WHAT do i need to pass the CNATS?!

  1. bonjour my fellow canadians! ok well, i graduated in january and i'm planning on taking the CNATS next week. i also took the nclex but i don't know how well i did since it cut off at 75. arrgh. i'm frustrated. but oh well, someone please tell me what i need to do to study for this test. does anyone know any frequent medications that usually come up on the test?! i have the canadian rn exam prep guide (3rd edition) and a whole bunch of nclex material that i used to study for the nclex. is this enough?! i'm scared.. someone once told me that the CNATS is usually PSYCHOSOCIAL meaning scenario questions? like what the nurse would say to the patient?! i don't get it. i'm confused. i'm really anxious and i need prayer. PLEASE help! thanks to everyone and God bless...:uhoh21: :imbar :angryfire :hatparty:
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  3. by   monie2004
    Hi The Cnats are much more what would you do & say questions. I found it very easy just try to think like the text book, there was hardly any pathology on it! When did you take the nclex? I want to take mine in the next 2 wks. Do you have any pointers you can give me?? I have the nclex book from springhouse and I also used that for the Cnats, which had nothing in the book How long did they say it will take for your results?
  4. by   mushberry
    I'm taking my CNATS/CRNE/whatever they're calling it now in 2 days, on Wednesday. I took my NCLEX too...if you were cut off at 75 questions, I've been told that's a good thing. I read elsewhere on this forum that someone said that the administrator of his/her exam said they had never heard of anyone failing that got cut off at 75. I thought for sure I'd be the first but I kept the statistic going.

    I know it's going to be totally different...I mean, it's written and not on the computer. I'm just looking forward to getting it over...if anyone has taken both, can you say whether you found the CNATs easier/harder or what? If it's mostly therapeutic communication, I think I can pwn it...I did really well on those questions on the practice exams...I wasn't so good at prioritizing though. :chuckle
  5. by   princessjay
    yea im taking it tomorrow too!!!! how did you do on the nclex?!? i think i flunked it... i'm so nervous. but oh well, all i did for hte cnats test is study from the red book canadian rn exam prep guide.. the 3rd edition. i scored in the 80's for both tests but i'm nervous that its because these are easy questions. everyone says that the cnats is really psychosocial... by that do they mean therapeutic communication? how did you do on the nclex?! mine was hard but oh well.. it just seems that the questions in the book were a lot easier than the nclex ones. i hope questions like this are similar to what is on the actual test. what i didn't like about the book was that the cd that included in the book had the exact same test!!! i was hoping to see other questions... wasn't very useful and at the end, it doesn't even show you which ones you get wrong. but whatever... i hope the dosage questions aren't too bad as we can't use calculators and i just wanna know how they grade it!!! i have so many questions and i'm kinda nervous.. its not like i'm in school anymore.. this is the real world, for me. well hopefully we both pass... where are you taking it?! i'm in toronto. GOOD LUCK. someone please answer this post... hopefully i'll be relieved of most of my anxiety!!
    God bless,
    princessjay
    Quote from mushberry
    I'm taking my CNATS/CRNE/whatever they're calling it now in 2 days, on Wednesday. I took my NCLEX too...if you were cut off at 75 questions, I've been told that's a good thing. I read elsewhere on this forum that someone said that the administrator of his/her exam said they had never heard of anyone failing that got cut off at 75. I thought for sure I'd be the first but I kept the statistic going.

    I know it's going to be totally different...I mean, it's written and not on the computer. I'm just looking forward to getting it over...if anyone has taken both, can you say whether you found the CNATs easier/harder or what? If it's mostly therapeutic communication, I think I can pwn it...I did really well on those questions on the practice exams...I wasn't so good at prioritizing though. :chuckle
  6. by   mushberry
    I passed my NCLEX, got cut off at 75 questions. I did find it harder than the questions in the books...I used the Kaplan 2003 guide, it was a blue book...that one had a CD test and a written one and they were both different...the CD test was most useful, but neither compared to the actual NCLEX...though doing the CD one before helped me in the actual setting because it was just like the way the actual exam is on the computer.

    I had the red CRNE book too, but I haven't done much with it. I didn't have the CD...I split the cost with my friend in my class, but I figured they were the same test so I wasn't too worried.

    I'm taking mine here in St. John's, Newfoundland, tomorrow. I'm thinking they do mean therapeutic communication, the whole, what would you say to this patient, thing. I'm hoping so, I like those questions. The fact that I've taken the NCLEX before makes me feel better about this one, because I'm thinking it won't be as hard. Plus, I already studied for a month, you know? But not on weekends. :chuckle usually an hour or two each day during the weekdays (with some skipped days of course, hehe), and did some practice tests. I feel pretty well ready for the CRNE anyway. But I DO really want to pass it. I really don't want to have to wait 6 months to take it again! I'm sure we'll both do fine.

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