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ATI Tests Each Semester

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by justme1972 justme1972 (Member)

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I just realized that our nursing school (I start this Fall),does these ATI tests at the end of each semester. They are supposed to detect our strengths and weaknesses and we only have to get a 60% in order to go on to the next semester.

My concern is that I am a relatively slow test taker, and these are timed, and we get 1 minute per question, and when time is up, it shuts off.

Does anyone else have a school that does this, and is this a reasonable time-frame to complete the tests and is 60% doable?

Thanks!

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We took our first ATI test the end of last semester (the fundamentals one). I thought it was ok, it wasn't extremely hard and I felt that the time they give you to take it is adequate. I ended up with an 81.7% and ranked in the 95th percentile! Everything that is on the test is in the books they give you to study. I'm a pretty slow test-taker also and I did fine. Good luck to you in your first semester!!

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Megsd is a BSN, RN and specializes in Neuro.

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We take these types of tests (they're ERIs at my school because of the company that administers them) at the end of every quarter. I'm a fast test-taker, personally, but there are many slow testers in my class and I have never heard of anyone running out of time. Even if you're slow, there are still probably questions that you will read and immediately know the right answer, which gives you more time to answer the other questions.

We have to get at or above the national average to pass (which varies) and depending on the test, it's more doable on some than on others. I have failed one out of the 9 we took, but passed it on the second try after additional studying.

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Danish is a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in vascular surgery.

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Dont worry too much about it. I have taken quite a few ATI tests so far and the national average has never been over 73%. If you only need a 60% to pass, you'll be fine.

I usually get around 75%-90%

Just read the ATI books and watch the videos. Also, take all the practice tests you can. There are usually at least 1 or 2 available.

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At my school we take the ATI tests, I do not particularly like them. But I would not worry about running out of time. Nobody in my class has ever run out of time and we have some slow test takers. Just be sure to review the ATI books before you take the test, I think they are easier to absorb than regular textbooks. Also, it will not be difficult for you to get over a 60% if you do the reading.

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Hey, I really appreciate all of the responses. I haven't heard of anyone having issues with it at my school, but I thought I would ask anyway.

I feel so much better now!

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I am a new graduate. I had to take ATI tests and like you I am a slow test taker. One time the test shut off on me because I ran out of time! Do you have a learning skills center or a program that tests students for special accomadation for test taking? At my College even if they didn't diagnose you for a disability- if you required extra time to answer ?'s- they gave you time and a half. Does you College flunk you out of the program if you fail the ATI test twice? If so I would take the extra time and go get tested for special testing to get your extra time. If you are granted extra time then- the ATI test will be on paper, at least it was for me.

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I also found out that to study for ATI tests go online to the practice tests. Say for instance you get to a question that question has four choices. STUDY THE CHOICES. Its not the practice questions that will be on the test its the STUDY CHOICES. I studied this way for the ATI tests. It helped me stay focused and I scored 90's. I also watched the ATI CD's. For the ATI pediatric test I just watched the video and didn't go online to study the practice tests. I hope this helps because I remember how stressful all of this was. Good luck and remember......all your hard work, tears, and exaustion-IN THE END ITS WORTH IT. :mortarboard: :yelclap: :yeah: :1luvu:

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