TEAS Study Guide Version 5
Must-have TEAS 5.0 Prep Book
The TEAS 5.0 test is a timed entrance test, available in both computer and paper-based formats. It has been instituted for assessing the academic abilities of nursing program applicants in the United States. The test has a total of 170 questions in 4 subject areas of Math, Reading, English and Science. Though it is an entrance test, it is unique in that it does not have a pass or fail score. Instead, the nursing colleges recommend a minimum score in each test section, which the applicants must achieve to ensure admission into the nursing programs of their choice.
The TEAS 5.0, especially the Science section, is generally considered challenging, by most test takers. The time allowed to complete 170 questions in about 3.5 hours. Hence, considering these factors, it is crucial that all applicants should prepare for the test in a systematic and focused manner. For this, a well-written and comprehensive book is essential to all applicants for successful test preparation.
We will now review the features of some of the best books available today, as follows:
ATI'S TEAS V Study Package
This paid study package is available on the ATI website and includes the following study resources:
- TEAS V Study Manual
This is the official study guide developed by the experts at ATI and it closely models the actual test. The manual contains the following:
- Study materials in all the 4 test sections, namely Math, Science, English and Reading.
- A definition glossary for all the complex terms, from each subject area of the test.
- Many sample practice questions and thereafter, detailed explanations to the logic behind their answers.
The printed version of the study manual contains 2 sets of full practice tests, with 150 questions each. Each test comes along with answer keys, detailed explanations of the solutions and time limit specifications. This study manual has received several positive reviews from test takers, who have vouched for its effectiveness, especially in preparation for the exhaustive Science section of the test.
- TEAS V Online Practice Assessments
This study material includes two sets of online practice tests called Form A and Form B, each containing 150 questions. The key advantages of these assessments are that they provide the following:
- An insight into the actual test in terms of the test format and timings.
- The ability to re-take the tests (the same questions) twice.
- Answer keys with detailed explanations.
You may purchase the TEAS V study package at this link http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/product.aspx?zpid=1194. Alternatively, you may also buy the TEAS V study manual and/or the online assessments A & B, separately at Amazon.com. However, please note that the complete study package is available at a discounted price. A cheaper paperback version of the study manual is available at http://www.amazon.com/Review-Manual-Essential-Academic-Skills/dp/1933107987.
McGraw-Hill's Nursing School Entrance Exams
This is a study book available on Amazon.com and is written by a team of experienced test tutors and it includes the following:
- Coverage of all test subject areas
- Scientific examples with explanations
- Several practice question drills
- 8 full practice tests
- Strategies and tips to test-taking
You may purchase the book at http://www.amazon.com/McGraw-Hills-Nursing-School-Entrance-Exams/dp/0071599371/ref=pd_sim_b_3. Many test takers, who have purchased this book from Amazon, have given good reviews. However, some reviews indicate that this book covers only about 60-70% of the test subjects and therefore may be used in conjunction with other good study manuals.
McGraw-Hills 5 TEAS Practice Tests
This study book is also available on Amazon.com and is authored by Kathy Zahler, a renowned writer and director at Midline Editorial, a textbook publishing firm in N.Y. This book has the following key features:
- It contains six full TEAS 5.0 practice tests.
- It includes questions in all the subject areas.
- It is an excellent paper-based simulation of the actual test.
- It gives a very good understanding of the Science questions in the test.
- Finally, it has received outstanding reviews on Amazon.com from several actual test takers.
You may purchase this book at http://www.amazon.com/McGraw-Hills-5-TEAS-Practice-Tests/dp/0071767770.