Chapter 1: Diagnostic assessment

Useful websites

BBC Bitesize

The BBC Bitesize online resources offer revision material that you can use to enhance your numeracy and mathematical skills. The web pages below have been referenced in this chapter and are accessible free of charge.

  1. Addition
  2. Subtraction
  3. Cancelling fractions
  4. Multiplying and dividing fractions
  5. Long multiplication
  6. Long division
  7. Units of time
  8. Decimals
  9. Percentages
  10. Converting fractions and decimals
  11. Ratios
  12. Prime factors
  13. Rounding decimals
  14. Converting measurements


Another useful free online resource is the Higher Education Academy Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Mathcentre which offers students quick reference guides, practice and revision materials, video tutorials, workbooks and online practice exercises on many branches of mathematics. For nurses the following areas contain useful extra practice material and have been referenced in this chapter.

  1. Decimals
  2. Fractions
  3. Percentages
  4. Rules of arithmetic


The Open University (OU) OpenLearn website gives free access to learning materials from higher education courses. The following pages are relevant to your nursing studies.

  1. Numbers, units and arithmetic
  2. Rounding and estimation