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Pre admission testing. TEAS?

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Hello everyone, long time lurker first time poster here with my first question!

I've applied to the reading hospital school of health sciences for their upcoming fall RN program. Now I've already taken the TEAS but in the program requirements it mentions students must take the pre admission testing which begins in the fall. Which tells me I'm not officially in the program until after I take that exam and score higher than most to secure my seat. Am I understanding this right?

Now to make it that far is an accomplishment, but I'm in the Army and once I leave the Army to go to nursing school I kind of want a guarantee that I'll have my seat. Because if I test poorly on a pre entrance exam there's no turning around and going back into the army where I left off.

If any of you have some insight please share!!

Thanks!

Hmm, I'm not familiar with that. I had applied to 3 different colleges and they all had different requirements and processes. Is there an information seminar you can attend or someone there that can answer your question? My advice is to apply to several programs since there are no guarantees you'll get in and if you have a GI bill you have alot of options. I personally stuck to public universities bc I couldn't afford to attend a private university but with that said, a more expensive private university might have less competition getting a spot. Good Luck!

Unfortunately attending a seminar is out of the question since I am stationed out of state. I'll be contacting admissions once this long weekend is over. I just wanted to hear the students point of view.

Hey there! I had to take the TEAS also to get admitted into my school also. I highly recommend that you buy the study book. I got mine on amazon for less than $10. If tou stidy the book you will be fine. Alot of the schools in my area require the test. Good luck!

Thanks for the reply cutenurse! I already took the teas, but from my schools information guide they make it seem like there's another round of testing that starts in the beginning of the program in order to fill the seats.

I am a student, I have taken the TEAS and I will tell you if it is listed as a prerequisite, you need to do extremely well in order to be considered. The best thing is to take the exam for the upcoming semester and you will know within a month or so of submitting whether or not you made it in. I applied in January at three separate schools. I got into the schools but not the nursing programs :(. I've completed plenty of prerequisites, because most schools all require something different. In other words, keep doing what you're doing until you know for a fact that you got in. I would just continue to take classes at the community college level that will help with your future. If you haven't taken any classes yet, that should be your first step while you're waiting. Find out what prerequisites are needed and go from there. Best wishes!

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It always better to apply to as many schools as possible. You never know. Since you're in the Army, they should give you priority acceptance.

Unfortunately mzo none of the schools I have applied to have any military benefits. The reading hospital goes off a points system and they give high schoolers points but not someone with a military back ground! Crazy right! I also have a bachelors degree in forensics so most of my pre reqs from that do transfer over. I scored an 82 on the TEAS, hopefully that will bump my points up!!

Well, your teas score is very high. And I think if you have Bs and As in your sciences, you should get in. I got a 61.5 on my teas. And the school i applied to used a point system. Surprisingly, I got accepted. Please don't stress out. You will get in.

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

Now I've already taken the TEAS but in the program requirements it mentions students must take the pre admission testing which begins in the fall. Which tells me I'm not officially in the program until after I take that exam and score higher than most to secure my seat. Am I understanding this right.

C. Pre-Admission Testing

At the discretion of the individual Program, pre-admission testing may be required to assess anindividual's skills in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage.The School administers the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by AssessmentTechnologies, Inc. The applicant's individual scores may be used as part of the admissioncriteria to assess the student's academic foundation. The student's individual score will becompared with Assessment Technologies Institute's normative data, as well as statistical datagathered from previous student cohorts accepted into Reading Hospital School of HealthSciences academic Programs. Each academic Program will determine Program-specificbenchmarks on an annual basis.Those individuals selected for pre-admission testing will be contacted by Admissions. There isa fee for pre-admission testing. Re-tests may be granted to applicants. Test scores are valid fortwo years, with the highest score used in the admission decision process.

Once you have met all of the criteria for admission, they will clear you to take the TEAS test. This saves people who don't meet the criteria for admission the expense of taking the TEAS test. Since you have already taken the TEAS, you skip that step.

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This is the part I was referring to it is mentioned after it says students are required to take the TEAS.

All qualified applicants must complete a preadmission examination. Preadmissiontesting will begin in the fall and conclude when the cohorts are filled. Nursingapplicants will be permitted to re-test one time only.

This makes it seem like there would would be another test at the start of the program.

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

What they are saying is "Do you meet all of the requirements (academically) to apply?" If they determine that you met the requirements, they approve you to take the TEAS test. Once you have taken the TEAS, they will rank you to determine if you are admitted. When they reference the "Pre-admission testing" they are only talking about the TEAS test.

Pre-admission testing may be required to assess an individual's skills in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage.The School administers the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by Assessment Technologies, Inc.

Once they stated Pre Admission Testing= TEAS in that paragraph, they should have used "TEAS" instead of "Pre Admission Testing" to avoid confusion. There is no reference for other pre admission testing other than TEAS in that section.

You need to call the school for clarification. That is the only way you can be sure.

Most schools require TEAS as part of your admissions application packet. This school seems to have had applicants that didn't meet the requirements for admission, so they decided to have students wait until they approve them to take the TEAS test.

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