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 can help you make important decisions about your education and will also 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 two 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 take the exam.
- Nelson-Denny - Sample tests and questions: The Nelson Denny Exam is for Transfer Students Only
- Math Screening - Sample tests (PDF) and study materials
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 two 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 of this test is to determine the student's knowledge in basic mathematics needed to learn how to calculate medications accurately.
Description: 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
- Ratio and proportion
- Word problems
- Calculators may not be used.
Criteria for success is a required grade of 90 percent (18 correct answers).
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, and achieve a passing grade, to be eligible to register for any nursing courses as freshmen or transfer students. Students will be required to show evidence of having passed the Math Screening Test or MAT 060 in NUR 129 and/or NUR139 on the first day of class.
MAT 060 must be passed the first time it is taken. Students are urged to attend every session, and not to be late or absent to maximize the potential for passing this course. Students that do not pass MAT 060 will not be able to enroll in the nursing program and will be provided with advisement in order to change majors.
Here you can find several sample problems.
An additional resource 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