Welcome! I start the nursing program in the fall and did not take the TEAS at BHSN. I actually took the test in January in Springfield MA. I was undecided about applying or waiting a year and by the time I made up my mind all of the testing centers nearby were booked! Since I waited, I only had time to take the test once. Based on my experience, here is some advice….
- find a study guide that suits your learning style! There are many options but you can’t go wrong with the study guide that ATI sells. I purchased another book from Amazon that was set up like flashcards (I liked that method because I knew right away if my answer was correct....here’s the link
- use your study tools and don’t wait until the last minute. The best way to prepare for a standardized test is practice – it’s just like the SATs!
- Try to take the test more than once. The first time around you may be nervous and unsure of what to expect. Since your score sheet is broken down by the four subjects (reading, math, science, English) and their subcategories, ATI basically tells you what areas you need to review so you are guaranteed to improve the second time around. Luckily I did well and got into the program but I would have liked to take the test again.
- Take a break during the test. The test is timed by section so you have the option to take a breather.
- If noises distract you then ask for earplugs. I don’t know if all testing locations offer earplugs but mine did and it was a lifesaver! The test is on the computer so imagine 20 something people sporadically clicking – it was extremely distracting for me. I had them for the last two sections after I saw that another student got a pair and it made a big difference.
It costs around $20 to have your scores sent to each additional location. When I registered for the test, I filled BHSN as the school that I wanted my scores sent to but it actually sent them to the school in MA since that is where I took it. I didn’t know this until I received an email from BHSN stating that they hadn’t received my scores. When I called ATI to confirm that my scores were mailed, I found out that they are sent electronically (almost instantly), in this case to the school where I took the test.
Hope I didn’t bombard you with too much information! Good Luck with the TEAS!!