Med-Surg ATI Comprehensive Final

  1. I took my med surg comprehensive ATI final and failed by one question. We have a re-take in a few days and I'm extremely nervous because we have to obtain a level 2 or higher in order to pass the entire class (even though I have an A in the class, I will still fail if I don't pass the ATI) Our school takes med surg in 1 semester, 12 credit hours.. I was wondering if anyone has had to retake the med surg ATI final and how similar it was to the first exam. The exam I took and failed was EXTREMELY hard and detailed, most of the material wasn't covered during our course.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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  3. by   foreverLaur
    My school uses ATI too. I am taking the med/surg one in a few weeks. I have found as well that ATI is absolutely nothing like what we are taught in school. Do you guys have the ATI med/surg book and the option to do the ATI med/surg practice tests and remediation on the ATI website?
  4. by   JMederich
    We do a lot of ATI test at my school as well. There are practice questions on the site that are very helpful. Under my eLearning, there's three tabs (Practice assessments, proctored assessments, and tutorials), under tutorials click on Learning system RN. Also, you should be able to look at your results from your proctored exam you took in class. I like to print them off and re-read those chapters it tells me I'm weak in. (Sometimes it tells me to refer back to my fundamentals book) yikes! That med surg book is huge and it helps break it down. I'm about to take a maternal ATI test for our final this Thursday and you are right they are much harder than the questions your teachers make. However, I'm a firm believer if you can pass these ATI test with a level 2 or higher.. then you can pass the NCLEX. Good Luck!!
  5. by   tandv07
    Yes I did all of those and they are nothing like the final... They definitely tried to trick you. I know 5 of my topics to review didn't even have the information in the book where it said it would be. Such a crappy indicator of student performance. Our instructor doesn't teach out of the ATI book, so it was completely up to us to study it. Good luck on yours! Study the endocrine system and cardiac for sure!
  6. by   foreverLaur
    Yeah I have never been a fan of ATI, but it is much better than what my school did previously (HESI). It just sucks that we can't use it as a prep tool for the NCLEX... instead it can affect our grade and hold us back. I've heard that the NCLEX is much easier than ATI. I love my Saunders book - it was recommended to me by several new nurses. Nursing School = Survival
  7. by   OB-nurse2013
    I took it and got a level 3 on it and I can tell you ATI is all about if you know how to answer their questions. Don't let extra stuff in the question throw you off, most of time it is just asking you to prioritize and stuff. I did think it was a lot like the practice tests. Good Luck!!!!!
  8. by   tandv07
    Thanks everyone... I have several NCLEX books and it does seem a lot easier than ATI. The questions are so tricky, it's not that I don't know the material, I can practically recite the ATI book lol. But our ATI can hold us back, I would much rather it count as a grade...I finished with all A's last semester and this semester and the thought that one exam can hold me back is treacherous. I take it Friday, so I will let everyone know how it goes!
  9. by   crazy4disneyrn
    Also make sure to read the Med Surg ATI book from front to back! I know 1200+ pages is a ton, but the content will come from the e-book!
  10. by   xotwinklee86
    Hey this is probably much later then when you retook the ATI but I am in the same boat...I failed by 2 questions however and if I do not pass on the retake they give you an automatic failure and I get kicked out of the Nursing program my senior year. I am sooo nervous but I wanted to know if you already took the retake and how you did, was it similar to the original one? If you can be any help I would greatly appreciate it!!!
  11. by   VickyRN
    Moderator's friendly reminder: Please do NOT offer to exchange portions of these test study guides (whether HESI or ATI). This is in violation of copyright. All such posts will be removed. Thank you
  12. by   inneedofadvice
    what was your score for a level 3. i only have to pass with a level 2 but i would like to get a level 3 because we get more points for that. i have my ATI for medsurg next week :/
  13. by   OB-nurse2013
    I don't remember to be honest. It's really not a ton higher then a level 2 but I think it may say online. The best way I can tell you to study is if you have online access to the practice exams do all of those and especially the focused ones. Good Luck, I didn't think it was too bad.
  14. by   HossMD
    Hi. I just completed the ATI Med Surg final and I wanted to share my experience. I received a Proficiency level 3 at 76%. I'm sure I could have done better if I wasn't running short on time (I tend to be reluctant to pass questions I don't know).

    I looked far and wide in the previous nights to try and get an edge on this test. In my program, it's an all or nothing test - you either receive a 2 and pass the class or you retake the class in the following semester. After two class failures you're gone. No excuses. I'm sure many other programs experience this same weight. It is my hope that I can help someone who is experiencing as much anxiety as I was over this test. First, I will tell you what you need to score. Second, I will go into what worked for me. Last, I share personal experience during the test

    1. First, for a definitive answer on what you need to score in order to receive each proficiency level you can look at the "Proficiency Level Table RN CMS 2010" tab in the student ATI Online resource. This changes with each test year. You can reach the tab through the "Product Support Materials" collapsible menu. For those of you that are too lazy to do this, here is the information:

    Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing
    (90 items)
    Level 1 = 55.6%
    Level 2 = 64.4%
    Level 3 = 73.3%

    2. Second, after all my searching, I found the best resource to be the practice tests. Hands down. I originally tried reading ATI book from cover to cover but that would take the better part of a week. Taking the practice tests and reading the rationales was leagues better. I went through all the practice assessments twice. After two times you really end up memorizing the material. If you're still worried, more practice questions can be found between the chapters.

    **I think it's worth noting that focus should be shown to memorizing the ATI Lab Values. I used pre-made flash cards I found on Quizlet for this.

    3. Last. During the test I found many of the questions to be loosely based on the ATI practice tests. Some questions were incredibly and other questions were nebulous. That probably sounds like every nursing test you have ever experienced. Why should this be any different?

    I hoped this helped someone.

    TL;DR: I did well on this Med Surg ATI by focusing on the practice assessments. The test is very comprehensive, and the proctored version was slightly harder than the practice assessments.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Dec 10, '12 : Reason: TOS