Not passing ATI Test! =/

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    I graduated in May 2012 from an LVN program. I did very well in Clinicals but on test, i ranged from C's and D's. Some B's. My test date is Thursday and i been studying every day, making sure im not over studying also. I have taken several ATI tests and im getting 63%-70%. Its really discouraging. I'm also studying from the Saunders Book and doing flash cards. Since I'm doing bad on ATI test, will I do bad on NCLEX?
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    what is the preditor for your ati lpn?
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    I failed every ATI test throughout nursing school and passed my NCLEX on 10/10/2012 with 75 questions. My advice to you is to focus on all the rational behind the questions you answered and you will do fine.
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    We had to pass our Comp ATI before we could complete our course. Is it not that way for you?? What is your predictor score??
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    I had to do ATI throughout nursing school and some i passed and some i didnt. I got 78% when i did the comp ATI test. It was not required for us to do though. I took my test on Thursday 10-18-12 and i have no idea how i did. I felt like i did good on some questions and others i didnt feel too confident. The test cut off on me at question 141. I know for a fact i answered the last question correct. I live in California so we dont participate in Quick Results. I have to wait 4 weeks. =( Its stressing me out so bad!!
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    Have you tried doing the Pearson Vue trick? I don't think I could manage waiting 4 long weeks to find out if I passed or not. No way, I would die. Why not do the pvt so that you can just know now and get it over with? No need going thru unnecessary stress. You're in my prayers. God Bless!
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    What test are you doing on ATI?? Skills modules or Pharm?? Try the comp and see where you end up...
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    Quote from ashley2009
    I graduated in May 2012 from an LVN program. I did very well in Clinicals but on test, i ranged from C's and D's. Some B's. My test date is Thursday and i been studying every day, making sure im not over studying also. I have taken several ATI tests and im getting 63%-70%. Its really discouraging. I'm also studying from the Saunders Book and doing flash cards. Since I'm doing bad on ATI test, will I do bad on NCLEX?
    I don't understand the problem. How are you doing so 'poorly', in your opinion?

    For the quizzes, 60% denotes 'content mastery'. Coach might have you take more tests and assign some homework, but you'll move on to other modules.
    ATI demands a 95% chance of passing for the 'greenlight'.
    My school? We had to have a 90% chance of passing...and that's about a 60% on the Predictor, I think.
    If you're getting 63-70% on your tests, it still represents a high pass-rate percentage.

    From my ATI page:
    Criterion-Referenced Measure –
    Probability of Passing NCLEX-PNŽ:
    The following expectancy table was developed by
    comparing PN Comprehensive PredictorŽ scores
    to NCLEX-PNŽ performance for a sample of PN
    students. As can be seen from the table, higher
    Predictor scores tend to indicate a higher
    probability of passing the NCLEX-PNŽ. However,
    students should use caution when interpreting
    the table because numerous factors can influence
    performance on both the Predictor and the
    NCLEX-PNŽ.
    For example, note that a student with a score of
    57.3% correct would be expected to have a 90%
    chance of passing the NCLEX-PNŽ on the first
    attempt. Although this is a high probability of success,
    it is not a guarantee. For every 100 students with this
    score, 90 are predicted to pass and 10 are predicted
    to fail.


    PN Comprehensive PredictorŽ VATI Individual Score
    Predicted Probability of Passing the
    NCLEX-PNŽ
    74.0% - 100.0% 95%
    66.7% - 73.3% 94%
    62.7% - 66.0% 93%
    58.0% - 62.0% 91% - 92%

    54.7% - 57.3% 89% - 90%
    50.0% - 54.0% 85% - 88%
    44.7% - 49.3% 79% - 84%
    38.0% - 44.0% 65% - 77%
    30.0% - 37.3% 41% - 62%
    20.7% - 29.3% 11% - 38%
    0.0% - 20.0% <10%

    I found the NCLEX to be way less comprehensive than ATI. Everything was dialed back. Even the SATA, though there were a lot of them on my exam, weren't that bad. Actually, I'll be even more honest -- and I usually don't like saying it like this b/c so many people on this board seem to have such difficult with that exam, BUT: I thought NCLEX was easy. There, I said it. LOL
    There was a degree of difficulty, but I - a wee little black woman of average intelligence - thought it 'easy'.
    I knew that I'd passed halfway through the exam and when I walked out of there.
    ...and that's something else to consider.
    Wouldn't you rather that your test prep be harder than the actual exam?

    Either way, there are no guarantees which is great for those who need to improve.

    The only thing that ATI does is test knowledge content, application and comprehension.
    Either you know it or you don't.
    Yet, 'comprehension' is a something that can be improved. Nothing's set in stone.
    So, you're not cranking out 80's and 90's on your quizzes? So what?

    You can do poorly on ATI, but you can STUDY and still pass NCLEX.
    Conversely, you can do excellent on ATI. Take a break. Schedule the exam 4 months later. Not review and bomb it.
    ...like a certain valedictorian that I know, exactly 3 cohorts ahead of mine, who shall remain forever nameless. It happens like that, I'm telling you.
    The valedictorian failed NCLEX. How embarrassing...and not because she 'failed'. Rather, because it really made no sense for her TO fail.

    How can you forget it, I wonder? NCLEX questions are pretty basic. It truly is just ensuring that the nurse has enough competancy to not kill anyone.
    So, someone who pulls A's out of their butt for every test from Fundamentals to Pharm to Leadership should retain enough info to pass NCLEX, the first time.

    Oh, yeah - I'm judging it! LOL Make no mistake about it.
    Like a year's worth of schooling just leaks out of your brain? Maybe GVNs/GN's should start packing their ears with cotton and duct-tape their ears before they go to sleep at night.

    How can you forget? It's not like you stop studying once you land yourself a job. Heck, I STILL research and study things. Every night.
    When you apply for jobs - with staffing and homehealth, especially - you still have to take competancy tests. It's not like some of these employers are going to take your word for it.
    "Oh, yeah...I graduated with a 4.0 on a 4.0 scale..."

    "Uh, yeah...here. Can you prove it?" LOL
    I've an interview tomorrow (why am I still up on ALLNURSES? LOL) and I had to take 4 tests (with time limits) for those people.
    - HIPAA. 15 questions
    - Infection Control. 15 questions
    - Nursing Comprehensive. 50 questions.
    - LVN test. 30 questions.

    For another job that I wanted but didn't get, I had to take a dos cal/pharm test and a matching Pharm exam. 'Match the disorder with the med that treats it'.
    Like, 20 questions a piece. The math was simple, though. 'Desired/Have'. It's not like I was calculating gtt rates.
    Last edit by MedChica on Nov 2, '12


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