The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam is an exam that was created by ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) to assess whether an applicant is academically ready for health science programs like nursing. It consists of four parts: reading, mathematics, science and english and language usage.
Back story/fun fact/side track story: I had no idea this exam even existed. It wasn’t until I was talking to my admissions advisor that I realized that this test existed and I had to take it pronto. Not only that, there was a certain score I needed to qualify. WOWZERS the pressure was on. She recommended me to buy a test book and set a test date as a goal. I set my test date approximately a month and a half so I had 6 weeks to prepare. Then I ordered the first book with 4.5 stars on Amazon and went HAM as soon as it arrived. Thank you, Amazon prime!
When test day came along, I was so anxious, I didn’t get much sleep the night before, which is kind of bad because I was about to enter a 4 hour exam. Man, I forgot how terrible standardized testing was. How did I get through it before college? During the reading section (the first section), I was so tired and out of it that I read the passages at least 3 times each. The rest is a blurrrrr.. Somehow my test scores came back and they were pretty great. Better than I could ever imagine like who is this girl? It goes to show, if you put quality work into something, you will see a greater outcome.
Here are my tips on how to do well on the TEAS exam:
Buy a test prep book and use that to prepare for the TEAS exam. DO NOT TAKE THE EXAM WITHOUT STUDYING. If you do well, great. If you don’t, well that was a waste of $96… I got the TEAS Strategies, Practice & Review with 2 Practice Tests: Online + Book by Kaplan Test Prep (here). This test prep book wasn’t too bad. It was pretty thorough with explanations. You can register your book and there are more practice questions and exams on the site. I personally thought the review portion was great but the practice questions were way harder than reality. I guess that’s how they prep you for the worst, right? However, there are so many options out there to choose from. Pick one, study hard, and you’ll be on your way!
People also recommend the ATI TEAS exam prep book. I mean why not study the exam using a book written by the people who wrote the exam? Yeah…I wish I thought about that too! It’s $45 but the best way to review is to study off a book written by the test makers. You can also get prep book here!
Practice tests: ATItesting also offers practice tests you can purchase on their website. There are two versions and they are $46 each but if you purchase the package, its $82. Yep, it is definitely pricey but it prepares you with what to expect on the exam. The practice exams mimic the exam with the timing and difficulty plus it gives you your score and tells you what you can improve on. I definitely saw my score improve between practice exam attempts. If those practice tests are not in your budget, there’s a lot of free practice exam questions online. I definitely used those a lot before I dived into the ones I paid for. I will link some below!👇
Free Practice questions:
REEELAXXX: Relax the night before the actual exam. You’ve studied hard for the exam, now it’s time to relax. Do something fun but make sure to sleep reasonably the night before. And avoid looking at practice exams the night before. Let’s face it, if you haven’t studied enough by the night before the exam, then whatever you try to cram the night before isn’t really gonna help. Surrender your test materials!
The morning of the exam: Alright, you’ve studied, you’re ready, you just want to get it over with. I completely understand. But don’t forget to eat a balanced breakfast to get that brain workin. I also recommend bringing a snack for break time because if you get hungry, ya’ll gonna be hearing some whale mating noises. That’s too embarrassing and can distract you from your focus, which should be the exam. So pack a snack and a bottle of water cause hydration is also very important.
One last thing: Arrive to the exam site a bit early to find parking and the exam room. Take a deep breath, you’ll do fine. Now go rock that test! Have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤ Good luck!
Any questions? Let me know down below and I will try my best to answer them! I ain’t no pro tho. Let’s be real, I found out about the exam 4 months before my app was due. But this is what I did and here I am, in nursing school… 🙂
Shine bright, peace out.✌
❤ , TIFF
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