1. mary

    I took HESI on the 18t h of August , 2017 and decide I needed to share my own experience to encourage someone out there.The most important advice I will give is MANAGE TIME WISELY. I almost ran out of time. (MATH, 80 READING COMP 90, VOCAB 90, A&P 76, Grammar 87)
    Let me point out here that I was scared, like many others, when I wanted to write the exam because a lot of people failed it and had to take it many time.
    I am just an averagely smart girl, haven’t done my A&P2. I had 76 in A&P, there were so questions from A&P2 ( which i didn’t know), a few also from “MUSCLE” ( a topic i dnt even understand, lol)…and that’s what explains my low score. Math was okay. I had 80. (I am scared of math too), but it was mostly fractions (1/3 +7/8) and ratio… all you need to do is be fast cos there is a calculator but it really eats into your time. I had 87 in Grammar. learn every single topic on HESI text book because this subject can be tricky. Take reading comprehension first, or at least not when you are tired because the Essays are exhausting to read, some are even long and boring. U will need full concentration for that. Vocab was really easy. learn with the text and check for HESI VOCAB on Quizlet.
    I wish you the best. U too can make it.

  2. Erica

    I’ve taken the ATI teas (new version) can anyone let me know if it is similar to the teas format? When I took the Teas I had to take all 4 subjects, and know I found out two schools I want to apply for are requiring the HESI A2. I’m so stressed out.

  3. Drekka

    So I just took the HESI today and it was not as bad as I thought it would be. Before I took the exam, I was literally panicking weeks ahead of time. However, I studied with a HESI A2 study guide booklet and brushed up on what I needed to know for the exam. My school only requires Reading and Math, so wtbs I will discuss those selections below:

    Reading Comprehension (88%): I decided to do reading first since I wanted to go ahead and get it out of the way. The passages were very short with about 5-10 questions to go along with each passage. You have to be very careful, because sometimes they may reword the question but it ends up being the same answer, just worded differently. They ask questions such as “What’s the best summary for the passage?”, Main ideas, “What does … word mean in the passage” and so forth. Very simple, don’t put alot of thought into it because you’ll end up second guessing yourself. SO go with your first mind. It took me about 50 mins on this section.

    Math(94%): This section was very basic math, there were simple metric conversions, I had one military time problem, there were about 7 word problems (very simple), heavy on ratios, fractions, mixed fractions and percentages. So make sure you try and review that. Other than that, it is very simple. A calculator was there to use on each problem. To be honest, I did work out a few but I checked and did almost every problem with the calculator. This section did not take me long at all.

    Last but not least, it was very simple, not difficult at all. I went in thinking it would be so much harder. Just take your time, do not over think, and be confident. I hope this helped, oh and overall I received a 91 cumulative score! Pretty good being that I had to have at least a 75 on both sections.

  4. Brianna

    Thank you so much for the information on the HESI regarding a calculator. When I took it in March not only was I not allowed to used a calculator (nothing showed up on the computer) but the Chemistry portion of the test any question that had subscripts, the subscript didn’t show up. I had to start and restart the exam 4 times. Each time showing them the problem and it not being fixed. In the end I finally gave up and took the test as is (knowing that my school doesn’t even “look” at the chemistry portion).

    The test was horrible! The questions were insanely difficult to do without a calculator (in the math portion) and when I complained I was told I couldn’t do 5th grade math! I was so pissed because I teach 7th grade special education! I know what 5th grade math looks like and a 5-6 step word problem involving decimals with all four operations is not something 5 graders can do!

  5. Nicole Simmons

    I am studying for the HESI A2 exam and I wanted to know if I should memorize formulas and the conversion table in the Hesi study guide book for the math portion of the test? Or are they provided for you? I am really nervous because it has been a while since I’ve had to take an entrance exam and need all the pointers I can get as to what prepare for. Thanks!

    • Brianna

      The exam doesn’t give you any formulas. Just be sure that you have a calculator on the math portion. Mine wasn’t available and I bombed the math. That is the only reason I have to take the test again.

  6. Tiffany

    Hi, I’m taking mine tomorrow and I’m just curious because they told me to study the first 4 chapters which is math and English , im worried there will be science on the test but they told me not to study it, should I be studying it just in case?

  7. Ariene

    well i took the hesi exam two days ago and i almost passed my reading comprehension i got a 64% where i needed 75% so close. I just passed my math though so in the next couple of weeeks i have to retake the reading. I am a bit nervouse because i want this pass so i don’t have to retake it over again. I only needed was math and reading to take for mine. Does anyone know if the questions will be the same again?

