the sentence, you will automatically know what doesn't sound right. Chemistry You need to what the numbers are on the chart. Like the atomic number (what it means) and the protons. Know what are the metals and non-metals. I had some questions ask which sentence is true and some options will say "blank is a non-metal." I had one ask what is an isotope. I didn't have any equations. I had a couple of questions asking about acids and bases (it gave the number and asked what it was), solutes and solvents. define an atom, what the charges were for protons, neutrons, electrons. I had various questions on the states of matter like how do particles move. Define the law of conservation of energy. I had another law. It started with an r if that helps. I believe it was a name. Know the compounds- ionic and covalent. I had one mol question. For the periodic table- know the groups 1,2 13-18. Periods 1-4. They asked me about Mg and S and I didn't memorize the numbers or anything. So for the safe side, I would memorize those. HESI A2 - Chemistry - Atomic structure - YouTube I used this for chemistry. Biology I used Quizlet for biology. They asked about meiosis, mitosis. The Krebs Cycle, the mitochondria, ribosomes, peptidoglycan walls, ATP, DNA, smooth ER, what is it called when molecules cross the plasma membrane, hyper/hypotonic solution, adenine, guanine (uracil) thymine cytosine matching. what makes up most of plasma, enzymes/ substrates. punnett square, genotype, phenotype, polypeptides, polar/ nonpolar in the cell. lipids, amino acids. I hoped I clarified everything. I was SO nervous taking it because I didn't study but most questions already had two wrong answers. Use process of elimination. They will include stuff that doesn't even exist. I have a pretty good memory, if I write something repeatedly, I will remember it. That is what I did for the conversions. My own personal piece of advice/trick to this, playing a matching game Pearl's Peril. I swear by this game or any game alike because my memory improved fast. I stopped playing for a week and I noticed a difference in my memory. I know that sounds tacky but I still play it today and do very well in school. Whatever I read, I remember. THAT'S IT! ask me anything that needs to be clarified and I'll let you know. GOOD LUCK!!!
  11. f34rless

    Passed HESI A2 Exam! Sharing Tips

    Hi everyone, I wanted to share my results because everyone here is and was extremely helpful. Gotta pay it forward ya know. SCORES: 88 - Grammar 88 - Vocab 88 - Reading 88 - Biology 76 - Anatomy and Physiology 92 - Math No idea what's up with all the 88's! Quick info: Looking to get into an ABSN program. I took the TEAS IV and the HESI recently. This is about the HESI. I am not good at math, very very average. I took anatomy 2 years ago. And my last English, grammar, vocab class was 8-10 years ago. The HESI is 100X easier than the TEAS. I scored an 87 on the HESI A2 and 78 on the TEAS. I will be taking the TEAS again soon. Because I took the TEAS first I studied a lot (technically) for the HESI. After my TEAS, I switched over to HESI Books. I was surprised to find much more general questions. So I get it, I had a little unfair advantage taking the TEAS first but trust me, the HESI is nothing to sweat over. Before we begin, watch HESI A2 Study Tips video... How I Studied: I went to Barnes and nobles and used every book they had and took the practice tests. Probably over 10 books. I bought one pocket prep TEAS app and used it a few times. You're going to hate me for this - The only thing I studied for was Biology and A&P. I was always weak in those fields as my scores reflected and it's been a few years since I've taken the courses. But... You'll love me for this... STEP 1 Vocab HESI A2 Words most of the words on the test are here. I could only think of maybe 3-5x I had no idea what the word was. STEP 2 Reading Didn't study at all. They really didn't ask tough questions. What was the author's message? Which is his opinion? Which is his fact? What was the intent of the passage? Just take your time, read it carefully is my best advice. STEP 3 Grammar I thought I did bad on this. But I did alright. How to use apostrophes, identify verbs, adverbs, adjectives. A lot of which word in this sentence is used incorrectly. Example: switching the words are and is. They try to use silly tricks sometimes like "He eight soups and salads." or " He was waiting for the bus". IT'S REALLY THAT SILLY. Know Their, There, and They're. Incorrect usage was plural were on there a lot too. (sends, send's, businesses' or business's). Read it over carefully and take your time. STEP 4 Math Alright so I AM NOT good at math. I was mostly C's throughout school. This math actually is harder than the TEAS but its very very achievable. Know: Ratios 1:5:: _ : 50 (this was on there a lot) Know percentages. Know fractions (but don't be scared) EVERYTHING CAN BE DONE ON THE CALCULATOR. 1 1/4 - 1 1/5 = ( JUST PLUG IN THE FRACTION INTO THE CALCULATOR AND GET A DECIMAL AND DO IT THAT WAY ) once u get the answer, go down the list and plug those numbers into the calculator and see if you get the same answer. THAT'S MORE THAN HALF THE MATH SECTION. I think i only got a few wrong because i forgot how many pints are in a gallon. or converting millimeters to meters. KNOW THAT. Besides that i literally just gave you the solutions. also a few very simple word questions. Example: Stupid mom wants to give each child at a birthday party 15 balloons. Each package makes 50 balloons. How many packages does she need to buy to give all 20 kids balloons? STEP 5 Anatomy My worst score. Know most of the bones. A lot of them are common, like clavicle, hyoid , femur. Where digestion starts (oral cavity) - Air exchanges? (alveoli) . I did not get a lot of heart questions. Know the 11 organ systems. Glands. (NOT IN DETAIL -BASIC) What controls sleep mood appetite (Serotonin) (know the hormones that are released by the organs.) Luckily i studied it for TEAS. Just all the basics. Wish i did better. (They asked me a really dumb question like "a girl showed up and her skin is changing colors and she's a vegetarian. What has she been eating? rice and eggs, spinach and beets. carrots and ? If someone knows this answer please share lol ) STEP 6 Biology KNOW everything about the cells. Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic. Know which part does what. Golgi apparatus - packages and ships proteins. A lot of questions here. They didn't ask me about plants. No - Punitt Charts. Know basics of DNA AND RNA and The pairs. T-U DOES NOT GO TOGETHER. 1 or 2 questions about meiosis and mitosis you should know the steps. Know Osmosis and diffusion. Facilitated or not. Active and passive transport. once again JUST THE BASICS. Hopefully me saying "just the basics" - 1. didn't make you mad at me 2. Emphasize that they don't go into to much detail. 3. GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE. YOU'LL BE OKAY! If you pray, just pray about it, and pray for me that I get into an ABSN program (remember pay it forward lol) I'm not great at responding to questions but i will try.
