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ATI Fundamentals A and B test

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Has anyone taken either A or B ATI Fundamentals proctored exam in the last few months? If so, please let me know and I'll write you back; I have a few questions regarding the test.

Thanks!!

I just took the proctored ATI Fundamentals test yesterday, actually (though I'm not sure if it was A or B). We had to score above a 67%, but a lot of people failed because there's so much information that wasn't taught. If your test is anything like mine, I'd bone up on pediatrics, certain mobility issues (walking with a cane, namely), and quickly review trachs/NG tube insertion. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.

BellsRNBSN

Specializes in LDRP. Has 2 years experience.

I just took the ATI Fundamentals proctored exam earlier this week. I'm not sure if it was A or B either. Although I did take both the A and B practice ATI exams. Definitely study walking with a cane and crutches and infant developmental stages and safety. We also had some random education and public health questions. As far as I know, everyone in my class scored at least a 1 (on the 0-3 scale). Let me know if you have any questions.

Hi there,

I have a question -- did you study the ATI booklet that they gave everyone? It is over 400 pages. Did that help? Was it about all you needed to review from? Thanks!!

Jeanie

staphylococci, NP

Specializes in Family Medicine. Has 8 years experience.

I used the ATI Fundamentals of Nursing review book along with taking the practice exams to prepare for the proctored exam. Once you complete the practice exam, it can create a customized study guide for you that focuses on your weak areas. That's all I did as far as review and preparing.

SkaterGurl

Specializes in Critical Care.

jeanie245 said:
Hi there,

I have a question -- did you study the ATI booklet that they gave everyone? It is over 400 pages. Did that help? Was it about all you needed to review from? Thanks!!

Jeanie

This was last year for me and I remember freaking out over it. Not everything is in the ATI book. A lot of the details will be in your text. From this point onward, you will need to REMEMBER those details that are covered in your Fundamentals book. Don't just assume that you can forget it and pass it off to the UAP or the Tech to show/teach your patient. It will be your responsibility so you need to know. (plus, many days you won't have anyone else on the floor).

The ATI books are good, and make a wonderful review guide when used IN ADDITION to your textbook and any sources you receive in class (power points, handouts, etc).

Good luck on your proctored test!

Were the questions comparable to the ones in the book and practice exams?

BacktotheBeach, ADN, BSN, RN

Has 8 years experience.

My school gives us the ATI at the end of every other quarter. We have never been given a book or study materials of any kind. Is that odd?

It is not used to pass us on in the program.

superV said:
My school gives us the ATI at the end of every other quarter. We have never been given a book or study materials of any kind. Is that odd?

It is not used to pass us on in the program.

Yea that is weird. Did you feel that if you have been doing generally well in fundamentals then you will know the material or does it come out of no where?

BacktotheBeach, ADN, BSN, RN

Has 8 years experience.

2012_RN2B said:
Yea that is weird. Did you feel that if you have been doing generally well in fundamentals then you will know the material or does it come out of no where?

Yes, it was pretty much over the same stuff we did that quarter, but the questions were worded kind of weird and they were tricky.

Our scores came out Level 1 through 3, with 1 being the lowest, 3 the highest. I got a level 2.

superV said:
Yes, it was pretty much over the same stuff we did that quarter, but the questions were worded kind of weird and they were tricky.

Our scores came out Level 1 through 3, with 1 being the lowest, 3 the highest. I got a level 2.

Ok goo because I don't feel like wasting my time reading the book when it's worth very little in our program especially with exams the same week as the ATI.

What did you feel was the most tricky or what I should look over? Thanks for your help!

BacktotheBeach, ADN, BSN, RN

Has 8 years experience.

Just basic fundamentals concepts. More than a few on tube feedings, a couple of infant questions that we didn't cover at all in Fundamentals.

It was hard to get too excited about it when it really didn't matter much. I didn't strain myself because it was finals week and that was more important! Most people got level 2, I heard very few 3's.

superV said:
Just basic fundamentals concepts. More than a few on tube feedings, a couple of infant questions that we didn't cover at all in Fundamentals.

