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Well my HESI A2 exam is tomorrow

Hello everyone,

The time is almost here for me. The very last item on the list before my application is complete. Man I'am nervous for tomorrow morning!! I have been studying for the last month and a half or two months. It has been 13 years since I have been in college (and thought it was for partying then). I'm really hoping to get some last minute cramming in tonight and a good nights sleep.

I have been using the Hesi A2 Pocket Prep APP, and the Hesi Admission Assessment Exam Review by Elsevier (4th ed.) I also have used Quizlets flash cards. Oh and I regularly have just searched Youtube for Videos. I still feel very anxious and hope to get good scores. I will be taking 7 sections- Biology, Chemistry, A&P, Math, Reading comprehension, Grammar, and Vocab.

I will give an update with my scores and my thoughts about the test in general.

Wish me luck!

So today I took my HESI A2 entrance exam. I was extremly nervous. I had been studying for about 2 months maybe a month and a half.

Here is a quick review from my experience:

My overall score was 88.6 (I was aiming to be in the 90s but came darn close)

I had seven sections.

A&P- I actually have never taken this course so all my prep was self taught. In my opinion this section was challenging. The questions were on a wide range of very detailed topics. Study study study is all I can say. Alot of this was covered in the 4th edition Hesi study guide but definitely not all of it.

Biology- I had recently taken a Biology 1 class so this section was not terrible for me .....although detailed mostly was covered by the study guide.

Math- All I can say is thank goodness I knew how to solve for x in ratios. Also how to change from mixed fractions. I did not get any roman numeral questions. I only got one about military time. Maybe 2-5 metric conversion questions

Chemistry- It had been 14 years since I took Chem. So I focused on this section while studying. Only one question that a periodic table would of helped me answer easier.

Reading Comp- This section is what it is. I've always been good with this. I did not even study for this section and got a 96. Take your time....read the question before reading the passage and you will be fine. Some of the questions were worded like a trick question so just double check the questions.

Vocabulary- I got a 100 in the section. I think every word except maybe 5 were covered in the guide. Again some of the questions were worded strangely.

Grammar- This section I recommend reading each question a minimum of 3 times. They sneak words into the sentences and your mind auto corrects it. As long as you reread you cant help but get the correct answers.

Over all this exam was hard for me but not over the top challenging. I definitely recommend using the quizlet page, hesi pocket prep (paid) and the 4th edition Hesi study guide.

Now I just have to wait till February for the early acceptance descision for my school.

Feel free to ask any questions.

Best of luck!!

So today I took my HESI A2 entrance exam. I was extremly nervous. I had been studying for about 2 months maybe a month and a half.

Here is a quick review from my experience:

My overall score was 88.6 (I was aiming to be in the 90s but came darn close)

I had seven sections.

A&P- I actually have never taken this course so all my prep was self taught. In my opinion this section was challenging. The questions were on a wide range of very detailed topics. Study study study is all I can say. Alot of this was covered in the 4th edition Hesi study guide but definitely not all of it.

Biology- I had recently taken a Biology 1 class so this section was not terrible for me .....although detailed mostly was covered by the study guide.

Math- All I can say is thank goodness I knew how to solve for x in ratios. Also how to change from mixed fractions. I did not get any roman numeral questions. I only got one about military time. Maybe 2-5 metric conversion questions

Chemistry- It had been 14 years since I took Chem. So I focused on this section while studying. Only one question that a periodic table would of helped me answer easier.

Reading Comp- This section is what it is. I've always been good with this. I did not even study for this section and got a 96. Take your time....read the question before reading the passage and you will be fine. Some of the questions were worded like a trick question so just double check the questions.

Vocabulary- I got a 100 in the section. I think every word except maybe 5 were covered in the guide. Again some of the questions were worded strangely.

Grammar- This section I recommend reading each question a minimum of 3 times. They sneak words into the sentences and your mind auto corrects it. As long as you reread you cant help but get the correct answers.

Over all this exam was hard for me but not over the top challenging. I definitely recommend using the quizlet page, hesi pocket prep (paid) and the 4th edition Hesi study guide.

Now I just have to wait till February for the early acceptance descision for my school.

Feel free to ask any questions.