  12. rainbowvahmet

    How I Passed the TEAS Exam

    My Exam Results Adjusted Individual Score: 94.3% ATI Academic Preparedness Level: Exemplary Mean - National: 64.3% Mean - Program: 65.7% Percentile Rank - National: 99 Percentile Rank - Program: 99 Individual Reading Score: 95.2% Individual Mathematics Score: 96.7% Individual Science Score: 89.6% Individual English Score: 96.7% This post is not intended to replace any post like this that may have come before it. It is very likely that you will see things in this post that have already been stated (more eloquently) by others. I simply wanted to relay my experience. It may help some of you to see patterns in the testing process, and thereby help you focus your efforts. That is my goal, as I am very aware of how taxing this can be. Let me start by saying that, in my experience, the TEAS V is not necessarily a difficult exam, it simply requires critical thinking. I can not stress how important that concept is. As you study, it is critical to understand why your answer was correct/incorrect. If you understand that, you have already won half the battle. Study Resources I used a number of resources to prepare for the TEAS V. However, the content of this thread will deal largely with one source: The ATI Study Manual. All of the sources I am listing were helpful, but in my opinion, if you are going to spend money on one source it should be the ATI Study Manual. While it is not the easiest book to work with, it does do a better job of introducing you to the subjects and style of questions you will see on the actual exam. After all, it is written by the same company that administers the exam. I purchased the manual/online practice exam combo for $50 from the ATI website. It is well worth the money and you are allowed to take each of the two online practice exams twice. This allows you to take both form A and form B the first time, then use the results to know which subjects you should concentrate the bulk of your study time. What that means for you is that you get to study smarter, not harder! Though I have noticed that some felt the ATI manual a waste of money, I found that every question (without exception) on my TEAS exam was covered in the manual. It may not have been covered directly. However, the subject was covered, leaving no surprises in content. My suggestion would be to take the subjects covered in the manual and go into each of them a bit more in depth. Make your own notes and research topics that you find difficult, adding the fundamentals to your base knowledge. This is especially true in the sciences. Other Sources McGraw Hill's 5 TEAS Practice Tests (excellent practice) khanacademy.org chem4kids.com biology4kids.com youtube.com Comparing the Exam to the Manual/Online Practice Exams The best money I spent in my prep was on the online practice exams. As I stated, I got them as part of a bundle. Let me tell you, they are worth their weight in gold. These tests are invaluable in helping you understand what to expect on the actual exam, in both form and content. I found neither form A or B superior to the other, yet both are an excellent litmus test for the real deal. Additionally, the online practice exams will also give you an idea of the timing of the test...allowing you to judge whether you are taking too long in a given subject. Many people run out of time on the actual exam. Let these online tests assess how you are doing in that area. It's better to over run your time in practice, than on the actual exam. After all, blank answers are scored as wrong answers. Learn what you need to do faster, then practice, practice, practice. My first attempt on online practice forms A and B produced a 78% and 82% respectively. I found the results very helpful because a breakdown of areas I needed to concentrate on was included. I simply focused my studies on those subjects. When I retook them, I scored higher...an 82% and 86%. I found the online practice exams to be more difficult than the study manual questions. Surprisingly, in opposition to what I have read on this site, I found the questions on the actual exam to be more difficult than the practice exams. However, as has been stated by many, I scored significantly higher on the actual exam. The point of all of this: buy the online exams. There is not a better way to get a feel for the actual exam. By the time you take each of them twice, you will be well versed in the form of the exam; and you will have a better idea of how you need to rationalize your way through each type of question. Trust me...these are your best prep resource. Reading: Expect the stories on the actual exam to be longer then either the online practice exam or the manual. However, content is very similar, as are questions. Math: This section was the most similar to both the online practice exams and the manual. After all, there aren't many ways to shake up an algebra problem. It is entirely possible to make a 100% in this section. You just need to practice. Science: As many have stated, this section is the most random. All of the topics you need to study ARE covered in the manual. Make sure you know them cold. I would further suggest becoming familiar with each subject on a deeper level...keeping it in the fundamentals. You don't need to know graduate level concepts. But, the manual does not necessarily cover every fundamental on each subject. More on this later... English: I found this section to be very similar to both the online tests and the study manual. If you are comfortable in both, you will do well on this section in the actual exam. As far as the manual goes, read everything. It reads much like directions to programming a VCR, but force your way through it if necessary. I often found some of the most useful information in the middle of a lengthy, seemingly unimportant paragraph. I won't lie to you and tell you it's fun. But, I can honestly say that it is worth the time. Moving on...here is a breakdown of the subjects covered on the version of the TEAS V I took. Again, I am listing subjects/concepts that relate specifically to the ATI Manual: Reading - The