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Mathematics for Nursing School Entrance Exam Practice Problems

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Updated on Aug 12, 2011

The study guides for this practice quiz can be found at:

Word Problems

You will find word problems using fractions, decimals, and percentages as these specific sections come up later in this chapter. For now, practice using the translation table on problems that just require you to work with basic arithmetic. Answers are at the end of the chapter.

  1. Joan went shopping with $100 and returned home with only $18.42. How much money did she spend?
    1. $81.58
    2. $72.68
    3. $72.58
    4. $71.68
    5. $71.58
  2. Each of five physical therapists at the therapy center works six hours per day. Each therapist can work with three patients per hour. In total, how many patients can be seen each day at the center?
    1. 18
    2. 30
    3. 60
    4. 75
    5. 90
  3. The office secretary can type 80 words per minute on his word processor. How many minutes will it take him to type a report containing 760 words?
    1. 8
    2. 8
    3. 9
    4. 9
    5. 10
  4. Mr. Wallace is writing a budget request to upgrade his personal computer system. He wants to purchase a cable modem, which will cost $100, two new software programs at $350 each, a color printer for $249, and an additional color cartridge for $25.What is the total amount Mr. Wallace should write on his budget request?
    1. $724
    2. $974
    3. $1,049
    4. $1,064
    5. $1,074

Fractions

Reduce these fractions to lowest terms:

Raise these fractions to higher terms:

Try these addition problems:

Try these subtraction problems:

Now, let's put what you have learned about adding and subtracting fractions to work in some real-life problems:

    17. Visiting nurse Alan drove 3 1/2 miles to the office to check his assignments for the day. Then he drove miles to his first patient. When he left there, he drove 2 miles to his next patient. Then he drove miles back to the office for a meeting. Finally, he drove miles home. How many miles did he travel in total?

  1. Before leaving the hospital, the ambulance driver noted that the mileage gauge on Ambulance 2 registered 4,357 miles. When he arrived at the scene of the accident, the mileage gauge then registered 4,400 miles. How many miles did he drive from the hospital to the accident?

Try these multiplication problems:

Now, try these multiplication problems with mixed numbers and whole numbers:

Here are a few more real-life problems to test your skills:

  1. After driving Convert of the 15 miles to work, Dr. Stone received an emergency call from the hospital. How many miles had he driven when he got the call?
  2. If Henry spent of a 40-hour week learning to use new laboratory equipment, how many hours did he spend in training?
    1. 7
    2. 10
    3. 20
    4. 25
    5. 30
  3. Technician Chin makes $14.00 an hour. When she works more than 8 hours a day, she gets overtime pay of 1 times her regular hourly wage for the extra hours. How much did she earn for working 11 hours in one day?
    1. $77
    2. $154
    3. $175
    4. $210
    5. $231

Here are a few division problems to try:

Let's wrap this up with some real-life problems.

  1. If Dr. McCarthy's four assistants evenly divided 6 pounds of candy, how many pounds of candy did each assistant get?
  2. How many -pound chunks of cheese can be cut from a single 20-pound piece of cheese?
    1. 2
    2. 4
    3. 6
    4. 8
    5. 10
  3. Ms. Goldbaum earned $36.75 for working 3 hours. What was her hourly wage?
    1. $10.00
    2. $10.50
    3. $10.75
    4. $12.00
    5. $12.25
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