Hello, I am a student entering the sonography program at a community college.
Along with the students hoping to enter the LVN and RN programs, I had to take the N.E.T. These programs are all very competitive, and the college awards points towards admittance on a one-per-one basis. So, if you get an 80 on the N.E.T., you gain 80 points towards admission, and so on.
I just took the N.E.T. I am APPALLED to report that it has a number of errors in the math section. The reading section is also very poorly written and has a number of syntax errors that could confuse students.
Why is this critical? I personally know students who missed being accepted into their program of choice by A SINGLE POINT. Perhaps the point they "missed" was one of the math problems containing an error. For example, the test asked for the decimal equivalent to "one hundred fifty five thousands" and DID NOT LIST the correct answer. Obviously, they meant to ask for "thousandths," but did not. Incorrect mathematical notation is repeatedly used as well.
Many students taking the N.E.T. have poor math skills, and have been unable to detect that the reason they did poorly on it was not just their lack of skills, but rather that the test contains errors. I happen to have made almost a perfect score. Others are not so lucky. I want to compete fairly...this means the test needs to measure actual basic math skills, not someone's skills at using much higher math reasoning to correct a problem and arrive at the answer.
NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO 'INTERPRET' THE TEST TO ATTEMPT TO DETERMINE what was "meant."
I have alerted my Dean, and have written to the N.E.T. "owners," ERI. I urge you to be aware that the test contains errors. Please alert your own deans or program administrators to this serious problem. I am very upset about it. Thanks for your attention.
May 24, '04
I could spit. I just wrote a lengthy reply detailing the errors and when I went to post it, I got the "you are not logged in message," which is bunk!
Where did my reply go? Floating around in cyberspace forever, I guess.
The long and the short of it: I took the NET last week. I did exceptionally well. I found errors in notation, including errors that turned one algebraic expression into a differential equation, notation that is non-standard and is "nonsense" mathematically in a percentage problem, notation that is simply incorrect concerning variables, and an error in the decimal equivalent I mentioned. I found errors in syntax in the reading section.
Further, I believe the test to be scored incorrectly. If the last sections (concerning stress, learning style, etc) are scored incorrectly, I feel the rest of the test may be scored incorrectly. Example: I specifically chose answers to reflect that I am NOT an auditory learner. Result? The test scored me very highly as an auditory learner. Hmmm.
The first letter I wrote to ERI, the creators of the NET test (and very wealthy because of it), was too hotheaded to repeat. I am working on a calmer, follow-up version. ERI did not bother to reply to my contact as of this time.
I am shaken up; it was very upsetting to see my classmates standing around fighting back tears because they did not score highly enough to continue in our program. And some of the lost points are due to errors in the test, not their errors. That just isn't right.
Last edit by hollyultrasound on May 24, '04