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TEAS test before class completion

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by beckmacd beckmacd (New) New Pre-Student

I am curious about taking the TEAS test before finishing Microbiology and Physiology. Does anyone have experience with this or can let me know if I should wait until I finish these classes?

I would say it really depends on the person and how well they're able to retain the information they need to do well on the exam. From what I remember, there wasn't much--if any, Microbiology on the exam. It was strictly anatomy and physiology for the science section, maybe even a little general biology mixed in. You'll probably want to individually study the A&P sections of study guides/books to make sure you have a good grasp of all the body systems, their functions etc. 

It'll help if you remember a lot of this information from your classes. If you feel like you have to finish the course in order to take the exam, finish it. If not, I say go for it! You really have no idea what they're going to ask on the exam and you want to make sure you're comfortable with a vast amount of A&P knowledge across the body systems. 

Good luck!

I highly suggest taking the TEAS exam right after finishing up those core science classes.  I took Anatomy, then Physiology, then Micro, and then about 4 months later I took the TEAS.  I also spent about 2 months studying for it.  I used the yellow TEAS secrets book to study, and I also sprung for 2 practice tests on the ATI site to practice.  This REALLY helped and I scored a 94!  I definitely wouldn't have scored that high if I hadn't so freshly taken physio and even micro.  Although I agree with chempansy that you don't need a ton of micro, I wouldn't want to be studying for the TEAS while ALSO taking Micro at the same time!  Micro takes a lot of studying just on its own, IMO.  Plus I had a semester off of science courses before applying to Nursing school, and was only taking an online anthropology course so I could focus the majority of my time on studying for the test.  

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It kinda depends on you and when you are looking to apply for your program. 

There are tooooons of resources and study guides you can use to give you what you need for taking the exam prior to completing those classes. 

Can you guys send me in the direction on the resources for those study guides? I have to take mine within the next 6 months and want to start preparing. I know that you can purchase the study guides from the ATI website but I honestly don't know which one to purchase. Please help  😩

Sure Tiffiney!  The yellow ATI secrets book can be purchased on Amazon. I used this for 80% of my studying. I read through each section, then did the practice test for those individual sections (and timed myself). In the back it gives the answers and reasonings for the correct vs incorrect answers too, which helps after you check your score. Then once I was done reading through/studying all sections, I took a couple of the practice tests from start to finish and timed myself. I also made flash cards fir topics and things I needed help with. Then I just paid for 2 practice tests on ATI site. You can take each practice test twice. I did these tests during the last 2 weeks/10 days before my exam. It really helped me be comfortable with the online platform too - since I took my test in August and I had to do the online/proctored exam. Hope this helps!

 

7 hours ago, Kendrer said:

Sure Tiffiney!  The yellow ATI secrets book can be purchased on Amazon. I used this for 80% of my studying. I read through each section, then did the practice test for those individual sections (and timed myself). In the back it gives the answers and reasonings for the correct vs incorrect answers too, which helps after you check your score. Then once I was done reading through/studying all sections, I took a couple of the practice tests from start to finish and timed myself. I also made flash cards fir topics and things I needed help with. Then I just paid for 2 practice tests on ATI site. You can take each practice test twice. I did these tests during the last 2 weeks/10 days before my exam. It really helped me be comfortable with the online platform too - since I took my test in August and I had to do the online/proctored exam. Hope this helps!

 

Thank you so much, I appreciate all the help I can get! The two that you paid for on the ATI site, do you recall which ones they were? They have several different practice tests and I wasn't sure if all 4 sections were included. 

I just randomly chose two of their practice exams.  I don't think it matters which one(s) you choose. I think there are 4 different practice exams and I just picked 2 of them.  They are full practice exams, so they include all sections just like the real test.  The format was super helpful.  I don't think any of the questions were exact questions from the actual test that I took, but the type of questions were very similar and it was similar enough that it REALLY helped me I think. 

Oh okay, I get it now. This was starting to stress me out cause there were just way too many to choose from. I just put my order in for the one you recommended on Amazon. Thank you so much, this was a lot it help!

Can someone plz give me an example of how detailed questions can be for the A&P section so I know how in depth I should be studying. If taken the HESI which was not very detailed, but not sure how the TEAS compares