The HESI Grammar test consists of 50 multiple choice questions which must be completed within 50 minutes. This section of the test covers basic grammar including parts of speech, important terms and their uses, and common grammatical errors.
Working through our free HESI Grammar practice test will help ensure that you are fully prepared.
HESI Grammar Practice Test
These HESI Grammar practice questions have the same format and blueprints that mirror actual credentialing exams.
Question 1. Select the best word for the blank in the following sentence.
The alarm needs to be loud enough for all patients to ___.
Question 2. Cassie was ___ about the water cycle in fourth grade.
Question 3. Quinten ___ up five minutes after his alarm was supposed to go off.
Question 4. Which word in the following sentence is a pronoun?
Kalica wasn’t sure if she was sick or just hadn’t gotten enough sleep.
Question 5. Which of the following sentences is declarative?
A. Fill out the prescription.
B. Sanitize your hands before greeting a patient.
C. Is the pharmacy still open at this hour?
D. It is quite gloomy out today.✅
Question 6. Which word in the following sentence is not used correctly?
Leena sat among her parents since she couldn’t find any of her friends sitting in the crowd.
Question 7. Which word in the following sentence is used incorrectly?
It was her poor academic performance that had the biggest effect on her mental health.
Question 8. Which word in the following sentence is a verb?
The job offer was so good, I couldn’t possibly refuse.
Question 9. Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?
A. Did you see John and me out to dinner last night?✅
B. Roberta said Frank and I would make a great couple.
C. You and me should go see a movie.
D. Allie went with Wendell and I to the farmer’s market.
Question 10. Which word in the sentence is used incorrectly?
I was not sure who’s child could have been so bad as to color on the walls.
Question 11. Select the best word or phrase for the blank in the following sentence.
Oftentimes, the winner of a football game is the team with _____ penalties.
B. the least
D. the fewest
Question 12. Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?
A. The pediatrician of all three of Rasha’s siblings are registered in both the state of Vermont and the state of New Hampshire.
B. Either Walter or Priyanka are in room 12.
C. The nurses, although wanting to relax on lunch break, searches for their coworker’s missing phone.
D. Samuel and I wear our identification badges at all times while on the hospital’s campus.✅
Question 13. Select the best word for the blank in the following sentence.
I heard Xander ____ a rare, first edition copy of Leaves of Grass.
Question 14. What is the predicate of the following sentence?
Larissa felt refreshed after her workout.
A. felt refreshed after her workout✅
B. felt refreshed
C. after her workout
D. Larissa felt
Question 15. Which of the following sentences is imperative?
A. That woman needs assistance.
B. Check the patient’s chart.✅
C. Has the doctor been to exam room 4 yet?
D. The patient is not allowed to walk on her own.
Question 16. Select the best word for the blank in the following sentence.
It was ____ who forgot to refill the hand sanitizer dispenser.
Question 17. Select the best word for the blank in the following sentence.
Jessica needs to ___ down.
Question 18. Select the sentence that is grammatically correct.
A. The exercises were recommended to me by my physical therapist, which should speed up the healing process in my knee.
B. The nurse gave me a juice box and a cookie, which should help me replenish my energy after donating blood.✅
C. The doctor recommended that I eat less sugar instead of cutting out meat, which would help me lose weight faster.
D. The exam was written by my least favorite professor, which was the hardest exam I’ve ever taken.
Question 19. Choose the sentence that is grammatically correct.
A. Her’s was the best pie in the competition.
B. My dads the one that usually cooks dinner for the family.
C. The Johnson’s were a nice family.
D. The cat liked to hide its toys under the couch.✅
Question 20. Select the best word to complete the following sentence.
The pharmacy technician wanted to ____ her career in the medical industry by going to pharmacy school.
Question 21. Which word in the following sentence is a noun?
Although the accident looked ugly, it appeared no one was severely injured.
Question 22. Select the best word for the blank in the following sentence.
The student performed ____ on his midterm exam.
Question 23. Which of the following sentences is interrogative?
A. She needs intubated.
B. The doctor prescribed an inhaler for her asthma.
C. Has she received her medication for the day?✅
D. You were supposed to tell them that visiting hours are over!
Question 24. Which word in the following sentence is an adjective?
Hassan was the school math whiz, but he could also write beautiful poetry.
Question 25. Which word or phrase in the following sentence is a subordinating conjunction?
The employees still enjoyed the company retreat even though it rained.
B. it rained
D. even though✅
Question 26. Which word in the following sentence is used incorrectly?
Tricia’s parents weren’t sure whom was teaching Tricia to play the piano so well.
Question 27. Which of the following sentences contains a predicate nominative?
