TEAS EXAM: I failed...Anyone take it with some advice?

TEAS EXAM: I failed...Anyone take it with some advice? I failed the science portion.. GRR.. I am very weak on life science and general science. I was wondering, if you take it the second time, is it the same test or is it a different one with all new answers?
Thanks, I need all the help I can get!

I am hearing that the better you do, the better chance you have of getting accepted into the Nursing program...My Nursing advisors are telling me to do as well as possible on the TEAS...

Hello all--

Thanks for some great advice on studying for the TEAS. I am taking it for the first time tomorrow morning. I am feeling very confident about the reading and math, and pretty good about the science. After looking over the english & language section however, I think I'm definitely feeling the worst about that. I haven't gone over simple sentence structure, conjunctions, etc in YEARS! The ATI study guide I've been using asks random questions about the ozone layer that are not mentioned ANYWHERE else in the book. Okay..

I actually have also noticed some considerable typos in my book, at least. As in obvious no correct answers and multiple answers the EXACT same (discrepancies between the answer options and their 'correct' answer in the back of the book). I have emailed them and described these typos in detail. I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed these. Anywhoo, I've found the ATI prep book to be pretty helpful other than that.

Heres to hoping I do well tomorrow..

OH also, the school I'm applying to only lets you take the test TWICE (at least 30 days apart) in a two year period. So if you do bad your first two tries.. can't apply to nursing school at that institution for another two years. And you have to score a proficient or above in each category. Individual category scores are only used in the event of a tie breaker (as our school selects applicants based on a points basis only..)

I have recently taken the TEAS V exam twice and did not pass and they say I have to wait two years until I could take it again. I am very disappointed and stressed; I'm 21 years old and everyone is telling me not to give up and that I have a long ways to go since I am so young. But I am still wondering what should I do while I wait, I will practically be done with all my pre-reps on the spring of next year and after that i do not know what to do. Can anyone give me any advice of to what to do next?

I took the tease almost 2 years ago. Just get a good book to study from, take lots of tests...

I've heard the TEAS V is tough! I took the 3rd version and made a 91%. I ordered the study guide from the ATI company and the online practice test. I also searched practice GED tests online and practiced those. I found them to be very similar material. I would really concentrate on the math because it was the longest section. Speed was key on that section. Good luck!!

I have taken the test twice now. For the most part the science section covers scientific method, earth science, physics, and chemistry, i had a couple A&P Qs and 1 micro Q - so dont study that too expansively. I looked up basic physics on google, and that was enough to get me through that section - i got an overall science of 87%. As for the english section, it is mostly sentence structure - which is something you cant really prepare for in my opinion. Commas, colons, semicolons, etc - i didnt do any better the 2nd time i took it on that section - i think i got an 85 or 90. Some people say that you cant really study for the TEAS, you either know it or you dont, but that wasnt the case for me. After i reviewed the math ( decimals, fractions, and lots of percents!) and the science, my score jumped over 10%. Good luck!
did u get the same test?

hey, im planning on taking the teas test very soon and i bought the teas study guide from the school but for some reason i am having difficulty understanding what to study. Do you by any chance know what i should do? Also you mentioned something about some online practice test and i was wondering where exactly cani go to take this test? Also which ATI book should i get? Where do i go to purchase it? If you could write me back as soon as possible that would be great.. Thank you so much.. Congratulations by the way

I ordered the study guide from the ATI website. I bought the study guide and purchased the online practice test. It was around $69 for both. That may have gone up by now. The online practice test is actually through the ATI website. Here is a link: http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/...aspx?zpid=1194 Spend the money because it was worth it and it really helped me!! I would not spend too much time on the reading section - found it to be very basic. Stuff like reading a simple map, reading directions, etc. The math was by far the longest section so you cannot drill enough! I googled "online GED practice tests" and used those for practice. Very similar material. The science section was my worst part, because you either know that stuff or you don't. Know the types of rocks and clouds, and there was a questions about tectonic plates. Know how to determine the velocity of something when given the speed and time. Basic chemistry was also on it. But if you do well in the math, the reading and the grammar it will make up for the science. I made a 40% in the science but still got a 91% overall. Math is KEY!! If you are a good speller you will do fine on the grammar. Good luck and let us know how you do!

