TEAS; timing questions (time/section)

  1. Hi fellow pre/nursing students,

    I have a few questions regarding formatting of the TEAS test. I plan on taking the TEAS V in a few months and am starting my study plan and test strategy.

    First question:
    I read that the test is given on computer. I wonder if we can go back and forth if we want to skip and go back. I don't mean back and forth between different subjects but rather within the same skill-testing area. For example, in the "Reading Comprehension" section I found the first bunch of questions time consuming (practice test). If I wanted to skip those and go do all the straight forward ones and then come back to the beginning can I do that?

    Second question:
    I also read that there are 20 unscored questions throughout the exam. Does anyone know what these are for? Why are they not scored? Bonus questions would be just too good to be true

    Third question:
    In regard to the time allotted for each section: a)if we finish before time is up, may we move on right away to the next section? b)does any unused time compile to add to the next sections? (well I' pretty sure it's a 'no' on that one but just checking )

    Thanks for any input that would help me (and surely others) get set to attack the TEAS.
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  3. by   AddisonLawrence03
    If you finish a section early, you cannot move on to the next until you are instructed to do so
  4. by   nanou1969
    Thanks for the info. I guess if we finish a section early we get meditation time before the next one?

    Anyone know about my first two questions?

  5. by   Cortisol
    If you finish a section early, you can move on to the next block. The computer will prompt you a few times to be sure that this is what you want to do, but it is possible. You will NOT get additional time in future blocks nor will you be able to return to a section once you have verified that you have completed it.

    I finished the Science section early and was able to move on to the English section a few minutes early.
  6. by   Cortisol
    You may skip ahead to questions in a particular section and go back to unfinished questions later. For example, I skipped over a few difficult science questions and went back to finish them after answering the easier science questions. You cannot, however, skip ahead or go back to questions from another section (if that makes sense).
  7. by   nanou1969
    Yes Cortisol that makes sense. Thank you so much for the reply. I just remember having placement testing at the college where I go and we had a choice of paper or computer... I chose computer but regretted it because we couldn't skip a question and go back! Glad to know we can do that on the TEAS.

    Now anyone know about those 20 unscored questions? What's up with that?

    Thanks everyone.
  8. by   VIMom
    I'd like to know about that as well, unscored questions? I've never heard of such a thing! I'm also confused as to whether we're allowed calculators or not. I've seen some posts where people were and some who were not. I guess it's a regional thing? I also had no idea it was on the computer. Does that make the results come back faster? How long did it take to receive your scores?
  9. by   nanou1969
    I didn't take the test yet; just starting to get ready for taking it in a few months. I did see that it is sometimes offered on paper, sometimes on computer. I think this is decided by the college or test taking place. The college where I will take the test do it on computer and you get results the same day before leaving.

    As for the 20 unscored questions, I read about this both in the practice book and on ATI's website but cannot find more information as to what this is about. Today someone told me they think it's a sort of tool they use to gauge the difficulty of questions; they may sprinkle more difficult questions here and there to see how folks generally do on those. But then again that's just someone's educated guess. I'm curious to hear if anyone has a more official explanation.
  10. by   nanou1969
    Oh yeah and as far as I know there are no calculators allowed where I will take the test
  11. by   ASHR
    The un-scored questions are experiment questions for ATI. They just want to know what questions are worthy of putting on the next test.
  12. by   Cortisol

    I had also heard that skipping ahead was not allowed, but I was definitely able to skip around. I kept track of unanswered questions on my scratch paper. There was a feature that allows you to jump to a certain question number, so it was very easy to go back. I was also able to click forward and backward to view questions.

    I can't say that I love the exam format, but it was still better than I was expecting!

    I don't know if the ATI practice exams use the same format because I never took them. Can anyone else comment on this?
  13. by   Fenway1
    I took the test 3 weeks ago. My answers are for the computer version of the test.

    1. Before you begin the exam, you will have a few minutes to practice on the computer get used to "navigating" within the exam. I got a few practice questions to answer and got a feel for using the computer keyboard. I found this really helpful because I was able to get comfortable with answering questions and also saw how I could flag questions, skip them, go back to them, etc.

    2. Within each section (math, science, english, reading) you can answer the question, skip the question, or answer the question and flag it to go back to later. When you finish that section, you have a choice to: go back to review all questions, questions you have skipped, questions you have flagged, or a specific question number.

    3. There is a timer at the top of the screen so you can see how much time remains within that section. When time runs out you must move onto the next section. However, if you finish and have time remaining you can either go back and check any questions you wish or you can opt to finish that section and move onto the next. If you do move onto the next section, you cannot go back to the previous section. If you still have time left in a particular section and choose to move onto the next section, the computer will prompt you by asking you if are sure you want to move on so you can't mistakenly go onto another section.

    4. No calculators are allowed.

    I hope this helps.
  14. by   NBurana
    I took Ver 5 today on a computerized test. You can move at your own pace. If you finish a section early you can take a break and then move on to the next section. You can also go back and forth to other questions WITHIN the section but once submitted you cannot go back to that section. Yes there are unscored questions, you do not know which ones but there are several in each section so do well on every question! Good luck.