HELP! I am 43 and have decided to go back to school to be an RN. I am enrolled at the local community college. To my horror, they want me to take the COMPASS math placement test. I have all my english/writing courses out of the way from 20+ years ago but before I can take the pre-req. Math 109 and my bioscience courses, I have to take this test. I am absolutely terrified. I graduated high school without passing Algebra 1...I do not know the first thing about Algebra, geometry, etc. I have been a medical transcriptionst for 12 years plus had hands-on experience (unfortunately) caring for my first child who was terminally ill so I have placed feeding tubes, given injections, taken care of a central line, you name it so the fact that this math thing could keep me from becoming an RN is giving me an ulcer. Can someone please give me some advice on what I can do to learn this math (while working full-time) so I can pass the COMPASS test and eventually, math 109!!!! Thank you in adavance!
Jun 24, '10
Don't sweat it too much. I don't know if your school does what mine does, but they use the Compass to place you in the appropriate level of Math - so its a good thing, even if you don't pass the Compass. Your basics will be an introductory class that will get you ready for the Compass and College Level Algebra. Don't know if its the same everywhere, but you have more than 1 chance to take the Compass. If you don't pass it the first time, you will be placed in a beginner's class. If you need to go back to basics, it will be good instead of jumping right into College level math. You could brush up on your math skills to try to pass the Compass but will you be ready for College Algebra?
In any event, check out this site. Great site for math help. If you want to pass the compass and not have to take a beginner or remedial class, this might help.
Last edit by mangopeach on Jun 24, '10