Taking the Teas

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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
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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.
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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
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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?
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For grammar visit:
http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar.php#.VRV0bpN4
p9t
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For reading comprehension look at these tips and online workshop from
Saint Louis University: http://www.slu.edu/x32711.xml
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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
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Eliminate answers you know are incorrect
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Try the “True-False” method, to figure out if
any answers are untrue, therefore incorrect
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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
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Be suspicious of questions that have absolutes
like “always”, “never”, “every”; rarely do
absolutes exists
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When you identify more than one correct
answers, and “all the above” is an option, pick
“all”
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For multiple choice math questions, eliminate
outstanding high or low numbers that don’t align
with the problem
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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
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Ensure to read each question fully before
guessing to make sure you didn’t misread, you
should do this whether or not your guessing
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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!

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