I am so disheartened. I took the NET the first time and did well on the math and missed the reading by 2 points. So I studied my butt off, took it again, and was so sure I did better - I did WORSE! I got worse on the reading than the first time, and the first time I hardly even studied the reading portion! They only give us 3 chances - after that, they send us to the community college career counselors to help us find another career!
I want this soooo bad. I think about it constantly. I really am so upset about it. Most programs in my area require NET scores for admission except for BSN programs.
Any tips for the reading comp portion of the test or advice on what to do next? I am going to take it the last, third time, I think... but I'm so terrified of what will happen if I do take it and fail and I feel that failure that I've avoided it until now. I took it last in October. (My mom died on Thanksgiving and my sister has been in the hospital as well...)
Jan 3, '06
Here's some paraphrased information I snagged from the ERI NET Guide regarding the different types of Critical Reading questions you might be asked:
1. Reading for the Main Idea
- can be a statement of the topic or theme for a paragraph
- normally near beginning or end of a paragraph
- identifies how the topic is or does something
- serves as an umbrella structure for the rest of the details in the paragraph
Two Common Errors:
- too narrow (sometimes seems attractive because it contains details given in the paragraph; however, ignores wider range of details introduced)
- too general (looks attractive because it seems broad and references more than a few details in the paragraph; however, it goes beyond the supporting details)
Common question types:
- Which states the main idea of this paragraph?
- Which is the best statement of main idea for the paragraph?
- Identify the main idea for this paragraph
2. Inferential Reading
- Draw conclusions from facts and statements within a paragraph
- Unwritten/unstated relationship among details of a paragraph
- Expresses understanding of unstated links between paragraph ideas
- Utilize deductive reasoning
Common question types:
- Identify an inference that can be derived from this paragraph.
- Which statement is true based upon the paragraph?
- Identify a conclusion that can be drawn from this paragraph.
3. Paragraph Function and Significance
- Establishing the theme, purpose, and predicted outcomes of a paragraph
- typically only a phrase (ex: Book Titles)
- Which would be a statement of theme for this paragraph?
- Identify the central, unifying theme of the last 3 paragraphs.
- What is the common theme of this article?
- goes beyond statement of either main idea or topic
- make a value judgement about why a selection was written
- Identify the purpose of paragraphs J-L
- What is the best statement of purpose that can be supported by paragraphs B-F?
- project an action
- project a result based upon premise developed by paragraph
- must be supported by details or reasoning evolved within a paragraph
- Which is an outcome resulting from paragraph G?
- Based on these two paragraphs, which is a true conclusion?
While this information (basic question types) seems insignificant at the first glance, if you go through the study guide's answer key and read the reasoning behind the correct (and incorrect) answers for EVERY question, you'll eventually find a general pattern in how they phrase each question and how they come up with the various optional answers (and, ultimately, what makes the correct answer correct)... and how it's all connected to the semantics or wording of each question.
I hope that helps... Hopefully you'll get a hang of it... and good luck on your next try.
Last edit by karmyk on Jan 3, '06