First Section Know which primary sources make sense for a given type of story Be able to distinguish fact from opinion Make sure you can discern the difference between the styles of stories given an example. (Ex: is the story Narrative/Persuasive/Technical/Expository) Summarizing sentences...be able to choose which is the best fit for a given story. Understand what you can logically conclude from a story Inference and what can be concluded from a given example Identifying the author's intent and purpose Identify whether the writing is persuasive, informative, entertaining, or expressive Be able to identify text structure as problem/solution, sequencing, cause/effect, or description. Follow a set of directions to get to a specific end point. This can be on a map or drawing/turning shapes. (Read these very carefully) Identify information based on a label, recipe, or set of directions Decipher the meaning of a word based on its context in the sentence (mine were not as easy as the examples, so really think about this style of question.) Finding information is a table of contents, ad, index....etc. (familiarize yourself/think about where you would look for information in each of these) Deciphering which product is more economical given a set of options. (These take time...and require both reading and basic math skills.) Gleaning information out of a telephone book. (sounds easy, but let me caution you to really look at the info. there are often similar answers and headings are very important.) Reading a thermometer Directions/map reading (Be very cautious of assuming cardinal directions...consult the map legend to acclimate which way is N/S/E/W) Choosing an appropriate title for a given paragraph (again, sounds easy, but I had to really think about this one because the answers are similar) Be able to identify what the author means to convey with italicized/bold letters. Math - The Second Section Order of operations (If you are unsure, google it...know it...forward and backward) Addition/Subtraction/Multiplication/Division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Word problems with whole number, fractions, and decimals. Know how to figure perimeter. Calculation of percentages You will only need to memorize two formulas for any section of the TEAS V. If there is a formula to be computed, they will give it to you. The two exceptions to this rule and the two formulas you will need to memorize are for the following: (1) calculating percent increase/decrease (2) Work rate problem formula. Google these if you don't know them. Seriously memorize them. You WILL have a question regarding each of these on your exam. Be able to list four numbers in the order requested. These numbers may include whole numbers, fractions, and decimals in any combination. Be VERY careful to order them as requested. (ex: greatest to least, least to greatest) Calculating take home pay based on salary, bonuses, and taxes. (These consist of adding and subtracting specific values based on their respective debit/credit values.) Calculate the cost of an even given specific values times a number of guests. Estimation to the nearest given value. Understand if you are supposed to estimate to tens, hundreds...etc. Roman numerals. Know how to change a roman numeral into a number and how to change a number into a roman numeral. Google the values of M,C,D,V,X,L, and I if you are unsure of them. You will have a question like this on your exam. Conversion problems (miles to km...etc.) The formula will be given. Do not bother memorizing these. Recognizing which variable are dependent/independent in a given scenario. These are easy. Just construct a sentence stating, "Subject A depends on Subject B to be relevant." This gives you the answer every time. Familiarize yourself with interpreting information based on charts. (seems easy, but be sure you read headings and info on the charts, as there may be very important information) Know when you would use a bar chart/circle graph/histogram/scatter plot/line plot. Ex: if you want to show a change in something over time, you would use a line plot. Know the FOIL method Solving for 'x' ...these were very basic algebraic equations. Be very, very, very familiar with absolute value and how to solve equations that include absolute value. Science - The Third Section Scientific reasoning The scientific method (know the steps, in order, and know examples of each step) Understand why an experiment is repeated Know the fundamentals of electronegativity Understand the various physical states of matter (gas, liquid, solid) and how a change in state might change pressure/volume/etc. Get a feel for the chemical properties of water, along with the specific values for it (such as specific heat/temp at which it freezes/boils/etc.) Understand what happens during serial dilution and what values result from it (these are very easy) Know the general concepts of natural selection and adaptation. Make sure you are able to distinguish between the two given an example. Know all of the factors that influence birth/fertility rates. Be able to decipher if the population will increase or decrease given an example. understand population growth/decline based on rates of emigration immigration/birth/death. Know your biological classifications from general to specific: Domain, Kingdom, Phylum...etc. Watch these questions, paying attention to whether they are asking for more specific or more general in the order. Know as much as you can possibly learn about Nucleic Acids/DNA/RNA. Know their make up, how they bond, the nitrogenous bases and how they pair, which are unique to DNA or RNA, and which are shared by both DNA/RNA, know which are purines and which are pyrimidines. Know what it happening in all of different stages of translation and transcription. Know where it happens. Know the parts of a cells in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes, and what those parts do. Know if they produce anything or if they are involved in an immune response...etc. Understand the makeup of the cell wall in both plant and animal cells. Always, always, always equate