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Your school and the HESI exit exam

At my particular college we have to pass the HESI with a 900 at the end of our second year. this makes me very nervous and here is the reason. We have began to take "practice exams from HESI" on the computer at the end of each qtr. Well, by their standards I failed miserably with an 820. A lot of the second yr students I know said that we can only take it 3 times without failing out of the program. What does your school's policies state? I have been studying my rear off with the NCLEX book and I love it! Do you all thin this will prepare me to ace the HESI? I am so nervous and it is a whole year away..haha INPUT PLEASE!!

My school has the same thing going on with the HESI. We have to get an 85% on the comprehensive one to graduate and we only get one try. Needless to say, I'm shaking in my boots too. I have to take it in three months and whenever I take the practice tests I get around 85% which makes me a bit nervous. I'm trying to be optimistic and I'm doing as many practice questions as I can get my hands on from all different books. I think that's one of the best things I can do.

suzy253, RN

Specializes in Telemetry/Med Surg.

Yes, we have the HESI mid-curriculum which we take in our 2nd year (just completed that & passed; you have 3 tries to get above 850) and then in the senior year we have a HESI exit exam. I'm already worried about that as well. :stone

At my particular college we have to pass the HESI with a 900 at the end of our second year. this makes me very nervous and here is the reason. We have began to take "practice exams from HESI" on the computer at the end of each qtr. Well, by their standards I failed miserably with an 820. A lot of the second yr students I know said that we can only take it 3 times without failing out of the program. What does your school's policies state? I have been studying my rear off with the NCLEX book and I love it! Do you all thin this will prepare me to ace the HESI? I am so nervous and it is a whole year away..haha INPUT PLEASE!!

I first heard about the HESI on this board and I asked one of my instructors and she said we take it but it doesn't count towards our passing/failing. Its given around the last week of classes for the graduating class.

stressgal, RN

Specializes in CCRN.

We are required to take it mid way through and score an 850, and then again as an exit and score a 900. I purchased a HESI NCLEX-RN book from their web page and really like the way it is set up. You can also purchase a CD and practice taking the exam x amount of times. I didn't purchase the CD, but when I took the test mid cirriculum I scored over 900.

We had to take HESI when I was in school. (I graduated in 2004) We took it mid year our first year, three chances to get 90% or out of the program. Then our senior year we took it after finals, we had to make above a 95% on this one in order to graduate. I used NCLEX review books to help me study. I have seen some of the bookstores now carrying HESI review books and if I remember correctly, one of them had a cd in that looked helpful. Wish I had that to go by last year. Good luck! Don't stress, you'll do great!! :)

meownsmile, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho.

Yes,, i think most schools require it to pass anymore. And yes,, taking and practicing the NCLEX exams will help increase your HESI score. Use the test taking tips in the front of the NCLEX practice books.

crb613, BSN, RN

Has 7 years experience. Specializes in Med Surg/Tele/ER.

We are required to take the HESI after each nsg class & pass with at least an 850. We do have to take an exit HESI & score >850, not sure exact number. If we do not we don't graduate with our class, but do get a second chance to pass. How awful would that be to not graduate with your class & then pass it on the second try...... or not pass on the second try & have to repeat the last semester?? I would croak! I have used mainly Saunder's to study with so far & have done really well on all the HESI test's I've taken so far. We have lost some students because they did not pass & had some that did not graduate with their class this year & are retaking it this summer. I don't know about the rest of you but I think the HESI questions are worded weird ( at least the ones I have taken so far) & not as easy as the ones in the NCLEX study guides.

christvs, DNP, RN, NP

Has 12 years experience. Specializes in ACNP-BC.

Hi! My nursing school in Mass (a BSN program) made us take med/surg, pedi, maternity, and psych hesis junior year (just to practice) and then we had three chances senior year to get at least an 850 on our HESI exit exam. But if we didn't get an 850 after the third try, we could still graduate-they just wanted us to strive to get the highest score we could achieve. I think my school (I just graduated by the way) is going to change the requirement though to requiring you pass it in order to graduate in the near future. Anyhow, I took the first HESI exit exam in January of this year and scored a 817 and took it again in March-after studying my behind off and got a 994-and then I took it a third time in May just because I thought I should-and got a 1047 cuz I really studied a ton! So I think as long as you do lots of Q & A from NCLEX review books-you should be fine! Good luck! :)

-Christine

Christian_SN, RN

Specializes in CCU, MICU, Tele, L&D.

we take a arnet exam at the end of every semester.

but there is a great hessi book you can get on amazon that helps alot.

I fully recommend getting the HESI book. We have to take a HESI test for each subject we take each semester and an exit hesi. I used the book last semester and made over 1200 (99.99%) on both of the tests I took (psych and peds). There are sections in each chapter called "hesi hints" and a lot of those were almost word for word on the test. Before getting the book, the highest I made was a 92% (1100, i think).