It was hard to get too excited about it when it really didn't matter much. I didn't strain myself because it was finals week and that was more important! Most people got level 2, I heard very few 3's.

Thank you!!

Does anyone know what the percentage is that it's needed to score a Level 3? This test is worth 30% of my grade.

SkaterGurl

Specializes in Critical Care.

2012_RN2B said:
Were the questions comparable to the ones in the book and practice exams?
superV said:
Yes, it was pretty much over the same stuff we did that quarter, but the questions were worded kind of weird and they were tricky.

Our scores came out Level 1 through 3, with 1 being the lowest, 3 the highest. I got a level 2.

I don't believe any of the questions are "tricky" they are worded in a way where you need to pay attention to what is being asked. If you were given access to the ATI Critical Thinking module, you should use it, as it helps you break down the question. It basically trains you to interpret the ATI and subsequently, the NCLEX questions.

2012_RN2B said:
Ok goo because I don't feel like wasting my time reading the book when it's worth very little in our program especially with exams the same week as the ATI.

What did you feel was the most tricky or what I should look over? Thanks for your help!

Our program adds our ATI points at the end...if we scored 2 or 3 points, those points are added to either our final grade or our final exam grade, whichever is more beneficial to us. Level 1 is a remediation and does not get added. We use the ATI book as a general review before tests.

Kweli said:
Does anyone know what the percentage is that it's needed to score a Level 3? This test is worth 30% of my grade.

I would like to know this as well! I do know that the levels are based on the number of questions answered correctly, but more on the complexity of the question answered correctly. If anyone knows, please post the answer.

iPink, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum. Has 7 years experience.

I took the ATI non-proctored B and thought it was tricky. The ATI Fundamentals book was worthless. I scored much higher by reading/studying the Fundamentals of Nursing book. Most of the answers was easier to find in the book, not so for the ATI Fundamentals book. I take Proctored A this week.

For my program, we get 1pt for passing Non-Proctored B with an 85% or more. We get a max of 4 pts passing Proctored A with 80% or more (depending on where you fall). Then an additional 1-2pts for the remedial proctored, in case you don't get the 80% for Proctored A. All those points are added to our final grade.

SkaterGurl

Specializes in Critical Care.

mzchas said:
I took the ATI non-proctored B and thought it was tricky. The ATI Fundamentals book was worthless. I scored much higher by reading/studying the Fundamentals of Nursing book. Most of the answers was easier to find in the book, not so for the ATI Fundamentals book. I take Proctored A this week.

For my program, we get 1pt for passing Non-Proctored B with an 85% or more. We get a max of 4 pts passing Proctored A with 80% or more (depending on where you fall). Then an additional 1-2pts for the remedial proctored, in case you don't get the 80% for Proctored A. All those points are added to our final grade.

Wow, 4 points! Great! There is no rhyme or reason at my school for the points assigned....and last semester we did the Mental Health (that was brutal) and although I scored a 79% on the ATI I received a level 3...where my friend scored an 84% but only received a level 2???? So we were very perplexed.

I do recall the following semester taking another proctored ATI (med-surg) and some of the questions asked were from Fundamentals, so don't discard the information! You need to bring that information forward from this point on.

iPink, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum. Has 7 years experience.

SkaterGurl said:
Wow, 4 points! Great! There is no rhyme or reason at my school for the points assigned....and last semester we did the Mental Health (that was brutal) and although I scored a 79% on the ATI I received a level 3...where my friend scored an 84% but only received a level 2???? So we were very perplexed.

I do recall the following semester taking another proctored ATI (med-surg) and some of the questions asked were from Fundamentals, so don't discard the information! You need to bring that information forward from this point on.

I don't want to confuse anyone with the points system. You can get up to 4 points depending on the level you reach. Everyone knows we aren't going to reach the highest level and get the entire 5 points added (we are level 1 students). Most of us are banking on getting a total of 2-3 points (including with non-proctored B). However, that is strange with the level difference between you and your friend if she scored higher.

Even if I wanted to discard ATI, I can't. We all have the entire set: Med-surg, peds, etc. It was paid for with our tuition.