Science Section of TEAS Explained
Each section of the TEAS examination is so designed that it will examine a particular subject that you would have studied in high school. For example, the science section will cover all topics of science, ranging from Chemistry to Physics to Biology. However, the fact that a single section covers all branches of science, and will be less detailed, should not make you lax.
The question pattern in this section is such that it will test not only your knowledge of the subjects, but your capacity to remember the finer points of science as well. Moreover, since the TEAS test is primarily a nursing school entrance examination, it is but natural that most of the questions under Biology will be related to the human body and the functioning of it.
In this section of the test, you will have to solve 30 questions in 38 minutes. To help you understand this section of the test better, various features of the same have been discussed in the following sections of the article.
Type of General Science Questions asked in the TEAS
The science section can be broadly divided into two parts, based on the type of questions that you will have to answer under them in this particular section of the test. The General Science (as mentioned in the sub-heading) questions will cover topics from Chemistry, Physics, Earth science and questions on scientific reasoning. The questions asked in this part are usually not straightforward.
For example, some questions may discuss the observations made during a particular experiment. Based on the observations and such similar information, you will have to develop the correct conclusion. However, since the TEAS paper comprises multiple choice questions, all you have to do is choose the correct answer.
Another important thing that you have to remember is that all the questions will not deal with scientific theories. This is especially true for the questions from General Science. You might even come across questions where you will have to recollect details regarding major scientific milestones.
Certain questions may even deal with you being required to know scientific terms and their meanings. Thus, looking at the scope of this section, its scores can be said to be a representation of your overall knowledge on various scientific topics. However, since the questions deal with topics that you have already studied in high school, all you will need to do is revise these topics.
Nature of Biology Questions asked in the TEAS
Biology is a very vast subject and hence, it is necessary to know the exact topics that receive importance in this section. Some of the topics of Biology on which you will be tested are as follows:
- Human anatomy
- Functioning of the human body
- Endocrine system
- Cellular biology
- Knowledge of biological terms
The above-mentioned list outlines some of the major topics on which you will be tested. However, there might be some other areas under Biology on which questions can be formulated and they might be projected as reasoning questions.
ATI often also formulates questions based on the significant contributions and latest development in the field of medicine. For example, any ground breaking drug that has been in the news for some time may feature under the questions from Biology. However, these questions are also within the scope of your high school curriculum and hence, you can be assured that you will not be questioned on a topic that you have never studied in school.
Thus, in order to ace this section of the test, all you need to do
is practice hard and revise all the science-related topics that you
have studied in school. The more you practice, the more efficient you
will become in handling and answering various questions from the science section of TEAS.