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TEAS Reading Test Prep Tips
The TEAS Reading section can be tricky for lots of students. If you are feeling a little unsure about how to study, you are not alone! In general, many students face three stumbling blocks on this section.
I usually hear two statements from students when they start to study for this section…
I know how to read… how hard could this section be?!
I know how to read… how am I supposed to even study?
Do either of these sound familiar to you?
If so, you are not alone!
By the way, you can check out my free Reading mini course for more tips and TEAS Reading practice questions. Click here to join the Reading mini course.
Both of these statements speak to some common stumbling blocks students face when it comes to the Reading section. Let’s talk about 3 of these stumbling blocks now.
Stumbling Block #1: You haven’t taken a Reading class in years.
If you are almost ready for nursing school, you might not have taken a Reading class since you started college—or maybe even high school! This means you’ve had time to forget key terminology or how best to apply those terms.
You can start studying by recapping the definitions and characteristics of each of these groups:
1| Types of sources: primary, secondary, and tertiary
2| Uses and reliability of sources: blog, classified, dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, peer-reviewed journal, etc.
3| Sections of a textbook: table of contents, index, glossary, appendix, subheading, footnote, etc.
4| Types of passage mode: expository, persuasive, narrative, etc.
5| Types of passage structure: cause-effect, problem-solution, sequential, etc.
6| Types of author’s purpose: inform, persuade, entertain
Keep in mind that TEAS questions might not ask you directly how to define these terms. Rather, you’ll be asked to apply the terms or compare and contrast them. You can build up to this by getting clear on the terms first.
Stumbling Block #2: You will be tight on time.
You’ll see several long passages on the TEAS, and simply reading them can eat up your time. There’s really no way around this. The more you prepare for the time constraints, the more prepared you will be for test day.
You can learn certain tips and tricks to help you manage for time. For example, always read the question first. Never jump straight into the passage. This is a simple yet powerful tool.
We also talk about specific strategies for specific questions in the premium online course. I teach you how the test is structured and and what can expect. You’ll also have practice questions to apply what you learn and to practice and apply time-saving tips.
Stumbling Block #3: You will fall for standardized test traps.
Reading standardized tests often test you on your ability to “read on the page.” This means, that you can only use the information that’s right in front of you. You can’t apply information that seems like common knowledge.
This trips up students in a few ways…
1| You miss information that’s hidden in plain sight on the page. For example, you overlook the title of a chart or the units in a graph.
2| You decide the right answer is actually wrong because it “looks wrong.” When you are asked to read on the page, you might see right answers that seem wrong.
3| You add inferences or interpretations when the question does not ask for it.
These traps involve exercising your critical reading muscles. This takes practice and confidence. You’ll need to know where to look in a passage for information and how to apply that information.
If you are looking for advice on avoiding these traps, you can read about how reading standardized tests are structured. Standardized tests with reading sections use many of the same tricks to make these sections seem extra challenging.
We also talk about common tricks and traps in my online course. If you like, you can check out an introduction to what I teach in my free Reading mini course.
It’s complete free for my students. I’ll walk you through long passages and select questions types you’ll on the TEAS. You’ll get a downloadable workbook, practice questions, and more resources.
Good luck as study for the Reading section. Yes, it can be a lot of information. As you learn how the test is structured, you’ll be better prepared for test day.