The TEAS Exam can be a big component of getting into nursing and allied health programs. Because of this, it's no wonder students have question after question about the test. What are the most common questions that we hear, as the writers of the ATI TEAS Exam? We're breaking them down, paired with the answers, below.
Why do I have to take the ATI TEAS Exam?
The main reason students are asked to take the ATI TEAS Exam is because it is a component of getting into your nursing or allied health program. For many programs, this is just a part of the admissions requirements. Be sure that you understand all of the criteria required to get into your school of choice, and be aware of the deadlines that they have set.
Schools require the TEAS Exam because it measures your preparedness in four main categories - Mathematics, Science, English and Language Usage and Reading. Students who are prepared in these areas are more likely to be successful in their schooling.
What will I be tested on?
As we mentioned above, there are four main areas that the ATI TEAS Exam will test students on - Reading, Mathematics, Science and English and Language Usage. Here's the full breakdown.
Reading: 53 questions, 64 minutes
Key ideas and details
Craft and structure
Integration of knowledge and ideas
Mathematics: 36 questions, 54 minutes
Numbers and algebra
Measurement and data
Science: 53 questions, 63 minutes
Human anatomy and physiology
Life and physical sciences
English and Language Usage: 28 questions, 28 minutes
Conventions of standard English
Knowledge of language
Can I return to a question?
The short answer to this is yes however, there's a catch. You can only return to a question that you have completed or skipped if you are still in the same section.
For example, if you are taking the Mathematics section then you are able to return to any question in the Mathematics section. Once you are finished with the Mathematics section or time has ran out, you can no longer revisit questions in this section.
Can I use a calculator?
Yes, you will be provided with a four-function calculator. Do not bring your own to the exam.
If you are taking the paper pencil format of the exam, this calculator will be handheld. If you are taking the online format of the exam, this calculator will be computerized. Both have the same functionality.
Many students at this point are curious to know which format they are registered to take. Reach out to your school or testing center to confirm!
Will I be allowed to use the bathroom?
Of course! When you are testing, if you need a restroom break simply raise your hand. The exam is in a proctored setting, so someone will come and dismiss you at that time.
What is the hardest part of the TEAS?
This, as you would guess, varies from student to student. To help you out, we interviewed students as they left the exam. Here's what they had to say about the test, the content and their studying.
Long story short? The majority wish that they would have prepared more and shared that it was more difficult than they were expecting.
How many times can I take the exam?
This number is set by the school that you are apply to. Be sure to check with them, as each school's policy varies!
Remember earlier when we said to pay attention to admissions deadlines, this is a big one! You will want to be sure that you give yourself plenty of time to take the exam once or even twice before submitting your final application - and plenty of time to study as well!
Will I see my score right after the test?
This is another situation that is specific to the school that you are applying to. Be sure to check with them!
When you do receive your score, you will be able to access your score report. This is a very valuable document, as it allows you to see which areas you did poorly in and which areas you did awesome in. Here's an example of a score report.
How can I do better on a certain section of the test?
The simple answer to this is to practice! We recommend giving yourself six weeks to fully prepare for the exam. If you know the areas that you are weak in, focus more of your time there. After all, confidence is part of the battle of successful testing.
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What is the hardest section of the teas?
ATI TEAS Science section
The ATI TEAS Science section is 63 minutes long with 53 questions. It is one of the most difficult sections and has questions mainly on human anatomy, but also on scientific reasoning, and life and physical sciences.
TEAS TEST - DETAILED SUBTEST BREAKDOWN
The reading subtest is intended to assess a candidate's reading comprehension. The test questions typically consist of a multiparagraph passage and accompanying questions. Students will also be asked to interpret charts, graphs, maps, labels, measuring tools, and directions. The following objectives may be tested:
Identify author's intent
Identify themes, main ideas, and supporting details
Differentiate opinion from fact
Draw conclusions and make inferences
Identify structure and text features
Follow a set of directions
Interpret graphic representations of information
Determine where information may be found from an index of table of contents
The math subtest is intended to assess a candidate's knowledge of algebra, data interpretation, numbers and operations, and measurement are assessed. The TEAS test will assess some of the following objectives:
Convert between decimals, fractions and percents
Add and divide fractions and mixed numbers
Solve math problems containing ratios, proportions and rate of change
Convert between Roman and Arabic numbers
Solve equations with one unknown variable
Solve equations and inequalities containing absolute values
Organize and interpret data from tables, graphs and charts
Estimate metric quantities
Measure the dimensions, weight and volume of objects
The science subtest assesses a student's knowledge of scientific reasoning, life science, the human body, and physical and earth science. Candidates often find this section to be one of the most challenging. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the following skills:
Describe the functions of the following systems: circulatory, nervous, digestive, respiratory and immune systems.
Describe general anatomy and physiology concepts
Understand natural selection and adaptation
Interpret the biological classification system
Understand the parts of a cell and its corresponding functions
Understand DNA and RNA
Contrast respiration and photosynthesis
Contrast meiosis and mitosis
Use Mendel's laws of genetics and the Punnett square
Apply the periodic table of elements
Describe the properties of atoms
Determine the properties of matter
Calculate diffusion rates and molarity
Interpret pH scale values
Determine force and motion
Describe the parts of an experiment
Interpret scientific arguments
TEAS ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE USAGE
The English and language usage subtest assess a candidate's knowledge of grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, spelling and contextual words. The TEAS English test will assess a student's ability to perform the following skills:
Interpret subject verb agreement rules
Determine the meaning of words form their context in a sentence
Identify and use various parts of speech including: possessives, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives
Use verb tenses accurately
Determine the correct spelling of: irregular plurals, compound or hyphenated words, and frequently misspelled words
Identify the correct capitalizations of names, titles, and addresses
Differentiate between simple, compound, and complex sentences