Here is a quick run down of my week starting on Monday. Monday : Chemistry exam Tuesay : 2 anatome & physiology exams (one's a make up cuz most everyone fllunked last fridays exam) Wednesday : Chemistry Final Thursday : anatomy & physiology exam Friday : Nursing Entrance Exam easy child asked me yesterday if they were attempting to give me another heart attack. I'm beginning to wonder. ugh Yesterday I spent the day studying. The whole day except for when easy child took me to aldi's for groceries. Yes, I worked on chemistry and a & p but I also took practice tests and looked at the book for the nursing exam to see what I need to review. First to get a few things straight, I'm an avid and excellent reader (always have been), I'm an excellent speller unless you want me to do it outloud. I'm good in english. I can tell you when a sentence isn't right and how to fix it although I can't give the rules on the why's of it. Biology is and always has been my forte. Chemistry, well I'm learning it, getting great grades but don't feel all that strong on it. And Math, well since the head injury / brain damage me an numbers just don't seem to get along well. Which is hard for me because I also used to be pretty darn good at math, expecially algebra. So............ I take a few of the online practice tests to see areas I need to work on. Bad mistake. I click into biology first as it's easiest for me. I didn't recognize the first 10 questions. I'd never even seen it before. What I did vaguely recognize I remember having way back in freakin' Jr High!!! I got a whooping 35 out of 50! So I try General science thinking it would be easier. OMG NO!! All of the questions were on space!!! Who discovered venus? The big bang happened how many years ago? What are protons and neutrons made of? When did life on earth begin? These are only a few. by the way easy child missed every one of them too. Oh, they also wanted me to explain orbits, and how best to go about getting from here to venus. WTF?? Some of the biology was this way too, although not quite as bad. But it had as much chemistry (advanced) in it as the chemistry (really advanced) did!. Then I decided to at least check out the math. Huge mistake. No calculators allowed. And I've found I've forgotten due to lack of use how to do most of it. I did, however, score super high on the reading, verbal skills, and spelling. But the biology, general science, and math threw me right into a panic attack. I didn't even see it coming. For the past two years I've been studying biology, chemistry, and math and I couldn't do squat on those practice tests. The chemistry I won't even attempt again as it was so far above my head it might as well be a different language. easy child is coming over to give it a whirl as a 4th yr chemistry student and see how she does. This because I tdecribed a couple of the outragious questions to my chemistry professor and he kept shaking his head and saying that shouldn't be on it. So I freaked out a bit yesterday evening. (too put it mildly) I was dead certain I'm gonna fail this entrance exam. Which with the money I've racked up in loans for the past 2 yrs is unthinkable. I start ranting and raving as Nichole comes home from boyfriend's. Suddenly our roles are reversed and I'm the difficult child and she's the Mom doing her utter best to help me calm down....even using my own tactics on me. lol Once calm I decided to forget the practice tests online and dive into the book I bought that is for the exam. The 2 are nothing alike. The general science and biology into the book is stuff I know, or have at least been taught and can review. The chemistry is the same way, besides I've been reviewing that for the final exam anyway. The math is mostly general math with a little algebra tossed in. I whizzed right through their reading, verbal, spelling part without blinking. WTF? How are earth can the practice tests and the book be so vastly different from each other?? Then I remembered what the girl at the book store told me when I bought the book. (we've always been on good talking terms) She kept stressing to "Studying the book. It was written by the person who wrote the test our school gives." So now that I'm out of panic mode (for the moment at least) I've decided to concentrate on the book for the entrance exam and forget the online practice tests. I'm going to review my math really hard because that is my major problem area. I'm gonna have trouble during the test not freaking because it's timed. And I can do math ok once I review it, but suddenly all the numbers don't make any sense when I'm under pressure. (hence the c in algebra last year) And I'll have to hope that all my other scores are high enough to put me over the top. Oh, easy child kept asking me if I could reschedule the entrance exam. Uh, yes. And lose the 35 bucks I paid, and have to wait until July. No. I won't back out. I'll grit my teeth and take it. If I fail at least when I take it in July I'll know what to expect. Plus I keep trying to convince myself that it can't possibly be that darn hard. My friend from chemistry took it cold and only missed qualifying by 1 point. She's my age and hadn't seen the majority of stuff on the test since hs or jr high. The second time around she not only passed but ACED it with an extremely high schore and had only looked at the book for 2 hrs. Another friend who is in no way dumb, but average and happens to freeze on such tests, aced it the first time around and had not even had the anatomy or chemistry. She was going for the LPN program so didn't need the same pre-recs, but also qualified for the RN program. So if that's the case, my gut tells me that for anyone with some intelligence, this test is no hoo hoo. Oh, God I hope so. P.S. I'd like to gather some people and have a nice chat on what the heck flower reproducive organs, space, and weather have to do with nursing??? If you made it through all of this you have the patience of Job. Ok. Back to the books. Vent/whine over.