Reading Comprehension

The DET reading section has 47 questions to be answered in 60 minutes. Some schools do not have a time limits.  Below is a more detailed list of the types of reading questions that are likely to appear on the DET.

  • Drawing logical conclusions
  • Identify the author’s intent to persuade, inform, entertain, or otherwise
  • Make predictions
  • Analyze and evaluate the use of text structure to solve problems or identify sequences
  • Give the definition of a word from context

 

Practice

Mathematics

The DET includes a comprehensive Mathematics section that includes a section where you are asked to solve medical related word problems, such as calculating dosages. There are a total of 50 questions, which must be answered in 50 minutes.  The topics covered include:

  • decimals
  • whole numbers
  • fractions
  • number system conversions
  • percentages
  • basic algebra
  • word problems

Practice

Basic Math - 10 questions
Basic Math 2 - 10 questions
Word Problems Tutorial
Algebra - 7 questions
Percent - 18 questions
Fractions, Percent and Decimals - 14 questions

English

The English section has 50 questions to be answered in 50 minutes.

The English section is an optional module and not all schools include in their DET. We strongly suggest that you check with your school for the DET exam details. It is always a good idea to give the materials you receive when you register to take the DET a careful review.

The topics include:

  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Sentence Structure
  • English Usage
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation

Practice

English Usage - 15 questions
English Grammar - 20 questions
Punctuation - 12 questions

Science

There are a total of 75 questions (25 biology, 25 chemistry and 25 Anatomy and Physiology) which must be answered in 75 minutes.

NOTE: The Science section is an optional module that not all schools include. We strongly suggest that you check with your school for the DET exam details. It is always a good idea to give the materials you receive when you register to take the DET a careful review.

Topics covered include:

Describe and understand the functions of body systems including, circulatory, digestive, nervous, respiratory and immune systems.

  • Understand general human anatomy and physiology
  • Birth rates, death rates and population growth
  • Natural selection and adaptation
  • Biological classification
  • Parts of a cell and functions
  • Mitosis and Meiosis
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • DNA and RNA, including mutations and cell replication
  • Basic Heredity (Mendel and Punnett squares)
  • Chromosomes, genes and proteins
  • Phenotypes and genotypes
  • Basic chemical reactions such as oxidation/reduction and acid/base reactions
  • Catalysts
  • Chemical bonds
  • Types of energy – Kinetic, potential, mechanical
  • Atoms, protons, neutrons and electrons
  • The Periodic Table
  • States of matter – liquids, gases and solids
  • Simple changes of state including evaporation, vaporization and condensation
  • Understand scientific reasoning
  • Identify steps in a scientific investigation
Anatomy and Physiology - 5 questions
Anatomy and Physiology II - 30 questions
Biology - 10 questions
Basic Science - 7 questions
Scientific Reasoning and Method - 10 questions
Chemistry - 20 questions

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