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This is the HESI Grammar and VocabularyPractice Test. You have1 hour and forty-five minutes to complete 105 questions. Please answer each question and read all directions before beginning a section.

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      The little girl wanted he to read a story to her.

    • B. 

      The little girl wanted his to read a story to her.

    • C. 

      The little girl wanted him to read a story to her.

    • D. 

      The little girl wanted himself to read a story to her.

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Cafeteria

    • B. 

      Milieu

    • C. 

      Metabolism

    • D. 

      Component

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      The minimum number of members needed to be present for a vote to be valid

    • B. 

      The protocol used when a sterile field must be maintained

    • C. 

      A math term naming the answer in a division question

    • D. 

      The preferred inoculation site for a newborn infant

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      Subscription

    • B. 

      Prescription

    • C. 

      Recipe

    • D. 

      Receipt

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      The fireman bravely entered the burning building.

    • B. 

      The nurse told the family, "I'm sorry, your father has passed away."

    • C. 

      The orderly was laughing about the patient's vomiting episode.

    • D. 

      Her husband was overjoyed when she told him she was pregnant.

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Creditors

    • B. 

      Offspring

    • C. 

      Hereditary disease

    • D. 

      Health status

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      Increase

    • B. 

      Reduction

    • C. 

      Strength

    • D. 

      Appearance

  • 8. 
    What is the best description for the word laceration?
    • A. 

      The means by which nursing mothers produce milk for their babies

    • B. 

      A deep, ragged tear

    • C. 

      A medical term used to describe the removal of the tear ducts

    • D. 

      An intolerance of dairy products

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      The nurse spoke to my sister and I about our mother's condition.

    • B. 

      The nurse spoke to my sister and me about our mother's condition.

    • C. 

      The nurse spoke to me and my sister about our mother's condition.

    • D. 

      The nurse spoke to I and my sister about our mother's condition.

  • 10. 
    The nurse noted in the chart, "The patient is lethargic." How was the patient behaving?
    • A. 

      Pacing the halls, yelling at the staff

    • B. 

      Difficult to arouse

    • C. 

      Shaking uncontrollably

    • D. 

      Not responding to painful stimuli

  • 11. 
    What is the best description for the word contraction?
    • A. 

      Spasm

    • B. 

      Decrease

    • C. 

      Treaty

    • D. 

      Moderate

  • 12. 
    What is another word for skull?
    • A. 

      Spine

    • B. 

      Ability

    • C. 

      Cranium

    • D. 

      Zygote

  • 13. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.In medicine, the desired outcome is recovery.
    • A. 

      Expectation

    • B. 

      Analysis

    • C. 

      Wished for

    • D. 

      Diagnosis

  • 14. 
    Select the word or phrase that makes this sentence grammatically correct.She has always been afraid of _____________ to the doctor.
    • A. 

      Have gone

    • B. 

      Going

    • C. 

      To go

    • D. 

      Go

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      The part of the heart that receives blood from the lungs

    • B. 

      Urgent

    • C. 

      The part of the body farthest from the injury

    • D. 

      Empathetic

  • 16. 
    What is the best description for the term triage?
    • A. 

      The stand with three legs used to support an IV pump

    • B. 

      The order in which patients are to be treated

    • C. 

      The physician's prescription for a drug to be taken three times a day

    • D. 

      The shift for nursing duty beginning at 3 pm and ending at 11 pm

  • 17. 
    Select the word or phrase that makes this sentence grammatically correct. I want __________ to sing.
    • A. 

      He

    • B. 

      His

    • C. 

      Him

    • D. 

      Himself

  • 18. 
    Which word means "the thickness of a liquid"?
    • A. 

      Viscosity

    • B. 

      Zygote

    • C. 

      Sublingual

    • D. 

      Adhesion

  • 19. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The client's condition was exacerbated in the fall.
    • A. 

      Improved

    • B. 

      Made worse

    • C. 

      Eliminated

    • D. 

      Created a scar

  • 20. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.His skin was unevenly pigmented by the disease.
    • A. 

      Scarred

    • B. 

      Spotted

    • C. 

      Broken

    • D. 

      Colored

  • 21. 
    Select the word or phrase that will make the sentence grammatically correct.The patient asked the doctor to help him complete the ______________ needed to approve the surgery.
    • A. 

