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Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam Review , 2nd Edition Paperback – March 31, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-1416056355 ISBN-10: 1416056351 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Elsevier; 2nd edition (March 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416056351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416056355
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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180 of 183 people found the following review helpful By amelia on August 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Wow. I can't even believe that I'm writing this about such a major publishing company as Elsevier, but I am. This book is simply AWFUL. There are mistakes everywhere. Print mistakes. Copy mistakes. Editing mistakes. Informational mistakes. Two sentences one after the other that contradict each other. Here's an example sentence that has me completely baffled/astonished: "Prokaryotic cells are those containing no defined nucleus and a series of organelles that carry out the functions of the cell as directed by the nucleus." Huh? In the same sentence, they say it has no defined nucleus, and that the nucleus (which it doesn't have?) carries out functions of the cells. Wrong. Here's another great one: "HESI Hint: Concentrations have a great deal to do with the rate of reaction. As is the case with males and females, increasing the numbers of reactants (persons) means that a greater number of collisions can take place." I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Sometimes, in the sample questions at the end of a chapter, they'll tell you that, say, "B" is the answer -- and then CONTRADICT that answer in the explanation. So, say, question #6 from the "Biology" section: "In which organelle does transcription begin? A: Ribosome; B: Nucleus; C: mRNA; D. Cytoplasm" The answer? C. Except that mRNA is not an organelle. So the description says "The DNA of a cell is located in the nucleus. Therefore the beginning of the transcription takes place in the nucleus." Um...wasn't that answer B? So now I'm TOTALLY confused about where transcription takes place, so I'll have to Google it.

They also have problems with superscripts and subscripts. So 6.02 times 10 to the 23rd (where 23 should be a superscript) is printed in the book: 6.02x1023. Great.
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109 of 109 people found the following review helpful By S. Putzakulish on April 20, 2010
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So I ordered this book and took the exam, and just thought I'd write this to give you a little info on the test itself, since there is NO info out there besides this book. I had no idea what to expect going into this exam, so here is some things I wish I knew beforehand...

First of all, you do not need to bring paper/pencil/calculator with you because they provide you with what you need. Every section is multiple choice, including the personality assessment parts and critical thinking scenarios. Basically, they sit you down, the timer is set for 4 hours, and off you go. You can take as much time on each section as you want, you must just finish everything within the 4 hours. If you get up to take a break, the clock keeps ticking. Four hours is PLENTY of time to complete the test, so take your time! I rushed through my first sections because I didn't know any better, and left with a full hour to spare! The science sections have I believe only 22 questions each. They are pretty specific, especially the A&P, and the study guide doesn't really help. I recommend looking it over, but it is such a broad range of material that there is nothing really you can do to prepare. The math, reading, vocab sections all have double the questions. The vocab comes right from the study guide, so know that section. The math was very basic, just make sure to know all the conversions listed in the study guide (ex. 1 inch = 2.54 cm, all that kind of stuff). They provide you with a calculator you can pull up on the screen, but they do not provide the conversion numbers for you.

Hope this help, good luck to you all!
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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Eclipse17975 on February 10, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just took the HESI A2 for nursing on Monday Feb. 8th. My test had the Biology, Chemistry, A&P, Vocabulary & General Knowledge, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Math subject areas. I also had to complete the Critical Thinking, Learning Style and Personality tests.

This book does prepare you sufficiently enough for the Math, Vocabulary & General Knowledge, Grammar, and Reading Comprehension subject tests. The format of the practice questions was very similar to what you see on the exam. The book reviews military time (24hr clock) and roman numerals needed for math. The vocabulary section uses many words found in the vocabulary section of the review book.

If you want to study for the Biology, Chemistry, A&P sections I would strongly, strongly recommend using McGraw-Hill's "Nursing School Entrance Exams" book with the ISBN 978-0-07-159937-5. The HESI review book does NOT, I repeat does NOT in any way help you review for the science sections. The science review is extremely sub-par.

The book does NOT review anything having to do with the critical thinking section. The critical thinking section is all about triage. It asks over-and-over again how you would prioritize treating several patients given their ages and medical condition. Does this make any sense? We are not nurses. We are not even nursing students. We have not taken any health assessment classes. It is so completely ridiculous that we are asked triage questions. There are many other ways to test critical thinking.

All this being said I did pretty well, got a 94% overall, and a 790 (out of 1000) in the critical thinking section. This is not meant to brag (especially since the test is not that hard), but more to give you perspective about me the reviewer. I owe the success mostly to the McGraw-Hill review book.
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