How I Passed the TEAS Test!

Hey, everyone! It’s been quite some time since the last time I posted, so I’m very excited to be writing this post. I made a post a few weeks ago about how I got accepted into nursing school. I was super happy, but I still had to take the dreaded TEAS test and make at least a 60%. The TEAS test is an online test you have to take to be admitted to nursing school.  In my program, you get two chances to take the TEAS each semester. If you do not score at least a 60%, your spot goes to another student on the waitlist and you have to try again the next semester. Obviously, I didn’t want my entrance to clinicals to be pushed back, so it was important that I did well on the exam. I took the TEAS on November 6th, and I PASSED! I scored an 82.7%. While that is definitely not a super high score, it is passing so I wanted to write a detailed post on how exactly I passed, as well as what to expect when you take it. I watched multiple videos and read multiple articles about other people’s experience with the TEAS to try to prepare myself. That’s why I thought maybe I should make my own blog post about my experience. I’m hoping it will help someone out who is also trying to get into the nursing program.

Okay, so I wanna go ahead and start this out by saying I DID NOT study for the TEAS test. I know everyone is kinda shocked that I went into the test without preparing, but that is what I did. There are multiple manuals and practice exams that you can purchase to use to prepare for the exam, but I chose not to. Since I got two chances, I figured I would “wing it” the first time and see how it went. If I didn’t pass the first time, my plan was to then purchase the materials and study well for the second attempt. I did this for two reasons: 1. I did really well on the ACT in high school and I heard it was a lot like that with the exception of the science section and 2. I didn’t want to spend the money on the materials if I could pass without them. (*I highly recommend not doing this method! Especially if your program uses your TEAS score as a ranking.) I did realize afterward that there are a few free materials online that you can use to prepare. I would recommend trying this if you don’t have a lot of extra money to spare. Okay so let’s get on with the actual TEAS test.

So the test contains four sections: reading, math, science, and english and language usage (in that order). I’m going to break down each section so I can tell you what you should study and expected to need to know.

Reading (I scored a 78.7)

I had a total of 47 questions.

  • There are three types of questions in this section:
    • key ideas and details (22 items)
      • identify specific information from a printed communication
      • identify information from a graphic representation of information
      • identify the topic, main idea, and supporting details
      • summarize a complex text
    • craft and structure (14 items)
      • utilize text features
    • integration of knowledge and ideas (11 items)
      • identify primary sources in various media
      • evaluate an argument and its specific claims
      • compare and contrast themes from print and non-print sources
  • I recommend also review the purpose of a biography, index, table of contents, etc.
Math (I scored a 93.8)

I had a total of 32 questions.

  • A lot of basic math is covered in this section. A calculator is provided for you on the computer. You do not need to bring your own because you will not be allowed to use it.
  • The math section is broken down into two parts:
    • numbers and algebra (23 items)
      • solve equations in one variable
    • measurement and data (9 items)
      • calculate geometric quantities
Science (I scored a 68.1)

I had a total of 47 questions.

  • This section is broken down into two main parts:
    • human anatomy and physiology (32 items)
      • this includes being able to describe the anatomy and physiology of each system in the body.
    • scientific reasoning (7 items)
      • analyze the design of a scientific experiment
English and Language Usage (I scored a 95.8)

I had a total of 24 questions.

  • This section is mainly composed of vocabulary and grammar. This will be basic things you should have learned in high school.

*Everything above came directly from my results report.* Therefore, the test you take could be different and will likely vary slightly. I’m hoping this will just give you a guideline of what to study and review. Also, the test is timed so be aware of that but DO NOT feel like you have to rush or speed through it. I did not rush and I had time left over in each section. I completed the entire test in 1:50:59. Nearly everyone I talked to has finished early. With that being said, if it takes you the complete time, don’t feel bad! Don’t rush to finish just so you aren’t one of the last ones. Take as much time as you need (that you are allowed obviously). I really hope this will help someone out there to feel more prepared and hopefully less overwhelmed. If you have any questions about the test, ask me and I’ll do my best to answer them without breaking any rules. Thanks for reading!

-Shelby D. ❤️


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