protein with amino acids (the building block of proteins) Understand what chloroplasts do and how they do it. Chromosomes, genes, and alleles...know what they are, how they relate to each other, and how they affect organisms. Cell differentiation - know what the meso/endo/ectoderm become. Mitosis/Meiosis - understand all phases (ex: G1, S, G2...)of each and what is happening in each. (I found videos useful in this...especially those from Khan Academy) Know what types of cells these happen to. Be sure you understand what a heterotroph and autotroph is and how they relate to each other in the life cycle. Review photosynthesis - review it again - then review it again. (the entire process) Know what it produces and how that product is used. Be very familiar with cellular respiration, why it happens and what is happening. Be able to read a codon chart and decipher the outcome from a given example (this question was more difficult than the basic charts I studies. make sure you study both basic and more advanced examples) Mutation vs. adaption Phenotype/Genotype - what are they and how are they related? Punnet squares and calculating probability given an example. You will need to make sure you can set these up properly, which includes knowing the difference between heterozygous/homozygous/recessive/dominant and how they fit into the equation) Kinetic and potential energy. Make sure you can recognize an example of each. I suggest googling several examples so you can solidify the difference in your mind. My question was more difficult than the basic, but easy to understand because I had the concept down pat. The dreaded earth science question - is there one? Yes. And as covered in the manual, mine was about the sun. It was a concept not covered in the manual, but was easy nonetheless. There were no other earth science questions on my test. No rocks, clouds, water cycle...etc. Understand the purpose of a catalyst Know everything there is to know about the periodic table and the information you can get from it. Atomic number, atomic mass, how many protons/electrons/neutrons are in a given element. Know how the numbers relate to each other and how to decipher how many of each is in an element if given a specific number. (again, Khan Academy was a great resource on this). Also know the physical and chemical patters withing the table (what the rows mean, what the columns mean, which elements are more likely to have ionic/covalent bonds). Lastly, make sure you understand electron configuration. Be very familiar with valence electrons and why they are important Enzymes and vitamins - what do they do, where do they come from, why are they important. Understand pH balance/acid/base. Know what a given pH means (acidic or basic?) and understand what adding something to it may to to the pH (think about things that may raise or lower the pH of blood, for example) Understand bonds - ionic/covalent Understand hydrocarbons - saturated/unsaturated Make sure you remember how to balance a basic chemical equation (Khan Academy has an excellent video on this. Anatomy/Physiology as follows: Know the path of blood through the heart, including valves and whether the blood is oxygenated) Know the make up of the lungs and where oxygen exchange occurs Know the sections of the brain and what each is responsible for Tissue types, where you would find them, and what they do. Know several examples of each type of tissue. Digestive: follow bollus through the digestive system in its entirety. Know about peristalsis. Know about the digestive enzymes. Know where protein/carbs/fats are broken down. Know where the bulk of nutrients are absorbed. Know which division of the nervous system controls it. Know the functions of the liver, spleen and pancreas. Know which systems they belong to (and they may belong to more than one....hint) Know what the lymph system does and how it accomplishes it. Be mindful, also, of what it doesn't do. Just a suggestion. Be very familiar with the nervous system and its divisions. Know what each controls and the branches that make them up. Make sure you understand the structure/function of the kidney...well. Anatomical directions (super/inferior, proximal/distal...etc.) apply to an example. Know how the thyroid and parathyroid work together and what they do separately. Immune system - natural vs. artificial/active vs. passive. Recognize examples of each type. Also know the different cells involved and what they do. English - The Final Section Understand subject/verb agreement (watch for nouns that seem plural, but aren't, such as everyone, anyone, none...etc.) These may seem easy, but I suggest practice. Recognize common possessive nouns. Pronoun/Antecedent agreement. Dialogue - correct punctuation and usage First/second/third person voice and recognizing which from a sentence or short story. Grammar usage for style/clarity (this will make more sense when studied in the ATI manual) Using sentence context to decipher the meaning of a word. Recognizing a simple vs. complex sentence (more difficult than you're imagining) Be able to identify a top and supporting sentence. Know the difference. Know the meaning of common prefixes/suffixes/roots (ex: uni, ous, endo...etc.) There is an excellent table in the ATI book. Rules of capitalization. (again, sounds easy...but, these rules really need to be reviewed.) Correct usage of commas, ellipses, semicolons, colons, hyphens, and parentheses. Correct usage of quotation marks and apostrophes. Do not forget the word 'whose' and its correct usage. Do not forget the difference between it's and its. Go over a list of commonly misspelled words. You will have one on your test. if you get confused, look away from the word and write it down. If that doesn't help, write it in a sentence. General Tips Read the directions carefully. Make sure you understand exactly what is expected of you. Read each question carefully. I cannot stress this enough. I came close to making several dumb mistakes because I made assumptions as to what I was being asked. It is easier to do than you think. Make sure you know if you are being asked