The reading portion of the HESI exam will allow the student to demonstrate their reading and comprehension skills. This section will give the test taker several passages, then ask questions regarding key ideas and details. In this portion, you will be able to demonstrate your understanding of craft and structure, and how to recognize and comprehend the integration of knowledge and ideas in a given text.  In addition, be prepared for these questions to test your ability to:

  1. Identify the main idea of a passage
  2. Identify supporting details 
  3. Find the meaning of words in context
  4. Distinguish between fact and opinion
  5. Make logical inferences
  6. Summarize the passage

In order to be successful with these concepts, the student needs to remain objective for questions that can seem highly subjective. While each answer may be somewhat correct, only one is the most correct. This is where reading sections can get tricky. Our HESI Test Prep course can help you to identify these correct answers by arming you with unique strategies to unpack their questions.

Our HESI Test Prep Course

Our HESI Test Prep course is designed to prepare you for the reading section of the exam by building an understanding of the concepts through thoroughly designed practice questions. Our high yield and challenging set of questions for the reading portion of the HESI exam are designed to provoke thought and reinforce the material. With our live HESI Test Prep course, you will go over these questions with an instructor in detail where you will be able to ask questions and review in real-time. Here you will be able to develop a strategy with your instructor on how to approach these questions and passages. To supplement your studies, you will also have a subscription to the Adkins Academy question bank granting you access to a variety of questions written or vetted by Dr. Adkins himself. These questions will be the closest thing to the actual test and will position you to better understand what is being asked of you.

If You Don't Pass
The First Attempt

  1. The HESI Evolve site provides remediation feedback. Log in to your exam account to view this content. 
  2. Look back at your study guide and textbooks to reinforce areas that you missed.
  3. Read the exam information carefully to understand the retake policy.
  4. Make sure you remediate all test areas, not just the ones where you didn’t make the required score.

The Second Attempt
The entrance exams are not intended to be punitive in nature or to screen out applicants. The purpose is to ensure that students are armed for success. The expectation is that if you are struggling to meet minimum competencies, then it is an indication to invest the time in taking classes that will help bridge those gaps in knowledge.

  • Consider taking Our Live HESI Test Prep course to improve your overall understanding of the information.
  • If you are hoping to enter a Nursing program, consider taking other courses to fulfill lower division, general education core requirements (Eng 1102, a fine arts class, a foreign language, social science classes, humanities, etc). This way you’ll continue to make real progress towards your bachelor’s degree while honing your basic knowledge of science, math, and English. You can look at Courses to Take Prior to Entering a Nursing Program for ideas
Practice Quizzes
Take some practice quizzes and try to re-create the testing environment as much as possible. For example, take the quizzes using a timer, and use only the materials allowed in the real exams. Use the textbooks above to review concepts that you missed when doing practice questions in the study guide.
You can access
practice HESI A2 questions here. 

Breakdown HESI Reading Exam Questions in our Virtual Classroom

Our live HESI Test Prep course will take place in the Adkins Academy Virtual Classroom. Here, you will be able to go over the material and these questions in detail with a professional instructor. Your professor will help you to develop strategies on how to approach difficult questions on the HESI Reading Exam. These courses are not prerecorded, they are in real-time allowing you to review and ask questions with a live instructor among other classmates. This allows you the unique privilege of a collaborative space in the comfort of your own home, or anywhere with a stable internet connection! Having a small group atmosphere allows you to ask and answer questions, see your instructor and their whiteboard, and listen to their instruction and class dialogue all in real-time as you prepare for the Reading portion of your HESI exam.

To supplement your studies, you will also have a subscription to the Adkins Academy question bank granting you access to a variety of questions written or vetted by Dr. Adkins himself. These questions will be much like the questions you will be working with during our HESI Test Prep course. Our test bank is filled with thousands of review questions and we encourage you to work on them as often as you can to prepare for your HESI Reading Exam. 

A competitive HESI score is essential when applying to nursing schools. Rather than just memorizing the material, The Adkins Academy Test Prep course aims to bring you from “I don’t know” to “I understand” when dealing with complex questions on the Reading portion of the exam. Get started working with our professional team of instructors as well as Dr. Adkins himself and guarantee yourself a higher score on the Reading section of your HESI exam. 

Call Dr. Adkins Today to schedule your meeting. There we will discuss our programs, services, and academic enrichment methods to find the right program for you!