TEAS 6 Advice (Questions Welcome)

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    I have recently passed the new TEAS 6 exam and would like to ease any worries or answer any questions for prospecting nurses regarding the test. With a new version of the exam comes a new wave of concern, and I have broken down each section of the exam and have given you the most important concepts to study. Of course, no specific test material will be given or acknowledged. That being said, ask away!

    TEAS 6 Advice (Questions Welcome)

    I recently took the ATI TEAS 6 and scored in the 97th percentile. I would like to help those who have worries or questions regarding the new TEAS test. I am more than happy to answer your questions regarding the test without disclosing any questions specifically. That being said, I will break down what you should know to the best of my ability.

    • Can't stress this enough, know what can be found in a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, index, glossary, appendix, and table of contents. I had several questions on these.
    • Be able to pull information from a visual medium (graph, picture, map, etc.)
    • Know the difference between facts, opinions, biases, and stereotypes
    • Know if a text is being informative, persuasive, or expository
    • Know the difference between connotation and denotation, and be able to infer the definition of a word based on the context of a sentence
    • Be able to summarize or draw a conclusion from a given text
    • Be able to distinguish between a topic sentence, the main idea, and supporting details of a text
    • Know the difference between something being chronological or sequential


    A preface on the math section; just because a calculator is used on this version of the TEAS does not mean the math this time is significantly more difficult than previous versions of the TEAS. You can expect mostly the same concepts.
    • Be comfortable converting between fractions, decimals, and percentages
    • Be able to do basic arithmetic (add, subtract, multiply, divide)
    • Know your order of operations (aka PEMDAS) when doing equations
    • Solve equations with one variable
    • Ranking rationals numbers from least to greatest, or vice versa
    • Know how to do to percent increase/decrease problems
    • Know how to convert between different units (conversation rates are given to you in the problem!)
    • Know what is positive, negative, and no correlation
    • Know what skewness is (i.e. when a distribution is skewed left or right)
    • Know what independent and dependent variables are and be able to recognize them in a problem
    • There are a few basic geometry problems regarding area and length calculation (again, formulae are given to you!)


    Another preface! The science section is the biggest section and is mostly anatomy and physiology. The rest of is comprised of general chemistry and some cell biology.
    • Know the anatomical position and the terminology associated with it (e.g. superior and inferior)
    • Know the functions of organelles
    • Know the hierarchy of an organism, from atom to organism
    • Know the structure and function of the 11 organ systems as best you can
    • Know the four major macro molecules and what they are made of
    • Know about the differences between chromosomes, genes, and DNA
    • Know base pairing for nucleotides
    • Know how to do a Punnett square and the terminology associated with it
    • Know the charges and weights of electrons, protons, and neutrons
    • Know what a covalent or ionic bond is
    • Know the terms for changing between different states of matter
    • Be able to balance a chemical equation
    • Be able to determine if a scientific experiment is empirical or poorly designed


    If I had to give a single piece of advice for the English section, it is that just thinking you are literate enough to get a great grade is not enough. Many questions ask about specific grammar terminology you likely need to study beforehand.
    • Know when to use an apostrophe, colon, comma, and other types of punctuation in a sentence
    • Know the difference between an adjective, adverb, predicate, preposition, dependent/independent clause, and pronoun
    • Know the difference between a sentence fragment and a run on sentence
    • Know what subject verb agreement and pronoun antecedent agreement is
    • Know the difference between slang, formal, and informal language

    That is all I can come up with at the moment. Feel free to ask questions!
    Last edit by Joe V on Oct 11, '17
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  3. by   NurseBre94
    What was your score? I need to get at least an 80. What study material did you use to achieve such a high score?
  4. by   Hamdemichael
    Can i please email you
  5. by   FayJ

    I am so impressed with your score and want to say awesome job! I am scheduled to take the teas 6 in a month and I have taken the teas 5 before and failed the math section. Is there anything you recommend me doing or purchasing that would further help me when studying for my exam. My email is fayjouni@@gmail.com, please feel free to email me as well. Thank you so much.
  6. by   TheRomaniac
    @NurseBre94 I got an 87.3%. I used the official ATI TEAS Study Manual Sixth Edition. I found it to be very helpful actually and the practice tests inside are similar to the actual TEAS, including how well you will do. There are some errors but the corrections are available free on the official website. Besides that, I used Khan Academy to review the body systems for anatomy and physiology. I would say you should see how well you do on official practice material to determine if you need to do more outside studying than I did.

