Insider Info For Passing The TEAS

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Real-Deal information from TEAS testing insiders

You want to know the scoop on passing the TEAS, then let us tell you what some TEAS test insiders had to say.
Let’s just get the bad news out of the way, unfortunately there is a tremendous amount of preparation and study that will be needed, as it covers specific content areas. Now, I don’t know about you but when was the last time you took an academic based skills test? The thought of having to take a lengthy test on fundamentals might be overwhelming to some, but the good news is, we’re here to guide through the information that will be on the TEAS so you are not blindly walking into anything. 

Like most academic testing the TEAS has four sections that you will be tested on, Reading, Math, Science and English all in varying amounts of time dedicated to each topic. Starting to sound like we’re in elementary school again? Let’s dive into each area a little more. 

The reading section of TEAS will contain passages long and short that you will then have to answer a series of questions about. I always found it helpful to review the questions first and then go read the passage as it gives you an idea of what to look for while reading. Many questions will focus on your ability to determine the difference between fact and opinion, so keep an eye out for questions that seem like they’re asking for your personal judgement and stick to the fundamental facts. Try to review different writing styles, such as persuasive or informational styles as the answers pertaining to those passages will differ. Let’s not forget this test is timed, so be sure to pace your accordingly and utilize the practice reading material to estimate how much time to allow for each question. You will want to work on improving your reading speed and comprehension to ensure you will complete the section before time is up. 

Math, you either love it or you hate it! The questions in this section will cover most everything from algebra to data and measurement. If you have been out of the math scene for a bit your skills might be a little rusty. Take the time to review the study guides and familiarize yourself with certain methods to solve different equations. Break out the old flash cards and give yourself a refresher course on fractions, converting percentages to decimals, and most basic math fundamentals (PEMDAS, anyone??). I know we have all grown accustomed to defaulting use of phones or computers for mathematical problems, but you will only be allowed use of a physical calculator for TEAS, so try to stick with that during your studies.

Next is science, for some people this may be the hardest section of the test. It will cover human anatomy, physical sciences and scientific reasoning. There is a significant amount of prior knowledge needed and you are encouraged to set aside extra time during your preparation to study the different processes. You will need to brush your basic knowledge of chemistry, physics and biology to name a few and maybe a sprinkle of population growth. Most questions will be directed around anatomy and body systems, I mean after all you are going to nursing school, but it won’t hurt to glance at the periodic table a couple times to file that in your mental notes. Good luck! I started having eye twitches already covering this information. 

English! Everyone’s favorite topics, if you’re like me, this was the easiest part of any academic test. This area of the test is the shortest and you will be expected to answer questions on grammar, spelling and sentence structure. Review all the rules related to grammar and punctuation! It’s been a while for most to curate writing examples further than a text to your bestie saying “wyd”. You want to be able to identify different parts of speech i.e., adjectives, pronouns etc. You won’t have access to word or google to help you correct sentence structures or find out what a “context clue” is, so add this on the ever-increasing list of “things to make note of”. Basically, you do not want to assume you know everything about this section, it might be easier, but you never want to be unprepared. 

Whew! We made it through! I hope that was able to give you a little more insight on what to be expecting for TEAS and to plan accordingly. Preparation is you going to be your best friend during this time, utilize all practice material and get your timing down. Academic testing is no easy feat, but you have the tools necessary to ensure your success!

5 Tips For Managing Nursing School Stress

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Helpful techniques for surviving nursing school… from the experts that know.

It’s no surprise that nursing school is not only difficult to get into, but once you’re in, the real stress has only just begun. Surviving the entire nursing school process can often feel like a daunting and overwhelming feat. From classwork to clinicals, there’s an enormous amount of pressure that runs parallel with the pursuit of having a career in the nursing field.

Any tricks, hacks, techniques or “how-to’s” you can find, are definitely worth checking out. You never know what information might be sticky enough to become your new positive learning habits. 👍🏼

And these 5 simple tips from our friendly educational experts have been said to reduce nursing school jitters, increase confidence, and keep you in the game: 

No.1 – STUDY 

Just like with one of the top fears/ phobias in the world (public speaking) the primary way to reduce such anxiety while increasing your confidence, is to be prepared. Whether a test, presentation, or simply being observed by an instructor/ doctor or authority in your field of study… being fully prepared will give your confidence the boost it needs by simply knowing you have retained the necessary information. This one crucial action alone will calm your nerves, and give you a real advantage among any procrastinating classmates choosing not to do the same.

No.2 – TIME MANAGEMENT 

When faced with multiple tests/ exams, deadlines, assignments, and a plethora of expectations from your instructors… it is vital that you take ownership of your time. While we all have different styles of time management and keeping ourselves in a system or routine, there’s really no “right” way to create a schedule. So the most effective way to establish a solid routine for yourself is by creating a customized system that works specifically for YOU. Simply setting the goal to always stay AHEAD of your educational demands will effectively reduce any unnecessary, and additional, stress

No.3 – PASSION IS HUGE 

There are so many different facets to explore within the nursing field, that by even minimizing your career objectives to “nursing” alone could possibly dismiss the key foundational aspects you might find to be your truest passion. From pediatrics to aesthetics, it’s truly necessary to lean into all nursing elements and options that bring you real excitement as you move through your classes and clinicals. These passionate understandings may evolve/ change as you learn and grow closer to your career goal in the medical field… and that’s totally okay. The real objective isn’t to pick your career in your first week of classes, but to stay engaged with the aspects that truly ignite your passion.

