HESI Information for Sonography Students

HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2)

General Information for Sonography Students

Beginning spring 2014, students applying to the diagnostic medical sonography program (for program admission starting fall 2015) will be required to take the HESI Admission Assessment Exam including the Critical Thinking exam and the Learning Style Personality Profile. These exams will be available for students in the LCCC testing Center.

The cost of the test is $50.

Click here for important information about the exam.

Students receiving financial aid may print out their exam registration and submit it to the Financial Services Center prior to taking the test.

After completion of the exam, students will be sent their results through email. Students will receive study tips based on their learning style and personality profile as well as given a breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses in each of the areas tested. Students will receive free personalized, electronic remediation once the testing session is completed. After remediation, students can retest (additional $50 charge) after 1 month and within 6 months of their initial test date to improve their composite score. A composite score below 75 on the retest will disqualify the sonography program application. Scores will be valid for a three year period; therefore a three year wait is required prior to a third attempt of the test.  Students are responsible for bringing a copy of their HESI results to an advisor to submit a program application.

Students may purchase the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review, 3rd edition, in the bookstore to prepare for the HESI Admission Assessment Exam.

The following is a brief summary of the different modules on the HESI Admission Assessment exam for the diagnostic medical sonography program.

A2 Content Exams:

  1. Math: 50-item exam.  Focuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, and general math facts that are useful, for example, when calculating drug dosages and solutions. Recommended Time: 50 minutes.
  2. Reading Comprehension: 47-item exam. Reading scenarios that are health related.  Provides reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension, including:  identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc.  The reading scenarios pop up on the screen.  Students can move around the windows to see the entire scenario.  Recommended Time:  60 minutes
  3. Vocabulary and General Knowledge: 50-item exam. Contains basic vocabulary that is often used in health care fields.  Recommended Time: 50 minutes.
  4. Grammar:  50-item exam.  Contains basic grammar, including:  parts of speech, important terms and their uses in grammar, and commonly occurring grammatical errors.   Recommended Time:  50 minutes
  5. Anatomy and Physiology (A&P): 25-item exam. Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.  Recommended Time: 25 minutes.
  6. Biology: 25-item exam. Covers biology basics, water, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, and photosynthesis. Recommended Time: 25 minutes.
  7. Physics: 25-item exam. Contains test items covering: average speed, acceleration, projectile motion, Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction, rotation, uniform circular motion, energy, gravitation, waves and sound, optics, and light. Recommended Time: 50 minutes.

A2 Learning Style/Personality Profile:

  1. Learning Styles: 14-item assessment of preferred learning style. Recommended Time: 15 minutes.
  2. Personality Style: 15-item assessment of personality related to preferred learning style.  Students receive a printout with study tips based on their learning style and personality profile.  Recommended Time: 15 minutes.

Critical Thinking Exam

25–item exam. Evaluates critical thinking ability through analysis of various situations that are common to occur in the healthcare setting. The critical thinking exam includes questions on problem solving, ethical dilemmas and moral issues, conflict resolution and analysis of data.


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