HESI Exams: Consequences and Remediation

Maria E. Lauer, Mary J. Yoho

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A growing body of knowledge supports the use of Elsevier's standardized HESI exams as an admission criterion to evaluate ongoing student performance and curricular outcomes and to measure students' preparedness for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Because a plethora of research indicates that the HESI Exit Exam (E2) is a valid predictor of NCLEX-RN success, faculty often designate a benchmark E2 score that students are required to achieve. Students who do not achieve the faculty-designated benchmark score are required to remediate and retest with a parallel version of the E2 to determine the effectiveness of the remediation and to reevaluate the student's preparedness for the licensure exam. This study compared mean E2 scores of students who attended schools that attached consequences to E2 scores with students who attended schools that did not attach consequences to E2 scores. Based on data obtained from the Eighth Validity Study Questionnaire, findings indicated that E2 scores were significantly higher (P < .01) in schools that associated consequences with failure to achieve the faculty-designated E2 score and were also significantly higher (P < .01) in schools that required, rather than merely suggested remediation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S22-S27
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number2 SUPPL1
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • HESI
  • Nursing education
  • Online learning
  • Remediation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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