TEAS Test Study
How to Make a Test Study Schedule
What's the best way to study for the TEAS V? Well, here are key guidelines that will help you create a very effective study schedule.
Study Guideline #1:
The first step is to make yourself very familiar with the structure and the rules of the TEAS V. The test has four sections; namely, English, Math, Science and Reading. The test duration is approximately 3.5 hours, with the following time limits for each test section:
- Reading - 58 minutes
- Math - 51 minutes
- Science - 66 minutes
- English - 34 minutes
Study Guideline #2:
The next important thing is to purchase the best guides available. Some of our recommendations for study guides are ATI TEAS V Study Manual, McGraw-Hill's Nursing School Entrance Exams, Secrets of the TEAS® V Exam Study Guide and Cracking the Nursing School Entrance Exams. Owing to the vastness of the test subject areas, we recommend that you buy at-least 2-3 study guides to cover all the test areas.
Reviewing the table of contents of these guides, will give you an insight into the key topics, that are likely to appear in each test section. A majority of the test topics are listed below, for your convenience:
English: Passage and Paragraph Comprehension.
Math: Basic mathematical operations, conversion of entities such as fractions, decimals etc., order of operations, algebraic equations, interpretation of data-sets such as charts, graphs etc., metric conversions, ratios, proportions and so on.
Science: Human Body Science, Life Science, Earth and Physical Science and Scientific Reasoning.
English: Basic grammar such as parts of speech, meaning of words in a particular context, sentence structure and finally, spelling and punctuation.
We recommend, that you review the study guides to get the complete list of test topics.
After reviewing the test topics, an applicant will get a fair idea about the number and scale of these topics, and about how comfortable or familiar one is with these topics. At this point, you may rate all the test topics based on their complexity. In addition, you may also list down all the test topics that seem very tough or least familiar to you.
Study Guideline #3:
The other important thing to do, before you create a preparation schedule is to take a couple of full-length practice tests to really test the waters. Some of our recommendations for good practice guides are ATI TEAS Online Assessments and McGraw-Hills 5 TEAS Practice Tests. While you take the practice tests, list down the test subjects, where you did not do well; so that you can work hard on those subjects and improve your performance in those.
Study Guideline #4:
By this time, an applicant should have gathered information or decided on the following:
The list of test subject areas and their weights based on their complexity.
The list of problem areas or subjects, that will receive very high weight-ages.
The amount of study material to be covered under each test topic and an estimate of time required to study each topic. Note: The Science section of the test is very exhaustive and therefore, sufficient time must be allocated to studying it.
The actual test date, and therefore, the time available for study.
With the above information, you may create a clear cut study schedule, such as this:
Start Date of Study
Start Date of study for each test section
No. of Days/Weeks of study for each test topic/sub-area (It is better to assign worse case estimates, so it gives an applicant enough time to tackle new challenges, that may come along the way.)
End Date of study for each test section
No. of Days for full-length practice tests
No. of Days for revision of complex topics
- End date of Study
We hope this article gives you an easy-to-follow guide to preparing your own customized schedule for the test preparation. Last but not the least, we recommend that you keep your schedule flexible and also keep a sufficient number of buffer days between the last day of your study schedule and your actual test date. The reason for this recommendation is that as you study, you will discover new problem areas or challenges, which will require you to revisit the concerned study material. Ensuring that you have enough time to tackle any curve-balls that may come your way, will ascertain a successful test preparation and thereafter, good scores in the test!