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suzfenau

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Tue May 27, 2008 10:05 am

Hi - I am going to take my entrance test for my chosen Div2 nursing course in August - I am busy brushing up on my maths skills at the moment (I'm a little more confident on my literacy at this stage). Can anyone give me any indications of the types of maths skills mainly envolved in the test - the ones I am focusing on are: BODMAS, Mulitiplication, Addition, Subtraction, division of decimals, fractions & percentages and what is involved in that eg. manipulating fractions, fractions to decimals, decimals to percentages etc. also Reading graphs - am I missing anything vitaly important? anyadvise of what to study up on would be gratefully received.

Suzie

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May 27, 2008, 06:17 pm

I too am not that flash with the maths and my literacy is much much better!

Do you happen to know if you are sitting the Vetassess test? Cos they have a website...which I think is www.vetassess.com.au and they have a sample test on there. Though the qn's on the site are much simpler than what is on the test...it gives you a rough guide. I think what you are working with is good. I think area's and measurements and mathematical word problems would be good to have a look at too.

Good luck

suzfenau

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May 28, 2008, 02:46 pm

Thanks Keeshy

It's not the vetassess test but their own version based on proficiency on year 10 numeracy and year 12 literacy - unfortunately it is MANY years since I was at school, plus I went to school in the UK so I really don't know what this type of maths envolves - I have bought myself a couple of workbooks to work through, which I hope helps. Yes, I have seen the sample test on vetassess website - urggg much harder in real life you say..... now I'm really nervous as I was just getting good at those questions!!!

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May 28, 2008, 03:31 pm

If you have an understanding of the basic principles you will be fine.

Phuong

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Jul 28, 2008, 10:06 am

HI! I have passed my numeracy and literacy test on 9th of july and i have been working in age care faciliti for 2 years and i do really want to apply for Div 2 in nursing course and i have missed out for Div 2 by NSW Health Department for this semeter.If anyone know where else and when i can apply for Div 2 for nursing course please give me advice that would be appreciated.Thanks a lot

autumnflow

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Aug 12, 2008, 06:42 pm

Hi there,

I am interested in doing the EN course at Tafe and am also freaking out about the entrance exam, am confident of my literacy skills but my math was terrible at school. I have borrowed some books from the library to help me hopefully.

Does anyone know if the math test is multiple choice and whether you can take a calculator in or do you have to work out calculations manually and write the formula you used to arrive at the answer?? eeekk!

If anyone is interested, there is a Nursing Entrance Exam Preparation course at NSW Tafe and I'm sure other Tafes would have something similar to help prepare you for the exam, it includes both numeracy and literacy study.

Cheers :-)

-alli-

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Aug 13, 2008, 08:30 pm

Hi there. I BARELY passed my entrance exam guys.. i got 56%... The maths component in my exam wasnt actually that hard.. as long as u know your fractions ect. Although i froze on that night.. complete mind blank. Do you have to sit an interview as well??
I got in to the div 2 course based on my interview. They arn't just looking for people that show academic skills.. You have to have the right personality and attitude to get into the course. i'm 99% sure i didnt get in based on my entrance exam score of 56% lol. All i've got to say is not to stress over it. sure do some brushing up on your math and english.. but don't go digging too deep into the maths otherwise youll just confuse yourself. Last but not least.. If you dont get in.. or you fail the entrance exam.. you CAN always try again in the future.

autumnflow

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Aug 14, 2008, 07:43 pm

Hi Alli, thanks for that, do you remember if you can take calculators into the test?

-alli-

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Aug 17, 2008, 01:46 pm

Hi, no we weren't allowed to take a calculator. Although we were allowed to use paper to work things out. Check with the place your applying at you may be able to. Where are you applying??

autumnflow

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Aug 17, 2008, 06:09 pm

thanks alli! no calculator, is it multiple choice questions?? might have a better chance without a calculator if it is multiple choice, well hopefully i can at least pass the exam and then really practice my math or even get a tutor for math whilst studying as i am hoping to do my RN after the EN course and am sure the math is only going to get more difficult at uni.

i am moving back to perth for a year so starting the course at Mount Lawley Tafe in Perth next semester and transferring when I move back to Sydney, still have to enquire if I can transfer, sure it won't be a problem.

Thanks again for all the help!

