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TEAS V Advice

Has 2 years experience.

I am planning on taking the TEAS V sometime in the next week or so. I have been using the ATI study manual for my preparation. I also purchased the two online practice exams. When I take the practice exams from the book, I score over 80% in every section. However, when I do the online practice exams, I tank the science section(54%). I am looking for any advice on how to not get a low score on the science section. Should I be using another study guide? I only need a 50% percent to be considered for the program but, I'd definitely like to do better. Any advice would be helpful.

I used ATI stud guide along with the assessment form A and B. I also used McGraw-Hill study guide (which you are able to download). I also bought the test from teastime.com for an est. of $15. Teastime was help because it was timed, and prepared me for the test.

FYI, the actual TEA's V doesn't warn you if you're time is almost up. =(

Good luck studying!

do you think that the science for dummies book and chemistry for dummies would be a good option to study and brush up on basics for the science section

do you think that the science for dummies book and chemistry for dummies would be a good option to study and brush up on basics for the science section

I didn't used those books, but I read other forums and I believe some people used chemistry for dummies. There are a lot of life and physical science, and chemistry questions. I would def brush up on those topics.

cjo85

Has 2 years experience.

Does the actual test follow the online assessments? As in similar types of questions? I will look into the McGraw-Hill book. Thanks for the advice

I took the second practice test today from the ati site. The first time I took the practice test, I got a 68%. This time, I got a 53%! I have studied my a$$ off over the last few weeks. I just knew I would do great on the practice exam. Boy was I wrong. HALF of the questions on the practice test were NOT covered in the ATI prep book. How i the heck am I supposed to know the answer to questions that were not in the book? I am super upset right now too.

Gonna order the McGraw-Hill book tonight, and push back the date of my test that was scheduled for Monday.

I don't know anything about the McGraw-Hill book, but when I took the TEAS V a few weeks ago, I found the test to be more like the ATI book than the online test. I did TONS better on the actual test than on the online tests.

My advice: review basics of the sciences - chem, bio, physics, A&P, could be a random earth science question.

Math - practice doing manual problems. The questions weren't too hard, just tedious.

Reading - pretty straitforward. Pace yourself if you are a slow reader.

English- it was mostly spelling, usage, grammar.

Overall, I felt like I stressed myself out for nothing.

Good luck all!

I don't know anything about the McGraw-Hill book, but when I took the TEAS V a few weeks ago, I found the test to be more like the ATI book than the online test. I did TONS better on the actual test than on the online tests.

My advice: review basics of the sciences - chem, bio, physics, A&P, could be a random earth science question.

Math - practice doing manual problems. The questions weren't too hard, just tedious.

Reading - pretty straitforward. Pace yourself if you are a slow reader.

English- it was mostly spelling, usage, grammar.

Overall, I felt like I stressed myself out for nothing.

Good luck all!

It's posts like yours that help people like me un-freak out. I am praying that my test is like yours, and easier than the practice tests. I am dropping the last five classes that would give me an AA in Elementary Education to go into nursing. I REALLY NEED/WANT to pass this test! Thanks for the encouragement!

cjo85

Has 2 years experience.

Thanks that eases my concern a bit. I'll keep covering the ATI manual and look over the McGraw-Hill book as well.

Lol, I don't mean this in any other way than funny: I love how everyone keep saying stdy the basics chem, bio, physics, A&P, earth science...um, isn't that like the majority of science? LOL! I understand brushing up on math, there is a lot of basic math and basic algebra, but the science, phew, now that part is like trying to cram 6th, 7th, 8th, and most of high school into a month of studying! :bugeyes:

P.S. I had my first kiddo when I was jsut about to go into the 9th grade. I tried two years in a row to finish my freshman year, but didn't have any childcare options, so this science stuff, for me, it's like trying to learn German...lol.

I don't know anything about the McGraw-Hill book, but when I took the TEAS V a few weeks ago, I found the test to be more like the ATI book than the online test. I did TONS better on the actual test than on the online tests.

My advice: review basics of the sciences - chem, bio, physics, A&P, could be a random earth science question.

Math - practice doing manual problems. The questions weren't too hard, just tedious.

Reading - pretty straitforward. Pace yourself if you are a slow reader.

English- it was mostly spelling, usage, grammar.

Overall, I felt like I stressed myself out for nothing.

Good luck all!

Thanks for the advice!!

Curious if anyone has or knows of a study sheet for the sciences part that anyone did on here that they can pass along? :D

I thought the actual TEAS V test was similar to the ATI study guide in English/Grammar, Math, and Reading.

But the science was more difficult in my opinion.

Lol, I don't mean this in any other way than funny: I love how everyone keep saying stdy the basics chem, bio, physics, A&P, earth science...um, isn't that like the majority of science? LOL! I understand brushing up on math, there is a lot of basic math and basic algebra, but the science, phew, now that part is like trying to cram 6th, 7th, 8th, and most of high school into a month of studying! :bugeyes:

P.S. I had my first kiddo when I was jsut about to go into the 9th grade. I tried two years in a row to finish my freshman year, but didn't have any childcare options, so this

stuff, for me, it's like trying to learn German...lol.