for least/greatest/first...etc. Take your time and really read the question. Do not spend any length of time on any one question. There will be questions you won't know. Don't sweat it. Make an educated guess and move on. If you have time, go back to the question. But, it is more important to answer all questions. Unanswered questions count as incorrect questions. Do not keep a mental score of incorrect questions. This will only serve to frustrate you. Consider only the question in front of you, forgetting all others. This is vitally important. Many people feel like they are bombing the test as they are taking it. I felt that way. Don't allow that feeling to affect your test. Just keep working and be mindful of your time. Make an outline of the subjects covered in this post, as well as those in others posts like this one. Use it as a study guide. It may seem daunting, but just start. No excuses. If you do buy the ATI manual, pay attention to words in bold. Research them if necessary. They are bold for a reason. Watch for labels on charts and directions on maps. They may not be what you expect them to be. In the reading section, consider this: If the story doesn't reference something in one of the answers, that answer is probably incorrect. Check to see what is/isn't references and choose the best answer from there. Be very mindful in the math section what they are asking. The order/value they are expecting may be different that you are anticipating. Eat a good breakfast, but avoid over hydrating. You don't want that distraction during the exam. Be prepared - bring pencils. Despite the directions from the test maker, my testing center did not supply them. There are going to be questions you do not know the answer to. Don't worry. There are a small portion of questions that are ungraded. Keep in mind, this test is as much about your critical thinking skills as your knowledge base. I suggest using the online exams for exactly that reason...to learn how the test maker wants you to 'think.' Get to your testing center early. The last thing you need is the stress of showing up late and wondering if you will even be allowed to test. Be confident in your own abilities. The TEAS V is not an easy test; neither is it an impossible one. It does require some effort and some dedication. But, if I can score a 94, you can too! I spent a month studying for this exam, going over the material for an hour or two a day. But, I am an older student who hadn't had chemistry in 18 years. Remember to focus on the subjects you are least familiar with and simply go over the subjects you are more familiar with. And about all else, practice, practice, practice. And, last, but not least...Best of luck to you all!!!
  13. Morganbellah

    HESI Study Tips

    What I used to study Hesi 4th Edition Booklet (MUST HAVE) Trivium Hesi A2 study guide 2016 (just A&P, grammar sections and vocabulary, do not use the math as it is to detailed with distance formulas, etc) Anatomy GMC for some systems Pocket Prep App (awesome app and worth 10$) Overall, the Hesi is simple and the tools you need to succeed are above!!!!! Math: Just study what's in the Hesi a2 4th Edition and you will do AMAZING!!!!!!! Ratios, fractions, conversions make up a bulk of the test. Make sure you know and are comfortable with converting mixed to improper and vice versa! Percent problems are also included but are extremely simple! Memorize and study the conversions in the book (those are the only ones you need to know!!) and you will nail those questions! You do get a calculator so you can check your work! Reading: Simple!!! All answers are so easy to find in the passage, I just read the little section in the Hesi 4th edition the day before! -Most questions ask about main idea, a good summary for the passage and many many facts from the passage:) The reading sections are maybe 2 paragraphs long each and do not contain any hard vocabulary! Grammar: Again use Hesi A2 4th Edition! The vocabulary and examples are what you will see on the test. It was very basic and make sure you know about subject verb agreement! Tip: everybody, anybody, somebody, someone, everyone is SINGULAR (was and is = singular, are and were =plural) know the difference between the words in the back of the 4th Edition grammar section know the difference between independent and dependent clauses subject and verbs share an S!!!! ex: the dogs walk, the dog walks Vocabulary: In trivium and Hesi 4th edition study VOCABULARY! If you know those words you will do great! I would study maybe a Quizlet of 100 common SAT words but overall it's pretty much from the Hesi books! You will be able to narrow down ones you don't know with context clues:) A&P: I have only taken A&P 1 but got a 100 on this section! What I did was study the 4th edition book but if you have read enough of these Hesi tips you know that will not be completely enough! I suggest getting the Cliffnotes A&P (it's yellow and black), this does have some details you don't need to know but awesome for bones, muscles and getting your basic understanding of A&P!! I would focus on basic structure, location and function in each system. I did also use the Trivium book for this too which has really awesome section for A&P! I used ANATOMY GMC on YouTube for some but have heard AMAZING things about her channel. It's broad and if you watch all those and take notes and study you WILL make an A! Remember to study the broad stuff! Distal, medial, etc, bones store calcium... Everyone has different Anatomy and Phys questions and have heard of some having eye/ear questions however I did not! Also know hormones/ where they are secreted from!!! (Adrenal medulla versus adrenal cortex hormones, the cliffnotes book is awesome and concise for this!) Watch HESI Study Tips video... Overall, if you study the Hesi 4th edition (must do!), the Trivium book for grammar, vocabulary, and A&P, and the A&P cliff notes along with practicing on the Pocket Prep app (the Hesi A2 mastery app is WAY too detailed btw) you will do AH MA ZING!! Let me know if you have any questions, I would be happy to help!!! GOODLUCK!!!!!
