# HELP!!! Math Diagnostic Test

by mammaoftwo (Member)

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Hi all, I got accepted into the LPN program which starts 8/20.

In my acceptance packet, I received a Math Skills Disgnostic Test which I have to complete and take to orientation on 6/19. The reason being stated in my letter was that all 30 that were accepted into the program have to complete this due to the fact so many failed pharmacology!!

I know it is basic math, however, I have three basic math books and am having trouble.

Any great web sites for help with the following type of problems or any book anyone can suggest would be terrific:

Write 0.375 as a fraction in the lowest terms.

Write 28,500/100,000 as a decimal number

Write 5/6 as a decimal number rounded to the nearest hundredth

Change 6.3/0.2 to a whole number

Divie 5 3/4 by 23 and write answer as a fraction and then write the number as a decimal.

Multiply 90 x 1/300 x 20/3

If someone can show me the formulas, I would be so appreciative. I always did horrible in math in school and being out of school for 37 years isn't helping. I just completed A&P, Human Growth & Dev and Computer with all A's this past semester, so I know I'm not stupid. I just really don't have a clue about math and I am freaking out over this. PLEASE HELP????

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I pm'd you, to try to help

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Christian_SN is a RN and specializes in CCU, MICU, Tele, L&D.

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CONGRATS on getting in the program. for help, your best bet is to get a basic math book .. or on-line. if you look it up then you will LEARN how. u will need this for med/s when you graduate.

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WDWpixieRN is a RN and specializes in Med/Surg <1; Epic Certified <1.

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Get a copy of Calculate with Confidence.....try a Barnes and Noble or Borders locally before ordering and waiting for it to arrive online....Borders has a discount club you can join for free w/an e-mail address (you join in the store).....this week's coupon was for 30% off....makes ordering online not quite the bargain it used to be...

It's in workbook form and starts all the way back to decimals, fractions, and Roman numerals and works you up to IV calcs, etc.....for now stick with what you need to know to get past that test....

My entire class of second semester students agreed it was one of our better investments!! Read the reviews listed on the link I listed above...

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ya know what? that kind of math scares me more than any class i have taken so far! when you are 36 years old and living life - you just dont DO that kind of stuff anymore, kwim?? i made it thru some seemingly IMPOSSIBLE science courses with A's - but i looked at you math questions and felt like i was gonna throw up LOL!!

everything is so relative - i will for SURE be getting that reccomended book - thanks for the link!

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I had to take a math test my first block, and studied by myself the first time. I failed it by a few points, because I placed the decimals in the wrong places in division.

I had to go to the schools learning lab and have the person there help me, and she was happy to help. It's sometimes easier to have someone physically show you how to do things, and then you repeat it in front of them. That way you know you are doing it correctly.

I passed the math test with flying colors on my second try. So, don't hesitate to go to the college as ask for help. That's what they are there for.

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IrishIzCPNP is a BSN, MSN, RN, APRN, NP and specializes in Pediatrics, High-Risk L&D, Antepartum, L.

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My school actually had a 1 credit math course that we had to take. It was Math for Nurses. I don't know if other places offer it or not but it was a pretty nice class. I know some of us didn't need the class as much as others but I still think it was good because some people really needed that. We take a math test at the start of every semester. It's 10 questions and you must get 9 correct to pass. You can take it a couple times but you have to pass.

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WDWpixieRN is a RN and specializes in Med/Surg <1; Epic Certified <1.

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ya know what? that kind of math scares me more than any class i have taken so far! when you are 36 years old and living life - you just dont DO that kind of stuff anymore, kwim?? i made it thru some seemingly IMPOSSIBLE science courses with A's - but i looked at you math questions and felt like i was gonna throw up LOL!!

Our program also offers a continuing ed class for the nursing math/dosage.

I went back to school full-time in my 40's for a business degree. Never used the math much in my line of work (IT)....here I am at 51 doing the nursing school "thang"....I had to relearn math for this program....believe me, if *I* can do it, you will too!! I looked at my high school transcript and had a "D" in Algebra -- tells you how much maturity helps!! I absolutely ace the math these days...and nursing math is 1000X easier than any intermediate or college algebra course you will encounter. Take a breath and just take the time to get the concepts down pat. They're just numbers -- kind of like a puzzle.

The difference is in the life-or-death nature of these computations once you are on the job. Learn them well.

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Daytonite is a BSN, RN and specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt.

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mammaoftwo. . .these are pre-algebra level math problems. so, you can either purchase a pre-algebra textbook, or i am going to give you a companion website for a math textbook publisher where you can get free unlimited access to practice problems from any of their math textbooks that range from pre-algebra all the way up to calculus. just follow the directions i've listed below and choose the book for pre-algebra by elayn martin-gay. what you get is unlimited practice problems as well as step-by-step instructions on how to solve each one, if you ask the program to do that for you. this is a fabulous site and i found it because i took a math course that used one of the textbooks from this publisher. once i discovered it, i started using it to work practice problems. to master math you have to work sample problems again and again and again. at some point you will begin to see that there is a rationale to math. be patient when working with this program at first. if you have dial up internet connection it will take a little time for the drivers necessary for the program to run to download onto your computer. then, half the battle is learning how to use the programs buttons to input division signs and (gulp!) fractions, exponents or radicals. the site is called interact math.

good luck with your learning. i nearly flunked 7th grade math. with the fear of my mother's wrath and hunkering down i actually developed a real love for mathematics over the years and i have taken calculus. math is very logical. once you get the logic and rationale of it, there will be no stopping you.

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Danish is a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in vascular surgery.

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Get a copy of Calculate with Confidence.....try a Barnes and Noble or Borders locally before ordering and waiting for it to arrive online....Borders has a discount club you can join for free w/an e-mail address (you join in the store).....this week's coupon was for 30% off....makes ordering online not quite the bargain it used to be...

It's in workbook form and starts all the way back to decimals, fractions, and Roman numerals and works you up to IV calcs, etc.....for now stick with what you need to know to get past that test....

My entire class of second semester students agreed it was one of our better investments!! Read the reviews listed on the link I listed above...

Same book we used in my program for Math and dosage calculations. It had tons of practice problems and explained everything very well.

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Thank you all so much for all the great advice! I really, really appreciate it.

You know, when I looked at the math test, I did almost throw up!

Math has ALWAYS freaked me out. They kept passing me with D- in algebra in high school which did not help me. I never learned how to do fractions, decimals and have always just been able to do regular math, the simple stuff.

I am not going to let this math defeat me though and will learn how to do this stuff.

Again, many, many thanks and blessings to all.