7.13.2011

NURSING: TEAS EXAM (Version V) - Overview & Helpful Tips

Here is some info I put together about the TEAS exam - Version 5.
TEAS version V Study Manual from ATI
What is the TEAS exam?
Well, “TEAS” stands for “Test of Essential Academic Skills”. It is a multiple choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, math, science and English-and-language usage.  There are 170 questions with a total time limit of 209 minutes (each section has its own time limit).
What worked for me?
I purchased the TEAS version V study manual (picture above) because that is the one my school told me to buy and all I can tell you is that EVERY question on the actual TEAS test comes from the study guide. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS STUDY THE WHOLE STUDY GUIDE FROM BEGINNING TO END….AND DO ALL PRACTICE QUESTIONS (THE PRACTICE QUESTIONS ON THE STUDY GUIDE ARE NOT THE EXACT SAME QUESTIONS THAT ARE ASKED ON THE ACTUAL TEAS EXAM that would be just too easy!)  The good thing is that if you have done well in A&P, Microbiology, math, and Chemistry (I hated chemistry) that will help you get a better score.

Another book I highly recommend is the McGraw-Hill's Nursing School Entrance Exam guide, very helpful too. The information in this book is a lot simpler than the TEAS study guide. If there are things you dont understand from the TEAS study guide, you will understand them in the McGraw Hills book.
Another tip I can suggest is to purchase the ONLINE PRACTICE ASSESMENT online through www.atitesting.com. If you can afford it buy both, A & B. That helped me a lot because they are timed tests, almost like the real one you will be taking. And another great thing about it is that once you are done with the practice test, you get a report with your scores. It tells you how many correct AND incorrect answers you had and it even gives you the PAGE NUMBER of all the questions you got wrong to go back to the study guide and study them again. You can retake it as many times as you can…it is a practice test!!!
If you can’t afford the online practices tests, just make sure you use a timer when taking the practices tests from the study guide. If you don’t practice using a timer YOU MIGHT RUN OUT OF TIME ON THE REAL TEST JUST LIKE ME!!! I ran out of time during the math section so during the last 5 minutes I answered like 8 questions super fast without even checking if the answer was correct...It was awful.  

Once you are done with the REAL test you will get an overall score and individual scores per each section. Yes, math lowered my overall score (because I ran out of time!), but I did very well in science and reading (language usage was ok-remember English is my second language…is that an excuse?) OH AND DID I SAY NO CALCULATORS ALLOWED??!!! I know crazy!
It took me I think almost 3 hrs to complete the TEAS exam I think but make sure you use the bathroom first, AND BRING A JACKET.
So there you have it! If you have any questions about the TEAS exam please comment below and I will try my best to respond ASAP.

Click here for the TEAS version V study manual from ATI. Click here for the practice assesment A. Click here for the praactice assesment B. OR FOR THE WHOLE PACKAGE Click here it will save you some money.

Click here for the McGraw-Hill's Nursing School Entrance exam guide.
if you want to buy used study guides make sure to check Ebay, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO STUDY OR YOUR TIME IS LIMITED JUST CONCENTRATE ON THE THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW! AND IF I DID IT THEN ANYONE CAN! GOOD LUCK!!! XOXO

23 comments:

Miena said...

Hi I was wondering how much time did you take for the ATI study manual? I've been using a different book and it hasn't been very helpful. So I just ordered the ATI manual tonight and take my TEAS test Nov. 5th. I'm a bit nervous that I don't have enough time....

Sweetaprils said...

Hi Miena! Good luck!!! you'll do fine. I studied for like 2 weeks but I was also taking other classes at the same time. it wasnt easy. Make sure you practice your math with a timer so that you dont run out of time like I did. Practice your grammar and reading by taking the practice exams and only go back to study the items you got wrong. Do the same with Science. I used both books, the ATI and McGraw Hills. If you feel nervous and If you can afford it buy the online practice exams from ATI too. For me the money wasnt an issue. I just wanted to get a good score! :)

Miena said...

Hi Rocio! I passed my TEAS! :) Thank you so much for getting back to me. I told all my nursing buddies about your helpful blog. Now I'm waiting to hear if I get in for spring. Looking forward to reading more about your journey through nursing school. :)

fadedflower79 said...

Sweetaprils, may I ask how you scored on the test versus the online assesments? I took the online assessment last night and only scored a 71% and that doesn't give me a warm fuzzy!! Thanks for your blog by the way! Bren

fadedflower79 said...

Just to clarify- I do not mean to ask for your specific scores but did you score higher/same/lower than the online assessments. :)

Sweetaprils said...

