Samuel Merritt ELMSN/FNP Fall 2013 Sacramento - page 16

Hi Everyone, I haven't seen this thread yet and as the application date (July 1) looms closer I thought I would start one. I am interested to know who is applying, what your undergraduate degree of study was and why you are now... Read More

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    Good luck to all of you interviewing this Saturday!

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    Cool Jly0162! My interview is 10-12. Good luck!
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    Hi everyone,

    I wish you all very good luck with your interviews! I am planning to apply for Fall 2013 in Oakland. I am wondering if anyone can give me advice on the TEAS. I recently took it and got my score back. I don't know if I should retake it. Do you guys know what Samuel Merritt's position and standards are for the TEAS? According to their FAQs, it says the applicant should at least get the national average or exceed it. How is Version 5 compared to the prior versions, if its known to be "harder"? Can someone who got an interview please give me some insight on their scores? Like how much above the national average or what is the minimum score to competitive? I am so confused and anxious! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
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    Congratulation on taking your first step into nursing career. I just want to give you my advise is that SMU doesn't solidly look at your TEAS score. I didn't have a high TEAS score (it is low trust me!) myself. You are stressing out too much on just one piece of the element in their application. If you dont have a good TEAS, you can try to strength your application by other stuffs such as Higher GPA, more extra curriculum, letters of recommendation, and importantly your personal statement why you want to do nursing and why you choose SMU. I really feel that they are trying to find the passionate students that fit their program. A lot of people can have very high TEAS exam, but TEAS didn't say how good a nurse they can be. (Not to offend people with high TEAS, just example ) Just be yourself and relax! Take your time to fill out your application and PS. Good luck!
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    Thanks for the quick reply ALXiong!

    It is just a very anxiety provoking process. I just want to know where my TEAS score stand because I have no idea what to thinking about it. Any suggestions will help! Thanks!
    Last edit by yay123 on Sep 21, '12
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    Hi yay123! I know it is an anxiety provoking process, but I totally agree with ALKiong: there are a lot of important factors, not just the TEAS. I did pretty well on my TEAS, but I have not been accepted to SMU (this will be my 2nd try at the Sac campus); however, I have a friend who scored significantly lower than me on the TEAS and she got on the waitlist..... So don't put too much weight on it - other things matter just as much, if not more. Just because someone doesn't score super high on the TEAS does not mean that he/she will not be a good nurse. I am sure you will be fine! Just make sure you have good reference letters, experience if you can, or volunteer work, and a strong personal statement. You'll do great.
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    I agree with all of the above. I am no expert but I really do think they look at you as a whole and thus your application and see the large picture. I think the average TEAS score for incoming applicants for last year class for oakland and sacramento was in the mid 80's I believe? But I could be wrong! Also the TEAS portions are science math and verbal/reading, it would be interesting to see if they focus on the science portion or the reading portion? I know my friends that took the GRE for other science grad programs focused on the science/math sections more than the verbal but then again who knows! Just do your best that's all you can ask for! Also maybe look at the old forums for this program, there are a lot of little tid bits of information that could be helpful!
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    Quote from yay123
    Thanks for the quick reply ALXiong!

    It is just a very anxiety provoking process. I just want to know where my TEAS score stand because I have no idea what to thinking about it. Any suggestions will help! Thanks!
    Hi yay123,
    I agree with the other replies, TEAS score is only one component of their assessment. My TEAS score was not that great (~78.4 overall - dang that science section). I have not been accepted, but my scores got me far enough to get an interview for the ELMSN - FNP and waitlisted (#9) for the ABSN. So, my suggestion is to study hard and do the best you can. Worse case scenerio is you retake the test (SMU takes the highest score).

    Make sure you focus on all areas because not only one section is looked at. Good luck to you.
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    In addition, sorry for the long posts, I think they may/will take a look at your last 90 units GPA, your science GPA, letters of recs, and your experience, and community service. Like said above, there looking at a lot of things other than your TEAS score! I guess in the end GPA/TEAS is an indicator of your strength in academics, and maybe if one can handle the rigor of this program? But again I am no expert! I am sure you will do great, and your application will be awesome! Good luck on everything )
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    Thanks for the positivity Sisyer2! I got 20% above the national average, but I don't know if it's good enough. It's such a mystery how schools weigh different elements of the application. I read on the forum that as long as you have a 80% and above, you should be fine; however, people complain that their scores were low when they scored in the mid-80s. I've been trying to contact the counselors, but it's so hard to get a hold of them. Oh, man!

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