Frustrated with NET testing

  1. I am so frustrated. I took the NET yesterday- my last hurdle in the application process. I bombed the math/alegbra portion. I was never informed that we could bring or even use calculators, and the one they had there only performed basic functions. :angryfire
    I knew I was not going to do well without a calculator, I am was willing to accept that. I knew how to do all the problems except for one or two- if I had brought my own calculator. I cried all the way home.
    I am just angry that I wasn't told. I think I may have been left off a mailing list, everyone else brought one. I didn't even know where at the school the exam was, I had to call and ask. I paid 25 bucks and took a day off work for this...I guess I will just call Monday and ask if I can take it over.
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   WickedRedRN
    Have you already gotten the results? When I took the NET 2 years ago, we could not use calculators, it was scratch paper only. And we had to wait upward of a month to get the results mailed to us.

    If you have not gotten results, maybe you did not do as bad as you think?
  4. by   marcieg
    Yeah, I did as bad as I think- the results were on the computer as soon as I was done. I don't remember the exact number but it said I was at a junior high math level. The proctor looked over my shoulder and said "That's going to be a problem."
    They have someone there who will analyze all the results, and make recommendations and mail us the results in about 2 weeks. (not necessarily our acceptance or rejection letter)
    What's killing me is that I just finished algebra last semester with a "B", it was such a struggle- and we never did anything without a calculator, not even in prealgebra. Hopefully they will see that my transcripts and this test don't match up.
    I guess if we had all been taking the test on a level playing field- no calculators, or just the ones they supplied I would feel better- this field is so competitive to get into!
  5. by   Roseyposey
    Hmmmm...I took the NET a couple months ago and was not allowed to use a calculator, just scratch paper.
  6. by   klone
    Quote from JKCMom
    Hmmmm...I took the NET a couple months ago and was not allowed to use a calculator, just scratch paper.
    Us too (I took it a year ago). It actually seems unfair to allow the calculator. If they want to see how well you do on basic math, it seems to defeat the purpose. I could understand if it were higher level algebra or complicated formulas, but not for basic math and conversions.

    And really, with the type of math on the NET, a basic function calculator is really all that *IS* needed.

    I'm very sorry about your disappointment on the test, but I think the problem doesn't lie with their testing practices. It sounds like perhaps your basic math skills need a little brushing up. Really, that is not a test that would require more than a basic function calculator (add, subtract, multiplication, division), and if you did poorly in spite of having one, then it would serve you well to take a remedial math course and then try again with the test at a later date.
    Last edit by klone on Jan 23, '05
  7. by   AdobeRN
    I took it last spring and we were allowed scrap paper only, no calculators. I agree with one of the other posters...kindof defeats the purpose if you are allowed to use calculators. Don't let it bother you...are you allowed to take the test again? If so, I would sign up to retake the test. The program I am in allowed you to take the NET twice and they accepted the highest score.
  8. by   Abersmom
    Sorry...I'm so new here. What is NET? I assume it's a type of test..is it a national exam?
  9. by   confusedasnormal :)
    We had to use just scratch paper as well and then that too was collected. And our cost for the NET was $35.

    Sorry things didn't go well, but don't give up! There is always a chance
  10. by   klone
    Quote from CNAKLWalsh
    Sorry...I'm so new here. What is NET? I assume it's a type of test..is it a national exam?
    It stands for Nursing Entrance Test. It measures basic math and reading comprehension. Many schools use it to help determine admission.
  11. by   Abersmom
    Quote from klone
    It stands for Nursing Entrance Test. It measures basic math and reading comprehension. Many schools use it to help determine admission.

    Thanks!!
  12. by   lovin3angels
    I will be taking my NET in two weeks, any advice from those who have taken it? I have to pay $45 for my test . We have to wait about 4-6 wks for results. I only have one try, if I don't do well enough I will have to wait a year, YIKES!
    As far as calculators I 'm not sure, I heard we can't use them only paper, but I don't know for certain.
  13. by   NavyWife
    Oh no! Here I am ticked off at myself for just taking the Study Guide Math test for the NET and cannot figure out why I cannot remember this crap! I take mine on Feb. 5th. But on my letter that gets me into the test, it says we are not allowed calculators (God I wish!!!!) and we will be provided with a pencil! Are you going to try and take it again?!?
  14. by   nurse2be2007
    I have to take the NET Feb 16th, I have no idea if calculators are allowed as that isnt mentioned in the packet that I received from my school. The test fee was $25 and is non-refundable. I got some sample test from the learning center and the math part doesnt seem to be that difficult, but who knows what it will seem like when I am actually sitting down to take the test. We need 61 or better on the test to be admitted to the nursing program. It also says that our results will be sent to us two week AFTER the completion of the testing which ends on Feb 22nd. So basically it will be almost 3 weeks after I take it.

    I am sorry that you did so poorly on the math section. Can you take it again? However, I agree that the use of calculators seems to be defeating the purpose. From what I can see, the algebra equations are pretty basic and all you really need to know is the order of operation and basic math skills to be able to figure them out. I wish you good luck though, maybe its not as bad as it seems right now. Let us know!

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