Student Nurse, prn

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Dress rehearsal ..."the HESI Test"....

So, today we took a test on the computer called a HESI Test (we paid for this privilege in our tuition).

This test is supposed to be VERY VERY similar to the state board exam we will take after graduation. Yeah, remember, I may graduate but I can't be licensed until the great state of California says I know how-to be a nurse.

The state exam is a bit tricky. Let me explain. Firstly, it's timed but I hear you have five hours and that is MORE than enough time. Secondly, it's all on computer. Next, once you answer a question you can not go back.

Also, there are several types of questions;

1) multiple guess (ops, I mean choice)

2) choose all that apply from a list of about 5-7 possible choices
3) then a fill in the blank (either a number or word)
4) an anatomy marker (put an X on this body part, etc.).

And here is the real kicker...if you get a question wrong and for example it is a pediatrics related question, the computer says to its mighty self, "humm, Student Nurse is weak in the Peds area, HA!, let's give her more questions on Peds" (insert devilish laughs).

Can you believe it!!! That's just cruel!!!

The test then continues until the computer just shuts off. At that point you have no idea if it shut off because you were doing well or because you were doing badly. Some folks can have theirs shut off after not too much time has passed and other sit for hours. Neither knows why. The results take approximately 30 days to be mailed to you. You are not issued a grade just pass or fail.

Anyways, today's test wasn't so sophisticated but it was 160 questions long and I got an 88%. Sweeeeeet!

*doing the happy dance*

..... it gives me hope, that's all.


  • Eeeekkkk! The sound of, "you've graduated, but your are still officially not a nurse yet" scares me to death! Good luck!

    Thanks foe responding to my questions regarding care plans. I've heard so many horror stories! I can't wait to make up my own stories which I hope are all good! One girl told me that she works 10 hours (her advice, get good shoes) and then spends another 3-5 hours on plans (her advice, get a big bottle of tylenol, a great pen, and a LOUD alarm clock)....hummm, I'm scared!LOL

    By Blogger Eve C., at 8:57 PM  

  • Yeehaw! Congrats! If you want to take a pen and mark an "X" on me as I yell, "spleen!", "tibia", "cerebral cortex!", please feel free!

    By Blogger Mona Buonanotte, at 8:38 AM  

  • I'll take a HESI practice test next term. That is so weird how it worked that way.

    Congrats on the 88! That is excellent!

    By Blogger dog food sugar, at 7:30 PM  

  • We have a test like that too for radiography. After our first semester of clinicals we are eligible to take the PT (Practical Tech)exam, which is supposed to be a short version of our registration exam and will give us an idea of how ready we are to take the final test. I plan to do it but still have several months before i am eligible.

    Anyway, congrats on getting such a good score. hopefully it gives you some extra confidence for the boards.


    By Blogger ArizonaDB, at 2:02 PM  

  • Congrats!! I will be taking the HESI test soon! Do you have any study tips certain books you studied from! Im so very scared!! Thanks

    By Anonymous Darcy, at 1:03 PM  

  • Hi Darcy, I don't have any study tips. Actually, my best advice is to NOT study. The HESI test is designed to check current knowledge and then identify your weak areas. Mine was kinda unspecific but a few of my classmates discovered they were weak in the the area's of either Peds and/or L&D-PostPartum. This allows them to focus on that area before state board exams. The HESI provides a full printed/detailed report of your score that was VERY helpful.

    Good luck and RELAX :o)

    By Blogger SVN, prn, at 5:06 PM  

  • So, here in good ole Indiana, we have ATI Testing... sounds to be about the same crap.

    So you suck in the Peds area too? I was thinking at the end of that section it would say, "Please, let someone else raise your children."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:33 PM  

  • Hi, Anybody knows which school in California is offering a hesi test? Plase help.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:56 AM  

  • Ok, well get this! Here in good ole Boise, Id, we have to pass the HESI test in order to even graduate! Like we need anymore stress knowing that we still have to take the state boards, our graduating depends on this test! It is only to make our school look good which is a load of crap! I take mine this Friday, a few of my classmates have already failed and will not be able to graduate!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:07 PM  

  • I have been in the LPN program for one year have a 92.4 GPA and scored between 99 and 93 on all 4 ATI test and today I took the HESI to exit the program and was to make 850... made 782 !! Now I dont get to graduate in 3 weeks with my class after all this and out of 18 in the class 8 passed and the class average was only 829!! go figure... I have to do a remedial program online make a 75 take the results to my instructor and take the HESI again next quarter and make even higher 900! During this year on the ATI tests several students failed and retook the test the next few days and got to continue with the class. Now I paid for my graduation, sent invitations out and now humiliated I cant retake it and graduatw with my class !!! This test was not in ,my opinion predictive of my nursing skills since I am 45 and been in the medical field 28 years and have the grades!!! sad in savannah georgia... test was not that hard but info i missed in my opinion had nothing to do with my nursing skills!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:22 PM  

  • Here at Texas Woman's U., the HESI is the test which determines whether or not you will be ALLOWED to sit for the state board. If you don't pass the HESI with a 72% or better, you are only allowed to sit for the LVN exam. Scary, scary, after all this work to be told, "sorry, we're not even going to let you try to become an RN!"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:21 AM  

  • our school uses HESIs for the final exams of all classes - 25% of our grade!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:03 PM  

  • well we have to take the hesi exam also to determine if we graduate or not, well the first time i took it i made an 858 but we have to make a 900 to pass well we have 2 more times to take it before graduation and im praying i pass it on the second try
    congrats on passing

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:08 PM  

  • I'm about to take the HESI tomorrow and have no idea what to expect. The school I'm attending, you have to take the test at the end of every semester and it counts for 5% of your grade. We also have to score 950 to pass! You can make less than 950 and move on in all the semesters except the final semester. You don't pass, you don't graduate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:31 PM  

  • I am taking the HESI tomorrow and I have to take the HESI just to be admitted to the nursing program at my school. It's a competitive entry.

