I took the TEAS V yesterday. I only studied the ATI book for two days and it had all information for Math, Reading and English sections. There were numerous questions on my exam from the Science portion that were NOT in the ATI book at all. I was pretty ticked off at that. I used common sense and guessed on the ones I was not 100% sure of. Most of the questions that were not in the book were from earth science, human body, and DNA replication areas.
This was my first attempt with two days of studying which I would not recommend. Plan ahead!! I scored 90% adjusted individual score and 99% percentile national rank.
Individual Section scores were: Reading 93% Math 94% Science: 92% English: 77%
I have taken all required courses for the Nursing Program. I did not take the online practice exams due to a time factor. I wish I would have taken them because they are closer to the actual exam and format of the exam on the computer.
If I could do it over again, I would do this:
1) Study the ATI book cover to cover at least a month in advance.
2) Take the practice tests in the book and one of the tests on the ATI website.
3) Focus on my weak areas that the online test will provide a list of.
4) Take the final test on the ATI website to see if I still have any weak areas before the actual exam.
5) Refresh some highlighted points in your book and/or notes the day before the actual exam.
6) Eat some protein before the test. It is long. Take some deep breaths if you feel yourself getting anxious during the actual test. Re-focus and continue.
7) I brought earplugs with me to the testing center so I could concentrate better.
These are the areas of focus from SCIENCE that were not in the ATI book:
1) Know organs with exocrine and endocrine functions.
2) Know how the earth and moon relate to each other with regards to meteors and craters and the earth's atmosphere.
3) More specific information on the DNA replication process. It is very general in the ATI book.
4) Know about natural selection and the steps of adaptation process of organisms.
5) Know about why we take vitamins and what functions they have in the body.
6) Know about electrolyte balance in the body.
7) Know charateristics of plasma membrane.
8) Know how to match codons with correct amino acids using the codon chart.
9) Know about photosynthesis and why/how it is an oxidative/reductive reaction.
10) Know phases of state changes: Sublimination, Evaporation, Condensation, Vaporization
Some helpful tips:
1) Memorize Life Science: Domain-Species
Did King Phillip Cry Out For More Soup?
2) Memorize the Roman Numerals. Easy points!
3)The ENGLISH section has some tricky stuff in it. I did not study that section and I wish I would have spent a little more time on it.
--The subject-verb agreement is all over the test.
--Coordinating Conjunctions: What they are and how to spot them: FANBOYS
--Subordinating Conjuctions: What they are and how to spot them: Because, Although, As, As if, When, while
--Know how to spot synonyms and antonyms.
--Sentence Structure was tricky too. Read page 192 in ATI book and know it GOOD!!!
--Know capitalization chart. They put tricky ones on there.
--Know how to place quotation marks and also when you have a quote within a quote.
4) The READING section is straight from the ATI book.
--Just practice choosing main idea, themes, and topics.
--Know how to spot stereotypse vs. biases.
--Know difference between Persuasive, Informative, Expressive, etc... They trick you up sometimes.
--Know how to follow "Set of Directions" on Page 24. The several examples in the book and on the book practice tests are WAY easier than the actual questions on the real exam. You may want to practice this elsewhere not sure if there are any tools online. Example similar to the book (NOT FROM ACTUAL EXAM): You have a list of letters. Cross out the 2nd vowel, add a certain letter in a certain spot, move this letter to another position, what word do you have now, etc....
--The READING section is not hard but it is the TIME that gets you anxious. The best advice is to PRACTICE with a timer on this section. And do the ONLINE exams. It is worth the money. I wish I would have done them.
5) The MATH section is also right out of the both.
--The problems on the actual exam and exactly like the same type of problems on the practice exams.
--PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
--For sure, memorize the Roman numerals in the book on page 85. Very easy points to get on the exam!!!!!
--Get comfortable with fractions.
--Many calculations of buying things, pay checks, READ carefully....all very similar to the ATI book problems.
--Word problems with ratios seem to trip people up alot...like the book problems with the minutes on page 83. Be comfortable with those type of calculations.
--Know how to do metric conversions. An easier way is to move the decimal. Memorize KHD(U)DCM with U=units like meter, gram, liter and the letters are the prefixes like Kilo, Hecto, Deka, etc... Learn how to do conversions by just moving the decimal. Use the book problems similar to: Convert 5 km to cm.
--FOR SURE...know about charts and graphs...when and why you would use each one. Pages 94-99.
--Memorize Order of Operation PEMDAS and FOIL. Know that order goes from Left to Right.
Hopefully, these topics will help you prepare for your exam. I would HIGHLY recommend getting the ATI book and doing ALL the practice tests that ATI offers because you will see the same style questions on the REAL exam. Get comfortable with the types of problems and how to answer them.