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busylilnurse has 21 years experience .

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Ive been an LPN for 21 years and I got a 72% adjusted individual total score. Im so disappointed in myself. Ivy Tech South Bend (Indiana) only requires a `Proficient" and only uses the adjusted score if there is a tie.

But I really needed a better score as my prerequisite classes are all "B"' grades. I wanted to excel and do really well on the TEAS. I'm older now, the kids (all six of them) are grown and I really thought I would do better as I've worked in not only long term care but corrections and Endocrine for the last seven years. Yet I still received 66.7% on the math, 62.5% on the science , 81% on reading and 80% on english.

My youngest son told me "mom you passed, thats all that matters". I know he was trying to make me feel better but it does matter to me that I didn't do as well as I would have liked.

Heres my question....since its MUCH cheaper to retake the TEAS than retake A and P....I'm not sure which I should do? Personally I want to study more and just retake the TEAS but again, my school only looks at whether you are at least "Proficient" and will only look at your scores in the case of a tie.

Any ideas ?

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Will your school even look at a second TEAS score if you do re-take the test? I think if they're just looking to see if you're proficient then it's not worth re-taking. I'd say you should only re-take it if you're applying to a school with a point-based system in which a higher TEAS score would give you more points towards being accepted.

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Even with a point based system, you must look at what the details says. Does the program say they only give points based on the First teas attempt? if that's what is said then your first attempt will earn points, retakes won't matter

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busylilnurse,

First of all, congratulations! Yes, congratulations and I am not just trying to make you feel better. You should be proud of yourself here. You have been a dedicated nurse for awhile and proven yourself in the field and yet here you are many years later trying to go back and improve more with your education. I am in my 40's and returning to school, so I can relate. It is not easy! So you should first acknowledge that considering the circumstances, you did very well. I tutor a lot of students and many are in my age/cohort or even older. These are the most difficult students to help. It is simply a matter of physiology, in my opinion. As we age, learning new things become increasingly more difficult. It is just a fact of life. Having said that, we can still learn but it generally takes more effort. I am not saying that you didn't try... I actually know that you did or you wouldn't have scored as well as you did.

Go back and really, really, analyze your test results. For example, in math you scored a 66.7%. You need to pick that math section apart and work on the types of math problems that you just do not understand. When you narrow down those problem-areas, study those areas in detail. If necessary, seek help. I tutor math every weekday so believe me I know how hard it is for some people. But, it isn't impossible. You ought to get to where you can do these math problems with ease and consistently score 80% or better at least. The same thing applies to science but this one is more-or-less memorization. You should learn the material very well from the ATI study manual- at a minimum.

If I were you, that is what I would do from here. Work diligently and honestly on the math and science areas. Perhaps, also at least look in the reading comprehension and grammar to at least see if you are missing a key area there because it might only take an hour or two to achieve a, "ahhhhh" moment and boom those scores go up another 5-10%.

Just my 2 cents.... again I think you are doing great. I really believe that you are one of those people that is absolutely capable of an 80% or better on this TEAS exam (just based on your post).

Regards,

LW

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busylilnurse has 21 years experience.

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Thanks for the encouragement LW. And apparently the TEAS score doesn't "matter except in the case if a tiebreaker but wow it matters to me lol! I will persevere. ; )

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