For me, the math was the easiest part of the test. I got a 100% on it. A lot of the math questions are written in such a way that you can rule out 2 or 3 of the answers without actually doing any calculations. For example:
what is 30.012 x 10.2321? A) 307.09 B)299.9394 C) 350.454 D) 395.443

you can easily rule out B, C, and D without even doing the math because 30.012 is so close to 30 and 10.2321 is so close to 10 that 30 x 10 = 300, so it has to be just above 300.

I finished this section with the most time to spare (14 minutes), and I even went back and redid some of the problems.

The math is easy if you use little tricks like I show above. I'd say about 20% of the problems you can figure out without doing any real calculations and just ruling out obviously incorrect answers.

I bought a study guide for Anatomy and Phisiology. This helped me immensly! Lots of qustions about cells and cell structure. Try pulling up you other setion scores too. I did horrible on the science part but got high 90s in math so it brought up my overall enough to pass.

Good luck!!

Another thing, the questions are weighted. From the explanation page that came with my score:

Adjusted Individual Total Score:
The adjusted individual total score is a function of the number of questions answered correctly divided by the number of questions on the assessment. This percentage-correct score is then adjusted to account for differences in the difficulty of the form taken, producing the adjusted individual total score. For

Adjusted Individual Sub-Scale Scores:
Adjusted individual sub-scale scores are calculated in the same way as the adjusted individual total score (above); however, each sub-scale score is calculated separately based on the number of items in the subscale rather than the entire assessment. Note: Due to unequal numbers of items in each sub-scale, the individual total score may not be calculated directly from the sub-scale scores.

I was wondering, if you fail the teas three times does that mean you can never be a nurse? Or do you just have to wait and take it all over again next year with three chances again?

I was wondering, if you fail the teas three times does that mean you can never be a nurse? Or do you just have to wait and take it all over again next year with three chances again?
I'd think that if one fails the test three times, one should really think whether nursing is the right career choice. Wanting to be a nurse and actually having the mental fortitude and ability to be a nurse are two separate things entirely.

I have one more chance to pass it. I cat seem to pass the reading comprehension part. Any suggestions? The ati guide does not help me at all..

Reading comprehension is really something you either have to know or you don't. It's not really something you can "learn" in a few weeks from a test prep guide. If the hurdle is because English is your second language, then I'd suggest taking a critical thinking or literature class to brush up on your understanding of English.

"Tectonic Plates - Identify type by a drawing"

what do you mean, identify whether its a convergent, divergent or transform boundaries? or the names of them on a map??

is there a lot of word math on this?

yes, most of it consists of deriving information from paragraphs

ill never pass this. i am terrible at word math

i'd think that if one fails the test three times, one should really think whether nursing is the right career choice. wanting to be a nurse and actually having the mental fortitude and ability to be a nurse are two separate things entirely.
how dare you make a snap judgment about someone not having the "mental fortitude" to be in this profession if they don't pass the teas test on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd time. they may end up as a better nurse then someone making all a's in school. to everyone out there answering god's calling on your life, don't be discouraged by what anyone says. you are more than capable! passing does not = your worth or future abilities. be tenacious and don't give up until you reach that goal!

how dare you make a snap judgment about someone not having the "mental fortitude" to be in this profession if they don't pass the teas test on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd time. they may end up as a better nurse then someone making all a's in school. to everyone out there answering god's calling on your life, don't be discouraged by what anyone says. you are more than capable! passing does not = your worth or future abilities. be tenacious and don't give up until you reach that goal

Yawn to you....you know what I'm saying is the truth.

I am taking TEAS-V tomorrow and am scared to death! I have studied all of the ATI testing info and still feel COMPLETELY unprepared for the science section! This is so frustrating bc I know that most of the crap they ask we will not need! Does anyone have a general idea of what the average scores are on this test? Good luck to any of u about to take it!

Reading comprehension is really something you either have to know or you don't. It's not really something you can "learn" in a few weeks from a test prep guide. If the hurdle is because English is your second language, then I'd suggest taking a critical thinking or literature class to brush up on your understanding of English.

I don't believe this is true. I've always done well in English and Literature. I didn't study for the TEAS IV at all and received nineties and one-hundreds on the English and Reading sections. When I took the TEAS V, I scored in the seventies. The tests are very different..with the exception of math and science. For the math part, I'd suggest studying from the manual and online tests. For science part, I'd suggest studying the manual, too. But learn the concepts and processes, not just definitions.

