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!