I've read from quite a few different people that they recommend taking Chemistry and A&P before taking the TEAS exam, but after purchasing a study guide, I wonder if it's necessary? I don't plan on learning SOLELY from the study guide- rather, I plan on expanding what I know about each topic by doing more research online to "beef up" my knowledge base. I've also bought a second book filled with JUST practice TEAS exams, and it seems like the questions asked reflect the points in the study guide.
My aim is to be able to apply to nursing school
by the end of the year, assuming my school allows me to take chemistry as a summer course. They will look at the higher TEAS score that you make, which gives me a sense of security (having two tests), although if I scored high enough on my original test then I'd like to take a deep breath and focus on my GPA.
Dec 31, '17
You can take the TEAS without taking A&P first, but it's going to be harder. You will essentially need to teach yourself a lot of what you'll learn in A&P. The questions I got on my exam weren't as detailed as one might go into for A&P, but I was asked about certain hormones or specific glands and their function. You'll have to know things like what type of cell is responsible for breaking down bone or what prolactin does or what type of enzyme breaks down a carb.
Edited to add:
And the study guide is a good starting point but it will not be sufficient for learning all you need to know for the science section. The study guides give a good overview of the systems and general concept, but you WILL need to know specifics and you'll need a good understanding of how the body works. At the very least, knowing the rationale and concepts behind how each system works and connects with each other (as you learn in A&P) helps you be able to reason and rationalize through questions that you don't know automatically know the answer to.
You'll want to use additional resources like Khan Academy.
Last edit by idkmybffjill on Dec 31, '17