Do you have to take ATI exams? - page 2

OUr first ATI test is comming up next month. We have them through out the program. Even if you pass the class, but can not pass an ATI exam you are out of the program. Does any one else have to take... Read More

  1. by   marilynmom
    I don't think they are hard. My lowest national percentile was 92% and my highest was 99% (for OB). But I really don't have any idea if they are true predictors of your NCLEX success...I wonder if they just want our money

    At my school we have to score above the national average which is different for each ATI test, we are given 2 chances to pass. I've personally never had any problems reaching that goal. So far I have taken Fundamentals, Psych, OB, Critical Thinking, Med/Surg ATIs. We will be taking the Peds one here at the end of the semester. Be prepared because there is going to be questions on there that you have not studied BUT that is how the NCLEX is as well, so I think it is good practice at the very least...critical thinking through topics you don't know much about.

    Hopefully you have the ATI books to study with. I use them along with my regular classes so by the time I have reached the end of my class I have also read the whole ATI book.
    Last edit by marilynmom on Mar 9, '07
  2. by   piperglen
    We have to take them. If we don't pass with the 70%, we have to remediate unproctored on the ATI website until we get a 90%. We were given codes so we can practice them on our own. They aren't too bad. Most people in my class pass them on the first try. My husband said that the ATI practice tests helped hiom th emost with passing the NCLEX.
  3. by   RN BSN 2009
    We do have them, but they are just used to show recommendations for areas of improvement, they cannot make you flunk out of the program.
  4. by   Nursing in 09
    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    OUr first ATI test is comming up next month. We have them through out the program. Even if you pass the class, but can not pass an ATI exam you are out of the program. Does any one else have to take these? If so how hard are they? Study tips? Anything??
    Thanks
    We have to take the ATI. First semester we needed 80%, second we need 85%. We get 2 or 3 tries, can't remember for sure, then they take 10% away from our total grade, which would mean almost anyone would fail since we need 80% to pass a class. That has not happened to anyone as far as i know, but it does create more stress and makes us feel like they just put up more road blocks along our way. Hopefully it will make us successful on NCLEX.
  5. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Some one said that some of them are hard and some of them are easier. The first one I have to take is for Fundamentals (from last semester). Remember if it is one of the hard or easy ones?
  6. by   Gennaver
    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    OUr first ATI test is comming up next month. We have them through out the program. Even if you pass the class, but can not pass an ATI exam you are out of the program. Does any one else have to take these? If so how hard are they? Study tips? Anything??
    Thanks
    Hello,
    I just replied to the post about needing to take NLN test for diploman and mentioned some about the ATI.

    I see that it is not necessarily working in some institutions but, others really profess that it helps.

    Currently, since I have one quarter left and my ATI has taken a sudden nose-dive in rank, I am concerned.

    Gen-then again, we are in nursing school...who ISN'T concerned.
  7. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Nursing in 09
    We have to take the ATI. First semester we needed 80%, second we need 85%. We get 2 or 3 tries, can't remember for sure, then they take 10% away from our total grade, which would mean almost anyone would fail since we need 80% to pass a class. That has not happened to anyone as far as i know, but it does create more stress and makes us feel like they just put up more road blocks along our way. Hopefully it will make us successful on NCLEX.
    Hi,
    This is my current concern. I did well until the ATIs until this quarter, (my second from the last quarter).

    Our program requires a minimum grade of 86% to pass the class, (for classwork) and a minimum of program rank of 40%. There are only 20 people in my class and well, they are very smart so I am torn about the need for individual program rank. However, this quarter I didnt' do well on the national ranking either so...I must retake in 7 days.

    Since we all loose points for retaking it my chances of earning a total points of 86% for this quarter are very, very tight.

    Yeah, I am nervous about it. I am not a stellar multiple choice test taker as it is and now there is even more pressure on.

    Progression, retention and dismissal all are influenced by our ATI scores.
    Gen
  8. by   diana, lpn
    Do yourself a favor and relax. I totally stressed all through those tests. Are they hard? Yes. In our class of 44, everyone passed (although not all on the first try). They are graded on a different scale than an exam. I hated every one of them. However, I truly believe they played a vital role in passing the NCLEX which is why many of the schools place such importance on them. They want you to pass the NCLEX.
  9. by   Gennaver
    Quote from diana, lpn
    Do yourself a favor and relax. I totally stressed all through those tests. Are they hard? Yes. In our class of 44, everyone passed (although not all on the first try). They are graded on a different scale than an exam. I hated every one of them. However, I truly believe they played a vital role in passing the NCLEX which is why many of the schools place such importance on them. They want you to pass the NCLEX.
    Hello Diana,

    It would be nice to relax.

    My anticipated graduation is June 2007. Previously all my atis were in the 99, 83,83 and 62 class ranking.

    However due to having to re-take this quarter's ATI and the resulting point loss it drops my grade for the class to a 79%. (10 point loss for re-taking the ATI)

    Earning a grade of 79% is listed in all our syllabae and in our handbook as causing dismissal.

    Kinda sucks, you know?
    Gen
  10. by   discobunni
    What in the heck is an ATI exam????? Is it similar to the HESI's? At my college we take a HESI exam after each semester (3rd semester w/OB, Pedi & Psych there are 3 HESI's to take) We are not graded or kicked out, we just have to keep a 3.0 (and make no less than a 75 to pass a course) to stay in the program. The tests are used to evaluate what your weak points are so you can work on them to prepare for the NCLEX.
  11. by   CrazyPremed
    We have to take the ATI also (proctored in class, and we have required attendance), but it's just for the experience. We started taking it the first month of nursing school. I'd say about 75% of the material we had not covered yet! Our teachers told us that it was for the experience, and I totally agree.

    As for all of the people who are saying it's hard or easy, it depends on how much of the material has been covered. If you haven't covered most of it, it's going to be hard. If you take it at the end of a semester and have covered most of the material, it should be easy; every thing will be fresh in your mind.

    CrazyPremed
  12. by   Gennaver
    Quote from CrazyPremed
    We have to take the ATI also (proctored in class, and we have required attendance), but it's just for the experience. We started taking it the first month of nursing school. I'd say about 75% of the material we had not covered yet! Our teachers told us that it was for the experience, and I totally agree.

    As for all of the people who are saying it's hard or easy, it depends on how much of the material has been covered. If you haven't covered most of it, it's going to be hard. If you take it at the end of a semester and have covered most of the material, it should be easy; every thing will be fresh in your mind.

    CrazyPremed
    Oh my goodness,

    What a difference using the ATI books and DVDs and CDs make!

    It should not have been hard but, if you do not, (as I didn't) use the ATI as a review for their exam then you are making it more difficult on yourself.

    My situation turns out totally OKAY. It is the fear of being so close and not making it that made my case feel worse than it was. It is fine.

    It is one part of our grade and not *the* deciding factore.

    Re-takes are allowed. So I figured I'd better really study the ATI provided materials.

    Just in one four hour session of watching the DVD and it covered EVERYTHING that was in the book.

    It was my error in failing to review it ahead of the exam.

    Duoh on me :trout:

    It really should have been simple.

    Now, I plan to reviw ALL the ATI cds and dvds before our comprehensive one next quarter.

    Good luck!
    Gen
  13. by   BonnieSc
    (Hey HeartsOpenWide, I don't know if you already took your test or not, but Fundamentals is one of the easy ones. Some of the questions are ridiculous, but overall it's common sense.)

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