HESI A2 Test
Many nursing programs require applicants to take the HESI A2 exam as part of the admissions process. Its actual title is Evolve Admissions Assessment with Critical Thinking examination, but most people and institutions use the shorthand version, or they simply call it the Admissions Assessment.
The first eight measure knowledge in each particular subject, while the other three are aptitude tests that are designed to determine if the nursing school applicant has the personality and temperament to successfully complete an education in nursing and be successful in their chosen career. Taking the entire test battery would take over six hours, but most nursing programs don’t require applicants to take all of the test components; each school decides for itself which parts of the test they’ll require applicants to take.
Schools also set their own standards when it comes to what constitutes a good score on the HESI A2, so there is no official passing or failing score. Schools also determine retake policy for themselves. A few nursing programs are quite lenient, and allow multiple retakes. However, most nursing schools are pretty strict in this regard. Many will allow applicants to retake the exam only once in a 12 month period, and usually after waiting between 3-30 days. The best approach to the HESI A2 is to be thoroughly prepared the first time you take the exam.
Free HESI A2 Practice Test
Questions 1 to 4 pertain to the following passage:
Protozoa are microscopic, one-celled organisms that can be free-living or parasitic in nature. They are able to multiply in humans, a factor which contributes to their survival and also permits serious infections to develop from just a single organism. Transmission of protozoa that live in the human intestine to another human typically occurs by a fecal-oral route (for example, contaminated food or water, or person-to-person contact). Protozoa that thrive in the blood or tissue of humans are transmitted to their human hosts by an arthropod vector (for example, through the bite of a mosquito or sand fly).
Helminths are large, multicellular organisms that are generally visible to the naked eye in their adult stages. Like protozoa, helminths can be either free-living or parasitic in nature. In their adult form, helminths cannot multiply in humans. There are three main groups of helminths (derived from the Greek word for worms) that are human parasites:
- Flatworms (platyhelminths) – these include the trematodes (flukes) and cestodes (tapeworms)
- Thorny-headed worms (acanthocephalins) – the adult forms of these worms reside in the gastrointestinal tract. The acanthocephala are thought to be intermediate between the cestodes and nematodes
- Roundworms (nematodes) – the adult forms of these worms can reside in the gastrointestinal tract, blood, lymphatic system or subcutaneous tissues. Alternatively, the immature (larval) states can cause disease through their infection of various body tissues
1. As used in this passage, the word “parasite” means:
A. A person who lives in Paris
B. An organism that live on or in another organism
C. Microscopic insects
D. A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others
2. According to the passage, adult Roundworms can live in:
A. the arthropod vector
B. fecal matter
C. the subcutaneous tissue of humans
D. contaminated water
3. You can infer from this passage that:
A. larval stages of parasites are more dangerous than the adult forms
B. mosquitoes do not transmit parasites
C. worms cannot infect humans
D. clean sanitary conditions will keep you free of protozoa
4. According to the passage, which of the following is true?
Protozoa live in the blood or tissue of humans
Adult helminthes cannot reproduce in humans
Adult Thorny-headed worms live in the intestinal tract
A. I only
B. II only
C. I and II only
D. I, II, and III
5. What is the best definition for the word latent?
6. What is the meaning of the word precipitous?
7. What is the best definition of the word recur?
8. Select the word or phrase that makes the following sentence grammatically correct. Their experience at the opera, viewing the company’s production of Turandot, was so bad that ________ have not yet returned.
A. he and she
C. him and her
D. him and I
9. Select the word or phrase that makes the following sentence grammatically correct. After hearing about everyone’s positive experience at the party, Desmond realized that he ___________.
A. should have went
B. should have gone
C. should go
D. should have been
10. Select the word or phrase that makes the following sentence grammatically correct. Loman made a quick telephone call to the person _______ was responsible for organizing the event.
11. A roast was cooked at 325 ºF in the oven for 4 hours. The internal temperature rose from 32 ºF to 145 ºF. What was the average rise in temperature per hour?
A. 20.2 ºF/hr
12. 31⁄8 X 6 1⁄3 X 2 2⁄5
A. 47 1⁄2
B. 36 7⁄8
C. 40 3⁄8
D. 42 4⁄5
13. 11⁄4 of (?) = 1.5
14. Which of the following is not true for all cells?
A. Cells are the basic structures of any organism
B. Cells can only reproduce from existing cells
C. Cells are the smallest unit of any life form that carries the information needed for all life processes
D. All cells are also called eukaryotes
15. Which of the following correctly describes the trait Ll, if “L” represents tallness and “l” represents shortness?
A. heterozygous genotype and tall phenotype
B. heterozygous phenotype and tall genotype
C. homozygous genotype and short phenotype
D. homozygous phenotype and short genotype
16. Which of the following statements about the Krebs cycle is true?
A. It occurs only once per glucose molecule
B. It is an anaerobic process
C. It takes place in the cytoplasm
D. It starts with the conversion of one pyruvate molecule into 2 acetyl-CoA molecules
17. Which of the answer choices provided best defines the following statement: For a given mass and constant temperature, an inverse relationship exists between the volume and pressure of a gas?
