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TEAS Math Test Prep Tips
Does just the sound of the TEAS Math section strike dread into your mind?
Confusing word problems!
A timed standardized math test!!!
You are totally normal.
Many pre-nursing students have math anxiety. Let’s talk about some ways to prep for the test. Focused preparation, as unexciting as that sounds, really is the best way to tackle math anxiety and get yourself closer to the score you want.
You’ll want to master a few certain key concepts before you sit down to take the exam. After working with hundreds of students, it’s become clear to me that many students need help connecting some math gaps. After all, it’s probably been a few years since you’ve need to work with the type of math you’ll see on the TEAS.
To begin, let’s talk about TEAS math word problem concepts.
Word problems can be challenging. Unfortunately, you’re going to see word problems on the TEAS math section. And sometimes, the TEAS has a magical way of making it hard to figure out what the question is even asking. Boo! Before you jump into practice problems in practice exams, I recommend taking a step back: slow down and learn how word problems are structured. This strategy will help you make sense of those really weird TEAS math questions that seem to make no sense at first.
First, you need to be able to recognize key words in a math word problem.
For example, “is” indicates an equals sign and “of” indicates multiplication. You can say “50 percent of 10 is 5” and write “0.5 x 10 = 5.”
In that example, notice in this example the number that appears after the “is” in the sentence appears after the equal sign in the equation. This can be very handy on the exam!
Understanding how to translate words into expressions is a great skill for the TEAS. You’ll be better able to focus in on terminology clues if you see a word problem and first think, “I’m not even sure what this question is asking!”
To study, you can create a list of key words that indicate addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to help you with this.
Second, you need to prepared for misleading information in word problems.
Finding keywords can help you make sense of word problems, but you’ll also need to be prepared for random operations and misleading information. Yes, word problems might be intentionally misleading.
I help my students learn how to read word problems–and find misleading information. This is a skill that needs to be practiced. You need to give yourself enough time to practice this.
It might seem really uncomfortable at first. Plus, you need to build the confidence to say, “This is misleading information. I’m going to ignore it.”
Many students want to use every part of the word problem. That’s only going to frustrate you and lead you to the wrong answer.
Third, you’ll want to be prepared for different types of word problems on the TEAS.
The TEAS is a standardized test, so the types of word problems it will test you on is similar across exams. For example, some types of word problems you might see include…
Word problems with proportions
Word problems that require you to work with a formula (area, velocity, etc.)
Word problems that require you translate a sentence into an expression
We’ve talked quite a bit about word problems, but you’ll see other types of questions on the TEAS as well.
Let’s talk about equations on the TEAS now.
Many questions on the TEAS will ask you to solve equations. Types of equations you might see on the TEAS include…
Working with at least three fractions (with any combination of adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing them)
Applying PEMDAS, which is also known as the order of operations
Converting among fractions, decimals, and percentages
Solving algebraic equations with one variable
Calculating area and perimeter for shapes like a rectangle, circle, or half-circle
How can you best prepare for these types of questions? I recommend doing drills and worksheets. You get bonus points on these if you don’t do multiple-choice worksheets.
If you are forced to solve a math problem without seeing possible answers, it will help you learn the material deeply.
It might really uncomfortable, but it’s important to be uncomfortable before you sit down to take the test. Work through your weak spots ahead of time.
When I taught at a college, we brainstormed ways to make these drill as “fun” as possible, both inside and out of class. After all, it’s not always everyone’s favorite thing to do math worksheets., but variety is the spice of life!
You are welcome to try some of these ideas for yourself…
Print out a worksheet, cut up the problems, and put them in an envelope. Draw one randomly and solve!
Do you have a young son or daughter, niece or nephew? Have them work with fractions with you! Most adults have forgotten fractions rules, whereas kids are learning them for the first time. They would love to be your tutor.
Make your own equations. You can check your math by searching for tools online like “fractions calculator,” “mixed number calculator,” or “pemdas calculator.”
Work with a friend. You can do any of these activities with a friend. Solve a problem independently and check in to see if you’ve found the same answers.
If you feel anxious about math, jot down some ways you can prepare yourself for the TEAS. I know it might seem easier said than done. You can read some of my test anxiety tips here for some ways to get started.
One of the best ways to prepare really is just practice, practice, practice. Drills really do work. Give yourself time to do them. They can improve your confidence. You can do it.