It’s summer! Time for fun and relaxation! I wish that for you, friends. But today, while you soak up the sun, wade in the surf, or fire up the grill, I’m taking an entrance exam.
The HESI A2 exam is mandatory for my program of study. I’m only a pre-Radiologic Science major until I pass this test. I’ve studied for weeks, but I’m still nervous. Did I study enough? Did I study the correct topics?
I have four hours to complete 50 Math questions, 50 Vocabulary, 47 Reading Comprehension, 25 Biology, and 25 Anatomy/Physiology. I have to score at least an 80, and I can take the exam twice. That’s not so bad, right?
Today is my only opportunity. The Test Coordinator won’t administer another HESI test this year, and my results must be on file with the Radiology department by December.
Students are only accepted into the program once a year. If I’m not accepted into the program in January of 2016, it will be January of 2017 before they’ll consider my application. Translation? If I don’t pass this test, I change my major.
Tests have a way of bringing out the best and worst in me. I love learning, but now that I’m past 40—and menopausal—my concentration and memory are nil. I’m disciplined enough to study for hours each day, but I grumble and complain, furious at myself for not mastering these subjects earlier in life.
I’ll know my score the moment my test is complete. I’ll post an update this afternoon. Prayers are appreciated!
How do you prepare for life-changing events, or even weekly goals? Do you have suggestions to deal with stress? I’d love to hear how you persevere!