@Miena did I congratulate you already? I thought I did! Congratulations! let me know when you get into nursing school! I would love to know :) best of luck!

Sweetaprils said...

@fadedflower79 I did better in the actual TEAS test :) but please all I can tell you is to go back to the report you got on the online practice test and study the areas you got wrong. The report gives you the exact page number to go back and review. Do that and retake it! How many times have you taken the practice exam? Watch your timing specially in math..no calculator allowed. GOOD LUCK!!!

fadedflower79 said...

I've reviewed the example practice questions and the two practice tests from the book four times now. I took online A once with a 71 and I'd like to retake that one and B before I test test. When I took the TEAS in 2010, I had to take it earlier due to a deployment and couldn't study. I bombed Math (timed out) and science killed me. I'm spending a lot of time on this one :)

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Unknown said...

Hi Sweetaprils-

I have TEAS day after tomorrow and I just readyour blog. Any last minutes advice on what parts of ATI testing guide to focus on? I did not use Mac-Graw Hill or assessment tests and now I think its too late to do so. Would really appreciate if you could advice something for the last moments. Thank you in advance.

Sweetaprils said...

To the last comment, I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to reply to your message. We were out of town....how did you do?

kenagi1 said...

Sweetaprils, I'm taking the teas Feb 2nd. Are the questions in the teas study guide the same questions that are going to be on the actual test? I am Soooooo nervous and I'm studying for other classes on top of this!! My e-mail is kendallbennett@rocketmail.com please help me!!!

kenagi1 said...

I know that you said every question on the test comes from the study guide but did you mean all the questions that are asked on the study guide or do they develop new questions that are part of the reading material on the study guide? If it's just the questions then I can solely focus on the questions instead of worrying about the material. My time is very limited.

Rocio Brescia said...

Yes the questions that are asked on the TEAS exam are part of the reading material on the study guide and NOT the exact same questions. Sorry but I hope this helps you.

radsp714 said...

Your blogs have inspired me. I have sort of a big problem and I am scared out of my mind. I am 21 years old; attending a community college; but failed those due to unfortunate familial circumstances that made me severely depressed; and my dad undergoing Dialysis. I then decided to step up my career and attend University of Phoenix (Online); therefore, I will be done with my Associate's in December 2012. I have not yet completed Microbiology, Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology I and II; however will I still be able to take the TEAS exam; and apply to the nursing school? I feel like I have failed myself completely. Have I mentioned I find it hard to retain any information in Science (biology, chemistry, etc)?. I really just wish to get into Nursing school so badly; so I will not have to carry this guilt of not succeeding of what I truly have dreamed of doing since my childhood. Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it. :(

Tiffany Heflin said...

I have been having trouble achieving the score I want on the teas test after taking it four times. I was wondering if you could possibly email me and we could discuss what I can do. It is runningrebel13@hotmail.com

Yelisa Alcantara said...

Sweetaprils would happen to know how long does it take to get the test score for the Teas test. Taking them this Thursday. #excitedandnervous

[suBringas] said...

Hi there, just found out one of the schools i am applying to no longer accepts the NLN score, and requires the TTEA. My question is, when you bought the whole package online, how long did it take to ship? I am running out of time so am trying to decide if i should just pick up the book here at the bookstore, or order. Thank you.

Rosie said...

I have this book and try to study when I can. I saw another study aide that is flash cards, I do much better with flashcards but was wondering if anyone else has tried these. My test is in January and I am very nervous!!

Necole-jayden said...

I have been studying with McGraw hills teas book my DON... said it is similar so I have been studying try and get 45mins each day I'm praying that I pass I've been really concentrating on math and more math.. best wishes to me and everyone else

Necole-jayden said...

I have been studying with McGraw hills teas book my DON... said it is similar so I have been studying try and get 45mins each day I'm praying that I pass I've been really concentrating on math and more math.. best wishes to me and everyone else

helpful husband said...

my wife got a 4.0 in her last 4 prerequisite classes and then got a 77 on the TEAS test, will that be a good enough score to get into national university nursing school? she can take it again in 10 days if necessary, any feedback is appreciated!!

Donella Audrey said...

Thank you for the tips. I appreciate it. I already planned to do what you suggested above to prep for the TEAS test, but this reassured me. I am super nervous I finished to years of pre-reqs for applying for several nursing programs in my area, and of course the one that called me back was this school that requires the TEAS exam (if the last 2 yrs. of pre-reqs weren't enough). Again thank you for your post it makes me feel a little more confident!!
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