    @Hamdemichael I added you.

    @FayJ As I said above, I recommend the official study manual. They have a practice test for each section that is accurate in determining how well you will do on the actual TEAS. There are also separate online practice tests you can buy from the ATI website that I have heard good things about, but I have not used them myself.
  7. by   RNxoxo
    in the reading section, is it mostly reading a LOT of passages, like 3-6 paragraphs, and answering like 5 questions each passage? Please help i am really scared with the reading section.
  8. by   Hamdemichael
    i don't know how to send a personal message on here but can you email me its hamdemichael@gmail.com
  9. by   JuliaS1210
    hello there, Im planning on taking the TEAS VI this coming Friday, I have finished the ATI study manual but seem to be struggling in the Science section. I took an A&P corse when i got my CNA but that was ages ago. Im currently in A&P1 at my university. I'm wondering how in-depth i need to go while studying. In the ATI study manual it focuses a lot of the specific functions of organ systems (blood flow through the heart, kidney structures and functions) do you think that is accurate on the actual exam or is the study manual being intentionally specific. Any help is appreciated at this point.
  10. by   ovp13
    For the science section (mainly A&P), how did you study for it? Is everything we need to know within the ATI TEAS 6 study manual or do we have to go more in depth of each topic?
  11. by   TheRomaniac
    @RNxoxo I would say about half the reading section has several length paragraphs with 5 or so questions attached. The other half are one to two questions on other concepts. I read each long passage several times and still had lots of time to finish the reading, take it one question at a time and you will be fine. If you haven't looked at an official study material I would.

    @Hamdemichael I emailed you.

    @JuliaS1210 The anatomy and physiology section was not nearly as detailed as I thought it would be going into it. A lot of it was recognition. I was tested very little on actual processes such as blood flow, nephron loop, etc. I still recommend studying each body system as in depth as you can since you say it has been a while since you have had an anatomy course, but you will do good with a general overview of the body systems.

    @ovp13 I would say the one glaring flaw with the sixth edition is that the anatomy and physiology section was too short. Each body system was only written about for two pages. It does give you an idea of what to study for without giving you the information. I used Khan Academy's introduction to anatomy and physiology for the body systems which was plenty review. That being said, just about every other section of the manual prepared me pretty well.
  12. by   markwayne27
    I took the ATI 6 and got an 87.3% too! As an ESL student, I had more trouble in the reading and English part; they are my lowest:

    Reading -80.9%
    Math- 93.8%
    Science- 89.4%
    English- 87.5%

    In reading, I really had trouble making inferences, summary, and logical conclusions. the passages' lengths vary from 1-5 paragraphs, and you have at least 5 questions each. make sure you manage your time well enough to answer all the questions and extra time to go back to double check the uncertain answers you have had.

    Math is mostly word problems and simple arithmetic that covers proportions, ratios, variable's relationships in a formula, work-time problems, simple algebra problems, etc.

    Science for me is the easiest, but that is because i have tutored anatomy, physiology, and microbiology for two semesters. It is heavy on anatomy and physiology and just some general science and chemistry questions like balancing. I made stupid mistakes in some questions only because i was just exhausted, so make sure before taking Science part, take a break and relax your mind. I realized my mistakes when i was driving home.

    English is really all about the sentence structures such as subject-verb agreement, pronoun rules, punctuations, and some vocab context clues.
  13. by   imtootired
    Are there any specific values we need to know for physio? Ex. resting potentials, normal heart rate, etc.
  14. by   TheRomaniac
    @markwayne27 I had a similar experience all around.

    @imtootired I would know the normal heart rate and blood pressure and what would be considered abnormal for the two. Wasn't asked on resting potentials. Many of the A&P questions are recognition based so if you are at least familiar with normal versus abnormal values you will be fine.