  14. So a little bit of background as to why I studied two weeks before which I DO NOT recommend! But if you are in the same situation as me, there is hope! My nursing program switched from a traditional program to a concept based approach and the course of everything was different. So being the first cohort to go through this we often times did not realize the structure of things and we could not ask advice from previous semesters and the professors were just as lost as we were. So essentially I confused the dates to take the Exit Hesi, we had the option of taking it in May but we could also wait until August. However I have a very competitive nature and it would have bugged me to know others had passed it in May while I anxiously waited all summer to take it in August. So I didn't HAVE TO prepare in the short amount of time I did but we have 3 chances so I took a leap of faith and wanted to see if I could do it. How I studied... So before I took the Exit Hesi we had finals, papers, and were finishing clinicals. I was not juggling my time properly and I was saying goodbye to friends graduating so I put off really studying until about 2 weeks out (10 days to be exact). It was very stressful but if you are in a crunch it is time to buckle down and study smart. 🙂 Know yours basics: The information compiled on that study guide is something I committed to memory. I would read a new section every other day and quiz myself and made sure I knew it. It is important to know Maslow's Hierachy, ABCs, and Prioritization. I know it seems basic, but seriously learn how to use these methods. Exit HESI questions are very different and although it may be asking about a certain disease process or medication if you do not know how to apply these concepts then you may get it wrong. Before we start watch HESI A2 Study Tips video... Practice Questions: I would suggest buying a program that has questions. This makes it easier to keep track of how many you have done and some programs are tailored to change the questions/help you. Also they have good rationale. I cannot suggest one type because most are pretty good, you just need to commit to doing the questions. I used these: PassPoint for NCLEX-RN: (my school had a discount code for this program, contact your SON director and I am pretty sure you can get the discount code if a large amount of that nursing program is going to purchase the program) This is by far the best study tool I could have ever asked for. My school used this for people who had not passed their EXIT Hesi after a couple of attempts and realized it was really good so recommended we all purchase it. This adapts the questions to target your weak points. I did around 3,500 questions on this and after about 2,500 questions I consistently answered things correct that I may have known nothing about! It really makes you think and the rationale is very good. Hesi Comprehensive Review for the Nclex-RN Examination 4e: This book is short and sweet! I DID NOT have time to read through it obviously...however I read every single HESI Hint. I'm sure this would have been a great read but I just did not have the time. The hints are amazing and I read somewhere else this book does come with a bank of questions you can access through your computer. However I did not feel like using another question bank. My Best Grade: This is a very popular program and I used it for a little awhile before I accessed PassPoint. These questions do not adapt to your weak points, they are the same however there is a plethora of questions in every subject you can imagine. These questions are WAY harder than those on the Exit Hesi. I appreciated how this program made you think and it had great realistic dosage calculation exams. So in the time span of about 10 days I did about 4,000 questions (Passpoint and MYBESTGRADE). I heard of previous nursing students doing about a couple thousand so I knew I needed to sit my butt down and practice. Yes, practice questions are very good for learning material but with every single questions whether I was right or wrong, I analyzed the rationale and tried to rework the way I was answering things. I really had to change my way of thinking and this is hard for a lot of people to do. It was very hard to do hundreds of questions a day and study material I wasn't strong in. However I embraced that this is something I have to do and I am only expanding my mind. You are not only studying for the Exit Hesi but you are gaining critical thinking skills! So please do not dread studying. You will be tired and cranky but remember this is because we haven't managed our time properly, sad laugh ensues... Finals Study Tips... ✔️ Do not stress if you do not think you studied enough each day, try your best. Do not beat yourself up. You do not need to be a downer on yourself, smile if you finally figure out a concept. 🙂 That is just one more step to passing this thing! I would even treat yourself to nice dinner if you hit your goal amount of questions for the day or something. I still incorporated exercise and sitting down to eat away from the computer. ✔️ I am easily distracted so in an effort to help myself I told all of my friends that I was studying and I really needed to not be contacted during those 10ish days. I put my phone away during each study session and I let myself check FB, IG, Snapchat in the morning and at night before I went to bed. It's funny that this is something I have to write in study tips...but I was seriously checking my social media WAY too much. ✔️ Remember if you know something, you know it! I know I felt uneasy the whole process and would re-read stuff I already knew. Think of all the other stuff I could have studied if I would have realized what I knew. A couple of things to remember the day of..(This is what worked for me, it may not be for everyone) * Do not study the night before! Relax and review test taking strategies (I approached the EXIT Hesi like a mind game) * Eat properly, sleep right, and have a clear mind going in..mentally it is challenging to sit and stare at a screen for that long * Bring an essential oil or calming lotion if you need it, if you get worked up about some challenging questions it may be hard to get your mind out of the gutter * Take breaks if you need them and bring ear plugs if you are bothered by noise * Try not to over-caffeinate, you do not need to be jittery! A little anxiety I think, is helpful to keep you on your toes but the key is to remain confident through the easy and hard questions. What my EXIT Hesi was like... My Exit Hesi was 160 questions, I took 3 hours and 46 seconds. I scored a 970, not the highest but I was just happy to pass! Our school requires 900. I am normally a very fast test taker, however I learned during my practice questions that I would constantly read over important clues or read the question wrong. And this is a mistake I did not want to make during the exam, so I took my time. I was tired after about 80 questions, and I think this was because I had crammed so hard for this exam. Seriously if you have the time to study take it! I heard that studying 1-3 months before is a good range, this makes it a lot less stressful and I totally agree! My eyes hurt from the previous days but I continued on because I knew how important this was. I did feel my anxiety creep up after I had encountered questions that I really did not know how to answer. But I picked to the best of my ability and kept telling myself it's okay I'm doing the best I can at this moment. So I would go back to ABCs, Maslow's, Prioritization and test taking strategies. I am telling you that this was a make or break it for me. I could have missed a lot more and scored less than 900 in a pinch. A sad fact of the matter was that a lot of "content" I had studied I could not apply to these questions. I would suggest not reading content from a book. Please study smart and do practice questions. I did study hesi hints and learn that study guide because they were short and to the point. A lot of EXIT Hesi is knowing how to answer the questions. This is how I feel and a lot of my classmates felt . Take my advice with a grain of salt, what I did may not work for everyone. You should ALWAYS know your content to be a competent/knowledgeable nurse however in studying for this particular exam I just realized that practice questions are the way to go. Hope this helps in some way!
