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Nursing Readiness assessment

Who should write

Only students who do not have proof of B.C. Foundations of Math 11 OR B.C. Principles of Math 11 with a C grade or better or an approved substitution AND are Bachelor of Science Nursing program and Psychiatric Nursing diploma or degree program applicants.

What it tests

The test consists of questions drawn from the following topics:

  • simplifying algebraic expressions: rational expressions, expressions with roots and/or positive, negative or rational exponents, complex fractions
  • excluded value(s) of a variable in radical and rational expressions
  • factoring of polynomials
  • solving equations: linear, quadratic, radical, rational, exponential (with the variable as base or as exponent), literal
  • the discriminant and the nature of the roots of a quadratic equation
  • direct and inverse variation
  • function notation, evaluating functions, finding domain and range of polynomial, radical and rational functions
  • graphing quadratic functions of the form y = a(x-p)² + q, completing the square, determining minimum/maximum values of quadratic functions
  • transformations of graphs of functions: linear, quadratic, cubic, square root, absolute value, exponential and reciprocal
  • graphing circles and ellipses
  • quadratic inequalities: parabolas, circles, ellipses
  • trigonometry: determining exact values of trig functions, solving trig equations over the domain: 0 ≤ θ ≤ 360º and θ ε R, solving oblique triangles using the law of sines and the law of cosines.

Preparation for the test

Books entitled Intermediate Algebra or College Algebra can help you review for the test.  Local public libraries will have these available.

Format of the test

This Assessment is an 18 question multiple-choice test which requires a mark of 14 or higher to pass. 14/18 is an approved substitution for B.C. Principles of Math 11 with a grade of C. Students who score 12-13 will be permitted to rewrite the test after 2 months or can register into MATU 0411 (formerly DVST 0411) without further assessment. Students who score 11 or less will be required to write the MATU (Formerly DVST Math) Assessment for placement or permitted to write the test again afer 1 year. The Assessment takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Test results

The invigilator will give you your test results once the exam is completed and marked.  Results go directly on your computerized student record but you should keep your copy of the results in case you must register in person during the first two weeks of class.

What to bring to the test

Please bring your student number, photo identification, and a pen or pencil.  No calculators are allowed.  The invigilator will provide scratch paper which will be collected when you complete the test.

Testing policy

Students may take an assessment test for admission to courses and/or programs a maximum of two times within a two year period.  Students who score 11 or less will be permitted to write the test again after 1 year. Students who believe extenuating circumstances exist may contact the Registrar to request special consideration or exemption to this policy.

Ready to book?

Visit our Testing Schedules and Booking page to find out how to book an assessment, and when your assessment is available.