Nurses need to understand numbers.
They also need to understand and be able to use algebra, measurements, and data.
All four core competencies are covered in TEAS 7, the Test of Essential Academic Skills for future nursing students and the allied health professions that replaced TEAS 6 in 2022. There are 36 multiple-choice questions in the math section of the TEAS test. Just 32 count toward your score and the other four are included to provide data for writing math questions for future test versions. But unfortunately, you don’t know which 4 questions are experimental, so you should try to get all 36 questions correct. How many questions you need to get right to get into the 90s is not an absolute number that ATI will release.
Numbers and Algebra on the TEAS Test
In Algebra I, you had word problems that you had to turn into equations. The same kind of problems will appear on your TEAS test. You will need to know how to set up the question based on the language of the word problem. Sometimes, you will need to be able to choose the right equation for answering a question, and you may be asked to solve it.
Nurses use ratios, fractions, proportions, algebra, percentages, etc. every day. You will need to show your understanding of these concepts on the test. But they are not asking you what is 36 times 27. It’s more like if Jane runs 2 miles faster than Jill and Jane arrives are 3:15pm for a 15-mile marathon and they both start at the same location and same time of 10am, then what time does Jane arrive? Are you ready for questions like this?
You will come across word problems to test your understanding of these concepts. Additionally, your TEAS test will also cover proportions, rational numbers, common denominators, scientific notation, shapes, Roman numerals, significant digits, graphs, charts, equation of a line, measurements, and more. There are at least 23 numbers and algebra questions on your TEAS test.
Measurements and Data on the TEAS Test
Nurses don’t always get the data they need from patients directly. Sometimes, they must analyze quantitative data differently to arrive at useful information for making what can be life-altering decisions.
The Measurements and Data section of the TEAS test will test your ability to find meaningful data in tables and graphs as you will need to be able to do as a clinical nurse. You will need to be able to interpret graphs in ways that help you make patient care decisions. Just considering one lab result may not be convincing enough, many time you need to have a confluence of data that point you in the right direction.
You must know enough geometry for this section to calculate area and volume, as well as understanding XY-coordinate plains. You will need to understand how variables interact with each other, and you will need to make the metric system second nature. You will certainly use the metric system all the time as a nurse.
You will encounter questions requiring you to switch between the common measurement system in the USA, the Imperial system, and the metric system. You will encounter questions that require you to understand the arithmetic of converting measurements, whether you divide by one number or multiply by another, for instance. And this is not just in the Math section by-the-way. You will encounter these challenging questions and concepts in other sections of the TEAS Test as well. But don’t fret, The Adkins Academy TEAS & HESI Mastery Course goes over these type of questions in real-time with Dr. Adkins going through hundreds of real questions. Dr. Adkins show you how to do these questions with ease; he’ll literally show you how to do many of these questions in 5 seconds.
You will be scored on nine measurements and data questions on your TEAS test.
Here’s a Checklist of All the Topics That Will Be Tested on for the TEAS Math section
There’s a lot of math to cover for your TEAS test. Here’s a fairly comprehensive list:
- Fractions and Decimals
- Simplifying Fractions
- Adding and Subtracting Fractions
- Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
- Adding Mixed Numbers
- Subtracting Mixed Numbers
- Multiplying Mixed Numbers
- Dividing Mixed Numbers
- Adding and Subtracting Decimals
- Multiplying and Dividing Decimals
- Comparing Decimals
- Rounding Decimals
- Factoring Numbers
- Greatest Common Factor
- Least Common Multiple
- Real Numbers and Integers
- Adding and Subtracting Integers
- Multiplying and Dividing Integers
- Order of Operations
- Ordering Integers and Numbers
- Integers and Absolute Value
- Proportions, Ratios, and Percents
- Simplifying Ratios
- Proportional Ratios
- Similarity and Ratios
- Percentage Calculations
- Percent Problems
- Discount, Tax, and Tip
- Percent of Increase and Decrease
- Simple Interest
- Algebraic Expressions
- Simplifying Variable Expressions
- Simplifying Polynomial Expressions
- Translate Phrases into an Algebraic Statement
- The Distributive Property
- Evaluating One Variable Expressions
- Evaluating Two Variables Expressions
- Combining like Terms
- Equations and Inequalities
- One-Step Equations
- Multi-Step Equations
- Graphing Single–Variable Inequalities
- One-Step Inequalities
- Multi-Step Inequalities
- Systems of Equations
- Linear Functions
- Finding Slope
- Graphing Lines Using Standard Form
- Graphing Lines Using Slope-Intercept Form
- Writing Linear Equations
- Graphing Linear Inequalities
- Finding Midpoint
- Finding Distance of Two Points
- Exponents and Radicals
- Multiplication Property of Exponents
- Division Property of Exponents
- Zero and Negative Exponents
- Powers of Products and Quotients
- Negative Exponents and Negative Bases
- Scientific Notation
- Writing Polynomials in Standard Form
- Simplifying Polynomials
- Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
- Multiplying Monomials
- Multiplying and Dividing Monomials
- Multiplying a Polynomial and a Monomial
- Multiplying Binomials
- Factoring Trinomials
- Operations with Polynomials
- Geometry and Solid Figures
- Pythagorean Theorem
- Rectangular Prism
- Statistics and Probability
- Mean, Median, Mode, and Range
- Pie Graphs
- Probability Problems
- Combinations and Permutations
Does that sound like a lot? It is! But these topics come up in nursing school and nursing practice, even more in some allied health professions. You need to do a pre-assessment to make sure you can tackle these topics when taking the TEAS. Dr. Adkins goes over questions that will allow you to learn all of these topics and more during LIVE math classes.
How Much Work Will You Need to Do to Ace the Math Questions on the TEAS?
The Adkins Academy doesn’t leave anything to guesswork. You can access our free mastery quiz to find out how much work you need to do to earn the high scores that will help you get into your chosen nursing or allied health program. Don’t feel bad if you can’t get the right answers to the questions on the quiz—yet. Dr. Adkins will guide you through every step of learning to solve math problems confidently. When you join The Adkins Academy TEAS & HESI Mastery Course, Dr. Adkins will go over all the questions from the Mastery Quiz.
How You’ll Learn Math with Adkins Academy
Dr. Adkins teaches students personally in LIVE online classes every Sunday and Wednesday. For math problems, Dr. Adkins first teaches you strategies for identifying the types of math problems and how to approach them. He helps you to learn how to do the questions in 5 – 10 seconds. This is so you will be able to get 100% in the TEAS Math section, just like so many students have done with the help of Dr. Adkins.
Once you thoroughly understand the problem and how you will solve it, Dr. Adkins will go through even more practice problems with you. You can ask Dr. Adkins questions during the classes in real time to get a clear understanding of how to solve the problems.
The TEAS test is timed. You don’t want to spend more time than necessary to answer any question. Dr. Adkins shows you how you can recognize the right answer sometimes with very little math or even without doing any math at all. Dr. Adkins also shows you how to easily eliminate incorrect answers as well as isolate variables, write equations, and solve questions quickly and accurately.
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