Test Full Name: Nurse Entrance Test
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How to pass NET and get good results?
Finished your high school and aspiring to be a nurse?
If you are aspiring to be a nurse, then you need to take up the Nurse Entrance test, also known as NET. The examination is tough and therefore, you need to refer to the right sources to ace through the test. More than anything, you need to work smarter than working harder. This test ensures that the applicants have a strong basic understanding of the prerequisite subject area.
NET has 175 questions divided into 6 parts
- Reading Comprehension
- Test - Taking skills
- Learning style
- Stress Level
- Social Interaction
There are many nursing schools, which include some additional exams like grammar and punctuation. NET includes all the above-mentioned six sections, but only reading comprehension (English) and math sections are taken into consideration to determine admission. Significance of other sections is to give prospective students and instructors an insight into potential strengths and problems the student might observe in academically demanding nursing program.
Average Scores at NET
Judging by the earlier records, the average score on the NET is about 65% to 73%. Now this looks low and easy to achieve, but the test level is difficult and students have only been able to achieve such low scores.
Math - Nurses have to perform basic mathematical computation on the job. NET's math test is to check general math and algebra skills of the prospective students. An applicant should score a minimum of 50 on this test, though some schools may emphasize on scoring 60 or above.
Reading - Medical textbooks contains scientific terms and thorough comprehension of the content is necessary. NET labels readers at one of the three levels. "Independent" means scores ranging from 60 to 100, which are the highest, and "Instructional" means scores from 45 to 59. Students within this range of scores are at risk to be rejected. "Frustration" - Scoring below 44 and Writing - The writing section which tests the grammar skills of applicants. Not all schools consider this test as essential for clearing the entrance test. However, low scores on the grammar section reduce the chance of acceptance into the program. Average score in this section is 58.
With different Nursing schools and different criteria for selection, some may go for minimum score in individual tests. Most schools look for a composite score, but anything above 60 increases the applicant's changes of acceptance.
How to ace NET test with good results?
Looking at the average or minimum scores required for the test, this is clear that the prospective nursing students are under immense stress. The amount of time they require to dedicate for preparations can vary from 8 to 10 hours a day. However, by following the stpes mentioned below, you can succeed with excellent scores.
- Make a list of universities/ schools that accepts NET score. Many schools require Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) along with NET.
- Know the dates of the availability of applications
- Find out the specifics about the test. How long this test will take? What topics are covered in test and their content. This information is available on NET test study guide.
- While practicing, monitor your timings. Some students feel math to be an easy one. The questions include in this section are percentages, algebra, adding, subtraction and fractions. If you are good at math, then save time from this section to use it for others.
- Reading comprehension is said to be the most difficult part of the test. The best advice is DO NOT try reading the whole passage. Breeze through it and see what questions are being asked. Keep options in mind and look for the answers. Generally, the main idea is stated in first few sentences and is covered in the conclusion paragraph at the end.
- Online learning programs offer guidance so that prospective students can learn from the comfort of their homes. These tests are designed by nurse educators.
- Take as many practice tests as you can. This will give you a fair idea of your timings, efficiency, strengths and weakness.
- You will not be allowed to use calculator or cell phones during the exam. Practice without them.
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