Just because you don't do well on the TEAS doesn't mean you won't make a great nurse. There are nurses who ace their exams and classes when it came to their prerequisites, but cannot apply what they've learned on the floor. I've even seen nurses that don't know how to deal with people well. And quite frankly, if how you react online to the opinions of people who are trying to encourage other people is how you react in real life, I think you should contemplate if you have the understanding, patience, and tolerance to be a nurse.

And quite frankly, if how you react online to the opinions of people who are trying to encourage other people is how you react in real life, I think you should contemplate if you have the understanding, patience, and tolerance to be a nurse.
When someone tries to use an online nursing forum as a platform to preach their religious beliefs (regardless of whether or not I'm religious as well) then all civility goes out the window.

In all honesty, if everyone could be a doctor that makes tons of money, don't you think everyone would? You bet they would, however some people just don't have the mental/emotional/physical/spiritual wherewithal to do it. There's a difference between shooting for the stars and having realistic goals.

Since that card was already played, maybe just maybe God is trying to say something?

With all due respect, when I'm in the hospital, I sure don't want someone pushing my meds who doesn't know the difference between a liter and a milliliter, or how to convert between the two.

And I do apologize to Pt108686, my post to her/him did come off as cold, which I realized after the fact.

I get what you're saying - I certainly want a nurse who is competent at my bedside administering my meds, too. BUT... I also feel that back in the day, nurses went to NURSING SCHOOL where they learned in a more clinical, hands on way. Most all my friends who have been nurses for 25 years or more have said they would never go to nursing school the way it is now; they are wonderful, competent nurses and they themselves have looked at the TEAS study guide and have told me they would never pass this test. It has become more of a weeding out process and many people who would be great nurses get left by the wayside. I don't need to know about rocks, clouds or MANY of the other things that are on that TEAS test to be a great nurse, and as far as the math section, there are only a couple of calculations that you will ever have to perform for dosage calculations - whether or not I can do a FOIL problem or an absolute value equation is irrelevent. Knowing whether to use a semicolon or a comma, or what a conjunction or adverb is isn't really pertinent to the profession either.
I'm 46 years old and trying to do this... I take my TEAS on Friday and I am scared to death about it. I may not pass or score high enough - but one thing I do know... if I were on the floor learning these things like they used to do when you went to nursing school, I could learn them without ANY problem and I know I would make an EXCELLENT nurse, and I'm certain the same is true of alot of you out there who didn't pass the TEAS. So keep believing in yourselves and aiming for a profession that you can share your compassion for people. There are many nurses out there who are seriously lacking in that department - come to think of it...they ought to create a section for that on the TEAS.

I don't think the TEAS is unreasonable or hard. If you've already completed your pre-req's it's just a light review. Now I suppose if you had no pre-req's before taking it then it may be more difficult but at my school I took after taking bio, english, stats, chem, organic chem, a & p, pathophysiology, and several others so I barely studied at all and did fine on it. The only thing I don't like about it is the english part because I had an incredibly intelligent friend that was an esl student but and did great in all the other sections but english. I think for someone like her, also an excellent student that the test isn't fair and she missed out of our program and would have made an excellent great nurse but this is teh only situation that I feel that way. Otherwise I can't see someone being successful in nursing school but can't pass that very basic test.

I get what you're saying - I certainly want a nurse who is competent at my bedside administering my meds, too. BUT... I also feel that back in the day, nurses went to NURSING SCHOOL where they learned in a more clinical, hands on way. Most all my friends who have been nurses for 25 years or more have said they would never go to nursing school the way it is now; they are wonderful, competent nurses and they themselves have looked at the TEAS study guide and have told me they would never pass this test. It has become more of a weeding out process and many people who would be great nurses get left by the wayside. I don't need to know about rocks, clouds or MANY of the other things that are on that TEAS test to be a great nurse, and as far as the math section, there are only a couple of calculations that you will ever have to perform for dosage calculations - whether or not I can do a FOIL problem or an absolute value equation is irrelevent. Knowing whether to use a semicolon or a comma, or what a conjunction or adverb is isn't really pertinent to the profession either.
I'm 46 years old and trying to do this... I take my TEAS on Friday and I am scared to death about it. I may not pass or score high enough - but one thing I do know... if I were on the floor learning these things like they used to do when you went to nursing school, I could learn them without ANY problem and I know I would make an EXCELLENT nurse, and I'm certain the same is true of alot of you out there who didn't pass the TEAS. So keep believing in yourselves and aiming for a profession that you can share your compassion for people. There are many nurses out there who are seriously lacking in that department - come to think of it...they ought to create a section for that on the TEAS.

