Completing your nursing pre-requisites can be stressful enough, now you need to study for the pre-nursing ATI TEAS test?! Here are some ATI TEAS Test Taking Strategies to make the exam easier and less complicated.
ANSWER EVERY QUESTION AND MAKE EDUCATED GUESSES
It’s important to answer every single question. The test does not penalize applicants for wrong answers. Make sure to answer every question even if you have to guess.
An educated guess is when you have an idea about the correct answer vs an uneducated guess is when you choose an answer randomly. Statistically, it’s important to make an educated guess than an uneducated guess. For example:
- An uneducated guess that you choose at random has a 1 in 4 or 25% chance of being correct
- If you eliminate one wrong answer, your guess has a 33% chance of being right
- If you eliminate two wrong answers, your guess has a 50% chance of being right
ANSWER THE EASY QUESTIONS FIRST AND MARK THE TOUGH QUESTIONS
Start the ATI TEAS test by answering the easy questions first. It is not important to answer questions in order. Start by looking for the questions you know and understand first. You are able to move ahead faster and answer the more difficult questions with more thought.
As you progress through the test, mark the tough questions. For example, some questions may seem unclear or for some reason difficult to answer. You can mark the question and return to it later. If you think you know the answer but are not sure, mark the question and return to it later.
Be instinctive and listen to your gut! In nursing school, you will learn that your first guess is often your best guess. If the answer seems better than another, it most often is.
UNDERSTANDING WHAT IS ASKED AND AVOIDING DECOY ANSWERS
Begin by understanding what the question is asking. For example, look for the units of the answer for gasoline. If the answer is not in gallons, it cannot be correct.
Avoid decoy answers with ATI TEAS. Most questions may have one or two incorrect answers and at least one probable answer. Start by (1) eliminating the wrong answers immediately, (2) consider the two probable answers remaining by question if the answer make sense with the question, and (3) if you are not able to identify the correct answer, use your instincts and make an educated guess.
BE AWARE OF THE CLOCK AND REVIEW YOUR ANSWERS
Be aware of your timing during testing. Remember how much time you have for each section, For example, you 28 minutes for 28 questions about English and Language Usage questions. After the first 10 minutes, you should have answered 10 to 13 questions of the section. After 20 minutes, you should have answered all the questions and started your review of the section before hitting submit.
Aiming to have spare time after you have completed your entire test is the goal for each section. It’s imperative to leave 10 minutes or more to spare at the end of your test to give you time to review your answers. Especially those that were considered difficult to you.
Leave plenty of time to review your answers. It’s important to work as quickly to leave time to review your answers. Read the question then read the answers you have chosen. Does the answer make sense? Did you find the answer that the problem was asking for? Is this potentially a decoy question?
AVOID THESE MISTAKES IN PLANNING FOR THE ATI TEAS TEST
Remember to eat a good breakfast before testing. Your brain needs fuel to work efficiently during the test and without breakfast your brain can run out of energy. Energy is important to maintain focus, so eat well and sleep well prior to your test.
Do not cram the information. You may have crammed for previous tests during your nursing pre-requisite. However, during nursing school and ATI TEAS testing it will be difficult to avoid being anxious and tired during testing day if you decide to cram the information. The ATI TEAS test is too expansive and general for this practice.
Do not have a poor outlook of the testing and avoid overconfidence. You may consider yourself a bad test-taker, but this fear and negativity can only make your testing outcomes worse. Be serious about the test and study appropriately. If you have studied the material properly, the TEAS test should not be difficult.
Do not stress, it will only make things worse. Focus on the goal peacefully, without stress, and with positivity rather than negativity.