      From

    • B. 

      Form

    • C. 

      Pillow

    • D. 

      Syringe

  • 22. 
    • A. 

      Digestive system

    • B. 

      Processing reaction

    • C. 

      Respiratory rate

    • D. 

      Obesity

  • 23. 
    Select the word or phrase that makes this sentence grammatically correct.She has lived in Texas ___________________ she was a child.
    • A. 

      Since

    • B. 

      For

    • C. 

      From

    • D. 

      During

  • 24. 
    What is the best description for the term combination?
    • A. 

      Putting two or more things together

    • B. 

      The beginning of a fire

    • C. 

      The reason for an action

    • D. 

      The change seen when a drug is administered

  • 25. 
    What is the best description for the term febrile?
    • A. 

      Mental incompetence

    • B. 

      Having a fever

    • C. 

      Pregnant

    • D. 

      Having clogged sinuses

  • 26. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The medication will make the patient photosensitive.
    • A. 

      Unable to eat citrus fruit

    • B. 

      Easily burned when in direct sunlight

    • C. 

      Nauseated

    • D. 

      Impotent

  • 27. 
    • A. 

      After

    • B. 

      Among

    • C. 

      Between

    • D. 

      Before

  • 28. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The nurse was keeping careful watch on the patient's respiration.
    • A. 

      Breathing

    • B. 

      Skin color

    • C. 

      Pulse

    • D. 

      Diet

  • 29. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The nurse must asses the patient's symptoms.
    • A. 

      Choose the most life-threatening of

    • B. 

      Report to the health care provider about

    • C. 

      Observe and make note of

    • D. 

      Eliminate

  • 30. 
    • A. 

      Regime

    • B. 

      Regimen

    • C. 

      Supposition

    • D. 

      Substitution

  • 31. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The nurse gave instructions to the patient on the care of his renal disease.
    • A. 

      Fatal

    • B. 

      Kidney

    • C. 

      Heart

    • D. 

      Lung

  • 32. 
    Which sentence is grammatically correct?
    • A. 

      She put the carton of milk into the refrigerator.

    • B. 

      Her put the carton of milk into the refrigerator.

    • C. 

      Herself put the carton of milk into the refrigerator.

    • D. 

      Ours put the carton of milk into the refrigerator.

  • 33. 
    Select the word or phrase that makes this sentence grammatically correct.Every morning after a shower, I shave __________________.
    • A. 

      Me

    • B. 

      Myself

    • C. 

      Mine

    • D. 

      My

  • 34. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The medication was given sublingually.
    • A. 

      Under the eyelid

    • B. 

      Under the tongue

    • C. 

      By nasal inhaler

    • D. 

      By injection

  • 35. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence. The patient went into spasm.
    • A. 

      Unconsciousness

    • B. 

      Convulsion

    • C. 

      Coronary arrest

    • D. 

      Remission

  • 36. 
    • A. 

      Lap

    • B. 

      Test

    • C. 

      Diagnosis

    • D. 

      Round shape

  • 37. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The prescription called for administration of hte medication q.i.d.
    • A. 

      Once daily

    • B. 

      Four times a day

    • C. 

      Every 8 hours

    • D. 

      At bedtime

  • 38. 
    Select the word or phrase that will make the sentence grammatically correct. It is always a good idea to _______________ any exam.
    • A. 

      Answer

    • B. 

      Rest on

    • C. 

      Prepare for

    • D. 

      Cram

  • 39. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence. When examined, the laboring mother was at 50% dilation.
    • A. 

      Blood pressure

    • B. 

      Cervical opening

    • C. 

      Birth process

    • D. 

      Exhumation

  • 40. 
    • A. 

      Complete

    • B. 

      First

    • C. 

      Incomplete

    • D. 

      Discharge

  • 41. 
    What is the best description for the term fracture?
    • A. 

      Break

    • B. 

      Brake

    • C. 

      Cut

    • D. 

      Cure

  • 42. 
    To implement something is to ___________________.
    • A. 

      Prevent it from occurring

    • B. 

      Emphasize the importance of

    • C. 

      Cause it to happen

    • D. 

      Follow from the beginning to end

  • 43. 
    • A. 

