What to expect on the Anatomy and Physiology section of the HESI A2 Exam

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How To Study For The HESI Anatomy and Physiology Section:

The anatomy and physiology section of the HESI exam is one of the most challenging sections for students.

It’s because of this section that many aspiring nursing and other healthcare students have to spend hundreds of dollars retaking the HESI exam.

So let’s have a look at what you absolutely need to know in order to ace the Anatomy and Physiology section of the HESI...the first time around.

  • Focus on broad and general concepts
    • Main body hormones, cellular transport, location of anatomy, etc.) These kinds of questions are always asked on the HESI exam.

  • Know and understand the vocabulary section of each chapter in your Anatomy and Physiology Textbook.
    • Truly understanding the meaning and function of those terms will put ahead of the game.

  • Do not get wrapped up in the details of anatomy and physiology.
    • Over studying can actually get you in trouble, stick to the truly internalizing and understanding the general concepts of anatomy and physiology.

  • There are only 30 HESI questions that will cover two entire semesters of anatomy and physiology.
    • That’s right. You will spend an entire year taking this course and it will come down to 30 little questions.

What’s on the HESI Anatomy and Physiology Section?

All the human body systems,yep all of them...but don’t freak out just yet! Only the general topics of each human body system will be covered in the exam.

    • Anatomical Directional Terms
    • Cells
    • Tissues
    • Skeletal System
    • Muscular System
    • Nervous System
    • The Senses
    • Endocrine System (hormones)
    • Circulatory System (blood)
    • Digestive System
    • Respiratory System
    • Urinary System
    • Reproductive System

What if I don’t know the answer to a HESI question or I’m stuck?

Once you review and brush up on the main concepts of all the human body systems, you will be ready to ace the HESI anatomy and physiology section. There will be one or two questions that may be tricky but if you are unsure of what the answer is, then read this very important test taking strategy that you will also be able to use once you’re in nursing school or the health program of your choice:

Read your answer choices carefully and cut out any answer choice that is funky or does not make sense. Rack your brain through all the A&P knowledge and facts you do KNOW in order to eliminate the answer choices. Knowing and understand the broad concepts of each human body system will allow you to make educated guesses when you see a question you are unsure about.

We promise, if you put in the work and you study smart, you WILL know enough about the other answer choices in order to make an educated guess about the 4th answer to be the correct one.

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  • Indira on

    thank you

  • Terran on

    Send me a free HESI A2 Practice Test!

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