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Yes I'm currently taking pharm 1311 and patho 1311 and there transferable to UTA, I spoke to the advisor at UTA , and no u don't have to finish chem as long as you have 3 out of 4 sciences done your good because I submit mine and I'm currently working on Chem class as well. You just have to make sure your classes are done before you actually start the Nursing program.
What Mcgraw book are u talking about can u give me more information on that since u say it offers more science things. And any advice on how to study for the test?
I took the TEAS test yesterday after two extremely intense weeks of studying and I got a 90.7%. Hurray! I was super excited and I felt that my hard work had paid off, so I thought I would share a few tips and some general thoughts on the test and hopefully they will help someone else who is about to take the test.....
I bought and studied the ATI Study Guide, but I also bought the McGraw study guide but barely cracked it open. I am also fresh off of taking Microbiology and Organic Chemistry so science is super fresh on my brain. That said, I still struggled with the science portion the most (as most of you have/will). I studied that section backwards and forwards but with every practice test I still missed about 8 of the questions, especially in the chemistry and life science portion so that is where I focused my time.
How I studied:
About two weeks out from the test I started going through the study guide, doing the math and science questions first because those are my weakest areas. Twice that week I got together with some girls to study and that was really helpful with math/science. I would not say that the math sections were hard but it had been so long since I had done any math. If math is your weak area then I think that the study guide really gives you everything you need for the test and there won't be anything crazy thrown in, but really know and understand the concepts because there are many two step questions where you will have to do a first step to get one answer and then use that answer in a second step.
About one week out I started doing the practice tests in the book. I did one or two sections of each practice test and when I was taking the test I starred questions I felt that I needed to brush up on, even if I got the answer right. Starting this early made it easier to really understand the concept and make sure I didn't feel weak in any areas. I did the practice tests over the course of a few days and just generally took my time doing them. Anything I felt weak on or that I thought I needed to go over I put down on a "cheat sheet". I would carry that paper with me in my purse and to work and when I had 10mins I would look it over or ask someone to quiz me on what I had written down. I think this was really important in how I retained the info because I didn't try to cram it in at the last minute.
My thoughts on the online practice test:
Now here's where I got really stressed: I paid for and took the online practice test the night before my actual test. When I started the test and I completed question one the ATI site locked up and I couldn't click on anything! It was so frustrating! I eventually had to switch to my husbands laptop and finish the test that way but it took over an hour of trying to get it to work before I started it again.
And I read it here before I took the test and I will say it again.....THE ONLINE PRACTICE TEST WAS EXPONENTIALLY HARDER THAN THE ACTUAL TEST. I mean, crazy harder. I knowt that's just my opinion but I got a 76% on the practice test and I was so upset! I felt that all of the work that I had been doing for the prior two weeks wasn't paying off. I was really discouraged and went to bed early, feeling like crap. I even woke up and thought about rescheduling the test because I felt like maybe I needed time to study. But you know what? I knew I had studied hard and I was tired of studying, honestly. So I took it, sweaty palms and all, and got a score I'm happy with (even though I keep going over all of the questions I know I got wrong and thinking, "What if?!?").
So my advice would be to buy and take an online practice test so you can get a feel for what it will be like but do not psyche yourself out over it. There were some questions on there that helped me in the long run on the actual test so I think it's worth it.
Here are the main subjects I would suggest studying:
There will be narrative/expository/technical/descriptive/etc questions. There will be main idea, theme, topic sentence questions. There will be a paragraph describing directions and then asking about where the end result is in relation to the starting point. There will be a question giving directions about changing a shape around and then asking which of four answers is the shape. All in all I thought the study guide was very thorough in preparing you for this section though I do think that some of the "logical conclusion" questions are a matter of opinion. Just remember that the logical conclusion should be based on what you read, not what you know already (for example, I didn't do well on the UFO questions in the study guide bc I knew it was all BS but they just want you to make a conclusion assuming that what you read is true).
Questions on balancing checking account, expenses for an event, etc. Lots and lots of percent to decimal, decimal to fraction, etc. The only questions that threw me were two ratio questions, so know how to do a ratio and then compare that to a whole number. One question on roman numerals. A couple of questions on converting inches to centimeters, etc, but they almost always gave you the conversions and then you just had to do the math. Kg=2.2lbs, that one wasn't given.
polarity of water, all of water's properties (surface adhesion, covalent bonding, high specific heat, etc). I did not have any questions asking me to equate the heat of vaporization. Peristalsis. Of course DNA/RNA. Know that enzyme are made of proteins and that protein have peptide bonds. Know what the most common type of bond is. Know that uracil is for RNA, thymine for DNA. Be able to do a complimentary strand of DNA/RNA based on given amino acids (ex: AGGCUCUAAACUGGG). Be able to read an amino acid table and pick out the amino acids based on their codon. Where carbs/protein/fats are broken down. There was one on surfactant, one on the nervous system's fuctions, functions of the lymphatic system. KNOW EMBRYONIC TISSUE LAYER DEVELOPMENT (this was not in the study guide and really bothered me--did I completely miss it?). Knowing that going 1 number up or down on the pH scale means it's 10times more/less acidic/basic. Kinetic/potential/gravitational energy. Question asking when potential changed to kinetic, vice versa. Question about whether an acid/ammonia/sodium/benzene dissolves in water. No questions on alkanes, alkenes, or alkynes from what I remember. One question about the sun and how it effects the ocean (vaporization?). A few scientific reasoning questions, like how a larger sample size is more accurate and about hypothesis formation. Fertility rates. I feel that the science section did a decent job but if you realllllly want to ace the science then I would study the McGraw book because it goes way more in depth. I was kind of disappointed in some of the questions because I knew for a fact that they were not in the study guide.
It's hard for me to give good advice on this one because I've always been good at reading/grammar but here is a list of what I can remember: simple/complex sentence structure, knowing and identifying clauses, dependent/independent clauses. Lot and lots of subject/verb agreeement. 4-5 sentences of "fluency" questions, just making sure that the sentence flows in a coherent manner without a crazy clause thrown in. Knowing when to use who/whom. Pronoun agreement. If a sentence says "Each of the students __ going out tonight" know that the correct verb is "is" and not "are" because you're saying "each of the students", so you're talking about each individual student so it's singular--I remember at least two questions like that. Otherwise there are word definitions, a few I knew already and one I did not but by reading the sentence and getting a feel for what they're asking then you should be ok to figure it out. And spelling--I remember the word "peculiar" but I would suggest that if spelling is your weak point then make flashcards of all of the words in the study guide. Also capitalization--capitalizing cardinal directions like East Texas but not "eastern Texas". The study guide was good--if you are weak in this section then make the study guide your best friend because it was very thorough.
Ok--that was a novel for you, but I hope that this helps someone else because I would have loved to know all of this info before I went into it. Good luck and if you have questions then you can message me--happy studying!
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