      Applicable

    • B. 

      Obtainable

    • C. 

      Presentable

    • D. 

      Factual

  • 44. 
    • A. 

      Of

    • B. 

      Culture

    • C. 

      To locate

    • D. 

      Each other

  • 45. 
    Posterior refers to what part of the body?
    • A. 

      Topmost

    • B. 

      Lowermost

    • C. 

      Front

    • D. 

      Back

  • 46. 
    Select the word or phrase that makes this sentence grammatically correct. He tried to _____________ the entire length of the hall by himself, but had to call for assistance halfway down.
    • A. 

      Walk

    • B. 

      Wake

    • C. 

      Walking

    • D. 

      Waking

  • 47. 
    • A. 

      Easily observed

    • B. 

      Subtle

    • C. 

      Intestinal

    • D. 

      Feverish

  • 48. 
    • A. 

      Expand

    • B. 

      Open

    • C. 

      Mature

    • D. 

      Obverse

  • 49. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence. Exogenous factors will affect the patient's well-being.
    • A. 

      Produced outside the body

    • B. 

      Produced within the body

    • C. 

      Produced by the kidneys

    • D. 

      Hereditary

  • 50. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence. Endogenous factors were responsible for his illness.
    • A. 

      Produced within the body

    • B. 

      Produced outside the body

    • C. 

      Polluting

    • D. 

      Hemocratic

  • 51. 
    Which word is not spelled correctly in the context of this sentence?The nurse went form room to room looking for the missing patient.
    • A. 

      Patient

    • B. 

      Form

    • C. 

      Nurse

    • D. 

      Missing

  • 52. 
    • A. 

      Physician

    • B. 

      Unecessary

    • C. 

      Explain

    • D. 

      Procedure

  • 53. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence. The nurse observed that the skin around the sore was inflamed.
    • A. 

      Blanched

    • B. 

      Covered with a scab

    • C. 

      Cool to the touch

    • D. 

      Reddened

  • 54. 
    Select the word or phrase that makes this sentence grammatically correct.The child cried, "I want to do it ______________!"
    • A. 

      Mine

    • B. 

      Me

    • C. 

      Myself

    • D. 

      Meself

  • 55. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The potent medication reduced the symptoms almost immediately.
    • A. 

      Correct

    • B. 

      Strong

    • C. 

      Liquid

    • D. 

      Tablet

  • 56. 
    • A. 

      Occasional

    • B. 

      Convulsive

    • C. 

      Discreet

    • D. 

      Soft

  • 57. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence. The precipitous change was considered a good thing.
    • A. 

      Difficult

    • B. 

      Abrupt

    • C. 

      Gentle

    • D. 

      Unanticipated

  • 58. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The rationale for the therapy was to increase the patient's range of motion.
    • A. 

      Prescription

    • B. 

      Outcome

    • C. 

      Goal

    • D. 

      Reason

  • 59. 
    • A. 

      Violent

    • B. 

      Casual

    • C. 

      Unseemly

    • D. 

      Capricious

  • 60. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The doctor's verbal prescription was implemented immediately.
    • A. 

      Narcotic

    • B. 

      Oral

    • C. 

      Written

    • D. 

      Current

  • 61. 
    What word is a synonym for spit?
    • A. 

      Expectorate

    • B. 

      Exfoliate

    • C. 

      Sputum

    • D. 

      Saliva

  • 62. 
    Which word is not spelled correctly in the context of the sentence?The ICU nurse-manger wanted all staff to sign the letter complaining about working hours at the unit.
    • A. 

      ICU

    • B. 

      Sign

    • C. 

      Manger

    • D. 

      Complaining

  • 63. 
    Select the word or phrase that makes this sentence grammatically correct. The patient was __________ cold, so he asked the nurse for another blanket.
    • A. 

      Not

    • B. 

      Too

    • C. 

      To much

    • D. 

      So much

  • 64. 
    • A. 

      She felt is was a breach of ethics to divulge the information.

    • B. 

      The pregnant woman was in danger of having a breach birth.

    • C. 

      The breech between the intestinal wall and urethra was life-threatening.

    • D. 

      The breech of confidentiality was reported to the head nurse.

  • 65. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The practical nurse is planning to administer a transdermal medication.
    • A. 

