MTips 12 Posts May 25, 2009 I'm not referring to someone's outright inability to pass the NET.I'm referring to the people who can easily pass it, but achieve average scores. Community colleges are only going to take the people with the highest NET or HESI scores first, which is the way it should be (merit-based). However, this leaves the people with average test scores behind. A person with excellent prerequisite grades and average test scores does not inherently deserve to be left behind. Hence, trade schools do play an important role, in my opinion.My prerequisite GPA from TCC was a 3.67, which is not competitive when I am competing with people who have 4.0 GPAs. I scored a 70 on the math portion of the NET and 91 on the writing skills. Again, people are going to have better scores than me. Does this mean I am not deserving of ascending the career ladder of nursing?I do see your point; but at NCTC this past year whenever I took the net I honestly felt like I bombed it and I still got in. On the reading section no one in my test class even finished the section. I left about 10 questions blank and still passed. In orientation the director of the program said that generally anyone who passes the net according to their minimum standards usually gets in. Im sure that in other areas around the country its much more competitive and you might have to get an awesome net score to be considered. But I was referring to NCTC since the original post said that they lived close to NCTC.