Best of luck!!

Can I PM some questions? My school tests us a bit differently but we still use the HESI A2 by Elsevier.

Actually, I'll just ask them here. So, my school doesn't test us on biology, chemistry, or vocabulary. Only A&P, math, reading, and grammar. When you took the math part were you asked proportions? Or is that ratio? My friend took the HESI at UNLV where I'm going to apply at and he said there were proportions but he's from Nigeria and he has a difficulty using the right words for what he tries to describe. For the math, what about word problems?

What was the grammar like? Were the questions giving you sentences that all looked the same and they just wanted to know the punctuation? how many questions for math, A&P, reading, and grammar were you asked? Our tests ask 55 for math, reading, and grammar, except for A&P which is 30 questions for us.

Can you take pics of the book and apps you used and post them on here?? I have 4 apps but I'm not sure if they're the ones you used. I have the 3rd edition HESI A2 study guide.

Can you post a video on how you did the metric conversion problems? Like, the questions you remember seeing? And what kinds of metric conversions were you given? Like miles and km? I don't think we need to know those types of metric for nursing school because we didn't study physics so what's the point? Maybe cc and feet...

Hi! First of all, congratulations on the great score...all that studying paid off! I feel really lucky, because the program I am applying for only looks at the English composite (grammar, vocab, reading comprehension) and math scores. We are not tested on any of the sciences!

So, what kind of questions did it cover in those sections, please?

Thanks!!

Hi! First of all, congratulations on the great score...all that studying paid off! I feel really lucky, because the program I am applying for only looks at the English composite (grammar, vocab, reading comprehension) and math scores. We are not tested on any of the sciences!

So, what kind of questions did it cover in those sections, please?

Thanks!!

Wow, they don't ask about the sciences? Not even A&P??? WOW! That is amazing! That's the only science we are tested on. I wish I was going to your school. But then again, I bet they make it much harder.

Wow, they don't ask about the sciences? Not even A&P??? WOW! That is amazing! That's the only science we are tested on. I wish I was going to your school. But then again, I bet they make it much harder.

No, nothing - just English and Math! I don't know if that is across the board with all the community colleges in the county, or is it just for those that have the ADN/BSN CEP?

Most of the type of questions asked I outlined above. I would really recommend that you read each question more than once because they do try and trip you up on the wording. They offer plenty of time to complete the whole test. Especially if they do not require the sciences. The sciences were the hardest sections for me. Everything else came down to knowing the basics.

Thought I'd add on to your post - I posted this on another earlier, and I'll try to answer some of the questions above as well.

I took the HESI A2 on the 12th of January.

There is a basic calculator. Also, the is a 4.5 hr time limit (there is a count down timer on the test). It took me about 2.5 hrs, here are the sections I took:

96.8 overall

Math 100 - lots of fractions, percents. A few solve for 'x', ratios, and basic conversions (cm to m, m to kilometers) The conversions were basic - not even something like degree F to degree C or ounces to mL. Truly more like cm to m, etc. Know how to work with mixed number fractions (add, subtract, multiply and divide). Know how to calculate percent (calculate tax on a purchase). Not all the questions are multiple choice - some are type in the answer, so make sure to read how they want it (rounded to the nearest whole number, tenths place, etc)

Someone asked about the conversion problems. I remember one being something along the lines of an enclosed area is 500sq. meters. How many square centimeters is it? Basically, if you know the prefixes (centi, milli, deci, etc) and how to change between them, you should be good.

Lots of questions like 1:x::2:20, solve for x

Biology - 100 - seemed pretty straight forward. I haven't taken bio in 20 years... Studied with the 4th edition hesi book by Elsevier and the Pocket Prep app and that seemed good.

Chemistry - 100- a few questions that I had to guess on - didn't have a periodic table and wanted one. But either I guessed right, or those were the questions that are trial questions that aren't counted! (only 50 of the 55 are counted, the others are possible questions on future tests - but you know know which is which)

A&P - 92 - missed 2 questions- one on bone calcification that I was second guessing myself, and didn't want to change my answer (guess I should have!) I've only taken a&p 1, so I reviewed the body systems using my medical terminology book and that was good.

