UPMC - PSB-RN Exam - page 4

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Has anyone taken the PSB-RN Exam for the UPMC nursing programs? I took mine today and am not sure how I did. There was not enough time to finish the verbal, spatial, math section. I didn't think it was hard, but I only... Read More


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    Quote from sali22
    Same here, I habe been applying for like a year now
    I kept applying through the website and got nothing; once I called the nursing recruiter and asked about jobs as a PCT as a student nurse I got hired right away. There used to be a spot on the UPMC website with the info/number, but I'm not finding it now.
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    so here is some food for thought...i took mercy on the 14th, and then shadyside on the 21st. same exact test. got my mercy tests results in the mail on tuesday, and i BOMBED them. terrible terrible terrible. i was horrified. of course i assumed shadyside would be about the same and to start thinking of other avenues. well. i got a message wednesday from shadyside that my results were in and i did great and to get my application going. i got the results in the mail today and somehow score 50% higher on math and 60% higher on verbal. no joke. i don't know what happened or how, but at least i passed one!!
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    Quote from melisk1226
    so here is some food for thought...i took mercy on the 14th, and then shadyside on the 21st. same exact test. got my mercy tests results in the mail on tuesday, and i BOMBED them. terrible terrible terrible. i was horrified. of course i assumed shadyside would be about the same and to start thinking of other avenues. well. i got a message wednesday from shadyside that my results were in and i did great and to get my application going. i got the results in the mail today and somehow score 50% higher on math and 60% higher on verbal. no joke. i don't know what happened or how, but at least i passed one!!
    that's so crazy! are you going to be moving forward with shadyside?
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    Quote from melisk1226
    so here is some food for thought...i took mercy on the 14th, and then shadyside on the 21st. same exact test. got my mercy tests results in the mail on tuesday, and i BOMBED them. terrible terrible terrible. i was horrified. of course i assumed shadyside would be about the same and to start thinking of other avenues. well. i got a message wednesday from shadyside that my results were in and i did great and to get my application going. i got the results in the mail today and somehow score 50% higher on math and 60% higher on verbal. no joke. i don't know what happened or how, but at least i passed one!!
    Congrats!!! I took St Margaret's on the 24th waiting for results. I'm nervous but keeping hope alive. I've been trying to get in a program for a while now. Finally, get to go during the day since there is a strong possibility I will be furloughed from work. I pray I can get in there starting in June.
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    Got my results and I didn't pass. I think when I studied for the science portion I studied too much. The book I bought was too much information. Does anyone know a good book to study from for the PSB science?
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    I would check out the library. I took out a couple of books and paid extra attention to the questions similar in both of their practice test sections. I noticed that there were a lot of overlapping practice questions about diffusion and mitosis/meiosis (among other topics), so I assumed they would be on the test. Usually when you overstudy it's when you try to cram in too much information in too little time. If you take your time and go through the info bit by bit you should be okay. I would also write down the topics you remember from the exam and make sure you learn those.
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    Quote from melisk1226
    so here is some food for thought...i took mercy on the 14th, and then shadyside on the 21st. same exact test. got my mercy tests results in the mail on tuesday, and i BOMBED them. terrible terrible terrible. i was horrified. of course i assumed shadyside would be about the same and to start thinking of other avenues. well. i got a message wednesday from shadyside that my results were in and i did great and to get my application going. i got the results in the mail today and somehow score 50% higher on math and 60% higher on verbal. no joke. i don't know what happened or how, but at least i passed one!!
    This is akin to academic dishonesty and others have been denied from these programs for doing it. The registrations clearly say thatyou have to have a 60 day lapse between retest or proof of remediation. Though it might not have been your intention, it's very easy with the psb, to take the test and figure out what you need to study up on, then take it at a different campus and get a better score.

    People have tried this and not been successful and with an academic dishonesty claim against you you won't get into anyone the upmc schools regardless of your scores.

    I seriously would talk to the Natalie B, at Shadyside before you apply to either place and at least try to give them a heads up aboutyour situation, because it would look really suspicious for you tohave tanked the first test and then pass the second 7 days later at another campus.
    I am not making accusations here, the test was tough and I'm glad passed but be sure to cover all your bases because these people will go over you with a fine tooth comb.
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    Kitty Deville,

    I am scheduled to take the PSB in 10 days! I've been studying, but am worried about the time restraints. You mentioned that you found yourself "skipping a lot of the math section" to try to finish the rest of the first section, but did that not impact your overall math score? Do you think it would be advisable to complete an equal amount of questions from all three subtests as opposed to completing all questions from one particular section at a time (i.e. all verbal questions first, then all the math, then all the nonverbal)?
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    Jemadi33,

    Wow! Congrats on your awesome scores! For the first part of the exam, Academic Aptitude, (which includes sub-sections Verbal, Math and Noverbal) does UPMC look for above a 65th percentile in each of those sub-sections or an average among all three sections? These posts have been so helpful so I just wanted to thank everyone who is participating in these forums!

    P.S. If anyone else knows the answer to this question, please feel free to respond :-)
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    Quote from lalasd
    Jemadi33,

    Wow! Congrats on your awesome scores! For the first part of the exam, Academic Aptitude, (which includes sub-sections Verbal, Math and Noverbal) does UPMC look for above a 65th percentile in each of those sub-sections or an average among all three sections? These posts have been so helpful so I just wanted to thank everyone who is participating in these forums!

    P.S. If anyone else knows the answer to this question, please feel free to respond :-)
    I've been told that the nonverbal doesn't factor but who knows, could email Natalie at Shadyside and see what she says: Borkowskina@upmc.edu


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