ATI TEAS V Study Guide Bundle - worth it?

  1. For anyone who has used the ATI guide for the TEAS, is it worth the money? I am considering asking for it for Christmas (the one that includes the two practice tests) but wanted to see if anyone who has actually used it thinks it's worth it.

    I have the McGraw Hill study guide and it seems decent but I'd like to be as prepared as possible for the test, which I'll be taking in the next couple of months along with the ATI critical thinking test.

    I have a decent pre-req GPA (expect it to be around 3.7 when I finish) and I want to get a great score to really increase my chances of getting in. From next year my program will only accept 16 students!

    Thanks for any insight.
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  3. by   Horsebytes
    I purchased it and am taking the test on the 16th. I'll let you know if I can figure out how to get back to this thread then anyway.
  4. by   alovejones
    I actually ordered the practice tests, and on mine they were similar to the real test. But I wish I would have gotten the study guide. I think it would have been more beneficial.
  5. by   Malinerz_LPN
    I didn't buy the study guide but did pass the TEAS test. So I can honestly say you don't need it. But, if you Google, you can actually find some practice questions. I know a few people who did that. Hope that helps!
  6. by   ICU56
    Quote from Malinerz_LPN
    I didn't buy the study guide but did pass the TEAS test. So I can honestly say you don't need it. But, if you Google, you can actually find some practice questions. I know a few people who did that. Hope that helps!

    I have to agree, I didnt know I was going to be taking the test until 2 days prior. Absolutely destroyed it, and my GPA was not as high as yours.

    Bottom line is this, it's your test... Do what you are comfortable with. You have several months, a study guide, and Google to help you pass. If you can part with the money and think its necessary, then get it. I don't know anyone who bought a study guide and they didn't fail, but it's your choice. Good luck!
  7. by   SentimentalGeek
    I appreciate the replies! Thank you. I think I'll wait until this semester ends in a few weeks and really get cracking with the study guide I already have and see how I feel with that. It'll give me a better idea of what I need to focus on and decide whether I should get the ATI guides or not. Right now I'm so busy with A&P and Microbiology (not to mention Psych) that I haven't had a lot of time to look at the book I do have.

    I'm glad to hear that others have passed without the guides with no problem. I'm just so nervous since they will only be accepting 16 students next Fall! I know I have a decent GPA but I also know I'm not the only one.
  8. by   michellejl
    I bought the study guide and it helped a LOT. I was clueless about the format and content so I purchased the book 2 days (oops) before the test. The practice test was identical in format and I thought the questions in the book were harder than the ones on the actual test so it's nice that it sort of over-prepares you. I'm sure your book does this too, but the answer sheet for the practice test came with explanations for the correct answer and I caught some potential mistakes I would have otherwise made on test day. I wound up doing really well so I'd say the book was a great help! That being said, if you already have a study guide I wouldn't go out and get a new one!.

    Oh, after typing this, I realized I was talking about the Secrets of the TEAS exam guide haha hope this helps! It's cheaper than the ATI one
  9. by   SentimentalGeek
    Thanks for the link! I'll definitely check that out if I decide I need more to work with.
  10. by   AddisonLawrence03
    Yeah I'd get the ATI study guide bundle along with the McGraw Hill book
  11. by   ZekeMass
    I used both, and agree that they are both helpful.

    The McGraw Hill guide has more information, especially in the science section. But the test questions are not very similar to the test you will have to take.

    For the money, I found the two practice tests to be of the best value. I took one practice test before studying at all - and wrote down what I was unsure of as I took the test. Studied, then took the second practice test a month later. Again, there was more I didn't know that I took note of.

    I was able to take each test two times, and did better each time I tested. Did well on the actual test too - and many of the questions were straight out of the practice test - with slight changes.

    Good luck!
  12. by   SentimentalGeek
    Thanks for that! If the McGraw Hill book has more info than the ATI one sounds like the ATI practice tests with the book I already have may be the way to go. All replies are much appreciated!
  13. by   Horsebytes
    I took the TEAS on the 16th and ALL you need is the ATI book and the online practice test! So in answer to your question, YES! It is absolutely worth it!

    Study the book and the only reason to look at another book is if the ATI book doesn't explain something to your satisfaction. It truly is a review of stuff we all (should have) learned through 12th grade. Although I never had all that Science in my education (Florida Public Schools).

    The real test is exactly like the online practice test! I think I even had a few of the exact questions from the practice test on my actual TEAS test.
  14. by   slevine12
    Thank you this helps a lot because I have the teas 5 secret study guide the ati book and the McGraw hill 5 tests book. The ATI book really doesn't seem to be that easy to understand but the secret study guise seems very straightforward and easier I just hope it's not too easy and I will not be ready for the test. Thank you for the info !!!