Quote from cuz_i_can
thanks for the replies! :hatparty: I think I'm just too paraniod
about being tested; knowing that about 400 people apply for
the program each year and they can only take in 75, so I want
to do as best as I possibly can. The actual nursing program doesnt
really require any Math classes, but I am taking a "College Algebra"
class this summer, just to prepare myself for the exam. I'm not
quite sure as to what the actual entrance exam is... I suppose I
should check on that.. But, thanks!
All of the posters here gave very good advice. Last month I took the Entrance Exam for my School. A few weeks before that - I challenged their "Algebra Placement Exam" - instead of re-taking the course. My 19 year old son is an Engineering/Math Major and he spent 2 months helping me prepare for it (I drove the poor kid crazy). I amazed us both and scored much higher than needed for the entrance requirements and felt very prepared for the "math portion" of the entrance exam.
Although there was some algebra in the math portion - unfortunately for most of us that had focused mainly on "advanced algebra" - it was mostly "very long" word problems dealing with decimals, fractions, percentages, long division, muliplication, etc. We were totally thrown off guard when we saw all the word problems and found out "Calculators" were NOT allowed for the test. :angryfire My study guide for the exam did include word problems and I did "GREAT" on all of them - but had my handy, dandy calculator with me - had no idea I wouldn't be allowed to use it in the exam.
Just my opinion - but, even with a calculator - if you don't know how to work a "word problem" you won't come up with the correct answer - so I really wish they had let us use one considering the time limit for that portion. We had 40 minutes to work out 45 really long problems (less than a minute per problem) - you could hear people "scribbling" on paper like mad - just a little bit stressful.
The original poster is only 19 and probably won't get this - but hopefully some of you my ancient age will. During the math portion without my calculator I was feeling a bit like "Jethro" doing my "gizintas". As in - 1 gizinta 2, 2 gizinta 3 - lol...
Thankfully, I did really well on the rest of the test - it consisted of English, Science (Biology-Chemistry-little bit of A&P), and Comprehension. The best advice I can give you as far as the "math" goes is - get some entrance exam and SAT study guides and practice, practice, practice working word problems out on paper and try and gradually pick up your speed - because during this test - time is everything - each question unanswered is marked wrong. Everyone I talked to after the exam ran out of time and ended up guessing on the last few questions. Hope this helps you out a bit. Susan