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90 on the TEAS without studying... should I retake it?

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Scored a 90 on the TEAS VI this Tuesday without even studying for it. I was at the end of an intense Physiology class, and it really helped. 95% on science, 100% on math, 85% on reading, and 75% on English usage. Should a 90 be good enough to get into any program? I ended up with a B in physiology, which I'm not very happy about... the professor used to teach at Stanford and she really made it more difficult than necessary. But it is what it is. The only prerequisite I have left is Micro, and I'm taking it with only 6 other units. I finished my AA-T in Kinesiology in 2 summers, one spring, and a fall. So I'm used to 17-23 units a semester. Is it worth taking again, or should I be good? The program here at Modest Junior College is super competitive, and I'm hoping this B doesn't ruin it for me. Another option I was considering was doing a 6 week EMT course and picking up a few more points to make up for the B in physiology. I could make up to 4 more points if I scored a 99-100 on the TEAS. In this program we are only allowed one retake.

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Great job on the TEAS! Even though you got a B, I'm sure you learned a ton from that class. I don't think you need to retake the TEAS, especially since you would need a 99 to bring up your points. A 99 is going to be hard to get even with studying. Do you really think you can get that high of a score? Also, let's say for some reason you try and end up getting a score less than 90, will the school still look at your first attempt? As far as retaking the class, will your school let you do that when you already passed?

Overall, from my experience with competitive colleges, one B shouldn't keep you from getting in. I think you'll be fine, but why not look at your options (retake TEAS, retake class, or EMT course) and pick the easiest one to do. Some schools give points for volunteer hours at a hospital. That's another great way to increase your chances of getting in the first time you apply.

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Yeah, I already have the volunteer hours. My son plays on an AAU travel basketball team and I provide athletic training services for the team. The B just really burns me, because the professor really made it tough. My friend who only has a 3.0ish average took physiology with the other professor and it was a somewhat easy A for her. She saw one of my exams that I got back and was shocked at how difficult it was. I sure did learn a lot though, they had The Human Body as a category on Jeopardy tonight and I cleaned the board. It just seems unfair to be held to such higher standards. The way this program goes, I still have 4 point levels to progress if I score higher on the TEAS. Full credit is for a 99-100, and I know for sure I could do better on the English section. The EMT course would be fun and probably not too hard, but quite time consuming... its hard to weigh all the options. And if I do retake the test, they will only look at the higher score.

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I think the best option is to retake the TEAS. It wouldn't be too hard, and with a little studying you can definitely improve your score enough to reach one of the four higher point tiers. Do it over the summer while the A&P is still fresh in your mind. Then during the semester you can focus on microbiology.

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Honestly, I would say it entirely depends on HOW competitive it is and where your score current stacks up in that (and maybe the cost). If you know what the average amount of points is for those accepted, you can see if you are at or above it. If you've already hit it, then I wouldn't spend money and time to retake something that probably isn't going to help that much.

But if it's going to hit you into that average point range and you have the money, it might be something to try. It'll certainly be less expensive and time consuming than EMT training.

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A 90 is a really good score, imo I wouldn't retake it

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I think I am actually going to protest the 'B' I got in physiology. My friend has exams from her class, and there is a huge contrast in the level of difficulty. I don't expect it to be easy, but I made an appointment to speak with the dean of the science department next week, and I will come very prepared. I was taking a 5 week statistics class during the last half of physiology and was able to get an 'A' in that, and I learned more and put more work into physiology.

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Honestly, I don't think you should retake. Below is your school's point system, work on getting as many points as possible without having to retake. The most points you can get is 20 and that's if you get a 98% on the TEAS. Use that time you would have used studying to retake to do something else that would improve your chances of getting in. They don't only look at your TEAS scores. Also, congrats on your score!!

http://www.mjc.edu/instruction/alliedhealth/adnprogram/documents/mspar.pdf

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I think I am actually going to protest the 'B' I got in physiology. My friend has exams from her class, and there is a huge contrast in the level of difficulty. I don't expect it to be easy, but I made an appointment to speak with the dean of the science department next week, and I will come very prepared. I was taking a 5 week statistics class during the last half of physiology and was able to get an 'A' in that, and I learned more and put more work into physiology.

So how did the meeting with the Dean go?

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I have decided to forego protesting the grade change. However, she was very receptive to my concerns. We discussed the blatant cheating I have witnessed, especially how the instructor would leave the room during quizzes and that in a room with 30 seats, the 8 students in the class shouldn't be sitting shoulder to shoulder during an exam. I also had concerns with lab safety, most specifically with the lack of care when handling blood. I'm not sure it will bring about any change, but I guess I feel a bit better about everything now. I think I'm going to end up taking the 6 week EMT course if I don't get into a nursing program this coming Spring, but I think I will be fine. We will see. I'm going to have a lot of fun this fall, taking Advanced Cadaver Dissection, and tutoring Chemistry.

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