We had two chances to pass the HESI to graduate, and we had to make an 875. If you don't pass you have to come back the next year and take a remedial class and then you try again. We had a girl who failed the year before, came back and took it with our class and failed both x's. Our school also makes you sit out a year if you fail a class because classes are only offered 1x a year. It is very difficult to come back from failing a class and remember everything from the year before, and it makes passing HESI extra-hard. The CD you can get from http://www.hesitest.com. It's really good and be sure to read the rationales. It is hard but it will prepare you. The book is good if you have time to read. I was not really impressed with the hesi live review you can take, mostly they just read the book to you, so save your $200 if you are considering taking that class. Hurst review is much better and helped more for taking the HESI and Nclex. http://www.hurstreview.com

Good luck, prepare early and you won't have to stress so much at the end.

Seren

ffjn

Specializes in none.

has any of you used the MOrrison media Flash cards for help in passing the Hesi. i am thinking about ording them, i took the Hesi and failed. i have to retake it in 4 weeks. i am having trouble with the critical thinking stuff. what do yall rec. i need help

crb613, BSN, RN

Has 7 years experience. Specializes in Med Surg/Tele/ER.

Well I am getting ready to take my exit Hesi tomorrow (Friday). I have used Saunders & can tear up those type of questions......but I also have the Hesi book & CD, & I pretty much stink on those practice tests. SOOOO I guess I can let you know tomorrow if Nclex books work for the exit Hesi. I am getting a little stressed....so if ya'll don't mind I need your prayers. I have to score a 900 or above, but would be tickled to death w/900!!! I keep telling myself

I can, I can, I know I can......:uhoh21:

BestSweetGal

Specializes in LTC and Med/Surg.

My school requires you to pass the HESI exit in order to obtain your degree. Problem is we weren't introduced to HESI until our 2nd sem. of our senior year, and on top of that, we had critical care class and clinicals. There was not much time to prepare for the exit. We didn't have tests throughout our 4 years with HESI like other schools. After 3 attempt to pass HESI w/ 900 or better, you will not be able get a degree and you will be out of the program, and there is no taking class or test over. So pretty much 4-5 years out the window. I'm one of those students. It's a pretty new program, but you would think they could've gotten the message from the past classes they graduated and change things, but things got worst. First 2 out of 5 students didn't pass in 2003(ADN), then 3 out of 7 didn't get their degree in 2005(1st BSN class), and now 6 out of 12 in 2006. So you got 11 students out there w/ no degree. :nono: Now the school is considering changes. That's great!! But what about the students who were held accountable for the school's inadequate preparation?!:madface:

GeminiTwinRN, BSN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in ICU/PCU/Infusion.

My school requires you to pass the HESI exit in order to obtain your degree. Problem is we weren't introduced to HESI until our 2nd sem. of our senior year, and on top of that, we had critical care class and clinicals. There was not much time to prepare for the exit. We didn't have tests throughout our 4 years with HESI like other schools. After 3 attempt to pass HESI w/ 900 or better, you will not be able get a degree and you will be out of the program, and there is no taking class or test over. So pretty much 4-5 years out the window. I'm one of those students. It's a pretty new program, but you would think they could've gotten the message from the past classes they graduated and change things, but things got worst. First 2 out of 5 students didn't pass in 2003(ADN), then 3 out of 7 didn't get their degree in 2005(1st BSN class), and now 6 out of 12 in 2006. So you got 11 students out there w/ no degree. :nono: Now the school is considering changes. That's great!! But what about the students who were held accountable for the school's inadequate preparation?!:madface:

Gosh, I'm so sorry that you've had to endure this heartbreaking news. I'm a little confused though.. you can't even repeat the class? I don't get that!! Most schools will at least let you repeat the semester/class that you weren't successful in!

We only took the HESI mid-curricular and now we'll take in again in December as Exit. We need to pass with a 900 to be able to graduate with our class, so I'll be studying my butt off when the time comes. I managed a 997 on the first one.

Isn't there any way to re-take your last semester or class?

I'm really sorry. ((((((((hugs))))))) :(

HELP! I am graduating and we have to take the Exit HESI to get our diplomas. I have already taken it 3 times...815, 756, 816 are my scores...Need an 850...I have used Saunders, Springhouse, Kaplan, and the HESI book to study. I have done over 5,000 questions since September, I don't know why I can't pass this thing. Anyone have any advice? Thanks! Next retake is in 9 days!

Hi

I have taken the Hesi exit test 2 times and failed. HOw was your number 4 hesi test? HOpe you passed. What was your experience with the number 3 and 4? Any tips? Thanks.

BestSweetGal

Specializes in LTC and Med/Surg.

******UPDATE*********Well Well..GOD IS GOOD! Here I am..6 years later after completing my studies in my BSN program (in 2006)..and I was able to come back to my old nursing school..repeat a course and took the HESI exit exam and PASSED on March 2, 2012! Yes it was years later..but I'm forever so grateful for the opportunity! It was trying..trust me..but I took my time and just studied my weak areas..didn't really use the HESI book that much..mostly Saunders. I want to thank you all that thought of me and share kind words of encouragements! For those who have a similar situation as mine...IT CAN BE DONE! It may not be when YOU want it...but with time and patience..God will make a way!

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