TEAS Test Preparation

Checklist for TEAS preparation

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is considered a good predictor of academic success in basic-level nursing programs. Used by many nursing colleges and other healthcare educational institutions in the country, this standardized test measures the academic strengths and weaknesses of candidates and accordingly helps colleges determine their eligibility for nursing programs. As a nursing aspirant, it becomes essential that you learn the fundamentals of TEAS testing and prepare yourself. In this article, you can find a checklist that can aid in your test preparation.

Essentials of TEAS Testing

As in the case of any other competitive testing, this test preparation should also, ideally, start with an understanding of the test essentials. Here is a list of the most important points that you should remember:

  • Developed and conducted by ATI, US, the TEAS is a test of academic skills and abilities as required for entry-level nursing programs.

  • The test is currently in its fifth version and is known as the TEAS V.

  • English language usage including Reading skills, General Science, and Mathematics are the core areas measured.

  • A total of 170 multiple-choice questions are included in the test.

  • The test is administered many times a year as per a pre-decided schedule, across many testing sites.

  • This is a proctored and timed test. The test duration is 209 minutes.

  • In most cases, the test results are available after 48 hours of test taking.

More information about the test is available at the official testing website: https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/PreNursingSchool/TEAS.aspx

Test Preparation

After understanding the test essentials, the next step would be to understand about any institution-specific testing details. Though the TEAS is a standardized test used across institutions, the testing requirements and score requirements may differ from one institution to the other. For example, how many times you may be allowed to take the test in a calendar year, and how many years the test scores are valid differ based on your institution. While the Wake Tech Community College (http://hsadmissions.waketech.edu/teas/reserve.php) and the University of Florida (http://utc.sdes.ucf.edu/teas) allow up to three retests in a year, the University of Memphis (http://www.memphis.edu/testing/teas.php) allows as many attempts as required (provided seats are available).

Also, the test score requirements vary from one institution to the other. While the Montgomery College, Maryland (http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Department.aspx?id=37926) requires a composite score of 66% for admissions, a composite score of 62% is enough for admissions for the CUESETA College Associate Degree Nursing Program (http://academic.cuesta.edu/nursing/RN/TEASFAQ.pdf).

The third important step would be to identify the required prep resources and guides. You may choose materials that are printed, digitized, or available online. You may also sign up for professional prep programs for your test preparation. Always remember to choose a program or title that best suits your requirements for testing. For example, if you need comprehensive help, you should look for resources that cover the entire gamut of test areas and skills; however, if you need help only with specific topics like Advanced Algebra or Ratios, look for resources that can cover these needs better.

Being focused and practicing regularly are two other steps that can take your preparation efforts into higher levels. You must also keep yourself calm and relaxed before and during the test.

However, there cannot be one single test preparation plan that works for all. Based on your individual needs and personal preferences, there can be several other things that you need to take care of during your test study. Given below is a checklist that can help you ensure that you have covered all the important aspects during your test prep:

Checklist for the Test Preparation

Here is a checklist of seven vital pointers that can guide in your preparation:

  1. Make sure that you know your basics. As we have mentioned already, learning the test essentials is the only way to begin your preparations. This includes the test content, test duration, question types, and what is allowed and not allowed while testing.

  2. Ensure you know what your institution needs. Scoring and test taking requirements can be different for different institutions. When planning and preparing for the test, these are vital points that you should learn and keep a note of.

  3. Reiterate the test purpose. You might know the test essentials, but reiterating the test purpose and its objectives makes sure that you take the test seriously and prepare accordingly. You may not get any number of chances to take your TEAS. Hence, taking each single opportunity seriously counts.

  4. Prepare for TEAS. Many might assume that TEAS is just like any other competitive test, and may tend to ignore the specific details. For example, while preparing for the Math section, ensure you do so without your calculators, as this test does not permit the use of calculators.

  5. Understand yourself better. TEAS will test your academic skills and abilities. Therefore, if you are weak in any particular area or topic, start focusing on it right from the beginning.

  6. Ensure you get the most suitable study materials for yourself. The best does not always mean the most expensive or popular study guides. You have to remember your needs may vary from your neighbor's or friend's who are taking the same test. While choosing materials, keep your needs in mind and pick the best ones available.

  7. Ensure enough Practice. Practice tests are one way to keep yourself improving for the test. They are also a good way to keep a tab of your progress. You might also learn the required test taking strategies, if any, during your practice.

In essence, the TEAS is a significant test in your nursing education and professional career. However, with regular practice and right preparation, it is not very difficult to crack this exam and set on your path to a successful nursing profession.