    If I don't do well on this I will have to wait another year to apply for the nursing program.

    By Blogger Aaron, at 6:35 AM  

  • I know it is easy to panic and the rumor mill swims with those jitters. Just know that the boards are completly random. The computer spits out a question from a very broad category, not a specific disease state or area of nursing. It does not say "ooo this girl knows nothing about pedes, attack!" Try to be positive. Rolling around in negative energy only sucks the positive from you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:28 AM  

  • hello, I have read most of the comments on the HESI test and i am about scared to death! I also have to take the HESI test to get accepted into a nursing program. I am a bit confused, is there more than one HESI test? I have seen it written as HESI and HESI A2, what is the difference? Also, what does this have to do if any with the final board exam. Any suggestions on what to study? I have seen a book called "secrets of the HESI test" can anyone provide any insight? Is it true this test is 160 questions. OMG !! I am totally a bundle of nerves.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:47 PM  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 PM  

  • Anonymous,

    Yes, there are different HESI tests. HESI is the company that makes the test. It stands for "Health Education Systems Inc.," or something like that. They make entrance exams, exit exams, topic-specific exams, and custom exams.

    My RN program only uses the exit exam. I just took mine the other day, and got a 1003 (93%). I didn't study at all because my professor forgot to tell my class the date for the test until the morning of, and I didn't answer the questions all that carefully because I was sure that I was going to fail no matter what I did and I just wanted to get out of there. I thought that the questions were mostly pretty basic. Don't worry about it. Study some NCLEX questions if you're not that good at those types of tests and relax. You can do this.

    By Blogger sara, at 11:16 AM  

  • we have to take the HESI and get what we need for our five percent grade I need a one on the HESI , but we get a second chance. They want us to have an 850 and if not we have to take it again to try and get that at our cost of 30 bucks. I have four days to study. so I need a 729 or less to pass. I hate the stress. good luck to everyone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:52 PM  

  • This is too much stress on student nurses, now they are saying that there is a shortage of nurses in America, student nurses in other countries don't go through this kind stress now they are saying they are employing nurses from other countries that is stupid they need to cut ou this Hesi test because it just randomly pick questions out of the bloom as if students brains are computers that is not right and student nurses should do something about it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:18 PM  

  • I don't understand so I'm trying to get into the nursing program. I was told the HESI was english and math skills. Now I'm not sure. To get into the nurse program they go by points some points are from the HESI. So is the test english and math skills or is it health skills? I've have dream of being a nurse since I was a little girl. Now my children are in school I'm getting a chance to follow my dream. I really want to do my best. Can someone fill me in on the HESI.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:58 PM  

  • took my OB HESI today got a 885 it counts 20% of our grade. if we make less than a 900 we have to take it again before graduation. then another HESI as our exit exam same thing 900 to pass we get 3 tries. so basically you could be a straight A student and bomb the HESI more than 3 times and you DO NOT GRADUATE!! what sux is the reason HESI cam about were means for the schools to test their teaching success...if they get too many low grades they lose their accrediation as a nursing school. So they make all of these minimum on HESI requirements simply to keep themselves in good standing.

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:13 AM  

  • There are several HESI exams: admissions (A2), specialty (med surge) & exit. They predict your score on NCLEX. It doesn't do you any good to graduate with all A's if you can't pass NCLEX on ur 1st try, & u do need to pass the 1st time if possible!
    If u take all the specialty exams & an exit it is several chances to practice an all application, online exam (which most people struggle with) before the most important exam of ur life. Look at it that way & remember peoples lives are in ur hands, u need to n qualified!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:04 AM  

  • Yes, a lot of students have difficulties with the Hesi exit exam - it's just a hard test.

    And with all the nursing schools relying on this test to have their nursing students pass the NCLEX at once... I don't have to tell you what a nuisance this test can be!

    If you need some Hesi exam practice, check out hesi study!

    By Anonymous Claire, at 6:13 AM  

  • I'm so scared to take this test tomorrow I don't know if I'm prepared or not.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:59 PM  

  • Hey guys. First of all congrats on entering a wonderful field. I graduate next week and yes, I have taken all but the OB HESI. I have been an LPN for 14 years and have always admired RN's. I have worked in a hosp my whole career. Trust me, if you think those tests are hard, imagine making life and death choices for a patient. You all are smart. Study hard but most of all, understand what you are studying. GOOD LUCK AND BE PROUD

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:29 PM  

  • i got the HESI testbank online from the website and passed it easily on the first try!

    By Blogger yan chin, at 6:04 PM  

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    By Blogger yan chin, at 6:45 PM  

  • if you need help with the exit hesi email ashleyw2428@yahoodotcom

    By Blogger ashley williams, at 9:30 PM  

  • I need rn exit, please

    By Blogger Jaysboy, at 2:15 PM  

  • Get the HESI PN Test Bank from and you will score over 1000 on the exam!

    By Blogger HESI PN TESTBANK, at 3:15 PM  

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