I received another “ask me a question” and this question comes from Holly….here is what she asked:
“OK. I am working on my associates in nursing. I took the NET as an entrance test . I have to take the HESI this fall (in my 2nd year). I haven’t heard anyone in the program talk about having to take it a 3rd time though…..
My question is this: is there any math on the HESI as there was on the NET? It seemed like the NET had tons of math on it, such as percents and fractions….and I couldn’t’t use a calculator. I am wondering if I should spend time brushing up on my basic math skills since I am so spoiled with a calculator.
Another question: Are there any study guides specific to the HESI, or would any NCLEX review do just fine??
I have the summer off from school and would like to really focus on this test. Many students do not pass this test at our school and have to retake it!! I don’t want to have to worry about it!
Holly thanks for your great questions! The HESI exam doesn’t have as much math on it as the NET(may be 2-4 question). Also, it’s not fractions or percentages. It is drug calculation questions. For instance, the doctor prescribes 120 mg of Kalex and on hand you have a 60 mg per tab. How many tabs will you give? Then answer is two. Those are the types of math problems. Also, HESI has a built in calculator you can use so don’t sweat not having a calculator. I suggest practicing your drug calculation problems to help you prepare for it.
In order to study for it you can just buy a regular NCLEX review book which will work just fine or you can buy the book made by the HESI test company which can be purchased off of Amazon.com at a great price (this is where I bought mine). It is about $50….I think. I used the HESI book made by the company and a regular NCLEX review book made by Saunders (its blue). I read all of the HESI hints and the end of the chapter questions and passed first try. It is really a good book. However, a plain NCLEX review book will work. Check out my HESI study log that I used to study for it.
If you truly study for the test and practice about 2500 questions you will do fine. Good luck Holly and I hope you pass first try!