A. Ideal Gas Law
B. Boyle’s Law
C. Charles’ Law
D. Stefan-Boltzmann Law
18. What law describes the electric force between two charged particles?
A. Ohm’s law
B. Coulomb’s law
C. The Doppler effect
D. Kirchhoff’s current law
19. The rate of a chemical reaction depends on all of the following except:
B. surface area
C. presence of catalysts
D. amount of mass lost
20. How many organ systems are there in the human body?
21. Which of the following terms means close to the trunk of the body?
22. Hemoglobin transports oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body, making oxygen available for cell use. What is hemoglobin?
A. an enzyme
B. a protein
C. a lipid
D. an acid
1. B: As used in this passage, the word “parasite” means an organism that lives on or in another organism, Choice B. Choice A and C are obviously wrong, since the passage mentions nothing of Paris or insects. Choice D is another definition for “parasite,” but does not fit the context of the word used in this passage.
2. C: According to the description of Roundworms, they can live in the subcutaneous tissue of humans, Choice C. Choices A, B, and D describe where protozoa live and how they are transmitted.
3. D: According to the first paragraph, protozoa are transmitted through food and water contaminated by fecal matter. It can then be inferred that clean sanitary conditions will prevent the spread of protozoa, Choice D. Choice A is an incorrect inference because the passage discusses both larval and adult forms of parasites that infect humans. Choice B is an incorrect inference, since the first paragraph states that protozoa are transmitted by mosquitoes. Choice C is an incorrect inference because the second paragraph is about worms that infect humans.
4. D: To answer this question, you will need to verify all three statements in the passage. All three of these statements are true and are supported by the passage.
5. B: The best definition for the word latent is dormant. Something that is latent is unapparent but not necessarily nonexistent. For instance, a health condition can be latent without manifesting serious problems for many years. The word thorough suggests something that is complete and exhaustive, and this has no immediate connection to the word latent. The word current goes against the indication of the word latent, as the latter suggests something waiting for future events. The word obvious is an antonym of the word latent.
6. D: The meaning of the word precipitous is abrupt. A precipitous change in health is immediate and unexpected; in other words, it happens abruptly. The words cautious, languid, and subtle function largely as antonyms to the word precipitous, as all three words indicate something that occurs slowly or without obvious results.
7. C: The best definition for the word recur is return. A recurring problem is one that keeps coming back. While something that recurs happens again (and again), this does not suggest the same meaning as redo, which indicates a complete do-over. Similarly, the word recreate indicates not another occurrence but a totally new start. And while it is possible to see a connection between a condition that recurs and one that revolves, the question asks for the best definition. In this case, return is closest in meaning to recur, and revolve has too close a meaning to literal circular action to be the best definition in this case.
8. A: The possessive pronoun Their at the beginning of the sentence suggests third-person plurality, so answer choices B and D are immediately incorrect. (The first-person use of we and I excludes them as options.) The real choice comes down to he and she or him and her. In the sentence, the blank falls just after the start of a dependent clause, and this blank represents the subject of the dependent clause. As a result, the subjective case he and she must be correct.
9. B: After hearing about the party, Desmond knows that he should have gone. The expression should have went is never correct, under any circumstances. The expression should go makes little sense, as the context of the sentence indicates that the party has already occurred. The expression should have been also makes little sense, as the sentence indicates that Desmond wanted to attend the party, not be the party.
10. C: The word who is always used when referring to individual people, and the context of the sentence suggests that Loman is phoning a singular person who is the organizer. The word that is appropriate for groups, and the word which is appropriate for inanimate objects or things. The word this makes virtually no sense when added to the blank in the sentence.
11. B: 145°F-32°F = 113°F, 113°F ÷4hrs = 28.25°F/ hr
12. A: To multiply mixed numbers, you must first create improper fractions. Multiply the whole number by the denominator, and then add the numerator. 3 1⁄8 becomes 25⁄8 The problem will look like this: 25⁄8 x 19⁄3 x 12⁄5 = 5700⁄120 = 47 1⁄2
13. B: To solve this, change 1 ¼% to a decimal: .0125. Now add an x for the question mark: . Divide 1.5 by .0125.
14. D: Only cells with a membrane around the nucleus are called eukaryotes.
15. A: The trait Ll describes the genotype of the person or the traits for the genes they carry. It is heterozygous because it contains a dominant gene and a recessive gene. Tallness is the phenotype of the person or the physical expression of the genes they carry, because L for tallness is the dominant gene.
16. D: The Krebs cycle actually occurs twice per molecule of glucose, as glucose is broken into two molecules of pyruvate, which are each eventually turned into acetyl-coA before entering the Krebs cycle. This cycle is an aerobic process, and it takes place in the inner part of the mitochondria.
17. B: Boyle’s law states that for a constant mass and temperature, pressure and volume are related inversely to one another: PV = c, where c = constant.
18. B: Coulomb’s law describes the electric force between two charged particles. It states that like charges repel and opposite charges attract, and the greater their distance, the less force they will exert on each other.
19. D: The rate at which a chemical reaction occurs does not depend on the amount of mass lost, since the law of conservation of mass (or matter) states that in a chemical reaction there is no loss of mass.
20. C: There are 11 organ systems in the human body.
21. C: Proximal means close to the trunk of the body.
22. B: Hemoglobin is a type of protein found in the red blood cells of all mammals.
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