Medical Assisting Math Readiness Assessment

As part of a health care team, medical assistants help patients with their health concerns. To be successful in that role, medical assistants must apply key math concepts such as:

  • Calculate medication dosage
  • Metric system conversion
  • How to read a gauge (sphygmomanometer)
  • How to read a scale (pounds, kilograms)
  • How to plot and read a graph
  • How to read measurements using a ruler (millimeters, centimeters, inches, feet)
  • Convert from inches to feet and feet to inches
  • Count by twos and 10s
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Simplify a fraction

To prepare students to be successful in Wake Tech’s Medical Assisting program, all applicants will be required to complete a 50-question Math Readiness Assessment, which is a compilation of the math skills listed above. For assistance with preparing to take the assessment, review the Math for Medical Assistants Review Guide.

A Wake Tech ID card is required to be admitted to the testing area.

After completing the assessment, your results will be sent to your Wake Tech email address. If you score 84% or higher on the assessment, bring proof to the Medical Assisting program orientation to complete the admission process. If you score below 84%, you will be required to enroll in the Wake Tech Continuing Education Math for Medical Assistants and Health Care Professionals (MATH 3713) course. Registration information will be sent to your Wake Tech email address.

Retest policy: If you need to retake the Math Readiness Assessment, you must wait a minimum of 30 days from your last exam date. Only two tests are allowed per calendar year.

Additional assistance can be obtained by visiting Wake Tech’s Individualized Learning Center, as well as visiting the following math resources: