How I Studied for the TEAS - page 20

I also posted my study "techniques" and websites that might be helpful if you do not have the ATI book or any book for that matter. I guess any book will do as long as you study what is below. I... Read More

  1. by   kla321
    Thank you so much for your guidance. You give me hope. THanks.
    God Bless.
  2. by   on eagles wings
    Quote from XYnurse9999
    About me: I can't get too detailed here because I am currently applying to programs and am a very unique applicant. I can say that I have extensive knowledge of all of the basic sciences (including cell biology) but that I haven't had chem or physics in 7 years and the high school sciences in longer than that.

    I recently took the paper TEAS V and scored 99 percentiles in all categories. I will not post individual questions. I studied maybe 15-20 hours for it because I wanted to dominate it. If I were to design a study plan, this is how I'd do it:

    You can do this, but study wisely. Get over the fact the most of this material and testing coverage is completely irrelevant to whether or not you can or will be a good nurse. The same can be said for medical school admissions exams. Check your ego at the door, wherever you lie on the scale of confidence. This is about your doing the best you can. No more, no less. Education is an investment only if you put your best foot forward. This includes your study time and on test day. Otherwise, you are wasting both your time and money (and likely those of someone else, too). The test really isn't very hard at all.

    - The ATI Study Manual and the two online tests. You can sell it back on for what you paid, anyways. Buy and take the two practice tests online so you are used to the scope of the material. There are mistakes in both, most of which do not matter, and most of which you will be able to recognize. I have uploaded the errata (that ATI has conveniently NOT included on their website): ATI Study Guide Errata
    I had bought a 2010 edition so my book had mistakes. There are a few in the online questions, as well.
    - The McGrawHill book circulated here. Superior in physical sciences. It is a quick read. The MGH book is a nice addendum where you can find some additional information. It is, honestly, one of the only other sources I used in addition to the ATI book. I looked at Chem and Bio books as needed, but most of the time I was confident that the ATI+MGH=Success equation would be enough. It was.
    - You will see random questions. Some of these will count, but in my experience, if a question seems off the wall, it will be an experimental one. Since ATI as a company blows, I wasn't surprised to find that their experimental questions were so poorly written and transparent. For example, know the function of cerumen. DO NOT LET THESE QUESTIONS THROW YOU. I encountered a lot of stupid crap on the exam (and this includes a lot of real questions). Answer well and move on.

    Keeping in mind that everyone learns differently, I'll stay general. I am lucky to know how I learn. I took one of the comprehensive practice tests in the back of the book before even looking at the ATI manual. I reviewed the concepts I was weak on or missed questions on. Then, I targeted my study. You never do yourself any favors by studying things you know. Due to my strong language background, that meant that I hardly studied anything but science I didn't remember since it contained some high school level material that I hadn't had in, well, many, many years. Took my first online exam. Rinse, lather and repeat until you are done with both comprehensive practice exams at the back of the book and both online exams. Be aware that most of the explanations for the online exams suck. Usually there aren't any, just that "This doesn't explain X concept." when explaining a wrong answer choice. Remember that you learn as much from wrong answers as from right ones. If you don't know why wrong is wrong, you need to. I used the really good longer posts here, made a study sheet, and added in information in the areas I didn't know. That, combined with reading the ATI book, reviewing my flashcards on some of the rote memorization stuff, and taking all the exams, was enough. My initial study guide was made by copying in pasting from these forms and it took about an hour. I then added info into tables by science category as I missed questions and reviewed concepts along the way. I also love online flash cards like Quizlet, Flashcardexchange, etc. FCE, in particular, gives you data on your performance and it's very helpful.

    I can't speak specifically here, of course, but the few posts in here have it SPOT ON. Use those as your resource, especially if you are low on time. There were very few questions that I was surprised to see. What I can tell you is this. Know the ATI book cold. I mean cold. Don't know that difference in embryonic cell layers? You should. All of them. For example, everyone can understand why the ectoderm forms what it does, but do you know the Meso from the Endoderm? For Math, I always calculate everything, but if you want to use the answer choices and go backwards on some problems, that is a completely valid approach. One thing I would like to remind people about percentages is that you can always divide by 10 and another time and then add or subtract the 1%s from there For example, instead of multiplying 0.17 x 57 if the test asks "What is 17% of 57?", you can also solve it by taking 10% of 57 (5.7), multiplying it by 2 (11.4) to get 20% and subtracting 3%(1.71) to get back to the 17% to find your answer. I did a lot of estimation in my head to get close to the answers, but this is dangerous if you don't know where this can bite you in the ass. If this doesn't make any sense, just calculate on paper, but I like to ballpark answers or completely solve them before looking at answer choices. The same goes for any questions. Answer the question yourself before looking at the choices. In the question above, I would just have taken 15% and 20% in my head and found an answer in between and gone from there.There are cases, however, where the TEAS offers answer choices very closely together, but I found this to be the exception rather than the rule and it was always on questions where you would expect them to do so (What's 8.0x10^-3? and every answer has an 08 of some kind in it). Use the MGH book if need be - know the different types of bonds and be able to apply them to chemical formulas, and you may have one question on the application of PE/KE concepts.

