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Reading Comprehension

The reading section has 47 questions that must be answered in 60 minutes. Below is a more detailed list of the types of reading questions that generally appear on the test.

  • Drawing logical conclusions
  • Identifying main ideas
  • Meaning in context
  • Distinguish fact from opinions
  • Making inferences
  • Identifying tone and purpose
  • Summarizing


The math section has 50 questions. Below is a more detailed list of the types of math questions that generally appear on the test.

  • Basic operations – adding subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers
  • Roman numerals
  • Metric and other conversion
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Fractions, decimals and percent



The English and Language Usage section has 50 questions. Below is a detailed list of the topics likely to appear on the test.

  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Verb tense
  • Proper usage of pronouns
  • Punctuation
  • English usage

English Grammar

English Usage – 15 questions
English Grammar – 20 questions
Punctuation – 12 questions


The science section currently has 100 science questions which cover Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology and Physics. The Physics component is currently being tested and is not given at all institutions. Be sure to check with your school for the exact content of the test you will be taking. Below is a detailed list of the science topics likely to appear on the test.



  • Cellular processes
  • Classification and Taxonomy
  • Photosynthesis
  • Genetics

Scientific reasoning and scientific method


  • Atoms and molecules
  • Protons and electrons
  • States of matter
  • Redox reactions
  • Chemical reactions
  • Acid and base
  • Molarity
  • The  Periodic table

Physics (optional)

  • Potential, mechanical and kinetic energy
  • Speed, acceleration and momentum
  • Electricity – currents voltage and resistance
  • Ohm’s law
  • Newton’s laws
  • Linear and rotational motion


Anatomy & Physiology

The anatomy and physiology section currently has 25 questions which are included in the ‘science’ section together with biology, chemistry and Physics. Below is a detailed list of the topics likely to appear on the test.

  • Anatomical quadrants and body planes
  • Urinary system
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Integumentary System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Skeletal System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Urinary System

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Getting Started
How this study guide is organized 6
The HESI® Study Plan 7
Making a Study Schedule 9

Reading Comprehension
Self-Assessment 14
Answer Key 20
Help with Reading Comprehension 23

Math Self-Assessment 27
Answer Key 35
Metric Conversion – A Quick Tutorial 38
Fraction Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 40
Converting Decimals to Fractions 43
Percent Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 44
How to Answer Basic Math Multiple Choice 45
How to Solve Word Problems 49
Types of Word Problems 50

English Grammar
Self-Assessment 59
Answer Key 67
English Grammar Multiple Choice - Verb Tense 70
Common English Usage Mistakes - A Quick Review 84
Subject Verb Agreement 90

Vocabulary Self-Assessment 95
Answer Key 103
Help with Building your Vocabulary 105

Answer Key 118
Science Tutorials 122
Scientific Method 122
Cell Biology 124
Chromosomes, genes, proteins, RNA and DNA 127
Mitosis and Meiosis 129
Phenotypes and Genotypes 132
Heredity: Genes and Mutation 133
Heredity: Mendelian Inheritance 134
Classification 136
Chemistry 138
Basic Concepts in Chemistry 139
How to Solve Molarity Questions 150
Basic Physics 151
Energy: Work and Power 154
Defining Force and Newton’s Three Laws 156
Force: Friction 158
Fundamental Forces: Electromagnetism 159
Fundamental Forces: Gravity 161
Fundamental Forces: Strong and Weak Nuclear Forces 162
Quantum Mechanics 164
States of Matter 166
Speed, Acceleration and Force Problems 168

Anatomy and Physiology
Self-Assessment 174
Answer Key 179
Anatomy and Physiology Tutorials 181
The Circulatory System 181
The Endocrine System 190
The Integumentary System 196
The Reproductive System 201
The Respiratory System 207
The Skeletal System 211
The Nervous System 217
The Urinary System 222
The Immune System 226

Practice Test Questions Set 1
Answer Key 297
Analyzing your Practice Test Results 316

Practice Test Questions Set 2
Answer Key 377
Analyzing your Practice Test Results 395


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Date Published: Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Date Modified: Thursday, April 8th, 2021

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  1. Maryellen
    May 10, 2019

    Thank you very helpful, good information.

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