The ATI is a requirement at the BSN school that I attend. We take a seperate ATI for each major clinical area ie Foundations, Mom/Baby, Peds,Pharm, Med Surg, Leadership, Mental Health and an Exit ATI. We are required to obtain a 90% on the unproctored exam before we can sit for the proctored exam and then must achieve a 70% on the proctored exam. If we do not pass at a 70% we have one chance to retake the exam or we fail that class.
So for all of you who have it as part of your grade or as practice, you are fortunate.
I can say it has prepared me for NCLEX like no other class could and adds the all or none pressure to it as well. I do feel however, it is a good tool for RNs to have to assess their ability to pass the NCLEX. My only complaint is that it determines a pass or fail in an 8 credit/16 week class which is a 9000 dollar mistake at the school I attend.