I agree 100%!

There seems to be no difference in the Math subject when it comes to TEAS IV or V. English and Reading are the subjects that are different from each version. It would be nice if the test included several basic and simple algebra problems and have the rest be conversions and dosage calculations, how to read a medicine bottle label, etc. But like I stated earlier, there is a big difference when it comes to the English and Reading section, TEAS IV vs TEAS V. I scored in the 90s and 100 when it came to the TEAS IV in this area, but in the low to mid-70s when it came to the TEAS V. Scored pretty much the same when it came to math and science.

I used to the TEAS IV score for applying to a nursing school, and I'm glad to say I've been accepted into a BSN program. I begin this January!

I have one more chance to pass it. I cat seem to pass the reading comprehension part. Any suggestions? The ati guide does not help me at all..
How did you do your last try? did you take teas 5?

Amen!! I have failed that test 3 times and i do not believe that a test can determine a good or bad nurse. Let me tell ya i work with nurses who took the test and passed and they suck at being a nurse where the heck is the compassion these days. It was my dream to be a nurse and now i will half to take the long route meaning LVN to RN but i will not give up and neither should anyone else who wants to be a nurse!

I'm sorry karenroxx. I just took it this past Tuesday. I don't know if the ATI study guide is good or not--I see posts that say it helped and others that say it didn't help to much. I used the NLN book to study for it. I also need to take the NLN so I had already bought the book and didn't want to buy another one. Plus, I found out I had to take the TEAS at the last minute (as a post-acceptance test). I found the parts of the NLN book that I studied to be helpful...it was the same kind of questions. I only had a few days, so I looked at the math first. I haven't had math since 2001 so I felt RUSTY...but after reviewing some of that stuff it came back. The NLN books also gives little tips and short-cuts for stuff. Next, I started to review the science section. This had some good info in it too. I didn't get to finish studying this part so I didn't do as well on the questions on the test that had to do with earth science--like rocks and cloud questions--b/c I didn't review that (and I've never taken that sort of class)

Other than that, you can't really study for the english part...the practice tests in that area really just help you practice increasing your speed.

But I scored in the 90th percentile nationally, and 93rd in the program. They told me not to worry about my sucky physical science (rock stuff, lol) score because I got a 100% in the A&P section and that's what we really need to know in nsg school anyway...

Good luck!

I am just poor in the science part... there is so much science information that when it comes to studying its kind of the luck of the draw...
for the school I am applying for you need a 78% or better on each section and science I got a 60%, on top of that there is only 3 Lifetime tries!
Thinking about it makes me sick!
Thanks for the help and encouragement....
Karen

I didn't know about the three-lifetime tries thing...I think the NLN you can only take it once every six months, but I don't know if there's a limit..

Hey karenroxx

You will do fine the next time around. I haven't, personally taken the exam, I will in May. A friend of mine took and did poorly on the life science section, also. It is so random how they have that on there. I could understand why.. but really??!

If you did well on the other sections, focus on the life science section of the study, and that should increase your score. My friend did do, and scored a lot higher, since she already knew everything else on the other sections. They are different question, tho.

Good luck, stay focused!! Im sure you'll do great!!!

JackieX620

Hey all how are u? I too am getting ready to take the TEAS exam. I went to Barnes and Nobles today to buy some helpful study tips and told myself I will read that book from cover to cover! It seems that things are getting quite competitive everywhere you try to get into. So did you all have to take the TABE or something and then the TEAS? I do have a question. So if I take the TEAS here in Florida and choose to get into a nursing program outside of Florida, those test scores are good no matter where I go right?

Sorry to hear you didn't pass the science section. It was my lowest score as well. I used both the ATI TEAS study guide and the Kaplan study guide. Kaplan's went into much more depth then ATI, but both are worth reviewing. I know with all the money we already spend on school, a lot of people hesitate to spend extra on more than one study guide, but the Kaplan was only $15 and ATI's was $39. I will say that I didn't bother to study the english section in the ATI book and now I wish I had. From what I browsed through after taking the TEAS, I think it would have helped me quite a bit to refresh myself on those types of questions.

Good luck on your next try! You will have different questions the next time, so maybe you will get more anatomy vs. earth science.

