TEAS 5 study guide

5 Points to Remember When You Select a prep book for TEAS 5

The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is a standardized entrance test that has to be given by candidates applying into nursing programs. Created by ATI, the test is a prerequisite for admission in many schools. It has 170 questions which are divided in 4 sections- the Reading section, the Math section, the Science section and the English and Language usage section. Each section is time bound and the entire test is the multiple choice format.

Your admission into a good school with a strong nursing program depends on the score. Moreover, in order to prepare for a test like TEAS, you would have to put in a lot of effort, time and collect all the right resources. You would have to rely on a good book in order to prepare every section for the test. There are so many resources available in the online and offline market for TEAS test, but all of them may not be good.

In order to ease this difficulty, there are a few points you can keep in mind in order to judge whether it is a good resource or not. This would help in your overall preparation for the TEAS exam.

5 Points to Remember for Choosing a Book:

  1. Compare It With the TEAS 5 Test Structure:

    If you prepare from a study guide based on the test structure of the TEAS 3.0 or 4.0 versions, your preparation would be incomplete since many changes have occurred in the latest version in comparison to the earlier ones. Since there are many versions of this test, it is best to check on which version is the study guide based, before purchasing it. If this information is not mentioned on the overview, then compare the test structure with the TEAS 5 test pattern.

  2. Check For All the 4 Sections:

    Many study guides are available in the markets that offer theoretical explanations for specific sections of the test only. For example, Secrets of the TEAS® V Science Study Guide: TEAS® Test Review for the Test of Essential Academic Skills is available only for TEAS 5 Science section. This is a good study guide; however while using it, you would require a separate book for each section, which is not practical. On the other hand, all those who wish to concentrate on any the preparation for any specific test section, may use such books.

    A complete and good prep book would have all 4 sections in it, with comprehensive information on all topics. Any guide offering selective information on TEAS topics should be avoided. You would also benefit from getting complete simulation test papers instead of sectional assessment papers for TEAS. Keeping in mind the structure of this exam, it is better to practice on test papers with all 4 sections so that you can map your performance.

  3. Check for Assessment Tests:

    A good prep book for TEAS V should have many assessments or a rich question bank for every section. Your preparation depends on the practice sessions given in the study guide. Therefore, any study guide that offers less questions or merely a single test is not a good guide to study from.

  4. Check for Strategies and Rationale:

    Every good study guide would have a comprehensive theory for the topics covered in it. There would be sample questions and a rationale to the answer key given. If it lacks rationale, you can omit the option of purchasing it immediately.

    You should be able to know the reasoning behind the right answer and learn to derive it through the process of elimination of wrong options. If  guide fails to provide helpful tips and strategies to crack the TEAS 5 test, then it would not be good.

  5. Check for user reviews:

    There are many study guides available in the market which may seem impressive, yet have been disapproved by many candidates because of their poor quality. Hence, you must always make sure to read the user reviews of the study guide before purchasing it.

Some of the Popular TEAS Books with their Reviews:

  • TEAS V Study Package :

    The TEAS V Study Package, available at the official website of ATI or at www.amazon.com/Review-Manual-Essential-Academic-Skills/dp/1933107987, is a great study resource for the TEAS 5 test. It includes the official manual along with two full fledged online assessments and recommended by many candidates who have secured a high TEAS score after using this guide. The user reviews also point out that the online assessments in this package are very beneficial.

  • McGraw-Hills 5 TEAS Practice Tests :

    The McGraw-Hills 5 TEAS Practice Tests by Kathy Zahler is available at (http://www.amazon.com/McGraw-Hills-5-TEAS-Practice-Tests/dp/0071767770). It contains 6 full-fledged practice has a well described rationale for the answers keys. The science section in this book is very comprehensive and many candidates who have successfully attempted TEAS 5 had found this book extremely helpful.

  • Secrets of the TEAS® V Exam Study Guide:

    The user reviews for this book in particular is very good. This book includes all 4 sections of the test. The tips and strategies mentioned in this book are good. It is available at

It is apt to mention here, don't judge a book just by its cover! Since the TEAS test is a competency test, the right answers to every question is vital for your score. You should know how to discern between good and average resources based on the points mentioned above and hence, take the right course of study for yourself!