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I need help with the WGU Statistics class

by Casper55 Casper55 (New) New

Hello, I need need help in the Statistics class at WGU. I scored low on the pre-assessement. Do you have any suggestions on how to study for this coarse? Please don't tell me that the objective test is like the pre-assessment, I might just fall out and die. Thanks for your reponse

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I know this was not what you wanted to hear, but I felt the object assessment was similar to the pre-assessment. Just work through the course and, if you are still struggling, consult with a math tutor. Good luck!

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

Work your way through the course of study, attend any boot camps and webinars, and study long and hard.

I was having issues with statistics, though at another school. I found that going on tutoring sites helped me a lot, specifically dr.math.com

It broke it down to the most basic level, and I was then able to follow. Statistics isnt a difficult subject once it is fully broken down. It just takes forever for each question. I would also go on yahoo answers and ask how to break it down, and that was very helpful as well. Do not ask for the answer as that will in no way help you, so specify you are looking for the 'how to' side of it. On dr.math, I would look at similar questions to mine. I didnt pay to have my own answered, I was just looking for the breakdown. Good luck in your endeavors.


Specializes in Occupational Health; Adult ICU.

I have to take it also (start date July 1st) and well, I expect to do poorly on a pre-assessment because I don't know a mean from a median; wait...that last one is is a grassy strip down the highway... isn't it?

...I've avoided it because all my friends who took it referred to it as Sadistics I.

I suspect it will be the most difficult class for me.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

WGU's statistics course contains no number-crunching, calculations, or math in the traditional sense. It is all about definitions, vocabulary, and concepts.

I passed the course by making flash cards to help me remember the various terms (mean, median, mode, outlier, probability, 1.5 criterion, etc).

I did statistics in a week last month. Granted, I was on vacation and had a lot of time. I took the pre-assessment, worked through the course work (which has a lot of mini assessments or checkpoints) took the pre-assessment again, worked on my weak points. Asked my 16 year old daughter to explain things to me, took the pre-assessment one last time to make sure I was above the cut then took the test. I prayed a lot. And passed.


Specializes in Emergency Room. Has 17 years experience.

I felt that the pre was very similar to the assessment. Go to Kahn Academy online and it has videos that help explain things. I am not very good in math. I studied about 4 to 5 weeks and took all 3 pre assessments and scored higher each time and my final assessment I made the highest score. If I can do it you can too.


Specializes in Occupational Health; Adult ICU.

I've been doing the free udacity.com Introduction to Statistics online, it's totally free, and my only complaint is that it's a bit slow. It's a recorded class so you can leave and return at any time. I like it.

Little Panda RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Assisted Living Nurse Manager.

I failed the pre assessment first time around so I made it a point to sign up for all the cohorts I could. I signed up for the fast paced cohort and the regular one. I attended as many as I could, watched the videos numerous times, did all the checkpoints in the course and studied like crazy. Passed pre assessment on the second try and then took the objective assessment. I barely passed it but I did pass. Keep studying and do all the above and you will pass.

txredapple79, BSN

Specializes in Management. Has 9 years experience.

I do feel the practice OA was similar to the actual exam. I felt this was my hardest class in the whole program. I did also find the cohorts helpful. Best of luck!

congradulations. glad you passed.