I took the TEAS V yesterday and wanted to share some of my observances:
1) My testing facility had a large computer lab (filled with people, with overflow going to another lab), and when we walked in we showed our ID and chose a chair. All books, water, phones, etc. were placed on a large table. Each station had one pencil and three pieces of blank paper. We started at the same time.
2) We all had to log in according to what test we were there for. I would say there were 25% taking the TEAS for RN and 25% for LPN. The remaining 50% were taking the HOBET (Allied Med). One thing I noticed, they gave different log in codes for specific TEAS/HOBET tests..if you were taking the TEAS V for the first time you got one code, if it was your second time got a different code, etc. I'm sure this is to make sure you don't get the same test.
3) The computerized test was in the same format as the practice tests you can buy on the ATI website. I found it helpful to already be familiar with the style of testing. When you buy the online practice tests you also know which subjects take the time allotted since there's a timer on the practice test, just like the real thing. Also, they allow you to take a break when you finish a session, just like the online practice. The timer starts when you select the "start section" button.
4) The HOBET people seemed to leave more quickly than the TEAS people.
5) Our scores were available on line about two hours after the test. Our Proctor said that everyone's time (in the 8 areas around the county that were giving the test starting at 9am) must expire before posting.
6) The scores were broken down into the four sections, and they gave you a score for each one, ie. Science, Math, Reading Comprehension, Grammar. They also gave you a composite score and where you stand in the national percentile for the test.
7) I used the ATI study books, McGraw Hill study books, and the ATI online practice tests. I really thought the ATI online tests were worth buying, especially if you are nervous about taking the test. I also found Quizlet to be quite helpful (type in Teas V and loads of flashcards will pop up).
8) I scored an 82 overall, and I will retake it soon because I know I can do better now that I really see how the test works. I ran out of time for math and didn't finish 6 of the questions. I had not paid attention to how long it took me to complete the math when practicing, so now I know. Algabraic equations, percentages, and figuring out how much something costs seemed to be a common theme. I found the practice tests were harder than the real test. Again, time was my enemy. I'm usually a pretty fast test taker, but not this time. English/reading was very similar to the books and practice tests, so if you got those down, you'll be fine. The science section was random, just as everyone says. I did notice a theme about bonds, reactions, acid/base, photosynethesis, derm layers (ectoderm, etc), organs/glads, and a question about the beakers and taking some ml into one test tube, then another, then another. The McGraw book went into a lot of Physics, so don't overstudy that section. You'll need to know about potential/kinetic energy, too. Not nearly as bad as I envisioned it to be, and I had enough time to finish that section.
9) Bring earplugs if you are easily distracted. There was a lot of coughing, throat-clearing, and sneezing going on.
I hope this helps some of you, especially those with test anxiety. I have been out of school for 30 years (chemistry, algebra too) and was very nervous. So many people had told me "Oh, you'll do fine" that I felt like I wanted to smack them since most had no earthly idea about how much time and effort it takes to do well on this test, especially since they revamped TEAS V. Then you have to worry about your score being high enough to get into your nursing program. Ugh! Good Luck to all. I'm sure you'll do fine.