    I have never had timing issues whatsoever on standardized tests of any level, including those taken for professional and graduate school. That said, please be aware that the reading passages are a bit longer. If you get nervous and you think that will bog you down, or you are a slow reader, consider starting at the first reading question that does not require a passage (I'm talking about the "Choose the lowest price/unit" type of stuff) and come back to the passages. Otherwise, I finished substantially early on everything else after checking all of my answers, and this appeared to be true for a good number of people in the room. Reading literally took me 10 minutes and I couldn't believe someone exited the room more quickly than I. Don't worry about what other people are doing. This is your time to shine and your opportunity to do the best you can. DO NOT RUSH. UNLESS YOU HAVE CHECKED ALL OF YOUR ANSWERS OVER, YOU ARE NOT DONE WITH THE SECTION. IF YOU COMPLETE A SECTION AND HAVE TIME, REVIEW ALL CIRCLED QUESTIONS. DO NOT CHANGE AN ANSWER UNLESS YOU HAVE A *VERY* GOOD REASON TO DO SO. DO NOT GET BOGGED DOWN ON QUESTIONS THAT ARE TROUBLING YOU. MARK THEM, MOVE ON, AND COME BACK TO THEM. They read out time left at 15 minute increments, but that isn't standard across the different testing centers, apparently. Don't forget to rest your eyes. Look away at something for 5 seconds here and there that isn't your paper test or computer screen.

    I took the paper version. Show up early and bring a snack, as you'll have one 10 minute break between the second (Math) and third (Science) sections. One of my pet peeves is sitting in an exam room for a long time prior to taking the test. I can't stand the way other people can't handle stress, so I removed myself until the minute before they were going to close the room. If this is you, I'd recommend the same thing. I also reviewed some last minute concepts that I had had some trouble with.

    Lastly, I'd really just reemphasize not rushing unless you have severe timing problems and making sure you have a valid reason to cross out every wrong answer, especially if you are reviewing a question and change an answer. This is an important approach to use. I truly believe anyone with enough time on his or her hands and a dedicated and targeted study approach can do very well on the TEAS V. Godspeed.
    Thank you for this post! Excellent info! Good luck to you in all your endeavors!!
  3. by   Hunter91
    Taking the TEAS V on the 27th of Oct., will be studying about an hour everyday until then using the ATI guide, and this forum as my study tools. Will let you know how I did after.
  4. by   Hunter91
    Made a study guide out of all the posts here, studied for about an hour a day for about month and got a 77.3%. The average for my testing group was 70%, and the national is 64.3%. I'm okay with my results. Thanks for posting all this helpful information! Good luck to all the others!
  5. by   MidwestBetty
    So when it says percentile rank- program is that meant for everyone that took the TEAS V for the same program and at the SAME SCHOOL? I have been curious about that?
  6. by   sunnydays101
    no it's not enough!
  7. by   rafaeia
    Thanks for the awesome post! I used this, along with XYnurse9999's post. My goal was to get a score that was over 90%.

    3 months before the test, I was nervous. I knew I needed to begin studying NOW if I wanted to do well. (for me, I need that long term studying haha)

    First of all, I prayed to God because I didn't know how to start. For some reason after that prayer, I started waking up at around 5-6AM every day. Since my class started at 9AM, I decided to use this morning time to study. I also was sleeping earlier after that, so I didn't feel tired.

    I started with the science portion, the most intensive one. I studied 2 pages every day. Just two pages. It's not hard when it's bite sized.
    I made flashcards; I made questions out of every useful sentence in the science section. Then I did that with the other sections, studying 4-5 pages each day... cause they were easier than the science section.

    I studied for around 1-3 hours each day for those months. Sure, there were some days that I didn't... but I tried my best to be consistent and show up to study. I bought the practice test A & B, and got 72% and 78% on both.

    Also, I bought the ATI study guide and the McGraw practice tests. (I kept scoring around a 78-82% in the practice tests in both books Dx)

    The test was last Saturday. It was alright... Then i got my score today. I got a 92%~ hurrah. All those studying paid off.


    Reading, math and grammar - pretty straight forward,just go over the ATI sections and the McGraw tests, learn from the mistakes you make, so that you know what to go over. The math section was a bit tricky, had a couple of word problems... get some outside practice. It's pretty straightforward. I felt like the McGraw really helped me best in the grammar and structure section, and science of course.

    Good luck everyone!! You don't get great things accomplished in a big swift step, it is the build up of small steps that really counts. Just take the first step, and keep walking. Persistence is your friend.
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Dec 19, '12
  8. by   blancazuniga
    Ok....This might be a stupid questions....But I always read books and I always to my homework do bad in tests. I got the kaplan book for the tease v and I have reviewed it. The math freaks me out since it has al ot of geometry, and algebra problems and I am not good in math. So if I understand the way to study is take the sample test of course review your errors and basically practice the same test over and over. Kind of memorizing the test. Read the science questions and understand and take practice test over and over. And of course focus on the areas listed on the thread. This might be a stupid question but not all of us have the skill set for standardized test.

    I do great on essays test but standardized test are not my thing. My gpa is over 3.5 so I am not dome.. But since I always do poorly on standardize test I am worried. I really want to be a nurse the school I am looking at only gives one chance to take the test and the scores must be over 85% or more to be considered. Since this is my second degree I can't screw it up. My last gen eds are math & stats for a bsn. Iknow hard work and prayers works too.

    For direct advice email me at

    Thank You and god bless
  9. by   NorNor7
    Not sure if this was mentioned somewhere else in the thread but is also great, really helped me a lot for math!
  10. by   slightlycaffeinated
    I will be taking the Teas test June 4 and currently also studying for finals... OVERLOAD but just trying to plug away at it a little each day. Thank you for posting this!
  11. by   Hana123
    Has anyone taken the teas 5 recently I am taking it in July so worried
  12. by   LookingIntoTheFuture
    Thank you so much!! I like when we future nurse help each other. I will post any unsaid info I come across! Thanks again!
  13. by   momma2luchini
    Thank you for this, eagles wings! Will use it as a study guide along with the ATI and MGH books. Happy studying everyone!