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Aug 17, 2008, 09:31 pm

Part of the english was multiple choice. Can't remember about the maths part.. i think most of it wasnt multiple choice.
Best of luck

deancey

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Aug 19, 2008, 12:31 pm

i am booking my vetasses test for sept 10 and i am nervous but just want to get it out of the way.

I am pretty confident with the english component, I just hope I read the questions carefully and dont rush it. That is where I went wrong on the practice test.

good luck to those taking the test soon

Poneee

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Aug 29, 2008, 08:05 am

Hi - I am sitting the entrance exam for Cert IV in 5 days!!!!

Maths skills need to be addressed. Can a nyone possibly tell me what type of maths is on the entrance test and at what year level. I was told it was VCE year 12 (Victoria) BUT the example test on the VCCA website is not at that level.

I am desperate for as much info on this as possible.....

Thanks :)

keeshy

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Aug 31, 2008, 09:58 am

Hi guys,

I have a few websites but I cant copy and paste them to this site for some reason :(

Anyway..the way I found these sites was to google 'sample math tests'/ 'vetasses' etc. Also if you go to the Charles Sturt University and go to the math skills area of the student services you will find a great page on turorials of teh basic maths skills you will need and it has demo's and question and answer pages.

Google has been my best friend lately as I am trying to freshen up my math skills bigtime.

Good luck to all of you :-)

dustgirl

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Nov 06, 2008, 09:33 am

Hi everyone.
I sat my Vetassess test for DIV2 in Victoria yesterday! After HEAPS of panic attacks and studying it was A-OK. Theres not much info out there on it. The Vetassess test you can download is a good example actually.
The literacy is common sense and as long as you can spell :) its fine. All multiple choice........1/2 hour.

Maths has some tricky ones......but only a couple. The amths was multiple choice as well. One where you have to calculate droplet rate (I couldnt do it) and a funny algebra one (couldnt do it either) where you have to find x. Mostly it was basic maths, and I only went to Year 10 and spent maths sitting in the hall. There were a couple of basic adding and subtracting fractions, a couple of basic graphs. I think I missed 4 questions. Not too bad for a maths dummy. This test was 1/2 hour too but it went much faster!!!! I suggest not wasting time on one sum if youre a bit stuck..... go back to it.

Then you have 45 mins to write 3 short!!!as essays. Again pretty cruisy....
I hope this helps one person.....or more. Me and my friend were suffering with panic, she even threw up!! and it was ok. Not University difficult. Just cover the basics and youll do great. This website helped me heaps......Thanks all.
Well I get my results in 2 weeks so I better not act too cocky....hehe. Cheers :)

Nurse_Rach

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Nov 06, 2008, 01:04 pm

Hi guys,

I've only just joined this post 'dustgirl' glad to hear your test went well. I've done a couple of those tests at various TAFE's around the melbourne area and they are pretty scary. I remember being very nervous when i went to sit mine. I recall however that they said it wasn't based on 'pass or fail', they mark it in some special way. Not sure if that still applies, but it was interesting how they do it. I can't quite comprehend how you can have a test like that that isn't pass or fail.

Well, I hope you do well. I'm really loving studying nursing, as i'm sure you all will too! Let us know how you go.

Rach.

kecp

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Nov 13, 2008, 06:50 pm

i was wondering if anyone can tell me about the interviews asked in the intake interview - i hate interviews

dustgirl

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Dec 04, 2008, 08:51 pm

Hi everyone. I got in with a good mark of 72/80.....YAY....my friend missed out with 61. Any other year that wouldve been taken but app there were a lot of high scores this year....massive bummer for her.....but yay for me.....now to stress

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Jan 21, 2009, 10:48 pm

hi there,
if anyone else sits this same test, don't be scared off by the drip rate one as its not as scary as it looks. It fills half the page in the book but they give you the formula to work it out and all the numbers you need. Once you convert the words into an actual fraction its quite an easy sum. I did this same test in my meds entrance exam. Lots of people just left it. I'm the opposite to most of you. Pretty good at maths but my spellings rotten. good luck

megan08

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Jan 23, 2009, 09:36 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm just new to this forum, I'm currently brushing up on my maths for the numeracy and literacy test. Has anyone out there done it recently? I've been reviewing the vetassess sample test and their preparation guide plus studing general addition,subtraction etc , fractions , decimals , percentages . Is there much in the way of algebra ? I've looked at a little bit but not sure how much I need to know.If anyone has any info that would be great. I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself as I'll be a mature age student and want to do really well on this test! Looking forward to any replys. Megan.

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