Taking the TEAS Don’t stress; just prepare. Slides and research by Nilza Marie Santana-Castillo, Clemson University Intern in the TCTC Tutoring Center TEAS & Nursing TEAS stands for: (T) est of (E)ssential (A)cademic (S)kills This exam is required for TCTC students submitting applications to the ADN Nursing Program It’s a test of skills learned during 7th to 12th grade that are expected for entry-level nurses Source: http://www.tctc.edu/Documents/Health_Ed/TEAS%20Test%20Information%20for%20ADN.doc Why Take the TEAS? Save money! Passing the TEAS allows you to save money by not having to get into the program through a transition taking the LPN route. The test is $45 dollars (fee subject to change)versus the thousands you’d pay for LPN courses What do I need to score for TCTC? SCORING: Minimum scores to qualify for the Nursing Clinical Entry Application Reading 80% English 70% Math 60% Science 50% A student may take the TEAS V test twice (Forms A and B) during a three year period. The student is responsible for paying the testing fee both times. Source: http://www.tctc.edu/Documents/Health_Ed/TEAS%20Test%20Information%20for%20ADN.doc TCTC TEAS Test For more detailed information about signing up for the test, cost, and testing site, visit: http://www.tctc.edu/Documents/Health_Ed/TEAS%20Te st%20Information%20for%20ADN.doc Or http://www.tctc.edu/Admissions/Placement_Testing/Nurs ing_Entrance_Testing.xml How Do I Prepare? By studying! These are skills you may know or need to learn, but you can pick them up before the test and get the score you need. This power point is meant to give you free Internet supplemental resources that can help you prepare for the TEAS. Types of Questions The following links have videos that give examples of the forms of questions you’ll be asked: Reading:http://www.mometrix.com/academy/teasreading/ English & Language usage:http://www.mometrix.com/academy/teasreading/ Math:http://www.mometrix.com/academy/teasmathematics/ Science: http://www.mometrix.com/academy/teasscience/ Practice Tests Figure out what you’re strong at and need to study harder for Practice Test with a timer to watch how long certain questions take you: http://www.testpreppractice.net /practice-tests/readingcomprehension/rc1.html?testna me=TEAS Offers free practice tests, flashcards and study guides. Gives answers as you complete each question with an explanation for why an answer is wrong/right: https://uniontestprep.com/teas As you answer questions and work problems, you can scroll the mouse over answer key to get the correct answer: http://teaspracticetest.org/topi cs/mathematics Free practice test, takes you through a few examples and then let’s you know your score with an explanation of why each answer is right or wrong: http://www.testguide.com/free-teas-practicetests.html There’s an app for that Download the TEAS V Exam Prep 2015 to your electronic device to study on the go: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.poc ketprep.teas&hl=en What if I need serious review of math and science • Make an appointment at Tri-County’s Tutoring Center, they do more than assist with specific classes. They can assist you do practice questions for the test. http://www.tctc.edu/Student_Life_and_Services/Academic_Assistance/Tut oring/Make_an_Appointment_for_Tutoring.xml • Great online help for all math and science-- khanacademy.org What if I need help with my reading and grammar skills? • For grammar visit: http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar.php#.VRV0bpN4 p9t • For reading comprehension look at these tips and online workshop from Saint Louis University: http://www.slu.edu/x32711.xml • Again! Make an appointment with the Tutoring Center for someone who can go over practice questions with you: http://www.tctc.edu/Student_Life_and_Services/Academic_Assistance/Tut oring/Make_an_Appointment_for_Tutoring.xml Should I Guess? Realistically, you won’t always know the answer, so guess with these strategies If you don’t know ALWAYS GUESS on TEAS; there’s no penalty for a wrong answer Eliminate answers you know are incorrect Try the “True-False” method, to figure out if any answers are untrue, therefore incorrect If the answer has a fill in the blank, this is a stem question. Eliminate any answers that don’t fit the stem, whether grammatically or factually Be suspicious of questions that have absolutes like “always”, “never”, “every”; rarely do absolutes exists When you identify more than one correct answers, and “all the above” is an option, pick “all” For multiple choice math questions, eliminate outstanding high or low numbers that don’t align with the problem Use hints from other questions you know to be right. If a fact from one question relates to another question you answer, use that information Ensure to read each question fully before guessing to make sure you didn’t misread, you should do this whether or not your guessing These tips are all from: http://www.studygs.net/tsttak3. htm Visit the site for even more helpful strategies Tips from Someone Whose Taken It: Here are a few tips from someone who has taken the test before and blogged about what they did to get a high score: http://www.theredirectedlife.com/2012/12/02/how-to-score-a-91or-higher-on-the-teas-exam-and-guarantee-your-seat-into-nursingschool/ GOOD LUCK!