How Do You Get a 90 on the TEAS Test?

How Do You Get a 90 on the TEAS Test?

For students heading into nursing school or a nursing program at a college or university, there will likely be an entrance exam that needs to be taken and passed. The two most popular tests are the HESI and the TEAS but what are they and what are the differences between the two? Read on for more information.

What is the TEAS Test?

The TEAS test stands for “Test of Essential Academic Skills” and is used as an entrance exam for specific nursing schools as well as other allied health programs. The TEAS test consists of 170 multiple-choice questions that have to be answered within a 209-minute time frame. The test has four sections, including math, science, reading, and English. The first three sections take about an hour to complete, and the English portion should only take students around half an hour to complete. If you want to become a licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses, registered nurses, or advanced practical registered nurses you will likely need the TEAS test. 

Any reputable and accredited program, especially public schools, will want you to score in the 80s at the very least to be competitive as these school get hundreds if not thousands of applicants. Most of these school are going to want you to have your pre-requisite classes done as well. Those include general biology, anatomy & physiology, English, algebra, and reading comprehension as the basic requirements. More competitive school normally want chemistry, statistics, and some even want physics. You can talk to Dr. Adkins at The Adkins Academy for more information about getting through the pre-requisite classes that will help most for your TEAS test.  

What Is HESI?

The HESI test is designed by Elsevier Student Life and the initials stand for “Health Education Systems, Inc.” There are different specific tests under the HESI umbrella for nursing as well as dentistry, paramedicine, and a variety of other healthcare-related professions.

The HESI test helps to prepare nursing students for upcoming board exams and licensing tests that they will need to take after they earn their degree but before they can start working in their profession. The HESI test is created to be able to give a comprehensive assessment of each student’s knowledge in the various healthcare fields and allows the students to be able to chart their progress as they learn more information and develop new skills.

HESI exams are available for nursing students who want to become licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses, registered nurses, or advanced practical registered nurses. Students who want to enter the fields of emergency medical technician, radiography, massage therapy, respiratory care, paramedicine, dental assistance in hygiene, veterinarian technology, medical assistance, and even medical insurance, billing, and coding can also take a HESI exam to be able to enter into chosen areas of study.

The HESI exams test students on their grammar, reading, math, biology, chemistry, physiology, and anatomy. There are also HESI specialty exams that test students on their knowledge of different specific areas, such as nutrition or pharmacology. Just like the TEAS exam, the HESI exam is administered to students to ensure they have the knowledge and skill sets to make it through their programs.

Is TEAS harder than HESI?

Most ADN and BSN programs around the country use the TEAS test. The national average for the TEAS test is a 65 and for the HESI it’s about a 66. With either test you need to be in the 80s or 90s and most school only take one or the other. The HESI test has nine sections, so it is longer than the TEAS test which only has four sections. Since there are more questions on the HSI test, it can be easier for some students to pass it over the TEAS test since each of the HESI questions hold less weight when it comes to the final score overall. In other words, students can miss more questions on the HESI test and still pass it versus the TEAS test. When it comes down to it, the difficulty level of either test does not really matter if the nursing school you have applied to requires it. Students are going to have to take one of the two tests and pass it any way you look at it. So worrying about which one is easier is just a waste of your time. 

Can you go to the bathroom during the TEAS?

The ATI TEAS test consists of 170 multiple-choice questions in four sections that include reading, science, mathematics, and English and Language Usage. The test is considered to be a computerized proctored test with a time limit of 209 minutes, which equals out to about 3 hours and 39 minutes. There are no scheduled bathroom breaks during the testing time.

How many times can you retake the ATI TEAS test?

Students can take the TEAS test multiple times, but the average number of test attempts that can happen each year on the actual TEAS exam will depend on the school you are applying to. Some school say 2 times within one year whiles other let you take the test as many times as you’d like. The more times you take it, the more it hurts you for the more competitive schools though. So get your TEAS score as high as you can get it with the fewest number of attempts. Each student will have to check with his or her school to determine how many times they are allowed to repeat the test.

Does the TEAS test have the same question as the HESI?

The TEAS test questions tend to be more integrated and analytical requiring you to really think through the questions. The HESI does have questions like this, but the question in general tend to be more fact based and process based – so know the flow of blood through the heart or the anatomy of the nephron. 

The Adkins Academy TEAS & HESI Prep Course

To be able to score a 90 on the TEAS or HESI, the best thing a student can do is talk to Dr. Adkins and start his course that provides multiple practice tests and LIVE Online classes. Most students go from scoring in the 50s or 60s to scoring in the 80s & 90s after working with Adkins Academy, Inc. Contact Dr. Adkins to schedule classes for all of your TEAS or HESI exam preparation needs! Call today for more information.