LPN Entrance exam test and interview advice gladly accepted

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    Hi There,

    Originally I was going to take the NET exam to get into this LPN program that only costs $3500 for the whole program. I heard a lot of stories about how hard it is to get into that particular school. 4 tests in one year..and only 40 people picked from all the tests combined. A co-worker of mine told me of this private tech school that still has 4-5 seats open for classes that start next month. She gave me a contact number and I spoke with someone about taking the test. She said I can take the practice test monday. The girl from work, said they usually have you take the exam that day if you are comfortable with it. You have one chance to pass or fail. No retakes. My coworker, Heather, gave me an idea of what was on the test. She said early algebra, fractions, and decimals were on the test, along with reading comprehension. I haven't been to school in 12 years. (I'm 31)

    I just called about this test on Friday, so you can imagine how unprepared I am. Luckily I have the next few nights off of work, so it gives me time to study. I've been studying the math part online to refresh my memory. I was thinking of going to the library tomorrow and seeing if there was any LPN pre-test books to help me cram for the next couple of days. I have tried looking free online for LPN program entrance exams, to no avail. Heather told me she found reading comprehension to be the hardest part of the test, because it has lots of trick questions. Now that part is making me nervous. Also the interview I am scared of too. She only said they will ask why I want to be an LPN and why I want to give up being a CNA to do so. I have a million reasons for both those questions in my head, but I am worried I will get nervous and make an anus out of myself.

    Please any advice on the interview and test would be greatly appreciated. I am afraid all my reasons for wanting to become an LPN won't be good enough for them. Thanks in advance. :imbar

    ---Missy

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    Still looking for advice. I have been studying for hours on end with my math..but I think I could really use advice on the interview to the school. Please, I can't find any information on the web about interview advice. Thank you in advance. This will be be greatly appreciated.

    ---Missy
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    Missy u need to be calm and be truthful during your interview, no one can tell you your reasons for being a LPN is wrong if you have that love and compassion that is needed in being a nurse weather NA,CNA,LPN ect. So think about the reasons you want this and write them down and take them with you... Be very proffesional,smile and give it all you have!! Make sure you keep good eye to eye contact and most of all again be sincere in why you want this...4 one reason it's more money so don't be afraid to say it!!! GOOD LUCK to U p.s. I take my LPN entance exam on WED.5-25 so I know how you feel!!! But we can do this!!Keep the faith!!!
    Quote from ibmissy
    Still looking for advice. I have been studying for hours on end with my math..but I think I could really use advice on the interview to the school. Please, I can't find any information on the web about interview advice. Thank you in advance. This will be be greatly appreciated.

    ---Missy
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    Missy - Some interview tips, dress appropriately. Many people were not accepted into our program (only 30 allowed) because they wore their nose ring or a t shirt to interview. You dont necessarily have to dress up, but clean and neat and well put together. It shows respect for the director who interviews you, for the program, and for yourself. After all if you look sloppy to interview the concern is how will you represent your school in clinical? Also have your "ducks in a row." For example when I went in to interview I was asked for my immunization records and transcripts. I was also peppered with questions such as had I arranged for child care, have I had a dental exam and physical recently (at our school y0u were not excused from class for medical appts.), had my car been checked out recently (if car not reliable, you might not show up for class or clinical on time). I found all this annoying at interview but later realized they were valid questions because in a 10 month program you cant afford to miss days due to poor planning and "preventable" emergencies. As to why you want to be an LPN, be honest but also think of a concise way to say what you want. Dont ramble on and on. Try to appear efficient and in control of things but thats what it takes to get through nursing school and to be a nurse in real life, and thats what they want to see. Good luck, keep us posted!
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    does any body know were to find the LPN pre test so i can see what i need to study
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    check the school if they have study guides, if you have no time for that try searching online for TABE sample tests - nursing program. I am taking my entrance exam on wednesday as well! goodluck to us! :icon_hug:
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    ^BUMP.

    Sorry, but I'm gonna go off topic because I don't find this one question thread-worthy. I plan to take the NET soon and was wondering if you get to use a calculator. Obviously not on the arithmetic where you add 722.546 + 7777.0012, but what about the other parts involving math, physics, etc?
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    Quote from JaredCNA
    ^BUMP.

    Sorry, but I'm gonna go off topic because I don't find this one question thread-worthy. I plan to take the NET soon and was wondering if you get to use a calculator. Obviously not on the arithmetic where you add 722.546 + 7777.0012, but what about the other parts involving math, physics, etc?
    Physics? I didn't even need that for RN school. Things must have changed over the years.
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    Physics?? No, no physics on an entrance exam that I've ever taken. Physics is an advanced class, nothing you NEED nor HAVE to have skills in, in order to gain entrance into an LPN or RN school.

    We were allowed calculators for our entrance exam. Even for the simple adding and subtracting. We aren't allowed to use calculators for any tests or things like that in class.

    Whats sad is, because we were allowed to use calculators, many people who gained entrance into our class, really shouldn't have. They don't possess BASIC math skills that you learned in grammar school. And now they moan and groan about not having a "formal" math class because "we are expected to know this math and no one is teaching us" UMM..you're kidding right?! The first requirement in order to even TEST to get in is a high school diploma or a GED. If they have either of those the DID learn that math!

    I have had several classmates ask me (I am 100% serious here) which number goes IN the division sign and which one goes out..for example, 2789/56..they really don't comprehend which number is being divided by which....scarey!

    Ok, off topic there, but it depends on the school if they allow calculators for their entrance exam and in class. But I high doubt any entrance exam has physics on it.
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    Well, I bought CliffsTestPrep for Nursing School Entrance Exams and it seemed to have some VERY basic physics on it but they were more related to using math formulas. IE- what is the mass of an of object if the weight is..., etc.

    Of course, I don't know how accurate the book is, but I like it. It covers like, all four years of high school in 30 pages. lol


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