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I'm taking the ATI LPN step test tomorrow. It's the entrance exam for our LPN to RN program. This is the first year that they are using the step test. It was previously the GAP test.

There were 60 people invited to sit for the test and 20-30 will be chosen for the program. Has anyone had any experience with this test? My school does utilize the ATI program and I have all the practice tests available to me. I have met at or above national average with all of them so far. I took the practice test and made a 66% shhesh. Scary. I'm had all A's last semester. I graduate the LPN program in Dec. So, i think I may be at a slight disadvantage because I'm missing the last 1/2 of our last semester (3 total after prereqs). Well that all seems clear as mud. Just would love someone's input.

Hello, I have to take the STEP test in Jan 2011, how was the test? Is it like the NCLEX? Any info would be great. Thanks!

How did you do then on the step? I just took the Step test also and currently trying to decipher the results =/ I am so completely unsure of how I feel about the results and quite frankly my competency as a nurse:confused:confused:

Hey Jennnifer,

I think I did ok on the STep test. it seems as thought the average is 66.4 nationwide. i got 79.3::confused:, so i have no idea how that score is, my school has never done the step test before so they don't have anything to base score on except the national average. How did you do? Does your school have a minimum score they are looking for? Don't worry,from what i understand they use this test just to get an idea of areas of weakness for students, not neccessarily a determining factor of acceptance.

When do you apply to your program?

Best of luck to you!


Oh my gosh!! Now that we took the Step assessment test, we were just informed that we will be required to take the ATI PN Step up exam.. No other info. Crazy scary.. Have no idea what score is passing.. But do know that if we fail, we are not invited to take the TEAS version V.. I don't know what is more scarier!!:eek: Have you Donna or anyone taken both and are they relatively the same?

HI Jennifer,

I haven't heard of the STEP up exam. I have taken TEAS and the format for that is completely different. I would get theTEAS study guide and do some of the practice tests. How did you do on the STEP assesment? I am trying to figure out if my score was any good:rolleyes:

good luck email me if you have any other TEAS questions.

Yeah none of have heard of the "Step up exam" either.. When we originally took the step assessment and then heard of the changes to the program, we thought oh yeah, no problem we already took it.. Well we didn't.. they are tricky! I cant figure out how to understand the results to the assessment test either and of course no one can help you at ATI, and the instructor said not to worry about the numbers they just wanted to see where we were at.. I did read somewhere that if you have a higher number than the national average 66 I believe, then you're good!! I got 75 for my national average.. It had been longer than 8 years since taking VNclex which is what it reminded me of totally.. and dont forget its all areas.. which we forget! I think its just human nature to want to see what we did wrong or right, a passing or fail score, correct it, and move on!

I know for me a lot of drugs and the adverse reactions were really hard.. we cant have a drug book in front of us while taking the test. For me, my practice is, I would never give a drug I dont know about or have never given to my patient without always looking it up in my drug book.

The teas we have to take is for version V and yes I have the book from ATI and two practice tests yet to take.. It is very heavy HEAVY on the Chemistry:idea: Some of us, myself included didn't need Chemistry for the program. It is a co-req to Microbiology. I can't even start really concentrating on either of the tests until I complete my LPN-RN transition class. I know both are equally as important, however cant progress to the next step until I pass this class, which shouldn't be any problem. I also just purchased the RNClex book from Saunders I believe, to just start going over the stuff I need to brush up on from the assessment test. That part I can clearly understand ;)

I know for some people it was really difficult to pass the TEAS exam and they are very intelligent too.. So scary:eek:


i am a lpn scheduled to take the lpn step test soon. Can you share any information on how to study for the exam and subjects covered. I would greatly appreciate it.


i am a current lpn and would like to know if you could share any information about the lpn step exam. Did you buy the practice test from ati? If so, did it help. Did the practice test mirror the actual exam? Also how did you study for the exam

You know, when we took the LPN step up test we freaked out.. But we also were not prepared and did not know what to expect. Now looking back it was just like the NCLEX. It was amazing to see what I had forgotten. If you guys are taking it though ATI, there is a test that you can purchase that is going to give you a good foundation to study for. I think you can find it in the online store through the site!

Of course each test is different but the content will be the same.. Know your pharmacology!!! Side effects etc.. that was a big one that I remember.. And its not just N/V/D :eek: Brush up on Steroid usage! I also had a lot of OB and Peds which I did better than I thought I would of. Maybe because I have had babies.. Never worked a day in my life in either specialty.

My best advice to you would be if this test counts on your admission into the class or program buy the test through ATI or purchase an RNCLEX book. I bought one on line Amazon.com by Saunders its yellow I think. I used these going through LVN school for each body system before a big test. Not only was it a great help with helping me prepare for my test but it really helped me prepare for boards by introducing the type and level of questions we will later see!!

If it is just to see where you are, that was our case when we took it, I wouldn't stress on buying the test but rather spend your money on the RNCLEX book and go though each section if you have the time:)

Good luck to you!


Hi everyone,

I'm signing up to take the ATI LPN Step test soon. Just so I understand this, the TEAS test is for pre-nursing students, and the STEP test is for LPN to RN bridge students right?? As far as the ATI Step test, has anyone taken it recently? How was it? Was it similiar to the NCLEX-PN? I'm planning to buy the online practice assessment of $155.00 and pondering whether if it's worth it :confused: or just study off my mosby's and saunders books like I did for the NCLEX last year.... Any opinions or insights would be a great help!! :D

Thanks in advance

Hello Everybody..

Anybody had STEp test recently? WE all want a feedback plssssssss..WE all need all the help you all can give US..of course not the test question per se but just something to look or watch out for..plss...plss...plss..Thanks in advance..

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