      Applied directly to the skin

    • B. 

      Injected just barely under the skin

    • C. 

      Injected in the tissue just below the skin layer

    • D. 

      Directly under the tongue

  • 66. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The bride decided to expand the number of people invited to the wedding.
    • A. 

      Decrease

    • B. 

      Increase

    • C. 

      Widen

    • D. 

      Reduce

  • 67. 
    Select the word or phrase that will make the sentence grammatically correct.The nurse completed the _______________ incorrectly.
    • A. 

      From

    • B. 

      Form

    • C. 

      Pillow

    • D. 

      Syringe

  • 68. 
    • A. 

      Dry

    • B. 

      Whole

    • C. 

      Uncovered

    • D. 

      Secure

  • 69. 
    Select the correct meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The office worker signed the contract for the new boss.
    • A. 

      Letter

    • B. 

      Receipt

    • C. 

      Agreement

    • D. 

      Card

  • 70. 
    • A. 

      Never tried

    • B. 

      Tried to

    • C. 

      Has never

    • D. 

      Been in

  • 71. 
    Select the correct meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The boys did not realize that their parents would be accountable for the boys' misbehavior.
    • A. 

      Unhappy

    • B. 

      Responsible

    • C. 

      Livid

    • D. 

      Keeping score

  • 72. 
    Which sentence is grammatically correct?
    • A. 

      Do you know when comes the bus?

    • B. 

      Do you know while bus comes?

    • C. 

      Do you know when the bus will come?

    • D. 

      Do you know how soon bus come?

  • 73. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The nurse told the patient, "You're so obtuse!"
    • A. 

      Overweight

    • B. 

      Ignorant

    • C. 

      Easy to read

    • D. 

      Uncaring

  • 74. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence. Being bilingual is an advantage for a nurse.
    • A. 

      Able to speak more than one language.

    • B. 

      Able to use either hand with equal skill and ease

    • C. 

      Not squeamish when seeing blood

    • D. 

      Can remember everything that is read

  • 75. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The nurse is accountable for patient safety.
    • A. 

      Available

    • B. 

      Always sure

    • C. 

      Responsible

    • D. 

      Documenting

  • 76. 
    • A. 

      Charting must be accurate and concise.

    • B. 

      Patients and families are encouraged by fluency of the nurse.

    • C. 

      Good grammar helps the nurse better understand the instructions given.

    • D. 

      Good grammar is polite.

    • E. 

      Correct speaking is a sign of intelligence.

  • 77. 
    Select the word or phrase that makes this sentence grammatically correct.When will you be able to go to the movies with ______________?
    • A. 

      Me

    • B. 

      I

    • C. 

      Myself

    • D. 

      Ourselves

  • 78. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence. The nurse noticed an audible gurgle when doing a physical examination on the patient.
    • A. 

      Observable

    • B. 

      Spasmodic

    • C. 

      Ominous

    • D. 

      Perceptible

  • 79. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The parameters of medical ethics require the nurse to report instances of suspected child abuse.
    • A. 

      Laws

    • B. 

      Limits

    • C. 

      Common sense

    • D. 

      Structure

  • 80. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.To alleviate his pain, the nurse gave the patient a PRN medication.
    • A. 

      Pinpoint

    • B. 

      Relocate

    • C. 

      Eradicate

    • D. 

      Reduce

  • 81. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence. It is not wise to skimp on personal hygiene.
    • A. 

      Measures contributing to cleanliness and good health

    • B. 

      Financial resources available through the employment department

    • C. 

      Insurance

    • D. 

      Friendliness

  • 82. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.The nurse noticed an abrupt change in the patient's level of pain.
    • A. 

      Slow

    • B. 

      Acute

    • C. 

      Subtle

    • D. 

      Sudden

  • 83. 
    Decomposition is the process of enzymes digesting food. Another name for this process is ______________.
    • A. 

      Degeneration

    • B. 

      Dialysis

    • C. 

      Lysis

    • D. 

      Lymph

  • 84. 
    Select the word or phrase that will make the sentence grammatically correct. Because I want to go to the movies later, I am going ____________ my homework now.
    • A. 

      Doing

    • B. 

      To do

    • C. 

      Be doing

    • D. 