No.4 – NETWORK LIKE CRAZY 

In all reality, you could throw a rock and accidentally hit someone who’s been enrolled in a nursing program or is currently working in some facet of the field. Take advantage of these opportunities to meet them. Reach out, ask questions, utilize every moment allowed that they’re willing to share with you. The wisdom of another who’s been through the same process is truly priceless. (If anything, simply because they’re living proof that YOU can also make it through nursing school to find yourself in the career you’re working diligently toward.)

NO.5 – PERSONAL TIME 

You matter. Your mental and physical health are truly just as important as the grade you receive on your final exam. So, if you don’t already have a hobby you can use as an outlet – make it happen. Whether physical, creative, or not at all related to nursing… find one quickly. This could be yoga, rock climbing, painting, knitting, cooking, or even gaming… just as long as it allows you to do something that provides you with joy, happiness, and a sense of fulfillment, to allow for those necessary moments of separation from the looming pressures of nursing school.

Always remember that this path is YOURS to walk. Embrace the resources available to you for traveling this journey with less stress, more confidence, and real opportunity to truly find yourself in a fulfilling career you love, while serving and helping others. SimpleNursing will always have your back… so be sure to follow us, keep in touch, and let us know what you need to feel confident in this brave new venture.

(BECAUSE WE LIVE TO HELP NURSING STUDENTS BECOME ROCKSTAR NURSES!)

TEAS Testing Success In 5 Easy Steps

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Test taking can often be a very stressful and overwhelming undertaking… especially when it’s concerning your future and career academic testing on steroids… a.k.a the TEAS. You can never be too prepared, and honestly the more prepared you are, the better the experience will be! When deciding to apply for nursing school, they (more than likely) advised you on all the fun requirements you have in store for your nursing school adventure. We know from personal experience just how daunting this entire process can seem… so we want you to know we’re here to support your entire journey, ALL the way through to graduation. (To kick it all off, here’s a quick “5-easy-steps” guide for a better TEAS testing experience.)

No.1

Take the test PRIOR to applying for nursing school.

We know this might seem a little ahead of the game if you haven’t even applied yet, but… If you’re seriously wanting to get into nursing school, it’s definitely in your best interest to take a good run-through of the test so you know what to expect when the real deal comes along.

No.2

Register in advance – don’t procrastinate.

Testing sites always encourage registration at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure there are no surprises when your test day arrives. Providing yourself with that extra time can help assist in staying calm, keeping your chill, and feeling more prepared by having a thorough opportunity to study your guides and testing materials. Going into “test day” stressed out will only lead to the dreaded brain fatigue that hinders your information recall and ability for thinking clearly with a calm, and collected mind. So be sure to give yourself the prep time you need and deserve!

No.3

Utilize as many TEAS test prep resources you can find.

Regardless of your confidence level going into the exam, a broad range and use of testing resources are always recommended. Some of the more extensive resources might come with a small cost, but investing in the right one/ ones will only guarantee greater success on the official TEAS exam. You can reference the ATI website for different options available.. or this TEAS-Prep resource link will provide you with everything you need for studying and practicing until you feel ready for the real-deal.

No.4

Review, review, review… and then maybe review.

With as much study time you’ll be putting in just to cover the amount of information included on the TEAS, it’s very possible for little bits of information getting lost or pushed aside, making the test day info-recall much harder to access. We highly recommend you take plenty of time to review all material in every topic before moving on to the next. A bulk of the questions found on each test will concern the basic fundamentals of math, writing, and reading we have had the wonderful pleasure of already learning. So dusting off any old school flashcards you might still have is another way to give yourself a little “refresher” on everything from decimals and fractions, to even the appropriate use of commas.

No.5

Rest up… Get that sleep!

This small but powerful insider tip often gets looked over… but rest is very crucial to your test taking success, especially when it comes to such an important entry exam step toward your future. You’ll want to make sure you get a solid night of excellent sleep to help with alleviating unnecessary stress while allowing for a more clear mind that’s ready to work its way through the entire TEAS test, like a boss. A few other important rules to remember… make sure to eat a solid breakfast, definitely have a morning dance party to get your dopamine flowing (or anything that helps put you in a good mood) as being happy will always bring higher levels of confidence you’ll be very grateful to access during crucial moments of test-taking pressure.

Now that you have a few more insider tips to help lead you through this experience… we want you to know you are awesome and you’re gonna own the TEAS, pro-style! This all new chapter of your life is going to be an exciting and sometimes difficult one… but have no fear! Every single one of us at SimpleNursing are here to provide you with the support you’ll need as we cheer you all the way through this wonderful new adventure!

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