A. The woman sitting in the corner booth is my friend.✅
B. The woman sitting in the corner booth is beautiful.
C. I saw a woman at the restaurant that was wearing the same shirt as me.
D. The woman at the restaurant spoke loudly and demanded her meal be sent back.
Question 28. Which word in the following sentence is an interjection?
Uh-oh, it looks like Annabelle is interrupting every conversation with her opinions again.
Question 29. Select the sentence that is grammatically incorrect.
A. Sandra accepted that the patient needed to be moved to hospice care.
B. Blake was ready to undergo cosmetic surgery, except her mom didn’t want to pay for it.
C. It appeared to the doctor that the little girl could not except that her arm was broken.✅
D. The physical therapy patient needed to accept that she was not an exception and required a lengthy recovery process.
Question 30. Select the word that best completes the following sentence.
Give two cookies to ____ donates a pint of blood.
Question 31. Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?
A. Kyle went to the hospital because of the affects his new medication had on his blood pressure.
B. The professor wondered if she should have assigned less problems for the homework over Thanksgiving break.
C. Amara’s sister, Kat, agreed that whoever made dinner was responsible for the dishes.✅
D. Ibrahim’s mother and father is looking forward to his graduation.
Question 32. In the following sentence, which is the dependent clause?
As soon as your lunch break is over, head to room 12.
A. head to room 12
B. as soon as your lunch break is over✅
C. break is over, head
D. as your lunch break
Question 33. Which word in the following sentence is grammatically incorrect?
Neither Jeremiah nor Yousef have seen a dermatologist about the effects of psoriasis.
Question 34. Which word in the sentence is used incorrectly?
It took less then seven minutes for the ambulance to arrive on the scene.
Question 35. Select the best words for the blanks in the following sentence.
Roger ____ assist the patients _____ want help getting to and from the bathroom.
A. can; that✅
B. may; which
C. may; that
D. can; which
Question 36. Select the word that makes this sentence grammatically correct.
Sonya ___ have wanted family to bring her favorite meal if the hospital had allowed outside food.
Question 37. Which word is used incorrectly in the following sentence?
The amount of people still in the waiting room is inexcusable.
Question 38. Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?
A. Robert performed bad in his senior recital.
B. I feel badly about what I said to my friend.
C. Our professor spoke badly of our performance on the exam.✅
D. My dog acts bad when we have guests over.
Question 39. Select the word that best completes the following sentence.
The confused patient wasn’t sure whose clothes she was wearing, but I assured her they were _____.
Question 40. Select the sentence that is grammatically correct.
A. I didn’t want to bring the uneaten food from the patient.
B. Sarah wasn’t sure what dish she wanted to take for her family to the reunion.
C. Amir is hungry and took the last apple.
D. She brought an extra blanket for her daughter to feel the comforts of home.✅
Question 41. Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?
A. It is important to wipe down all surfaces, twice, that have come in contact with bodily fluids, like blood.
B. She knew that if the test results came back negative.
C. A dysplastic nevus, also called an abnormal mole, should be removed to decrease the chances of a patient getting skin cancer.✅
D. Distrust of modern medicine, is a common problem that has led to ailments advancing from not seeing a doctor, and movements such as the anti-vax movement.
Question 42. Which word in the following sentence is a preposition?
The first hour of her shift was exhausting.
Question 43. Which word is an adverb in the following sentence?
She runs often to keep her heart healthy and strong.
Question 44. What is the independent clause of the following sentence?
Despite the danger of the icy roads, Melanie arrived on time.
A. Despite the danger of the icy roads
B. Melanie arrived on time✅
C. of the icy roads
D. arrived on time
Question 45. Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?
A. Karen believed that vaccines caused autism, however, there is no scientific evidence for this.
B. The hospital, which was already understaffed, had to ask nearby health facilities for help during an influx of flu patients.✅
C. The substance which has been studied for over two decades, has just now been approved by the FDA.
D. The patient was born in January, 1998.
Question 46. Which word in the following sentence is the indirect object?
I threw the ball across the park to my dog.
Question 47. What is the direct object of the following sentence?
When requested, the assistant handed the surgeon the scalpel.
Question 48. Select the abbreviation that best completes the following sentence.
Those a part of Generation X ( ___ those born between 1965 and 1980) are particularly concerned about cardiovascular disease.
Question 49. Which of the following sentences contains a predicate adjective?
A. The long-term effects of the new medicine have not been thoroughly studied.
B. The patient is unhappy with the level of care he is receiving.✅
C. Her mother was her greatest supporter.
D. Justin yelled loudly at his father.
Question 50. Select the word not used correctly in the following sentence.
Vivian could always be found between the plants of her flourishing garden.