Math and the TEAS

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I know there are a number of posts regarding the TEAS test already on this site, but I want to ask something a little more specific.

I have always disliked and feared math with a passion that burns with the heat of many suns. I would rather stab myself, quite literally, than sit down and do math. For the last two days I have been going over a number of books I checked out as well as the questions on this site: http://www.testprepreview.com/teas_practice.htm

It is hell.

Somewhere between the bouts of uncontrollable sobbing and self-loathing, I've managed to remember a few things from back in the day, but I'm really struggling with most of it.:crying2::crying2::crying2::crying2:

If anyone would be willing to look at this website http://www.testprepreview.com/teas_practice.htm and tell me which questions or sets of questions best describe what you saw on the TEAS test, I would be forever indebted and I will even mail you cookies for goodness sake. I'm so overwhelmed and angry at myself that I can hardly focus and I feel that if I had a set type of questions to really review I might have a better time of it.

Any other TEAS test math-related tips,tricks,hints, help would also be greatly appreciated.

Thank you ahead of time, I'm starting to go bald from all the hair I'm pulling out.:crying2:

Adrienne

2ndLife

63 Posts

Don't freak out. If you feel comfortable with the basics, you should do okay. Does the school you're applying to tell you what the minimum math score is that they require? If you know that and can consistently score a little higher than that on the practice tests, you will do fine on the test itself.

I took my TEAS a little less than a week ago. I hate to tell you this, but there was a little bit of everything on there: graphs, pie charts, percentages, geometry (angles and areas), mean/median/mode, proportions and ratios, decimals, fractions. My very best suggestion is that you focus on the areas that you know you really have trouble with and then make sure you know the basics. For example, know that a if an entire circle is 360 degrees and the question says that 30% of the pie chart represents patients who contract a nosocomial infection, then you can figure out what the angle of that section of the chart represents (30% of 360 = 108 degrees).

If you have time, get a couple test prep books from the library and keep working problems. I found the books more helpful than doing the problems from the website you've provided. I used those tests to see where my weaknesses were but then the books provided me with a lot more explanation and tutorials than the website did.

For me, it wasn't the math that presented a problem, it was physical science. I've taught high school biology but not physical science. I honestly could not remember all the electrical junk (watts, voltage, amperes, coloumbs), waves or Newtonian mechanics. Didn't care for it back in the day, don't care for it now.

Don't freak out. If you feel comfortable with the basics, you should do okay. Does the school you're applying to tell you what the minimum math score is that they require? If you know that and can consistently score a little higher than that on the practice tests, you will do fine on the test itself.

Good luck! Let us know what happens.

cassy123

9 Posts

Hi,

I took my TEAS in Jan. My best tips are:

Watch your time! Most of the people that I know who scored low on the math ran out of time. If you feel like you are spending too much time on one move on and come back if there is time. You are allowed to have paper so write down the number you need to go back to after you give it your best guess.

AND, a lot..... a lot of the answers are obvious, you have to look at the possible answers. For example if you multiply decimal points .00 X .00 has to equal .0000 there was only one answer that would have fit no math required if you looked at the answers first. There were several that the answer could have only been one and people wasted time doing the math. They were always long math problems to actually work out too.

like..... sam makes 12,861 a year, he pays 436.21, 2,231.46 and 4,893.91 what is left...... and the answers were

thousands of dollars off you could rough add if you wanted to be really sure but..... there was no need cause it was very clear between the choices.......

Good luck and it is not as bad as it feels, I was scared to death of that test and it really was not that bad.... IF you get two shots at it (some schools allow 2 chances) go ahead and take it once, then you will have a better idea what you need to study.

Cheryl

mommyof2Tees

664 Posts

Also, if possible purchase the TEAS study guide. And study the math portion. I found it to be very helpful with the math. You can purchase the book from their website at www.ATItesting.com. And yes! I agree with the previous post....def watch your time!

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