  15. Last week, July 31st to be exact, I took my HESI A2 exam and scored a 90.4% overall! I have used this website multiple times in order to gain more knowledge on what to expect for the HESI and tips on how to study for such a daunting exam. Seeing how much of an impact some of these articles had on me, I am hoping that through my own personal experience I can help others prepare for the HESI. I will provide tips to help future test takers avoid any test anxiety and provide them different ways for how to study! Anatomy and Physiology: 96% This portion of the exam is what made me the most nervous, so I decided to complete it first. This was because I had no idea how specific or broad the questions were going to be. For the majority, I found most of the questions fairly easy and not detailed at all. However, there are very specific questions that are put into the exam that will definitely make you think. For those questions, I based it on what choice made the most sense to me, and past information I had studied from. I believe it is important to stick to studying the general knowledge of each chapter, then going into depth and memorizing every single, little detail. Therefore, do not spend time on studying how muscle contractions work, or how cellular respiration works. Instead, focus on the general concepts of each chapter (ex: anatomy of heart/blood flow through heart, the skin layers/basic function of it, and anatomy of the renal system). For this section, I used my PowerPoints that my professors made (so if you have any PowerPoints from your professors, use them). They provide you with all of the information you need, as well as extra details that you feel may be important for you to know. I also used Elsevier's HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review and the Mometrix study guide. Vocab: 92% The vocabulary section of the exam is very straightforward and easy to study for. You just have to memorize vocabulary words, along with their meanings (it is also useful to study a few synonyms to go along with the vocabulary word). For this section, I surprisingly knew a lot of the words on the exam, but there were multiple questions that I had to guess on. The exam focuses more on everyday vocabulary than medical terminology, but do not let that deceive you into thinking there will not be medical terms on the exam, because there will be. Just not as much as you think there would be. For this section, I used Elsevier's and Mometrix's study guide. I also used the McGraw-Hill's practice test workbook by writing down any of the vocab words I had not studied from the other two books. Another source that I had used was Quizlet (Hesi Vocabulary a2 Flashcards | Quizlet). I found all of these resources to be very useful, and I found multiple words that I had studied from these 4 resources to be on the exam. Math: 86% If you are stressing out about math, don't. It is basic math (ex: ratios, conversions, and fractions). I probably studied the least amount for this section, besides reading comprehension. You are provided with a basic calculator and scratch paper, which is very nice. I suggest focusing on conversions (I had at least 5 of them), fractions, ratios, Roman Numerals, and military time. If you are comfortable with doing all of those, then you should be set for this section! Also, always make sure to double check your answers; it's easy to mistake a number for a different one! Grammar: 92% This was another section I was really worried about. I have never been great at grammar. It has just never clicked with me. However, once I started devoting a lot of my study time towards this section, I was finally able to grasp it! For the most part, I found the questions easy to answer. As long as you study and understand each grammar rule and how it works, you should be good! Just focus on the general concepts for this section such as punctuation, word meanings, adverbs, and adjectives. Personally, I did not like Mometrix's section for grammar. I feel like they added too much-unneeded content. Instead, I would focus on using Elsevier's study guide. I also highly recommend taking practice tests for this section, which you can find online or in McGraw-Hill's practice test book. Reading Comprehension: 86% I definitely rushed through this section, so I believe I could have done better. I chose to do this section last, and I became short on time. I was not looking forward to finding out what would happen if I did not finish. This section was also the section I studied for the least. All you can really do to study for this section is take practice tests and more practice tests. Make sure to read each passage carefully, as well as the questions. Go back and reread in order to answer each question and to ensure you are getting each question correct. When studying, make sure to know the difference between the main idea and details, and practice fact versus opinion questions. I primarily used the McGraw-Hill's practice test workbook. Conclusion: Overall, the test was not as difficult as I expected it to be. I felt very prepared by the studying resources that I utilized, and nothing on the test came to me as a surprise. I studied for over a month for this test. I know everyone is different, so give yourself the amount of time you think you will need in order to be successful! I hope this information will be helpful to anyone who reads this! I am always open to answering any questions. Below, I am going to list every resource that I used to study for the HESI! Thanks for reading! Study Resources: HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review (Elsevier) HESI A2 Secrets Study Guide (Mometrix) 3 HESI A2 Practice Tests (McGraw-Hill Education). They also have a study guide/review book as well! PocketPrep (this is seriously the best app ever. I recommend buying the full version. It is so worth paying for, and it prepares you so well for the exam. They have a lot of questions that are similar to the A&P questions, and others as well.) Crash Course A&P videos (Youtube)
  16. KBurns775


