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Thoughts on ATI: Assessment Technologies Institute

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Has any of your schools subscribed to ATI? Any thoughts? Helpful? Annoying? (My school counts it as a grade) Makes no difference?

Music in My Heart

Specializes in being a Credible Source. Has 11 years experience.

My school did (and does) what yours does - ATI subject tests as finals and must achieve 95% level on comprehensive final in order to graduate.

My thought: It's OK.. not great, but not bad. Kind of expensive, though.

After each class, we take the comprehensive final...whatever we get is counted as 5% of our grade.

I find it helpful when it comes to studying other resources besides your textbook. After studying your textbook you feel like its just all a blur. ATI sums up the material in a simple matter. Yes, its expensive and hopefully it ll be worth it in the end...

Music in My Heart

Specializes in being a Credible Source. Has 11 years experience.

Ours were 15% of the grade.

I don't know whether it was worth it or not. I did easily pass the NCLEX but I'm pretty sure I would've done just as well even if I had just used Saunders. Regardless, I didn't have a choice and neither do you.

It certainly isn't a bad prep program and you do get tons of test practice by taking the subject-matter and comprehensive tests.

My daughter got the course separately as her school had not adopted ATI at the time she attended. So far the books and CDs sit in their box. She remarked that she found it not helpful and it was a waste of money as far as she was concerned.

DolceVita, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in IMCU. Has 10 years experience.

I have the ATI fundamentals book open right now -- the test is this week.

The fundamentals book is wickedly huge...

Our school never counted the ATI as a part of you grade, it was a pass/fail. But you were to bring your scores to your advisor and make a plan of action on areas of weaknesses.

My fundamentals ATI test is the week before the final. Taking it before the final is a great idea...it ll myself and my class know where are weak spots are...good luck dolce vita. thanks to everyone else for their thoughts =)

Our school uses ATI but it doesn't count towards our grade. We have to reach a level 2. If we don't, we have to remediate at home and score a 90% or more.

The books are very useful, it's a much better condensed with practical info as compared to the main text book.

The books are useful. I have used them when studying for tests.

melmarie23, MSN, RN

Specializes in L&D/Maternity nursing.

we use ATI. It depends on the professor as to how much they count for. For Med/Surg, it was used as our final and was 25% of our overall grade. Its our final in OB in 3 weeks and counts for 30%. For pedi, its our final and 10% of our grade. For community health/public health, its worth 0% and is strictly for practice. We didnt have to take it for psych, but were given codes to practice on our own. We didnt have an ATI requirement for pharmacology or fundamentals, but have codes for those to practice with on our own.

A couple months before we take the NCLEX (next June) we sit for a comprehensive ATI so that we can gauge where we are at and where we need to focus our studying efforts on.

I'm studying for my ATI RN fundamentals test tomorrow. (It counts as 5% of our grade). There seems to be some discrepancies between the ATI practice tests, the ATI fundamentals book, and what we've learned from our program. This is all so frustrating to study! I guess it will boil down to my ability to think through each question to determine what they want me to answer.

I'm studying for my ATI RN fundamentals test tomorrow. (It counts as 5% of our grade). There seems to be some discrepancies between the ATI practice tests, the ATI fundamentals book, and what we've learned from our program. This is all so frustrating to study! I guess it will boil down to my ability to think through each question to determine what they want me to answer.

I feel exactly the same way. It's like we have to learn 2 different concept one for ATI and one is for our final. It's count as 5% of my grade also.... are we in the same school? haha

Good Luck anyway.... I know it's frustrated ha. me too

We are using the ATI also, it counts for 5% of our grade as well. I really didn't like the one that we took for OB, some of the questions really didn't make sense, they didn't even make sense to our instructiors. Also, we found that if you decided an answer was wrong, it would not allow us to go back to a different page to change our answers. Several of us at our school became very frustrated, guess it is a good thing that it is only 5% of the grade and I have really good grades up to now.

paacollins

Specializes in Chiropractic assistant, CNA in LTC, RN.

We had to do the ATI tests at school but they weren't counted as a grade. You had to score at least a level 2. I took the predictor and had a 95% chance of taking the NCLEX. I took the NCLEX yesterday and it was nothing like the ATI predictor. There were plenty of good questions but none of there were remotely like the NCLEX questions I had. None of the Saunders questions were like the NCLEX questions either.

OK, so I just took my ATI RN fundamentals test. I scored a 93.33, which is a level 3 proficiency. :D Almost everything I missed was from psychosocial integrity-those are the tricky ones! Questions like: what statement made by a client would show he/she has accepted the death of a loved one? We don't take psych until next semester, although we took interactive communications, that class didn't address the nursing profession specifically. I would say the best thing to do for studying is the take the practice tests, carefully read each rationale (not just the ones you miss), and study those sections in the ATI book. I saw a lot of repeated concepts (not exact questions) from the practice tests. Know the specific numbers for things in the ATI book, like how much of the arm a BP cuff bladder should cover or how often to check residuals during tube feeding, etc.

I hope this helps anyone out there like I was last night!

I'm in Georgia, so I don't think we are in the same program. But I didn't choose a very stealthy screen name, so if you know me, then you would know right away.

nah I'm in Louisiana, following my husband, he stations here. I lived in GA once though back in 2007.

Wow you scored very high! way to go! Thank you for your suggestion. I've been trying to do practice tests several times and read the rationale and yes the scariest part for me is the psych stuff, cuz even the rationale itself doesn't explain the correct answer very well.

Well, Congratulations! I'll try to study hard for ATI and the final too.