You already know what it is: the nursing school entrance exam.
(I must add a disclaimer before continuing: I hardly studied for the exam, however, I ended up making a score of 80.7%. According to the results page, the national average was 69%. So…not bad?)
When I arrived to the testing site, several people stood around in groups nervously chatting and I could sense a tense vibe. Some people were at the tables on their laptops cramming information at the last minute. Others, like myself, just patiently waited and hoped for the best. Although I didn’t prepare for the exam as much as I should have, I have some tips and pointers that you may find helpful.
- Purchase the official T.E.A.S. Exam Study Manual: Do it. It will help you get an idea of what material is on the test and how it is set up. You can get it from Amazon.com, the A.T.I. website, or a friend that previously took the test. Go through subjects that you aren’t keen on and do the problems. Take the practice tests throughout the book and give yourself an allotted amount of time to take them: take them serious, as though you are actually taking the test.
- Study, study, study: Take time to study before your test. The sooner you begin studying before the test, the better the odds are that you will learn more information that can help you. Certain subjects are more prevalent than others. From my experience:
- Grammar: This one shocked me. They took it back to elementary school, with several questions asking about subject-verb agreements, determining if an essay was persuasive, expository, narrative, etc., spelling, structures of sentences, and so on.
- Science: This portion was heavily loaded with anatomy and physiology. If possible, take these classes before you take the exam. If this isn’t possible, get to know anatomy like it is your best friend.
- Math: Most of the questions in this part were pretty simple math (in my opinion)… percentages, simple arithmetic, proportions and ratios, fractions, etc.
- Reading: In this portion, there were questions based on reading comprehension, determining the main idea of an essay, understanding directions, etc.
- Get good rest the night before: This is so important! Rest your mind and body. It will work wonders for your memory and may even affect your score (in a good way!)
- Have your favorite healthy breakfast the day of: For me, I ate eggs, blueberry waffles, strawberries, and a big glass of milk. Eating a good breakfast will also affect your memory and your thinking ability.
- Stay calm: Don’t freak out. It really isn’t that bad. If you study and trust yourself, there is no reason to be nervous. On the night before, do your favorite activity to relax. Go in with an “I can do this!” mindset, and know that you will do great. (You will!)
If you didn’t do as well as you wanted on your first time taking the exam, remember: you can take it again. Just take time to go over the areas that you didn’t do well on, improve yourself, and try again.
If you set your mind to it, you WILL be a future nurse. 🙂