      To doing

  • 85. 
    The patient fractured the lateral portion of the hip bone, which is known as the ________________.
    • A. 

      Ilium

    • B. 

      Ileum

    • C. 

      Icterus

    • D. 

      Ileus

  • 86. 
    • A. 

      Early diagnosis

    • B. 

      Education about use of seat belts

    • C. 

      Community immunization programs

    • D. 

      Return to wellness

  • 87. 
    • A. 

      The patient's emotional adjustment to the heart attack

    • B. 

      The family and home problems

    • C. 

      Conditions that might impair cardiac functioning

    • D. 

      Factors that impair the client's well-being

  • 88. 
    • A. 

      The data

    • B. 

      Confirms

    • C. 

      Is

    • D. 

      Immediately

  • 89. 
    Which word can be defined as a truth, a rule, or a law?
    • A. 

      Prescription

    • B. 

      Tort

    • C. 

      Principle

    • D. 

      Malpractice

  • 90. 
    • A. 

      Meek

    • B. 

      Week

    • C. 

      Firm

    • D. 

      Tame

  • 91. 
    A person who is ravenous is ______________________.
    • A. 

      Generous

    • B. 

      Outspoken

    • C. 

      Friendly

    • D. 

      Hungry

  • 92. 
    Select the correct order or words to fit in the sentence structure. The nursing _______________ put the Band-________ on the wound to ___________ the nurse.
    • A. 

      Aid, aide, aide

    • B. 

      Aide, aid, aid

    • C. 

      Aid, aide, aid

    • D. 

      Aide, aid, aide

  • 93. 
    Select the word or phrase that makes this sentence grammatically correct. He sat _____________ Holly and Mary on the bus.
    • A. 

      Though

    • B. 

      Through

    • C. 

      Among

    • D. 

      Between

  • 94. 
    • A. 

      A prim and proper person

    • B. 

      An unmarried woman

    • C. 

      A frequent traveler

    • D. 

      A greedy person

  • 95. 
    In the last election, 110,000 votes were cast. Candidate A received 60,000 votes, and 50,000 votes were divided between candidates B and C. Which statement indicates the outcome of this election?
    • A. 

      Candidate A has a plurality of 10,000 votes

    • B. 

      Candidate B has fewer votes than candidate C.

    • C. 

      Candidate A has a majority of 10,000 votes.

    • D. 

      Candidate C has a minority of votes.

  • 96. 
    Based on Freud's theory, the "superego" ______________.
    • A. 

      Contains rigid rules

    • B. 

      Is instinctive

    • C. 

      Directs motor activity

    • D. 

      Defines growth and development

  • 97. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence.Her flushed appearance was noted by the nurse during the examination.
    • A. 

      Pale

    • B. 

      Excited

    • C. 

      Ruddy

    • D. 

      Indifferent

  • 98. 
    Select the word or phrase that makes this sentence grammatically correct. The hospital is located on the top ____________ the hill.
    • A. 

      In

    • B. 

      Of

    • C. 

      On

    • D. 

      Which

  • 99. 
    • A. 

      Confines

    • B. 

      Milieu

    • C. 

      Program

    • D. 

      Brochure

  • 100. 
    Select the word or phrase that will make the sentence grammatically correct. The hunter has a ____________________ to Field and Stream.
    • A. 

      Subscription

    • B. 

      Prescription

    • C. 

      Premonition

    • D. 

      Consequence

  • 101. 
    • A. 

      Number

    • B. 

      Amount

    • C. 

      Aggregate

    • D. 

      Stacks

  • 102. 
    • A. 

      Us

    • B. 

      We

    • C. 

      Wee

    • D. 

      Ourselves

  • 103. 
    Select the meaning of the underlined word in the sentence. The proliferation of text messaging among teens has alarmed parents.
    • A. 

      Increase

    • B. 

      Summarization

    • C. 

      Ambiance

    • D. 

      Rampant

  • 104. 
    What is the meaning of laceration?
    • A. 

      The best way to learn a new thing

    • B. 

      A deep, ragged tear

    • C. 

      Getting caught cheating

    • D. 

      Punishment

  • 105. 
    • A. 

      Indolent

    • B. 

      Lazy

    • C. 

      Sleepy

    • D. 

      Energetic