Preparing for the TEAS exam

Part 1 – Understanding and Preparing for the TEAS
Part 2 – Applying, Registering for, and Taking the Test
What is the TEAS?
 Test of Essential Academic Skills is an LPN Entrance
 Objectives assessed on the TEAS exam are those which
nurse educators deemed most appropriate and
relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of
nursing program applicants.
 Broad and varied areas of subject matter.
 TEAS is one component of a seven-part scoring sheet.
See Handout #1.
More TEAS facts
 Ozarka only administers the test at the Melbourne campus.
 It’s administered on a computer.
 No calculators or cell phones are allowed.
 Exiting the test browser during the test (i.e. to access a
calculator or website function) will alert the test proctor
and she will stop the test.
 Scrap paper is provided. It must be turned in after the test.
 Restroom breaks are permitted, but the clock will not stop
ticking for the test.
Composition of TEAS test
 Recently updated to the TEAS V test. It’s not the same you
may have taken previously.
170 multiple-choice questions in Reading, Math, Science &
English and Language Usage
3 hours and 29 minutes total length
Reading – 58 minutes for 48 questions (1.2 min./question)
Math – 51 minutes for 34 questions (1.5 min./q.)
Science – 66 minutes for 54 questions (1.22 min/q.)
English & Language Usage – 34 minutes for 34 questions
(1 min/q.)
Reading Section
 It will test knowledge of author’s intended purpose
and reading comprehension.
 Reading comprehension test questions include
paragraphs and passages, charts, maps, diagrams and
graphs, and following step-by-step directions.
 Students will be asked to find the subject matter, main
conclusions, practical applications, tone and attitude
in this section.
 See Handout #2 for sample questions.
Mathematics Section
 Tests numerical concepts such as whole numbers and
integers, fractions and decimals, percents, ratios and
proportions, algebra, measurement, graphs and
 Know basic concepts and terms such as place values,
order of operations (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt
Sally), common denominator, units of measurement,
formulas for perimeters, areas and volumes, the
Pythagorean Theorem, stem and leaf graphs, etc.
 See Handout #3 for sample questions.
Science & Technical Reasoning
 Tests knowledge of concepts in Earth Science, General
Science, Life Science, Human Body Science, Chemistry and
 Goes beyond memorization of the information into
scientific reasoning. Know about the scientific method.
 Know about the cell and its processes, genetic traits,
anatomy and physiology, organ systems, anatomical terms,
scientific notation, chemical and atomic structures and
reactions, states of matter, earth structure and cycles.
 See Handout #4 for sample questions.
English & Language Usage Section
 Emphasizes rules for English language and vocabulary,
specifically grammar, punctuation, sentence structure,
contextual words and spelling.
Know how to properly use a comma, period, semicolon,
colon, dash, quotation mark, parentheses, question and
exclamation mark, hyphen and apostrophe.
Grammar knowledge includes usage of plural nouns,
capitalization, verb tense, and pronouns.
Students will be asked to identify errors in sentences
and/or acceptable alternatives based on knowledge of the
above criteria.
See Handout #5 for sample questions.
Test-Taking Strategies
 Read the question carefully to identify the main idea.
 Read each possible answer to clarify the objective of
the question.
Don’t over-generalize or read something extra into the
Eliminate answers that are definitely wrong or
implausible. This will help narrow your choices.
Rather than leave a question unanswered, guess!
Keep an eye on the clock to ensure that you pace
yourself well for completion.
Testing Prep
 Free test prep questions are available on-line.
 ATI offers 150 on-line practice assessments questions
for a fee of $35.
 The TEAS Pre-test study manual, available at the
bookstore, is a valuable resource.
 Another free test prep can be found on
under Students/Library/Online databases/Learning
Express Library.
Applying for the test
 Call Judy Sharp at 368-2049 or Wanda McConnaughhay at
368-2024 to apply.
Pre-LPN students must have PASSED or be SUCCESSFULLY
TAKING (No D’s or F’s by mid-term) Nutrition, Math for
Nurses, A & P I and II with labs or Body Structure and
Function, Practical Writing or English Comp I.
Those applying for the Fall LPN program must apply to take
the test between Feb. 1st to April 1st.
Must take TEAS every time you apply for LPN program.
Very competitive. 120 test slots open for 80 LPN openings.
The week before the test
 Pre-LPN students who have applied Feb. 1st through
April 1st will be notified the week of April 4th through
April 8th to confirm a testing date.
 Call Judy Sharp at 368-2049 if you have applied, but
not been notified during that week.
 If grades in pre-requisite classes are failing, students
who have applied to take the test will be notified that
they are unable to take the test.
Registering for the test
 Arrive early! Come to the Finance office on the day of
your exam to pay for the exam. The cost to take the
TEAS exam is $45. Keep your receipt.
 Go to the Miller Building Lecture Hall. Present your
receipt and photo ID to get registered.
 If you have worked in a health-related setting, present
your documentation during registration. Experience
can add up to 20 points to total entrance score. You
can turn in this documentation prior to the test to Stacy
Dale, the Nursing Dept. secretary. Her number is 368-2077.
Surprise! The Wonderlic Test
 The Wonderlic is a 12 minute, 50 question pencil and paper
test administered immediately before the TEAS.
Administered in the Miller Bldg. Lecture Hall.
It’s all problem-solving. No preparation is required.
General knowledge. Written answers, not multiple choice.
Nobody at Ozarka has ever completed all 50 questions.
It’s graded on the number you have correct, so do the ones
you know first. Problems get harder as you go.
Interestingly, the Wonderlic doubles as an IQ test. The
formula is IQ = 2wpt + 60. If you make a 20, your IQ is 100.
Alas! Taking the TEAS test…
 Go to the computer lab in the Miller Building for the
TEAS test.
It is advisable to go to the restroom between the
Wonderlic and the TEAS.
20 people can test per day in the computer lab.
You will receive a password. Once entered, there will
be a page of instructions to read.
Once everyone is ready, Judy Sharp will activate the
test for everyone to start at the same time.
TEAS results are available upon completion of exam.
This concludes the
TEAS Prep Workshop.
Thanks for attending!