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What is an Elsevier HESI Assessment?

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The HESI Admission Assessment Exam includes 7 scholastic exams and a personality profile. These components identify a student's current knowledge and learning style, and are used as part of the admissions process to nursing programs across the country.

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Developed by Elsevier, the HESI Assessment is a series of exams used to gauge a prospective student's potential for success in a given institution or program. Individual nursing schools can require applicants to take some or all of the exam sections, and each school maintains its own standard for required scores.

The assessment includes the following exam sections: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, Grammar, Basic Math Skills, Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology. The final section of the assessment is the Personality Profile, which includes the profile and a Learning Style section. The individual exams contain anywhere from 25 to 50 questions each, and the Profile sections contain approximately 15 questions per section.

The HESI Assessment also has a paired exit exam. This exam tests a student's understanding of the whole nursing curriculum. When a student prepares to complete a nursing program and take her NCLEX Exam, he or she must first pass the HESI Exit Exam. Exit exam results are generally used by the school to identify any weaknesses or areas in need of remediation, as well as to pinpoint the student's strengths prior to taking the NCLEX. These exit exams have between 75 and 150 questions that focus on the critical thinking level to replicate material found on the NCLEX.

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