National University Cohort 31 - July 2012 - page 2

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Hello, I was wondering if anyone applied for the National Univeristy BSN program that starts in July 2012? :) Rory... Read More


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    Wow, thanks for the heads up!! So helpful. I ordered my ATI Study Book last week and am waiting for it to arrive so I can begin studying. And I haven't received any info about the test date or essay date.

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    Hi rleetch,

    Ah, I must have gotten confused. You are right. If I don't make it in to the April cohort I can still reapply and re-take the TEAS (I'm thinking not much notice will be given) before the April deadline.

    I did take the TEAS V and the proctored essay; I don't have anything to compare the TEAS to since I didn't take any of the previous versions, but from what everyone is saying, the TEAS V was a LOT tougher than TEAS IV. I know of people who took version 4 and scored a B+ average and then took version 5 and scored a D+ average (that being said, I scored a 70.7%, something I'm not too proud of).

    You will definitely want to study up on Life and Earth sciences (both kicked my butt), know the basics of biology (be familiar with the stages in mitosis and meiosis, differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes), brush up on your roman numerals (thankfully there were only 2 problems but I was stumped), know DNA and mRNA combination ('ATCG'), and work especially hard on studying the parts of speech (the stuff you learned way back in elementary school). I consider myself a decent writer but this part was something I was NOT prepared for and I'm kicking myself now for being too cocky going into the exam. The math covers basic algebra, a tiny amount of geometry, and fractions/ decimals/percentages. I still need to get the ATI study guide but I plan to purchase it soon (they have self tests that are similar to the TEAS tests that you can practice with)

    The essay question changes with each test date, so the only advice I can give you is to not give some run-of-the-mill answer. I know one of the nursing instructors at the RB campus and she said the best advice she can give me was to "Answer the prompt." I guess they read 150-200 essays with each application period and they see so many off-topic papers that don't answer what the prompt is asking of the writer. You only have 1 hour and they ask that you not exceed 2 pages. It's intense so I recommend you brainstorm before you start writing.

    Anyway, I wish you luck too!
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    Quote from JakeH
    Hi rleetch,

    Ah, I must have gotten confused. You are right. If I don't make it in to the April cohort I can still reapply and re-take the TEAS (I'm thinking not much notice will be given) before the April deadline.

    I did take the TEAS V and the proctored essay; I don't have anything to compare the TEAS to since I didn't take any of the previous versions, but from what everyone is saying, the TEAS V was a LOT tougher than TEAS IV. I know of people who took version 4 and scored a B+ average and then took version 5 and scored a D+ average (that being said, I scored a 70.7%, something I'm not too proud of).

    You will definitely want to study up on Life and Earth sciences (both kicked my butt), know the basics of biology (be familiar with the stages in mitosis and meiosis, differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes), brush up on your roman numerals (thankfully there were only 2 problems but I was stumped), know DNA and mRNA combination ('ATCG'), and work especially hard on studying the parts of speech (the stuff you learned way back in elementary school). I consider myself a decent writer but this part was something I was NOT prepared for and I'm kicking myself now for being too cocky going into the exam. The math covers basic algebra, a tiny amount of geometry, and fractions/ decimals/percentages. I still need to get the ATI study guide but I plan to purchase it soon (they have self tests that are similar to the TEAS tests that you can practice with)

    The essay question changes with each test date, so the only advice I can give you is to not give some run-of-the-mill answer. I know one of the nursing instructors at the RB campus and she said the best advice she can give me was to "Answer the prompt." I guess they read 150-200 essays with each application period and they see so many off-topic papers that don't answer what the prompt is asking of the writer. You only have 1 hour and they ask that you not exceed 2 pages. It's intense so I recommend you brainstorm before you start writing.

    Anyway, I wish you luck too!


    Thank you for the info!

    I've been studying the ATI manual (version V) for a little bit now...good to know about the roman numerals.....they appeared in the study guide and I am having such a hard time with them!!! I am completely nervous about the TEAS! But hopefully I'll do ok....
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    Hopefully we'll hear something soon ccasen12!
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    Yes, I hope so. I have a friend who applied for the April cohort and they should be finding out the end of this month. So hopefully after that we will hear something. Where are you located rleetch? Just curious

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    Hopefully we'll hear something soon ccasen12!
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    Quote from ccasen12
    Yes, I hope so. I have a friend who applied for the April cohort and they should be finding out the end of this month. So hopefully after that we will hear something. Where are you located rleetch? Just curious
    I live in Poway....what about you?
    Have you started studying for the TEAS yet??
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    I applied for the July cohort and am just waiting on the testing dates. I took the teas test version 4 last year and it was pretty tough. The hardest part for me was re teaching myself the basics of long division, and multiplication/addition/subtraction of fractions, basic stuff that I had become so dependent upon calculators for. Also I remember there were a lot of questions on converting fractions to decimals and percents, and taking percents of numbers, or asking what percentage of a certain number is 5 for example. I also remember having to convert celcius to farenheit, and other life science. I studied a lot and did okay but I'm definitely nervous for the version 5. I am also nervous for the essay test. I have no idea what kind of question to expect, but I remember they said in the nursing forum that they are sticklers for grammar and punctuation in your essay. I am just hoping that I can get a testing date in March because I am getting married in mid February and will be gone on my honeymoon til March 1st. I called the office and she told me the testing dates which havent been sent out yet will be Feb. 16-March 15, and they schedule in alphabetical order so Im hoping for a March date, but we will see.
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    I'm up in Lake Elsinore. I have slowly started studying. I can only study the English area so much, I find it a bit boring, so then I move the math. Haha, how about you?

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    I live in Poway....what about you?
    Have you started studying for the TEAS yet??
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    Quote from ccasen12
    I'm up in Lake Elsinore. I have slowly started studying. I can only study the English area so much, I find it a bit boring, so then I move the math. Haha, how about you?
    I've been studying for a while now, it's been quite sporadic though to be honest. I am up to the science section of the ATI version V manual. Once I have finished making my way through it I am going to take one of the practice tests and see what areas I need to focus on more....

    I am starting to get nervous now though, I guess cohort 30 received their notices over the weekend.....so we should be getting our testing dates soon!
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    What day have you guys been scheduled for for the TEAS and essay? Mine is for May 2! So nervous! Cant wait for this to be out of the way though!!!
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    May 2nd?? Mine is for March 2nd in Rancho Bernardo Now I need to get my butt in gear and amp up my studying. I took a practice test last week in my Teas Version V Manual and I really need to work on my science area. Good luck!!

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    What day have you guys been scheduled for for the TEAS and essay? Mine is for May 2! So nervous! Cant wait for this to be out of the way though!!!


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