Making a Studying Plan for the TEAS Exam
Are you preparing to take the ATI TEAS exam? This important test can be the difference between gaining admission to a nursing program and remaining on the waitlist. Fortunately, you can increase your chances of success with a well-rounded study plan. Here we provide a study plan for those with greater than one month, one month, one week, and one day to study.
What is on the ATI TEAS Exam?
The ATI TEAS 7 exam covers four main academic areas: Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage. The exam is made up of 170 questions and is designed to assess a student’s preparedness for nursing and health science programs. While most of the questions are standard multiple-choice, there are also several alternate-format questions, including hot spot, ordered list, fill in the blank, and select all that apply.
Specific topics covered on the exam include:
Reading: Main Ideas, Supporting Details, Inference, Drawing Conclusions, Fact vs. Opinion, Author’s Purpose, Making Connections
Mathematics: Number and Algebraic Operations, Measurement and Data, Geometry and Trigonometry
Science: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Scientific Reasoning
English and Language Usage: Punctuation, Grammar, Word Meaning and Structure, Spelling, Sentence Structure, and Paragraph Structure.
Creating an ATI TEAS 7 Study Plan
Whether your test day is months in advance or tomorrow, the key to doing well on the exam is practice, practice, practice. We’ve provided a guide to help you tackle studying for the TEAS exam whether you have multiple months, one month, one week, or one day to learn. Keep in mind, however, that you know yourself best. If you’ve got two days to study and feel confident in your English skills but anxious about math, your time might be better spent focusing on math review only. Regardless of your study plan, be sure to take frequent breaks to stay focused and energized.
More Than One Month to Study for the TEAS
If you have more than one month to study for the ATI TEAS exam, you have time to create a comprehensive study plan. Start by familiarizing yourself with the exam’s test structure, format, and content. Familiarize yourself with test-taking strategies and review any material you need help understanding. Read the ATI TEAS Study Manual to gain a greater understanding of the exam and what you’ll be expected to know.
After you understand the material covered on the exam, begin studying by taking TEAS practice tests. Practice tests will give you an idea of how much time you need to allocate to each question and which topics you need to focus on. If you find yourself doing less well than you hoped on one particular subject, review study guides or flashcards to increase your knowledge.
Finally, set aside time each day to review the material. While it may feel like you have all the time in the world to study, the demands of life can quickly creep up on you. While you might be tempted to “cram” for the TEAS exam by studying for extended periods (four or more hours in one session), studies have shown you retain less information using that approach. Instead, commit to studying at least three days a week for one to three hours or five days a week for 30 minutes to two hours. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information you need to review to do well on the exam, you may find a TEAS cram course helpful. The course organizes all the information you need into personalized lessons divided over the length of time you have left to study.
One Month to Study for the TEAS
You must create a focused plan if you only have one month to study for the ATI TEAS exam. Start by taking a practice test and identify the areas you need to improve. Make a list of topics you need to review and prioritize based on your available time and your known strengths and weaknesses.
If you have one month to study for the ATI Teas, you should plan to spend a total of 40-60 hours studying, so aim for 10-15 hours of total study time per week.
Sample Study Plan for One Month of Study:
Reading: 10-15 hours
- Review reading comprehension, vocabulary, main idea, summarizing, inferences, and making connections.
Mathematics: 10-15 hours
- Focus on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and basic geometry.
Science: 10-15 hours
- Review scientific reasoning, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biology, scientific measurements, and scientific terminology.
English and Language Usage: 10-15 hours
- Focus on grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and research skills.
Total Study Goal: 40-60 hours
One Week to Study for the TEAS
If you only have one week to study for the ATI TEAS exam, you might feel the pressure of limited time. Instead of panicking, begin by taking one or two whole TEAS practice tests to identify the areas you need to focus on the most. Make a list of topics you need to review and prioritize them based on how much time you have available to study. If there are questions you consistently get wrong, dig deeper into the concepts using study guides or other TEAS resources. For example, if you are having trouble with fraction questions, it would be helpful to devote time to learning how to add, subtract, multiply or divide fractions. If you’re struggling with grammatical concepts, reviewing the parts of speech might be helpful.
You should set aside at least an hour each day to review the material and take practice tests.
Sample Study Plan for One Week of Study:
English and Language Usage: 2 hours
- Focus on grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Mathematics: 2–3 hours
- Review basic operations, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, and algebra.
Reading: 2 hours
- Read and comprehend passages and answer questions.
Science: 2–3 hours
- Focus on basic science concepts, including anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biology, and scientific reasoning.
Total Study Goal: 8–10 hours
One Day to Study for the TEAS
If you only have one day to study for the ATI TEAS exam, you may feel overwhelmed or stressed. First, take a deep breath– you can still accomplish plenty in 24 hours! Begin studying by taking one or two full-length TEAS practice tests and identify the areas you need to focus on the most. Make a list of topics you need to review and prioritize based on your available time. If you have the entire day, you may be able to study every subject on the exam; if you only have an hour, you may only want to focus on one or two that you don’t feel as comfortable with.
While you study, be sure to take frequent breaks. Reading, taking a walk, or chatting with friends are all good ways to give your mind a break; scrolling through Tik Tok or Instagram should be put on hold until the test is behind you. While you may be tempted to stay up all night learning the material, focusing on relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep before the exam is more beneficial.
Sample Study Plan for One Day of Study:
Reading: 30 minutes
Vocabulary: 15 minutes
Main Ideas & Details: 15 minutes
Mathematics: 30 minutes
Whole Numbers & Fractions: 15 minutes
Measurement & Data: 15 minutes
Science: 30 minutes
Anatomy & Physiology: 15 minutes
Chemistry and Biology: 15 minutes
English & Language Usage: 30 minutes
Grammar & Punctuation: 15 minutes
Sentence Structure: 15 minutes
Total Study goal: Two or more hours
Good Luck as You Take the TEAS Exam!
Studying for the ATI TEAS exam can be a challenge. However, with a well-rounded study plan and dedication, you can increase your chances of success. Utilize the tips provided to create a study plan that works for your schedule and level of preparation. Good luck!
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