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Brenda's story

24 Jan 2019

Brenda, a Community Psychiatric Nurse, used the National Numeracy Challenge to improve her numeracy skills. She told us how it helped her get ready to pass the Non-Medical Prescribers Course. Read her story below.

What made you sign up for the National Numeracy Challenge? 

I took up the challenge because I want to apply for a nurse prescribers course and for that I need a good basic knowledge in maths.

How did you find the process? 

I did not use a calculator because I wanted to challenge myself. The first time I took the challenge I scored 76, you need 80 to pass. I did not become disheartened but used some of the lessons on the website to brush up on the subjects I had not been so good at. I found the lessons very useful.  

And what happened after using the improvement resources?

I was very pleased that on my second attempt at the challenge I managed to pass. 

Well done! What are your feelings towards maths now? 

It’s funny but I do feel really proud of myself for doing this, especially as I am 55 years old and haven’t really done any numeracy skills for many years. 

How has using Challenge helped your career? 

After taking the challenge I sat a maths test to enable me to do the Non-Medical Prescribers course, I don’t think I would have passed had I not taken the challenge. 

Do you have any advice for other people who want to improve their maths?

If I can do it so can you. 

Try it yourself- register on the Challenge website now!

National Numeracy has developed an online tool to help you improve your numeracy and boost your confidence. This interactive website is free to use at home, at work or on the move. You can assess your current level of numeracy – completely anonymously - and then begin an online journey to getting the Essentials of Numeracy.