I took the NET last week, and my results just arrived today. My composite score is 82. I wish I knew what this meant relative to the application pool. Is it good or is it just OK. I know it's not bad, but I suspect it's not spectacular.
I also have a real low score (50%) in test taking skills of all things; oh well, don't think that's looked at very closely in any official way, but it might not put me in a good light seeing as we all have to pass the NCLEX after nursing school.
I scored in the high 90's with my TEAS test, but the only time I could take the NET was during finals week, so of course I wasn't able to study for it as much as I would've liked. I had mistakenly thought the NET was way easier than the TEAS. And, since I had done so well on the TEAS, I figured I would wing it on the NET. I studied for the NET when I could between finals studying (which was usually when I was waiting in the car to pick up one of my kids or watching a soccer game).
It all seemed pretty easy sitting in that car seat.....but if you've not worked on basic math and English concepts in a looooong time, those simple little rules that you could do with your eyes closed at home will have a tendency to slip from your mind when your all hyped up for a test (like how to spell heroes, or change a number into an improper fraction--ACK!).
What gets me, just now when I went online to research what is considered a passing NET score from the Entry Level MSN program I'm interested in applying to, I find out that they are NOW looking at the NET scores competitively. What!?!?!
Last year, when I attended an advisement session at this school, all they were expecting was a passing score (numbers in the 50's and 60's from what I remember). I remember this clearly because a woman I had sat next to was having a cow over the fact that she had to take an entrance test (I have a MBA and 10 years in yada yada yada), and the advisor was reassuring her that all that would be required was a passing score of 60 something and that any of us in that room should be capable of doing this, especially if we spent a reasonable amount of time reviewing from the ERI study book.
Had I known the NET score was going to be part of a competitive ranking system, I would've taken it much more seriously. LikeI did for the TEAS which is 40% of your points for the CSU BSN program I am also applying to. Applications for the Entry Level MSN are due January 15th, so now my decent but not very spectacular composit score of 82 will have to carry me through.
Wish me luck. I think I'm going to slip in a copy of my TEAS results into my application. The ELMSN program is at an expensive private school which I can't imagine affording....what with three kids that will need to go to college soon after I graduate and start paying my own student loans off. So, maybe a ho-hum score in the NET is meant to be.
The CSU system I'm also applying to has always stated up front that the TEAS score is part of your competitive ranking, and that's why I was shooting for a spectatular score with the TEAS.
Long story short: Let this be a lesson to all of you prenursing students in Allnurses world. Take all these entrance tests very seriously. Always shoot for a competitive score as the rules may switch on you midstream.
Many Blessings during this crazy busy season.