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I took my TEAS yesterday and passed!

I don't know how, but I was actually very calm during the test. Reading was the worse as far as being able to focus because it felt like I was just wasting time while reading, so I kind of stumbled my way through the passages as it was just really hard to concentrate. Once I finished answering all the questions, I had plenty of time so I was able to go back and re-read thoroughly and go over the questions again. I did the best in reading.

For as worried as I was about science, it was my second best score! Remaining calm and relaxed really helped me focus more, and if I wasn't sure about something, I was able to logically think about it and narrow it down.

I scored lowest in English, which is surprising as it's usually my best subject, but I was sick yesterday (still am) and had a major headache by the time I got to the English portion.

I was the last one to finish the test, which I didn't let bother me. In fact, the time didn't bother me too much. I referred to it here and again, but I eventually stopped letting it pressure me. Once I got through reading and saw how much time I had, I felt better about being timed.

I had plenty of time to go back during each section to go over my answers. Math is the only one where I was starting to cut it close, but not close enough to worry. I still had time to go through everything again and re-work some problems I wasn't too sure about.

This place has been very helpful in helping me prepare!

Yay! Congrats! I think the hardest part is staying calm during these tests...just because you know how important passing is in order to get into the program. Way to go!!

Did you take the teas test on the computer? I'm taking mine on the computer and it sounds not so fun. I like the paper version more but I can't chose. Awesome sauce you passed :)

Any tips on remaining calm while taking the test?

How often would you refer to the timer ( for the sake of keeping track of time in case you are worrying) ?

Yes, it was on the computer. After I got through a section (before clicking to the next section), it lets you go back and review your answers. They gave us scrap paper and pencils to work out any math problems.

To be honest, I took a half a shot before taking the test... someone had suggested it (not on here), so I did it. I also just reminded myself that I was as prepared as I possibly could be and that there's no point in worrying now about what I may not know. I reminded myself that panicking and being nervous during the test would hurt me more than anything.

During the times I did start to feel a little stressed, I just reminded myself to relax and focus on the question at hand.

I checked the timer maybe once or twice per page or if I spent any significant amount of time on a question. I would look at the time and reference the number I was on and just let that be my guide. If I felt I was starting to take to long, I'd move on. I'd mark down the numbers I wanted to go back to.

The reading section was hardest for me to focus on because it was the first section of the test and it required reading. I had to re-read the first passage 3 times and basically ended up skimming it, answered the questions and moved on. It was then that I realized that I was letting the timer get to me. Once I answered my last question, I went back and re-read the passages thoroughly and went over the questions again. Not that I'm saying to just skim the passage, but that's what I had to do to get through until I could go back and focus on it.

Good luck!

I have the exact same issue. Reading is more difficult for me simply because I am nervous which makes comprehension very difficult. I found that I ran up against the clock in the reading section more than the others.

I would not study the night before or the day of the test. I saw many students studying the ATI manual minutes before the exam. Personally, I do not recommend this because if you read something that you had forgotten then you might just psych yourself out even more. This can also happen the night before the exam in which case you are not likely to sleep well. So, my brother and I went out dancing the night before thinking that it would clear my head and help me to sleep! For the most part, it worked!

I have the exact same issue. Reading is more difficult for me simply because I am nervous which makes comprehension very difficult. I found that I ran up against the clock in the reading section more than the others.

I would not study the night before or the day of the test. I saw many students studying the ATI manual minutes before the exam. Personally, I do not recommend this because if you read something that you had forgotten then you might just psych yourself out even more. This can also happen the night before the exam in which case you are not likely to sleep well. So, my brother and I went out dancing the night before thinking that it would clear my head and help me to sleep! For the most part, it worked!

The only reason I studied the night before and the morning of was because I had such limited time, but I agree! Actually, the studying I did the day of was very laid back. I didn't want to burn myself out before the test, so I just went over a little bit of the material I felt I needed to go over. After that I just relaxed until I had to leave.

I, too, saw many studying in the lobby while waiting to take the test. I didn't bother taking my book because I figured I already knew as much as I possibly could and the last 15 minutes would probably do more damage than good (ie realize I couldn't remember x, y, or z).

I was up against the clock the most in math. While I felt confident in knowing the formulas, as soon as I started the test, I couldn't remember. I think that's where keeping calm helped most as otherwise I wouldn't have remembered formulas. keeping calm helped me think it through.

I think the reading would have been a little easier (re: reading passages) if it hadn't been the first subject. With the reading section, that's when the testing anxiety was at its highest and trying to adjust and calm down.

That is a very good point... reading is the first test section at a time when anxiety is probably the highest. I also find that the difficulty in the reading passage depends largely on the subject matter. On one of the many sample tests that I took, I did far worse on the reading section because it covered European monarchs and their descendants... UGH! The very next passage was just as mundane! So I had trouble processing it and even ran out of time.