GBCC 2011 Hopefuls - page 2

Does anyone know when Great Bay sends out acceptance letters? I have heard as early as March from some people, and as late as May from others. Any thoughts? I got my letter from Manchester a few... Read More

  1. by   libbymaniac
    Are those percentages under the All category? They give you several percentages for all different programs and GBCC goes by the percentages to that are on the far right under ALL.
  2. by   JayMaineNurseToBe
    Hi Libby-
    I'm not sure... I was expecting the detailed report that you are referring to from the example I saw in my NLN study guide and also from everything I've read online, but the report I got from NLN (a month late and only after multiple phone calls and emails) only has three columns of info:
    - # Items
    -% Correct Score
    -Relative Performance

    In the text above the chart, it says: "Your relative performance on each of these sections as compared to a reference group of applicants to RN nursing programs is provided as a percentile rank, which ranges from 0 to 99 and indicates what proportion of the reference group earned scores lower than yours."

    Since I was expecting a more detailed report (with an "ALL" category) I called NLN and a not very friendly lady just said "That's the only report you will receive." I asked if the school got the more detailed one and she said yes.
    Kinda strange, huh?
  3. by   JayMaineNurseToBe
    I'm trying to figure out whether to take the NLN again but it's a hard decision since I don't really know for sure which numbers Great Bay will be looking at. If they are going by the 90-90-71 then I need to take it again. If it's the 98-97-91 I think I should(?) be good.

    Plus, I'm told that the February test (the only one I can take before the application deadline) fills fast and I need to book myself into it right away.
  4. by   JayMaineNurseToBe
    --Got an explanation about why my report is different:

    just talked to someone awesome at GBCC who said that apparently NLN is changing the report they send. They are going to need to figure out which numbers they will use for the selection process.
  5. by   libbymaniac
    Huh... I don't know what to tell you that sounds strange! My first set of numbers were all in the nineties and then the precentages got lower as the columns moved to the right. Of course they use the lower percentages! LOL. You can call the school and ask them to read you back your test scores. If they are all in the 90's your good!! If they're using the ones with the 70% it would hurt to take them again. With those scores I think you would most likely be atleast wait-listed!! So that's good news! Good luck to you!
  6. by   Contractor2RN010
    Overall I'm quite happy with the program, they want us to succeed, and although it can be quite tough to get in, once accepted the failure rate is quite low. It sounds like the new scoring system might have some bugs to work out, but don't forget you outscored 91% of those taking the science portion, and the other scores are fantastic. Your composite score indicates only 1% of those taking the test outscored you when considering the test as a whole, there is no 100% in the comparison scores. I wouldn't worry about your % correct because a portion of the test questions are for R&D of new test questions, and they were not previously considered in your relative scores. However, I'm definitely not familiar with the new system. If you're still concerned, feel free to take the test again, it never hurts to raise your scores!
  7. by   JayMaineNurseToBe
    Thanks for the replies everyone!--very much appreciated. I've received confirmation that NLN is, in fact, changing the reports they send and there is no longer and "ALL" column. There is just that column I previously mentioned labeled "Relative Performance" which I got the 97, 98, and 91. I'm thinking I'll just feel good about those scores going into the admissions process and save the $70 on another NLN test. Hopefully the 91 won't bite me in the butt. The admissions person said that most people accepted have all three scores in the 90's so I hope I'm not being overconfident in my scores.
    Thanks again everyone. Cheers.