### Numeracy assessment on interview day

There is a need for nurses to have the skills to calculate medicines, nutrition, fluids and to apply number skills to other areas. Therefore, on the day you come for interview, you will be set an assessment that tests your number skills. No calculators will be permitted during this test.

See a sample numeracy assessment paper (pdf 19Kb)

The aspects of numeracy tested will include:

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Addition and subtraction | |

Multiplication | 2176 x 100 |

Division | 152.7 ÷ 1000 |

Conversion of units of measurement | how many millilitres in 2.02 litres? how many milligrams is 646 micrograms? convert 280 millilitres to litres |

Use of statistical terms, explained in the question | If mean is the total of the numbers divided by how many numbers there are, what is the mean value in the list of numbers below:5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 9, 10, 13 |

Percentages | If there are 9400 students, in total, in the university and 27% of them smoke. How many smokers are there? If 1598 of the 9400 students are married what percentage of the total is this? |

Drug calculations | 7.5 mg of Enalapril is prescribed and the dose in each tablet is 1.25 mg. How many tablets should be given? A child weighing 24 kg requires Epilim at a dose of 20 mg per kg. How much should be given? |

Ratios | Simplify these ratios: a) 12 : 168 b) 13 : 156 |

Fractions | Simplify 49 77 |