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NAU ABSN Program 2021

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Hey guys! Currently, I am an NAU student majoring biomedical sciences and minoring in Chemistry. I am graduating in Spring 2021 and I am interested in applying to the ABSN program at NAU. My overall GPA is a 3.58.

These are my current stats for the ABSN program:

B/A BIO 201: Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and Lab

A/B BIO 202: Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 and lab

B/A BIO 205: Microbiology and Lab

A/ BIO 320: General Pathology

A/ PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology

A/ PSY 240: Developmental Psychology (must cover the full lifespan)

(IP)/ NTS 135: Human Nutrition

B/ 270: Applied Statistics (PSY 230)

Current GPA: 3.58

With an “A” grade in NTS 135: 3.6

I have already started studying for the Kaplan and I am planning on taking the exam in November 2020. I am using the book that the NAU nursing department recommended. But what other resources should I use to study? I know my GPA is on the lower end so is there anything else I should do to strengthen my application?

I appreciate any advice that is given to me! Thank you!

There is a pretty extensive information regarding this on the NAU ABSN 2020 page on allnurses, so definitely check that out - some people posted their stats and whether they got in or not, so you can go off of that. The Kaplan Entrance Exam is very difficult to study for as there are very few resources that accurately depict what the exam is like. I would suggest hopping over to the other page and taking a peak at everyone's stats. I believe that they go mostly by GPA and the Kaplan score, so just try to review for the Kaplan as much as you can to try to strengthen your application. I think the Kaplan Study Guide was the most helpful for me, but it did not prepare me for a lot of stuff. In general, studying reading/writing portions of ACT or SAT was beneficial. I had the most trouble with the science portion, getting a 65% because I did not review general biology topics. Good Luck on your test!

3 hours ago, HelloSunshine545 said:

There is a pretty extensive information regarding this on the NAU ABSN 2020 page on allnurses, so definitely check that out - some people posted their stats and whether they got in or not, so you can go off of that. The Kaplan Entrance Exam is very difficult to study for as there are very few resources that accurately depict what the exam is like. I would suggest hopping over to the other page and taking a peak at everyone's stats. I believe that they go mostly by GPA and the Kaplan score, so just try to review for the Kaplan as much as you can to try to strengthen your application. I think the Kaplan Study Guide was the most helpful for me, but it did not prepare me for a lot of stuff. In general, studying reading/writing portions of ACT or SAT was beneficial. I had the most trouble with the science portion, getting a 65% because I did not review general biology topics. Good Luck on your test!

Hey, I will definitely check that out! Thank you. If you don’t mind me asking what were your stats?

I had a 4.0 with 0 prerecs in progress, 83% overall, 65% science on the Kaplan. I was accepted, but I ended up going somewhere else for personal reasons

On 6/17/2020 at 6:55 AM, HelloSunshine545 said:

There is a pretty extensive information regarding this on the NAU ABSN 2020 page on allnurses, so definitely check that out - some people posted their stats and whether they got in or not, so you can go off of that. The Kaplan Entrance Exam is very difficult to study for as there are very few resources that accurately depict what the exam is like. I would suggest hopping over to the other page and taking a peak at everyone's stats. I believe that they go mostly by GPA and the Kaplan score, so just try to review for the Kaplan as much as you can to try to strengthen your application. I think the Kaplan Study Guide was the most helpful for me, but it did not prepare me for a lot of stuff. In general, studying reading/writing portions of ACT or SAT was beneficial. I had the most trouble with the science portion, getting a 65% because I did not review general biology topics. Good Luck on your test!

How do you recommend studying for the exam?

On 6/17/2020 at 10:23 AM, CookiesOrCreme said:

I had a 4.0 with 0 prerecs in progress, 83% overall, 65% science on the Kaplan. I was accepted, but I ended up going somewhere else for personal reasons

How do you recommend studying for the exam?

So I just wanted to make an update, I am retaking STA 270 and BIO 205.

On 6/17/2020 at 10:23 AM, CookiesOrCreme said:

I had a 4.0 with 0 prerecs in progress, 83% overall, 65% science on the Kaplan. I was accepted, but I ended up going somewhere else for personal reasons

Hello! My GPA is a 3.86 with 0 prerequisites in progress. On the Kaplan I got a 76% overall, and 70% on the science. Do you think I have a chance of getting in? I feel like my scores are too low 😭 

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On 6/17/2020 at 6:55 AM, HelloSunshine545 said:

There is a pretty extensive information regarding this on the NAU ABSN 2020 page on allnurses, so definitely check that out - some people posted their stats and whether they got in or not, so you can go off of that. The Kaplan Entrance Exam is very difficult to study for as there are very few resources that accurately depict what the exam is like. I would suggest hopping over to the other page and taking a peak at everyone's stats. I believe that they go mostly by GPA and the Kaplan score, so just try to review for the Kaplan as much as you can to try to strengthen your application. I think the Kaplan Study Guide was the most helpful for me, but it did not prepare me for a lot of stuff. In general, studying reading/writing portions of ACT or SAT was beneficial. I had the most trouble with the science portion, getting a 65% because I did not review general biology topics. Good Luck on your test!

I just took the Kaplan and scored 76% overall and 70% on the science. I know my scores are on the lower end, but I have a 3.86. Do you think I have a shot getting in?