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ATI Experience

My school switched to ATI and I started taking the practice assessments.

What was your experience with ATI?

I find myself reading these questions and thinking "What?" :banghead:

These tests were just sprung on us so no time to prepare.

Fluid and lytes was in Latin and French...I think. A number of the meds I had no recall and a few of the diseases I was like "huh?"

Is this normal? I mean is this to be expected the first round?

Giggle...one of our professors tells us "call the doc as a last resort. If you are faced with a question that offers contacting the healthcare provider as an option this is usually not the answer." :uhoh21:

Every question I had with "contact the healtcare provider" as an answer I got wrong...:no:

The evening meal provided in a long-term rehabilitation facility consists of pork chops, green beans, and mashed potatoes. The nurse is planning to inquire if any of the clients prefer a substitution for any items on the menu. Clients from which of the following backgrounds are likely to require a substitution. (Check all that apply)

Indian

Chinese

Israeli

Arabic

Puerto Rican

Am I really being tested on this? :uhoh3:

I know, I find ATI a bit tedious and pointless at times. There was a question on our proctored med-surg test that I knew the correct answer that ATI was most likely looking for was outdated and not supported by current evidence based practice. I refused to answer the question incorrectly to get it right and I saw I missed it on my focused review print out. :(

Makes me sooo angry! But I graduate in 2 weeks so thank goodness it's over for me!!

I know, I find ATI a bit tedious and pointless at times. There was a question on our proctored med-surg test that I knew the correct answer that ATI was most likely looking for was outdated and not supported by current evidence based practice. I refused to answer the question incorrectly to get it right and I saw I missed it on my focused review print out. :(

Makes me sooo angry! But I graduate in 2 weeks so thank goodness it's over for me!!

This is a grin and bear it then?

The ATI rep stated these tests are a "tool" ... All I'm getting out of this is I don't know what I should ... feeling a bit inadequate today.

Mommy_of_3_in_AL..RN

Specializes in MICU, SICU, CRRT,.

Ok. we also switched to ATI. Keep in mind i am in last semester and have ALWAYS done HESI. We were required to take 17 online practice tests, most of which i did PITIFUL on, before we could take our exit exam. We were all horrified becuase we had to make a 75 to pass exit. If we did not, we had to complete notecards based on what me missed before the second try, two weeks later. If unsuccessful then, we had to complete an online tutorial and could only sit for the third try when the proctor said we were ready, which would probably be after graduation.

There are 18 people in my class. Seven passed it on the first try. All but one passed the second. I passed first try, highest score with an 84. I was disappointed because there was not enough "medical" stuff on it. 75 percent of it was management, and psych. Neither of which i am bad at, but i felt cheated because there wasnt more drugs, diseases or other things i had looked at.

I learned not to go by the practice exams..which were not good at all for me. Let me know how it goes...and good luck!!!

Ok. we also switched to ATI. Keep in mind i am in last semester and have ALWAYS done HESI. We were required to take 17 online practice tests, most of which i did PITIFUL on, before we could take our exit exam. We were all horrified becuase we had to make a 75 to pass exit. If we did not, we had to complete notecards based on what me missed before the second try, two weeks later. If unsuccessful then, we had to complete an online tutorial and could only sit for the third try when the proctor said we were ready, which would probably be after graduation.

There are 18 people in my class. Seven passed it on the first try. All but one passed the second. I passed first try, highest score with an 84. I was disappointed because there was not enough "medical" stuff on it. 75 percent of it was management, and psych. Neither of which i am bad at, but i felt cheated because there wasnt more drugs, diseases or other things i had looked at.

I learned not to go by the practice exams..which were not good at all for me. Let me know how it goes...and good luck!!!

Ugh...

So low scored in the begining are to be expected?

I scored a 74 on my first practice...but it gets worse from there with the individual assessments. I've take 8 so far.

My school uses ATI. It seems like an excellent prep for NCLEX since it is critical thinking-based. After so much ATI studying/tests (some of my classes have had the actual ATI as the final exam), it becomes easier and you start to get used to the style of thinking. I hear ATI is much more difficult than NCLEX.

