Originally posted by nursejws
Welcome Darby! Congrats on getting accepted into your nursing program. I start my pre-req's in the fall...(if they aren't full by now) I am taking Biology, Life-Span Psychology(online), and Medical Terminology(online).
Could you tell me about the PSB...that's the entrance exam I have to take too?? I hope to start the nursing program Fall 2003. The only pre-req's I have to take are the science courses. So, Bio, A&P I&II, and Micro.
What's happening nursejws?,
The PSB test is a pure nightmare, or at least I thought so. the first part of the test deals with math, geometric type anoligies (funny shapes), and "which word doesn't belong" type questions. You'll have one of each of these type of questions, in that order, for a total of 90 questions for the first part. Oh yeah, did I mention that you'll have 30 minutes to work these problems?!?
The next section deals with spelling
, and I think they're was around 50 or so of them. You get 20 minutes to do these, I think. I've always considered myself to be decent at spelling, but I had never seen most of these words!!! I had even studied "the most commnly misspelled words" from several keyword searches off of the 'net. This didn't seem to help much on that section. I've even had some medical terminology before, and learned a lot of medical type words in A&P, but they were not on the test. I wish I knew what words to tell you to study. I'm just thankful that I don't have to take that test again! There was several people there taking the test for the second and third time. I hate the idea of taking something twice, to GET IT once! I'm sure it would knock the wind out of a person. The third part was dealing with science, and had a lot of A&P, along with some general science, and just a small amount of chemistry (thank God!). The last section was about situations you would encounter while in the nursing field, and it was not really graded, or at least didn't carry much "weight". The test is "weighted", with the first part counting the most on your score. I believe there was five sections to the test, but I can't think of what the fourth section was about. I do know that the first part was a doozy! I really didn't feel like I did very well, and I didn't expect to make it in. There was only 14 spots, and I was really tore up for a few weeks before I got the good news. I don't know how I stacked up against the other students, because the staff will not discuss this with you. All I know for sure is that the Lord is still in the miracle business!
My advice would be to pay attention in your science classes, and take GOOD NOTES ,(keep them for later, because you will use them many times!) because that's what I done the best on. They give you 30 minutes on that test, and I was through in 22 minutes. I can't remember how many questions there were on the science part. All the many hours that I spent in A&P really helped me out, and I was glad that I recognised a lot of the answers. STUDY ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY WELL! You'll be glad you did. Finally, AFTER I had taken the test, I found the PSB web-site, and they gave a few tips and practice questions, but not much. They may have some study materials that you can purchase from them, but I could never get in touch with them by e-mail. Maybe you'll have better luck. Get in touch later, if I can be of help. Thanks for your time. PEACE. Darby