I entered ATP’s program with Credit Private, so I cannot provide the first few months of instruction that would be received. What I can tell you is from the gecko entering, I was already receiving my Instrument instruction doing both simulator and flight sessions. I entered prior with all my written knowledge tests complete (which helped extremely and is recommended). The pace of the program is fast, but it’s a proven fast paced program. I’m currently on day 218, soon to be done with the program, started July 06, 2020. You are to be flexible at all times, ATP does not like students working during the Fast-Track program because of this. We are training to be airline pilots (greater majority), you as a student will have a schedule that changes daily and sometimes hourly depending on what phase or training you’re in and purpose of lesson.
This may sound corny, but think of it as this…what you put into something is what you will receive, right? Can the program be hard to keep up with, absolutely - if you don’t study and practice when you’re not in the training center. If you go out to eat dinner everyday with your friends for hours upon hours which that time could be used studying, absolutely.
As per your other questions regarding ATP more valuable, I’ll leave it to our mentors and other graduates that are currently in the airlines and private/corporate level to answer that.