TEAS V 101 St. David’s School of Nursing Round Rock, TX Lynn Heimerl, MEd. Coordinator of Admission and Retention 2015 Admission What is the TEAS V? • It is the Test of Essential Academic Skills, which evaluates an applicant’s general knowledge of math, science, reading, and English. • Nurse educators determine items assessed. • All applicants must take the TEAS V. SON expectation: Conditionally admitted students have solid skills for determining the correct answer on timed knowledge-based assessments. TEAS V Scores Qualified applicants must have minimum scores of: • • • • • Reading Math Science English Composite 81.0% 76.7% 70.8% 73.3% 73.3% Why are TEAS V scores so important? • Applicants who earn these minimum scores and beyond are highly likely to graduate on time. • Once admitted to the School of Nursing – all course exams are timed. Students must earn passing exam grades to progress with their class. • Taking initial steps to prepare for and pass the NCLEX-RN®. If I take the TEAS V twice – which scores count? Answer: • The attempt you earned the highest minimum scores in reading, math, science, English/Language Usage. Note: There is no cherry picking – selecting highest scores between the two attempts. Example • First attempt • Reading 83% English 75% Math 75% Science 70.8% Composite 71% • Second attempt • Reading 81% English 73.3% Math 76.7% Science 80% Composite 78% Example continued • We would accept the scores from the second attempt. Why? All scores for reading, math, science, English/ Language) and composite are either at the required minimum score or higher. Another example • An applicant earns the following TEAS V scores: • • • • • Reading Math Science English Composite 78% 84% 79% 90% 85% Is this applicant qualified? • No TEAS V reading score must be 81% or higher. Are minimum TEAS V scores good enough? • Not likely. • Why? Average 2012 scores Reading: 88 Math: 87 Science: 76 English: 77 Composite 82 Average 2013 scores 89 89 84 85 87 TEAS V Admission Procedure • TEAS V exam may be taken a total of two times. • After August 1, 2014: Applicants take TEAS V on first attempt and TEAS V Retake 1 on second and last attempt for 2015 admission. • TEAS V may be taken between January 16, 2014 and January 15, 2015. • Submit Individual Performance Profile(s) (page 1) with the application materials. 5 of many TEAS V Testing Site Options • Testing, Research-Support and Evaluation Center (TREC) at Texas State University • Texas A&M University Measurement and Research Services (College Station) • PSI – a large company with testing sites throughout the United States • West Houston Testing Center • Hallmark College in San Antonio TEAS V Tips • Take the TEAS V • After you prepared. • During a down time – between semesters, during a holiday break. • Order the study manual and pay the fee to take 2 practice exams – they are a solid investment. • https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/PreNursi ngSchool/TEAS.aspx TEAS V Tips • Only a few applicants “naturally” are able to sit for the TEAS V and earn high scores. • Most applicants practice answering questions using a timer. TEAS V Tips • • • • Practice Timed Focus on questions – wrong answer Answer 10 questions – timed at 2 minutes for each question • Goal: 9 of 10 answers correct • Continue TEAS V Tips • • • • Practice Timed Focus on questions – wrong answer Answer 10 questions – timed at 1 minute 30 seconds for each question • Goal: 9 of 10 answers correct • Continue TEAS V Tips • • • • Practice Timed Focus on questions – wrong answer Answer 10 questions – timed at 1 minute and 15 seconds for each question • Goal: 9 of 10 answers correct • Continue TEAS V Tips Timing Goals • Reading: • Math: • Science: • English: About 1 minute 35 seconds for each question About 1 minute 5 seconds About 1 minute 35 seconds About 1 minute TEAS V Tips • Using practice tests in a timed environment helps reduce anxiety when it is time for the real thing. • Practice Practice Practice • We are serious about practicing… So how many practice questions? • 100 correct answers for each subject. • At the time that is allotted. TEAS V Tips Really bad ideas • Sit for the TEAS V without preparing for it – just to see how hard it is. – You have just used-up one of your two times to earn high TEAS V scores. • Waiting until the second week in January to take the TEAS-V. – Why? • Bad weather • Technical problems at the test site TEAS V Tips Attitude is critical. • Assess your attitude toward test-taking. • Be positive; it makes a difference. • Be steadfast – determined. TEAS V Tips If you have test anxiety, practice harnessing this anxiety. • A little anxiety is good – it helps you do your personal best. • Anxiety beyond this level interferes with your ability to do your best. TEAS V Tips On the test day • Get sleep. • Eat what is kind on your digestive system at a time that works well for you. • Wear comfortable clothing and a watch. • Or try wearing a Sunday outfit. Goal: Be physically and mentally alert at an intensity that feels right to you. TEAS V Tips General Test Taking Strategies • Avoid changing answers. • Be systematic. • Work at a steady pace. • Stay focused. • Breathe. • Look for logic. TEAS V: The actual exam • • • • • Subject: Reading # Questions: 42 % of test questions: 28% Time given: 58 minutes Each question: About 1 minute and 35 seconds TEAS V: The actual exam • • • • • Subject: Math # Questions: 30 % of test questions: 20% Time given: 51 minutes Each question: About 1 minute 5 seconds TEAS V: The actual exam • • • • • Subject: # Questions: % of test questions: Time given: Each question: Science 48 32% 66 minutes About I minute 35 seconds TEAS V: The actual exam • Subject: • • • • # Questions: % of test questions: Time given: Each question: English/ Language Usage 30 20% 34 minutes About 1 minute Heads Up: 20 additional unscored pretest items. Question I took the TEAS V for the first time and earned poor scores. What should I do? • Topics to Review • List items that you did not answer correctly. • Refers back to Study Manual and page(s). • Refer to a textbook Then • Practice Timed • Practice Timed • Practice Timed • Practice Timed Allow for Focus on questions – wrong answer Focus on questions – wrong answer Focus on questions – wrong answer Focus on questions – wrong answer major remediation. Get into the swing You are responsible for a knowledge deficient – starting with preparing for the TEAS V and continuing through nursing school. Questions?