    I just completed my HESI A2 exam for TMCC yesterday, and considering I used this board as a resource, I figured I would leave a review of sorts. Thank you to all of the previous users that helped me by posting advice! All of my pre-requisite course work was completed at TMCC, so some of the review materials I used were books specific to courses taught there. Books: Elsevier HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review 4th Edition McGraw Hill BIO 190 10th edition I'm sure any version of a McGraw Hill Biology book will work! I waited until I had completed all of my classes to take the exam, and while this worked out for me, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone! TMCC has a strict policy of only allowing you to take the test one time in a 12 month period. In fall 2018 that will change and they will allow 2 tests in a year. Since I only had one shot it put a lot of pressure on me to do well. Do yourself a favor and take the test earlier in case you end up needing to re-take for any reason! The Elsevier book does a great job of outlining general information that you need to know, and honestly the only additional materials I needed to study were for the science sections. I've seen a lot of recommendations to focus on the broad and general aspects of the sciences, and while that definitely helped, I don't think I would have done as well without the more in depth review. I gave myself three weeks to study and although I could have put forth a better effort , my results were still great. Scores: 96% Overall 100%-Math 92%-Reading Comprehension 98%- Grammar 98%-Vocabulary 96%-Biology 92%- Anatomy & Physiology Watch HESI A2 Study Tips video... Details for how many questions and types of questions: 1. MATH 50 Questions Military time, mixed fractions, ratios, metric conversions, simple algebra, word problems based on basic math functions (profit/loss, percentages), converting decimals to fractions, and temperature conversions. Pretty much everything in the study guide! The program has a calculator! It is terrible though. My 10 key did not translate, so I had to use my mouse to click every single button. Know how to work problems on paper so you only have to use the calculator to double check your answers. Memorize a mnemonic for metric conversions. I used: King Henry Died Drinking Chocolate Milk Monday. Look up a video, find something that works for you. Write it down on your scratch paper as soon as you sit down. You WILL have conversions, don't miss these easy points! 2. READING COMPREHENSION 50 Questions Meaning/word use, conclusions, implications, understanding This section was terrible. The readings were vague, boring, and honestly the implication questions were a little confusing. I didn't study for this section more than one quick review of the study guide. I am a strong reader, but definitely take time to review the question styles so you're not thrown off. 3. GRAMMAR 50 Questions Identify the adverb, direct object, predicate...etc. I was incredibly worried about this section as I haven't broken down sentence structure in YEARS. Use the study guide, and watch some of the youtube videos out there if you find yourself struggling to remember your elementary school grammar. The questions I had were luckily easier than the ones I studied, but don't expect them all to be easy. 4. VOCABULARY 50 Questions Use the study guide! And my quizlet. I had only one word that wasn't from my study set on quizlet...and I only missed one question. HESI A2 words Flashcards | Quizlet 5. BIOLOGY 25 Questions (Not a lot of room for error! The study guide was very vague, you will need to study a bit more in depth if you don't know/remember the details of things. Properties of water, biological hierarchy, parts of a cell and their functions, meiosis, mitosis, glycoloysis, krebs cycle, electron transport chain, photosynthesis, facilitated diffusion, osmosis, active/passive transport, Microscopy (how to use a microscope), chromosomes, DNA replication, be familiar with proteins,lipids, carbs, and types of proteins and how they function (competitive inhibitors...etc), and basics of reproduction. 6. ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 25 Questions (Again...not a lot of room for error) While this section is not currently used as a graded section for entry to TMCC's program, I have heard that they will be requiring a grade in future semesters. No semester has yet been specified. I reviewed my A&P class power points as I still wanted to do well on the section. Basics of pretty much every system were touched on (Bones, tissues, muscles, nervous, urinary, reproductive, endocrine...etc) The learning styles and personality profiles were simple and short. While not graded, we did have to take them. No stress at all on those ones. When you sit to take the test you are given scratch paper, pencils and a log in code. When you first sit down and log in the test will not be available until the admin opens it up. You will have a list of all of the tests, and you can pick the order. I started with math, then biology, grammar, reading, vocabulary, Anatomy, and finished up with the learning style and personality. You can either view your score right after you finish a section, or wait until the end. I waited until the end to see all of my scores, and they were available in my Elsevier account in less than 24 hours. TMCC gives a total of 6 hours for all of these sections, and the cost is $50. There are no breaks! You are permitted to leave the room to use the bathroom, and you can have water and a small snack (noiseless) at your station. All personal items must be stored at the front of the classroom, phones off. You cannot wear headphones. There will be people possibly coming and going to talk to your proctor, and other test takers clicking and shuffling scratch paper. If you do not test well in this environment, you may consider reaching out ahead of time to see if alternative test environments can be made available. I have always been a speedy test taker....we started at 8:50am and I was finished with everything by 10:45. I took my time and double checked all of my math questions, and then breezed through everything else. In hind sight, I could have taken my time on the reading and earned a higher score. I was restless though and just wanted to be done with stress! Hopefully this helps someone as they work towards successfully completing the HESI! I've now applied for Spring 2018 at TMCC and just need to wait out the decision! My GPA for those curious is 3.87 overall, and 4.0 for pre-nursing math/science requirements. Out of the 8 possible points for admission I'm looking at 7.7! It's been a long road and I'm ready to get to work.