Vocab - 98 not hard. Everything was in a sentence format - so you could figure out the context even if you didn't know the word.

Grammer - 98 know it's vs. its. Subject/verb agreement. Dependant/independent clause. English is my first language - that helps for sure.

reading comprehension - 90 this was my worst one! I took it last, and I was tired. Tricky questions about conclusions you could make... Some weird stuff. I knew this wasn't going to be as great for me, but still did fine. The questions (for me) we either obvious or really weird! Admittedly, I didn't spend a lot of time studying for this section like I did the others.

I pretty much used the Elsevier 4 th edition book, and the pocket prep ap to study (it's a white square with a purple symbol in it). I did as many additional questions online as I could find, studied for a little bit a day for a few weeks. Also reviewed material from my med terminology course, and a&p.

WOW Great Scores! Congrats! Also great input on the different sections. That is what I was aiming for as far as scores but oh well!

At my testing facility there was no timer or clock anywhere on the screen or even the wall. I'm lucky that I still wear a watch. It is interesting to see the difference between different tests.

Thought I'd add on to your post - I posted this on another earlier, and I'll try to answer some of the questions above as well.

I took the HESI A2 on the 12th of January.

There is a basic calculator. Also, the is a 4.5 hr time limit (there is a count down timer on the test). It took me about 2.5 hrs, here are the sections I took:

96.8 overall

Math 100 - lots of fractions, percents. A few solve for 'x', ratios, and basic conversions (cm to m, m to kilometers) The conversions were basic - not even something like degree F to degree C or ounces to mL. Truly more like cm to m, etc. Know how to work with mixed number fractions (add, subtract, multiply and divide). Know how to calculate percent (calculate tax on a purchase). Not all the questions are multiple choice - some are type in the answer, so make sure to read how they want it (rounded to the nearest whole number, tenths place, etc)

Someone asked about the conversion problems. I remember one being something along the lines of an enclosed area is 500sq. meters. How many square centimeters is it? Basically, if you know the prefixes (centi, milli, deci, etc) and how to change between them, you should be good.

Lots of questions like 1:x::2:20, solve for x

Biology - 100 - seemed pretty straight forward. I haven't taken bio in 20 years... Studied with the 4th edition hesi book by Elsevier and the Pocket Prep app and that seemed good.

Chemistry - 100- a few questions that I had to guess on - didn't have a periodic table and wanted one. But either I guessed right, or those were the questions that are trial questions that aren't counted! (only 50 of the 55 are counted, the others are possible questions on future tests - but you know know which is which)

A&P - 92 - missed 2 questions- one on bone calcification that I was second guessing myself, and didn't want to change my answer (guess I should have!) I've only taken a&p 1, so I reviewed the body systems using my medical terminology book and that was good.

Vocab - 98 not hard. Everything was in a sentence format - so you could figure out the context even if you didn't know the word.

Grammer - 98 know it's vs. its. Subject/verb agreement. Dependant/independent clause. English is my first language - that helps for sure.

reading comprehension - 90 this was my worst one! I took it last, and I was tired. Tricky questions about conclusions you could make... Some weird stuff. I knew this wasn't going to be as great for me, but still did fine. The questions (for me) we either obvious or really weird! Admittedly, I didn't spend a lot of time studying for this section like I did the others.

I pretty much used the Elsevier 4 th edition book, and the pocket prep ap to study (it's a white square with a purple symbol in it). I did as many additional questions online as I could find, studied for a little bit a day for a few weeks. Also reviewed material from my med terminology course, and a&p.

@Sean - strange that you didn't have a timer! It wasn't obvious on the screen, and I really only glanced at it a few times.

I really needed to do well on the HESI- the program that I'm applying to is only offered every other year, and they only take 10 people (I live in Alaska... Small school). Because of that, it's super competitive. They take your hesi score and convert it to points (so I'll get 9.68/10). Add that to your GPA and points for taking the pre/co requisite courses. Having a license as a CNA/EMT gives you a point (I do not have this), and having been waitlisted for the program before gives a point (I don't have this).

Anyway, I needed to max that hesi score since I don't have work experience! So now I just have to keep my GPA up and my fingers crossed!

I think anything in the high 80's and above is a great score - best of luck to you as well!!

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