Karen,

Are you applying for the program at NVCC? I'm getting ready to take the teas there, and the requirements are the same as you described above. I'm also really worried about the science section. We have a study group for the teas test if you are in the northern va area. Let me know if you're interested. Good luck!

I live in FL but am studying to take the TEAS for a LPN school and a University out West that I was accepted to. I'm just going to take the test then decide if I will go to that university and do there nursing program or, if I pass the TEAS do the LPN and then bridge over. I have already been accepted to the LPN program according to my TABE score but, they're requiriing another test since they have so many qualified applicants. So, I'm studying for both schools. What is passing on the TEAS? I didn't buy an actual TEAS exam study guide, I bought a book that is geared toward all the nursing entrance exams called Nursing School & Allied Health ENtrance Exams made by Peterson. We'll see how it goes.

sorry to hear you failed. i took the teas earlier this week , i didn't study because its just a formality for our program(we already were accepted) anyway i only got 73 percent on the science which was my weakest area. someone gave me a teas manual which i didn't even look at the science, i did run through it while i watched tv for the math a once a couple days before the test and i got and 88 .9 percent on that section which math is not my favorite thing so I do think the guide probably is pretty helpful in preparation. good luck!

i am so sorry, karenroxx. but the good news, is now you know what to expect. me, reading about stinking earth science (like that is something we need to know to nurse) know now, thanks to you, about the earth science section. keep going, you will get them next time. go get them!! you can do this!!!!!!!!:heartbeat

I didn't do as well on it as I thought I would. The science was my worst section too. I made a 79% altogether but I don't remember what I got on the science portion. I think if you study just the science part, you will do better the next go-round. Good luck!

I recently took the teas test and I didn't do as well as I could've or should've done especially on the science portion of the test. I definitely know how you feel. Sorry to hear that you didn't pass the science portion of the exam, which is completely random anyhow, but I actually went to my local library and got a ged science book and it pretty much covered all the different sciences. I think the book was very informative with the information, but it's just too much to study at once.

I wish you the best when you retake it, good luck!

I am taking my TEAS this month. I am so happy to find a nursing website that talks about this type of nursing entrance test. I have been studying forever for this test. I am thankful for all the advice,and feedback. I wish everyone great success in there new endeavor of becoming a RN, or LVN. God Bless.

Demel, I'm going to be taking the TEAS test in a couple of weeks as well. Have you been studying from an actual TEAS study guide or what have you been using to study? I bought a book from Barnes and Nobles made by Petersons which targets all nursing entrance exams.....do you think it will help?

Yes I have the same exact book, I have two exact. I have also been studying for a GED prep book, it has all the same material that some of you mentioned, like earth science, I have studied all the sciences except this one, until I read a post, that this type of science will be on the TEAS. I am so happy for all of you, I can't wait to become a RN.

Hi,I took the exam twice and failed.Why I failed?I should have waited till I was more settled. Yes, they gave me the same exam (I think) or questions similar.The exam isn't hard, but I am one of those anxiety test takers.Now that I am done with all my pre's,I am giving myself two weeks to go over everything.They usually give you a print out;just go down the print out and work on your weaknesses.

The school I am applying to, has the TEAS RN nursing school entrance test. I only have two chances to take their TEAS, after that, I can't go through their RN program, That sucks!!!. How many chances do your school give you? I will have to pay $25 dollars each time for the test.

My school does not specify how many times you can takes it;they just said every 30 days. I am applying to the RN program at my school as well and I just want to past it this time with high scores.I have been focusing on my weaknesses on the math and science sections. At my school yo have to get a 70 on the reading,65 o the math, and am overall ati score of 75,so I'm not panicking just working a lot harder. I wish you the best of luck! It's not hard just think everything through.

I too am excited for each and everyone of us! What a blessing it will be to be able to save lives and help others who are in need as nurses! I will get a GED prep book then and begin studying the science part! I am dreading the test cause i have not had anatomy in life 4 yrs! I have taken so many classes i can't kepe up and cause it has been so long can't remember anatomy, the basis of all things in nursing! So, i am spending the next three wks preparing for the test and will read my anatomy and chemistry books cover to cover! I will also incorporate the phyical science portion once i get me a GED prep book from like the public library. So what are some of the things i will see on the test? Are there analogies, synonyms, antonyms? what should i expect? Grammar, spelling, sentence completions...? Can someone give me a heads up?

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