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TEAS English Test Prep Tips
The TEAS English Language section part of the exam–by the time you get to it, you are at the home stretch! Yay! That’s the good news. The bad news is that you might be tired and your brain fried when you get to this section.
The TEAS English section is also the shortest part of the entire exam. You’ll have 28 questions and 28 minutes to answer them all. This means you’ll have a minute per question. Though you might be tired at this point, you’ll need to be quick and effective.
To get ready for this section, you can divide your studying into two areas. Let’s talk about them now!
TEAS English Study Area #1: Sentences
You need to be extremely comfortable with 4 types of sentences:
What do I mean by extremely comfortable? Well, it means you can recognize these sentences and that you know how to punctuate them correctly.
In particular, you’ll need to know how commas, semicolons, coordinating conjunctions, and subordinating conjunctions work (or don’t work) in these sentence types.
Yup. That’s a lot of grammar terms! But you gotta know them and how to use ’em.
You’ll also need to know about sentences with quotation marks. You’ll want to know how to create a sentence with a quotation that uses a comm, a quotation that uses a colon, or a quotation that uses “that.” The rules are different depending on which punctuation mark you use.
Can you see how this works in these examples?
She looked at her plate with disbelief: “I can’t believe this is not butter.”
She looked at her plate with disbelief and said, “I can’t believe this is not butter.”
Sentence structure and punctuation rules for the TEAS also extend to colons with lists and how to use dashes. These punctuation marks are sometimes tricky for many students. The good news here is that if you get comfortable with sentence structure first, it does become easier to work with punctuation marks.
TEAS English Study Area #2: Words
We’re going to divide words into several groups here as well. You’ll want to spend some time with each group of words. When you study here, you might learn some grammar rules that seem, well, wrong. Many times, we speak in a way that is not grammatically “perfect.” It sounds right, but it’s actually wrong.
You’ll need to recognize what’s a bad grammar habit before you sit down to take the TEAS because you’ll see questions on exactly these rules!
Getting clear on word types will help give you a foundation for these different rules. Let’s talk about 3 important word types for the TEAS.
Word Type #1: Parts of speech
To begin, you’ll need to recognize the basic parts of speech: noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, verb, etc. These provide the foundation for working with weird grammar rules.
You’ll want to be able to define each part of speech and recognize each in a sentence.
In particular, you’ll want to pay close attention to pronouns. Pronouns are a specific part of speech, and there 3 types of pronouns: subjective, objective, and possessive. Memorize examples of these types of pronouns. You’ll need to work with these types of in sentences.
On the TEAS, you’ll probably work with pronouns by using another type of word called collective nouns.
Collective nouns are a type of noun. Collective nouns refer to a one group of many members. For example, “flock” is a collective noun that describes a group of many birds.
Some collective nouns can be singular or plural depending on how they are used in a sentence. Popular collective nouns that you might see on the TEAS include “committee,” “audience,” or “council.”
As you can see here, parts of speech is more than just a noun and a verb. For the TEAS, you’ll want to be crystal clear on both pronouns and collective nouns.
Word Type #2: Homophones and Homographs
Homophones are words that sounds alike but have different meanings (whole vs. hole, or their, there, and they’re for example). Homographs are words look the same but have different meanings. The meaning of a homograph depends on how it is used as a sentence.
For example, can you see how the same word is used differently in these examples?
Example #1: Your honor, I object! Please reconsider your ruling.
Example #2: Your honor, please consider this object. I’d like enter it as “exhibit one.”
Both sentences use the word object. In the first sentence, it is used a verb. It is used to show disagreement. In the second sentence, it is used a noun. Its definition is close to “thing.”
On the TEAS, you might have to pick the right homophone, or you’ll have to select the right meaning of a homograph in a sentence.
Word Type #3: Medical Terminology
Another type of words you might see on the TEAS is medical terminology. This includes prefixes, roots, and suffixes. The good news is that this memorization will pay off in nursing school! Medical terminology is useful for your future.
To help you get started, here are some ideas as you study…
1| Look at the body systems you’ll be tested on for the TEAS. Can you list 3 examples of medical terminology for each?
2| List some important body processes—for example, breathing, eating, circulating blood. How can you say them in formal medical language?
3| Study language opposites. For example, what are prefixes for big and small?
These areas will provide you with a fantastic foundation for a variety of question types you’ll see on the TEAS English section. Remember, you’ll only have a minute per question, so you’ll need to be fast. Master these concepts before test day, and you’ll be in good shape. Good luck and happy studying!