  8. Maria

    I just have a question regarding the math portion of the test. Are you allow to use the calculator for all the questions or just certain questions? Thanks you

  9. homara

    Hi; I took the hesi a2 for 4 times and I didn’t Score 75 in comp.English,but I have 86 in maths.I am really scared to take it again. Any advice please

  10. When schools look for scores. Do they look at every single subject area or the average for that subject?
    For example do they take the reading comprehension score or every are such as conclusions, implications, understanding, ect.

  11. Stoneman1a

    I am currently preparing to take the exam and understand where many people can get frustrated. Basically, other than A&P, the entire exam is designed to ask you high school grade questions, which, if you had a high school like mine, were ACTUALLY PRETTY HARD.

    Some questions you may find on the math portion will include basic stuff, but I tested my knowledge based on the fact of what I know and what I dont know. Basic algebra and others I can do in a second, but the more complicated formulas I had to think through (though getting into pre-nursing school I was able to solve (x-4)(x+3) without a problem.

    The vocabulary section may be the hardest in my opinion because the definitions are going to be different than what you and I would describe. I would never look at the word “Abrasion” and think “injury to the integrity of the skin resulting in skin loss, I would simply thing “you got a cut”. So practicing your terms would be my best suggestion.

  12. cASEY

    I am about to take the test and had some questions about the test.
    1. How many questions are on each section? Like 20, 50, 100? Or does the number of questions vary by section?
    2. I have heard that this test takes about 7 hours! Is this true?!
    3. Is the exam timed?
    4. Do the HESI exam review books actually help?
    5. What was the worst subject? If any.

    Thank you for your time and help!

    • Stoneman1a

      1. Each section takes different amounts of questions, usually around 50 each
      2. Yes this exam can take a while based on how many sections you have to do
      3. Yes it is timed
      4. Yes, I suggest the Hesi A2 Secrets Study Guide made by Mometrix Media LLC
      5. Still think its vocab and math

  13. Rebekah

    I took the A2 yesterday after being out of school for 10 years and passed! I found this blog and it really helped me a lot to know how to study. My school had sent a link for a practice test, which was nothing like the actual exam. The study guide is the best tool, along with the additional notes that Nicole provides in this post. Also, she is not kidding about the A & P section. It was the only section I scored less than a 75, which is the comprehensive score we had to obtain. (I scored a 72.)
    You may also want to look into some additional resources for Chemistry. The study guide did not go into near enough detail. However I know I have always struggled with Chemistry so in the 3 weeks I had to prepare I really focused on that. (Yes, you read that right, I only had 3 weeks to prepare. I had no idea this exam existed until very recently.)
    Additional sections my school required were learning and personality styles. Don’t let these scare you when they pop up on your test. They are only 15 questions each, so they don’t eat up your time which was my fear.

  14. Alyssa Green


    so how was the math portion of the exam? A lot of people told me it was just basic math like addition and subtraction multiplication and division and that it really wasn’t that hard? I take mines tomorrow. and super nervous

  15. sasa

    I had same happened today. when i finished my Math section, they automatically went back to the first page and loading my score, after 2 second; it jumped out another pages and showed up “Thank You” but i didn’t finish my exam yet. I still have whole English part didn’t do. I asked the center, they tired to help me to log in again but it shows i need access code. We both don’t have it. So, they called to the office to ask. After 45mins, they told me, I need to reschedule my exam, based on the stupid technical issue. When I back home, i received Hesi A2 send me the Math score result. Now I am waiting for them to tell me what I should do. I feel that is unfair and the center’s people really unpoliite and unhelpful. It make me so upset and want to cry.

    • I’m so sorry you had that experience! Try to keep a good perspective and remember to stay polite but persistent so that you can have an opportunity to take the English portion. Good luck!

    • No, the vocabulary in the book is just a small portion of what could potentially be on the exam. The book is more for learning what kind of questions are asked and the formats they use on the exam. Sorry you didn’t pass, I hope you’ll have the opportunity to study and try again!

  16. Natalie Thorsland

    After reading about your technical glitch I am terrified to try pausing the exam. have you heard from anyone else on this matter? did theirs pause without any issues or is this a common problem?

    • Mine wasn’t just pausing the section, but pausing then exiting the entire test (the test proctor instructed me to do this so they could fix a problem with the computer).

      I haven’t heard from anybody who tried it yet, but I will say that I started the A&P section, answered 1 or 2 questions, then the proctor instructed me to pause that section so we could go back to the main menu. Then they had me pause the entire test, and close out. After they resolved the technical problem and figured out how to reactivate my exam, I was able to get back into the math section that I had already started. So I’m pretty sure it would work…but like I said, I was definitely a little rattled after what had happened to me! 😉

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