I understand what you are saying. I guess each program is different in that some people take the TEAS before their prereq classes. Do you not have general pre-reqs (Bio, Chem) to the nursing pre-reqs? If not, that does put you at a disadvantage, IMO.

Have you used the ATI review book yet? It is not really that useful for the actual science portion of the test, but there are some general topics in there that you can review. But, as for teaching yourself these things.....I just don't see it either. My advice would be to do your best to prepare for all sections. Then, if you don't pass the science and have time/$, I would take chem and bio 101 at your CC and then try the TEAS again.

I realize others may think it's a waste of time and that you should only do what you have to do to squeak by. But if you don't have a good grounding in these subjects, I think you'll struggle with A & P, Micro, Orgo Chem, etc. later on. I think that those sciences underlie so much of what we learn in pre-reqs and will learn in nursing school and that it is important to be comfortable with them.

Anyway, you have a great attitude and have already done some tough things in your life - so I am sure you'll do well once you get this part of the process out of the way. Best of luck on your journey!

milzer2012

Specializes in Student.

Hello All,

I took the TEAS V yesterday afternoon, here is my impression

- I scored very similliar to the ATI on line practice

Math

- watch the time! I didn't, and ended up rushing thru the last 2 pages, guessing alot, and lowering my

score in that area.

- about 1/3 of the problems involve multiple steps.

Science

- Similiar too ATI study guide

- know DNA/RNA - sequencing, pairs, what the parts ore made of

- Mitosis/Meiosis and what happens in each stage

Reading-

- pretty straightforeward, I thought it was easier to understand than the ATI Book

English Lang Useage-

- Just know it - grammar, punct - what is in the ATI review

Overall, if you have time to lean the whole - or most of- the ATI Review, you be OK.

There is a company called Mometrix, that has a book "Secrets to the TEAS exam" that I used as well,

It has condensed review, but more important, test taking and strudy skills that are very helpfull.

remember to ......watch your time, especially on the math

cjo85

Has 2 years experience.

Thanks, I will look into the secrets of the TEAS exam

I took the second practice test today from the ati site. The first time I took the practice test, I got a 68%. This time, I got a 53%! I have studied my a$$ off over the last few weeks. I just knew I would do great on the practice exam. Boy was I wrong. HALF of the questions on the practice test were NOT covered in the ATI prep book. How i the heck am I supposed to know the answer to questions that were not in the book? I am super upset right now too.

Gonna order the McGraw-Hill book tonight, and push back the date of my test that was scheduled for Monday.

They have two forms of tests for the ATI, form A and form B, that is also for the ADN program test. They have different tests for different programs. One of the forms is harder than the other and that is why the grade would be different. ATI gives a percent score to adjust the grade depending on how hard the test is. I have taken the teas twice, made 74 the first time and 85 the second time, and my practice scores were not that high each time I took them so I think the practice is harder. I have trouble with percents for some reason and I always get a ton of them. I also get a lot of chemistry and life science questions and those aren't my strongest subjects either. I have only gotten form B on the actual test so I have no idea what is on form A.

I understand what you are saying. I guess each program is different in that some people take the TEAS before their prereq classes. Do you not have general pre-reqs (Bio, Chem) to the nursing pre-reqs? If not, that does put you at a disadvantage, IMO.

Have you used the ATI review book yet? It is not really that useful for the actual science portion of the test, but there are some general topics in there that you can review. But, as for teaching yourself these things.....I just don't see it either. My advice would be to do your best to prepare for all sections. Then, if you don't pass the science and have time/$, I would take chem and bio 101 at your CC and then try the TEAS again.

I realize others may think it's a waste of time and that you should only do what you have to do to squeak by. But if you don't have a good grounding in these subjects, I think you'll struggle with A & P, Micro, Orgo Chem, etc. later on. I think that those sciences underlie so much of what we learn in pre-reqs and will learn in nursing school and that it is important to be comfortable with them.

Anyway, you have a great attitude and have already done some tough things in your life - so I am sure you'll do well once you get this part of the process out of the way. Best of luck on your journey!

I have one biology class under my belt. When I start taking pre-req's, I will atomatically be in the nursing program. I licked out finding a program that does that. :yeah:

CNM2B201?

Has 2 years experience.

I scored a 42% on the science section for the online practice test...3 days later I took TEAS V and got an 83% on the science... so try not to stress too much!

First think about how hard it is to get a job. 180+ apps and counting with no interview. Well I might have one interview b/c I know someone. Don't believe the hyped up stories about the nursing shortage. Nobody is hiring new grads. If you want to be a nurse anyway make sure you get a job in a hospital while you are in school or at least volunteer. It might help you get a job.

I took the TEAS back in March; studied until I was blue in the face. To me, the ATI study guide is a joke when it comes to the science section. I used the McGraw Hill study guide too & found it to be more useful. A week before the test, I took BOTH online practice assessments & bombed the science each time. My overall scored on the administered TEAS was a 74%: practically aced all sections except for the science (which brought my overall score down)...which I passed by the skin of my teeth. As mentioned before, there are 2 forms of the test...and mine, well...I would think a chemistry major should've had THAT test. :)

Dont sweat it though. I seriously drove myself into anxiety attacks over that test, and all of it was for nothing. Just breathe!

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