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Is it true that not all nursing schools require RN Pre-Admission Test, only general admission requirements, such as minimum grade point average, high school or college biology, chemistry and math, reading and writing assessment tests and sometimes CPR or CNA certification?

Not all schools require the exam, but they do require more than minimum scores to get in. There is much competition to get into programs, so you are up against others that were at the top of their clases in their grades, etc. I do not know of one nurse that got into a program with just minimum grades, espeically the way that things are now.

When I was accepted, my school didnt require the nursing entrance test (NET) for admissions, but we all had to take it before the semester started so they would know if we may need any additional help throughout the semester. A lot of the schools in my area (North Texas) do require NET for admissions, and I believe that my program (TWU) has changed their requirements to include the NET. Its not really nursing specific, though...its basic math and english-- just used as a tool to see where certains strengths/weaknesses may be.

Fun2, BSN, RN

Specializes in Operating Room.

We had to take the NET for DallasCCCD's El Centro ADN program.

Admission to the RN program isn't based on the score, but you have to have at least 50 on the math and 50 on the reading.

Why is it that you are so concerned with taking an entrance exam? You will have to take many, many, many exams through the nursing school process, and then the NCLEX.

Is there a specific problem that you will need to deal with? Math, reading, language barrier, etc?

We had to take the NET for DallasCCCD's El Centro ADN program.

Admission to the RN program isn't based on the score, but you have to have at least 50 on the math and 50 on the reading.

Why is it that you are so concerned with taking an entrance exam? You will have to take many, many, many exams through the nursing school process, and then the NCLEX.

Is there a specific problem that you will need to deal with? Math, reading, language barrier, etc?

No, I don't worry about math, reading and writing. The college I wanted to apply to requires Pre-Admission Test which has vocabulary, math, chemistry, biology, physics and earth science questions and IT IS based on the score. THAT is the test I worry about. The competency test for math, reading and writing doesn't concern me.

My school doesn't req. a RN pre test..but to get into the school (not the nursing school) you do have to take a NET test..it is just basic high school type questions.

My school at the local university (BSN program) dropped the NET as a requirement.

Right up the street at the community college, the ADN program still insists on using it.

It seems that the local ADN program is harder to get into than the BSN program.

Does that make any sense?

Is it true that not all nursing schools require RN Pre-Admission Test, only general admission requirements, such as minimum grade point average, high school or college biology, chemistry and math, reading and writing assessment tests and sometimes CPR or CNA certification?

Just like Suzanne4 said, programs are competitive and we are advised at our school to maintain a GPA of 3.5 minimum to be competitive. The schools that I plan to apply at don't require entrance exams, they go strictly by prerequisite courses and GPA. Good luck and keep your GPA up :)

txspadequeenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, PICC Nurse, Nursing Supervisor.

I didnt have to take a pre-admission test..THANK THE GOOD LORD!!!! But they did look at GPA and I am in a LVN to BSN program.

Many schools do not require a pre-entrance exam. They however, do still look carefully at all other attributes- grades, etc...and it is still very competitive to get into these programs.

Achoo!, LPN

Specializes in Urgent Care.

Just an ASSET test for the CC's around here.

Is it true that not all nursing schools require RN Pre-Admission Test, only general admission requirements, such as minimum grade point average, high school or college biology, chemistry and math, reading and writing assessment tests and sometimes CPR or CNA certification?

My school required the NLN pre-admission exam, but others around do not.

WDWpixieRN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg <1; Epic Certified <1.

The community college here in St. Louis doesn't require pre-testing nor do they have any kind of competitive process to get in. You complete your requirements (w/the minimum GPA), put your name on a list, and wait -- first come, first served.

I have mixed feelings on whether that is right or not....when you've worked hard to get good grades, it'd be nice to be rewarded for that. However, I know some people struggle more than others and perhaps that's not always a reflection on the quality of RN they will eventually become.

Good luck!

It is because of the cost. CCs are alot cheaper. That is why I choose the CC I am in.

The community college here in St. Louis doesn't require pre-testing nor do they have any kind of competitive process to get in. You complete your requirements (w/the minimum GPA), put your name on a list, and wait -- first come, first served.

I have mixed feelings on whether that is right or not....when you've worked hard to get good grades, it'd be nice to be rewarded for that. However, I know some people struggle more than others and perhaps that's not always a reflection on the quality of RN they will eventually become.

Good luck!

If they have bad grades going in they might also not make it through the nursing program let alone pass the State Board exam....it's always better to have good grades in my opinion. So keep up the good grades as you have been doing :)

Annabelle57

Specializes in Burn/Trauma PCU.

totally depends on the school... but yes, some don't require a pre-admission test. all of the adn programs in my area require net, but the 4-year colleges do not. their websites have all this information, so you can check around and see who requires it and who doesn't.

the way i see it, most of the programs are so dang competitive that you have to keep a nice high gpa just to be accepted. if you can do that, then the pre-admission testing isn't going to faze you at all. personally, i tried to avoid it only because the schools 'round here charge you money when you take it (about $30, usually) and i just didn't want to part with that money. :rolleyes:

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