TEAS testing/ATI

  1. Has anyone ever taken the TEAS test after acceptance into a nursing program? I took the NET back in August, received my acceptance letter and will start orientation in January. In the acceptance letter, it mentioned that on the first orientation day we would be doing ATI testing. I'm assuming that would be the TEAS, but I'm not sure. If it is, I'd like to purchase the study guide, but don't want to waste any money if it's some other test. Do you know why they would test like this? Perhaps to get a baseline test score at the beginning of the program? I'm just guessing at all of this.

    Thanks.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   mysterious_one
    I would contact the school and clarify, the only thing that I could think of that this might be a dosage math test . Alot of schools , mine did, start out each semester with a dosage calculation test ( building) , that you have to pass in order to even continue in the programm.
  4. by   Achoo!
    We do ATI testing throughout the program. It is to help prepare you for NCLEX. Each semester you are tested on something different, maternal child/pharmacology/medsurg etc.. the cost is included in our program. I haven't done the TEAS.
  5. by   bld24
    Thanks for the reply. I guess I'll get the book anyway. I'm pretty certain it won't be any dosage calculations, etc., as we haven't started the program yet. This testing will be on the first day of orientation to the nursing program. My understanding is that some places use the TEAS as an entrance exam, but considering we've already been accepted and taken the NET as an entrance exam, it seemed a little odd.

    Everyone is off for the holidays, or I would call. Just wanted to see if anyone had experience with this situation. I'm assuming that it's probably a basic test (the TEAS), to get a benchmark on the students and for us to get used to taking these type tests.
  6. by   BoonersmomRN
    I took the TEAS as a requisite for getting INTO Nursing school. I can't really see why they would give you the TEAS once you are in...since it's pretty useless and honestly has nada to do with nursing ( well OK it tests on grammar, reading, mathematics, and science but not hard stuff).

    They COULD be giving you a Fundamentals ATI just to see "where you are" before the course starts. That would be my guess.
  7. by   shock-me-sane
    We do ATI testing at our school. The first quarter they had us do the critical thinking test which had no actual nursing content on it, just stuff about how you work best and what areas of critical thinking you need to work on.

    So, I would assume that is what you are going to be doing. No way they would throw nursing stuff your way at orientation. The critical thinking wasn't something that required any studying.
  8. by   marilynmom
    We do ATI at our school as well. When we first started the semester they gave us a Critical Thinking ATI which just test your level with critical thinking now....you will be tested again with that to see how its improved.

    We take ATI tests every semester. This semester we took Med/Surg and Psych ATIs for example. We pay $100 each semester for ATI stuff...which includes books and a DVD to study with and the test itself.

    We had to take the TEAS to get into the program...I doubt you will retake that one again as it has nothing to do with nursing at all.
  9. by   Roxy5558
    I got accepted in to the nursing program starting in January and we also have to take the ATI before classes start. I'll be taking mine next Tuesday. I just assumed they wanted a baseline.
  10. by   mixyRN
    Quote from Roxy5558
    I got accepted in to the nursing program starting in January and we also have to take the ATI before classes start. I'll be taking mine next Tuesday. I just assumed they wanted a baseline.
    ditto, I was accepted first and then took the TEAS in November. The school says it is to determine a baseline of our class's strengths and weaknesses to help the instructors understand the special needs of the students. Additionally, they send us our scores with explanations of the results and suggest optional supplemental courses to take if we score low in certain areas. The two optional courses offered are Math and Study Skill Strategy courses. Fortunately, I did well on all sections and won't be taking these courses.

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