Gonna get allllllll keyboard busy on this question.

Sure, it's a semi decent guide by which to judge whether or not the applicant is a slack-jawed, knuckle dragging filter changer, or someone with ability to learn.

Personally (and, of course, professionally,) I would prefer that they be on a "more than passing" comfort level, preferably in the realm of passing a CM, but sure, you could say NATE was a bare bones, bottom line guide for a potential employee. (Like an office worker, or a fleet truck mechanic... )