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Mathematics for Nursing School Entrance Exam Practice Problems (page 2)

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Updated on Aug 12, 2011

Decimals

Change these decimals or mixed decimals to fractions:
  1. 0.005
  2. 3.48
  3. 123.456

Try these addition and subtraction problems:

  1. 0.905 + 0.02 + 3.075
  2. 0.005 + 8 + 0.3
  3. 3.48 – 2.573
  4. 123.456 – 122
  5. James drove 3.7 miles to his physical therapist's office. He then walked 1.6 miles on the treadmill to strengthen his legs. He got back into the car, drove 2.75 miles to his radiology appointment, and then drove 2 miles back home. How many miles did he drive in total?
    1. 8.05
    2. 8.45
    3. 8.8
    4. 10
    5. 10.05
  6. The average number of emergency room visits at City Hospital fell from 486.4 per week to 402.5 per week. By how many emergency room visits per week did the average fall?
    1. 73.9
    2. 83
    3. 83.1
    4. 83.9
    5. 84.9

You can practice multiplying decimals with these:

  1. 0.05 × 0.6
  2. 0.053 × 6.4
  3. 38.1 × 0.0184
  4. Joe earns $14.50 per hour as an occupational therapist. Last week, he worked 37.5 hours. How much money did he earn that week?
    1. $518.00
    2. $518.50
    3. $525.00
    4. $536.50
    5. $543.75
  5. Nuts cost $3.50 per pound. Approximately how much will 4.25 pounds of nuts cost?
    1. $12.25
    2. $12.50
    3. $12.88
    4. $14.50
    5. $14.88

Try your skills on these division problems:

  1. If James Worthington drove the mobile blood bank unit 92.4 miles in 2.1 hours, what was his average speed in miles per hour?
    1. 41
    2. 44
    3. 90.3
    4. 94.5
    5. 194.04
  2. Mary Sanders walked a total of 18.6 miles in 4 days. On average, how many miles did she walk each day?
    1. 4.15
    2. 4.60
    3. 4.65
    4. 22.60
    5. 74.40

Percents

Try changing these decimals to percents:

  1. 0.45
  2. 0.008
  3. 0.16

Now, change these percents to decimals:

  1. 12%
  2. 87%
  3. 250%

Try changing these fractions to percents:

Now, change these percents to fractions:

  1. 95%
  2. 37%
  3. 125%

Find a percent of a whole:

  1. 1% of 25
  2. 18.2% of 50
  3. 37% of 100
  4. 125% of 60

Find what percent one number is of another number:

  1. 10 is what % of 20?
  2. 4 is what % of 12?
  3. 12 is what % of 4?

Find the whole when the percent of it is given:

  1. 15% of what number is 15?
  2. 37% of what number is 3?
  3. 200% of what number is 20?

Now, try your percent skills on some real-life problems:

  1. Last Monday, 20% of the 140-member nursing staff was absent. How many nurses were absent that day?
    1. 14
    2. 20
    3. 28
    4. 112
    5. 126
  2. Forty percent of General Hospital's medical technologists are women. If there are 80 female medical technologists, how many medical technologists are male?
    1. 32
    2. 112
    3. 120
    4. 160
    5. 200
  3. Of the 840 biopsies performed last month, 42 were positive. What percent of the biopsies were positive?
    1. 5%
    2. 2%
    3. 5%
    4. 20%
    5. 50%
  4. Sam's Shoe Store put all of its merchandise on sale for 20% off. If Jason saved $10 by purchasing one pair of shoes during the sale, what was the original price of the shoes before the sale?
    1. $12
    2. $20
    3. $40
    4. $50
    5. $70

Averages

Try these average questions:

  1. Bob's bowling scores for the last five games were 180, 182, 184, 186, and 188.What was his average bowling score?
    1. 182
    2. 183
    3. 184
    4. 185
    5. 186
  2. Ambulance Driver Conroy averaged 30 miles an hour for the two hours he drove in town and 60 miles an hour for the two hours he drove on the highway. What was his average speed in miles per hour?
    1. 18
    2. 22
    3. 45
    4. 60
    5. 90
  3. There are ten females and 20 males in the first aid course. If the females achieved an average score of 85 and the males achieved an average score of 95, what was the class average? (Hint: Don't fall for the trap of taking the average of 85 and 95; there are more 95s being averaged than 85s, so the average is closer to 95.)
    1. 90
    2. 91
    3. 92
    4. 92
    5. 95

Length and Time

Convert as indicated.

  1. 2 ft. = _____ in.
  2. 3 cm = _____ mm
  3. 16 m = _____ cm
  4. 294 cm = _____ m

Add and simplify.

Subtract and simplify.

Now, try these time problems:

  1. Jan ran three tests in the lab that each required 45 minutes. If she then ran a final test and all four tests required a total of hours, how long did the final test take?
  2. If each of eight radiology rooms is in use for 5 hours 15 minutes per day, and a total of 84 procedures are performed, how long does each procedure take on average?
    1. 20 minutes
    2. 30 minutes
    3. 40 minutes
    4. 50 minutes
    5. 1 hour
  3. Clara cultured a particular virus at 2:30 P.M. on Monday and stored the culture in the refrigerator until 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday. How long was the culture in the refrigerator?
    1. 3 hours
    2. 21 hours
    3. 27 hours
    4. 45 hours
    5. 69 hours
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