AZMOMO2

Specializes in Cardiac Care.

The evening meal provided in a long-term rehabilitation facility consists of pork chops, green beans, and mashed potatoes. The nurse is planning to inquire if any of the clients prefer a substitution for any items on the menu. Clients from which of the following backgrounds are likely to require a substitution. (Check all that apply)

Indian

Chinese

Israeli

Arabic

Puerto Rican

Am I really being tested on this? :uhoh3:

Arabic--- because of the pork ( Muslim (sp) perhaps?) LOL ok I just had to answer this. However Indian & Israeli can me muslim (sp)as well.

Annisme

Specializes in med/surg, ER.

Arabic--- because of the pork ( Muslim (sp) perhaps?) LOL ok I just had to answer this. However Indian & Israeli can me muslim (sp)as well.

The Israeli may be an Orthodox Jew, hence, no pork. Some Indians are Sikh, who also eat no pork...

I, too, just had to answer;)

I have to put in my two cents-with key word being "likely", I'd definitely choose Arabic. This question is just so ATI-like, with key words being so important. You've got to know about different cultures, and not only have the facts, but use them. Tough stuff, no way around it.

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Are they giving you practices? We just had it sprung on us. Personally I loved any of the standardized tests because despite not thinking that they are a true indicator of anything, I happen to test well and they always made me look good. :D

We also just started using ATI. What I have noticed most is that the ATI practice tests we have started doing cover a lot of things we have not yet discussed in class. There are a lot of med-surg type questions and we are still in Fundamentals.

I usually do very well on standardized tests, and have an A average in class, and I totally booted the first practice test:uhoh21:. The second time through I got a 98%, but only because I have a really good memory.

I thought they were very helpful. The seemed to be a good indicator of what we SHOULD be studying, or where our individual weaknesses lie. If the textbooks that your program uses are subpar or old, or if you have some weak instructors, the ATI gives you a nice indication of that, as well as guidance on what you are lacking.

vixnnet

Specializes in CNA @ LTCF.

Yes, but it said check all that apply :p

Mommy_of_3_in_AL..RN

Specializes in MICU, SICU, CRRT,.

i HATE the check all that apply questions. I always miss them, because i second , and third and fourth and fifth guess myself. I always expect there to be multiple answers although there are sometimes only one or two. Good thing that NCLEX isnt all made up of those..i would have no hope!!!

What's the best way to prepare for ATI exams? My school switched from ERI to ATI this year, and I really don't know what to expect. In the next two weeks, I have to take the Newborn, Pediatric, Pharmacology, and Leadership exams, so obviously, I am kinda stressing! I have read all the study guides and have done the practice assessments, but how helpful are the DVDs? I have watched some already, but I know the Peds one is hours upon hours long! =) I am willing to suffer through them, if they will help. Any suggestions or advice??? I greatly appreciate it!

Mommy_of_3_in_AL..RN

Specializes in MICU, SICU, CRRT,.

I never watched the DVDs. They said to take the practice tests and only watch the DVDs that corresponded to the areas you missed, so you dont have to watch it all. This is the only semester we have done it, so we only did the proctored exit, med surg and leadership..they werent that bad. About the same as HESI i thought.

lei7

Specializes in Pediatrics.

ATIs can be pretty ridiculous, but I learned more from the med-surg ATI book than from my semester of med-surg.

Evil, yet very helpful.

We also use ATI. This semester the ATI tests we took counts as 20% of our final grade. Next semester that percentage will increase and each semester thereafter.

I think ATI gives me a good overall indication where my strengths & weaknesses lie.

OMG, I had totally forgotten about the DVDs!

I actually liked the DVDs. Most of them (*most* of them) are well done. Almost like news broadcasts of what is in the book. I would put them in my laptop and play them while I was cleaning, doing laundry, etc. I had several classmates with portable DVD players that would play them in the car while commuting--not to watch, of course, but to listen to. It was a nice review, from a different perspective than our regular instructor. Listening to it in the background just helped reinforce what I already knew and increased my understanding of concepts that I didn't have down.

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