Nelson Denny and Math Screening
These exams are for nursing students only.
Reading and writing play such a significant role in your academic and professional success that these areas merit special attention and consideration. Knowing how well you read and write will help you make important decisions about your education and will assist us in advising you - particularly during registration. For this reason, all accepted nursing students are required to take the Nelson-Denny Reading Test and a writing test in composition. Test results will be used to determine your eligibility to take science and nursing classes.
You are asked to come to the lobby of the Wilbur Arts Center 15 minutes before the time of testing with a Number 2 pencil. No one will be allowed late entry into the testing room. The exam is timed and lasts approximately 60 minutes. Please be reminded that while the test must be taken prior to your registering, it does not affect your admission to the college. Students must bring an ID with them to the exam.
Upcoming August Screenings
Thursday, August 6
- Nelson Denny at 2 p.m.
- Math Screening at 3 p.m.
Thursday, August 13
- Nelson Denny at 11 a.m.
- Math Screening at noon
Math Screening - Freshmen Only
Math Screening Test
A proficiency in basic mathematics is needed in pursuing your coursework and career in the nursing field. Therefore, all accepted Nursing students are required to take a Math Screening test before registering to determine if there is a need for remediation.
You are asked to come to the lobby of the Wilbur Arts Center 15 minutes before the time of testing with a Number 2 pencil. No one will be allowed late entry into the testing room. The exam is timed and lasts approximately 60 minutes. Please be reminded that while the test must be taken prior to your registering, it does not affect your admission to the college. The purpose is to determine your knowledge in basic mathematics needed to calculate medications accurately.
The test will consist of 20 questions that will incorporate these basic mathematical skills:
- Division, multiplication, subtraction and addition of decimals
- Division, multiplication, subtraction and addition of fractions
- Conversion of fractions to decimals
- Conversion of percentages to decimals and fractions
- Solving for X
- Ration and proportion
- Word problems
Calculators may not be used.
Criteria for success: A grade of 90 percent (18 correct answers) is required.
Outcome of the test: Students who do not achieve the grade of 90 percent will be required to take a non-credit course, MAT 060, prior to entering any Freshman Nursing Courses. (Nur 129 and 139). Students will be required to show evidence of having passed the Math Screening Test or MAT 060 on the first day of class.
The faculty of the nursing department would like you to succeed in your nursing studies. We encourage you to practice your math skills prior to your taking the math screening examination.
Click here for some sample questions.
A resource for sample questions is the text currently being used:
Mathematics For Nurses: Second Edition, Larry Stephens, Ph.D., Lana Stephens, R.N. Eizo Nishiura, Ph.D.
McGraw Hill -- 0071400222.