So you wanna learn how to pass the ATI TEAS Reading section? Awesome!
This post will give you a review of how to pass ATI TEAS Reading section, tips and advice about how you can best prepare, and a breakdown of the exact study curriculum recommended for you. Let’s jump in. 🙌
How to Pass ATI TEAS Reading Tip#1: Keep the big picture in mind
The ATI TEAS Reading section is the first section of the TEAS. When you sit down at your computer on test day, you’ll be tackling reading questions first.
Here are my two biggest tips for you:
😱 Don’t panic.
Since Reading is your first section, you might have thoughts like…
“Oh, god. The time.”
“I didn’t study THIS. W…t…f…”
“Omg omg omg”
The TEAS is designed to be hard, confusing, and able to make your head spin. All of those thoughts are normal, natural, and indicate nothing more than you are taking the TEAS. You are doing it. 😀
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By the way, it’s normal to feel terrible while you are taking the exam, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are scoring poorly.
(Test-taking story time: My dad was an actuary, which means he did math for a living. He took standardized math tests for YEARS in order to advance his career. The first actuarial exam he took, he felt awesome. In fact, he told the test proctor that he found a mistake on the exam. Yeah… he flat-out FAILED. Moral of the story: how you feel on the test does not always reflect your score, so keep calm.)
When you sit down to take the TEAS reading section, stay calm and pace yourself. You are in this for the long haul.
By the way, the Reading section is the longest section of the TEAS.
The TEAS Reading section is 64 minutes long.
During that 64 minutes, you’ll see 53 total questions.
This means that you’ll have just more than a minute per question.
Think about that… a minute to read a passage, clarify the question, and examine the answer options in order to select the right one. Your time might feel tight, and that’s OK. It’s not about you, it’s about the TEAS.
How to Pass ATI TEAS Reading Tip#2: Understand the test structure
Now, let’s talk about the question breakdown on the ATI TEAS Reading section.
You have 53 questions on the TEAS. Of these, you will be scored on only 47 questions.
47 scored questions
+ 6 unscored questions
= 53 total questions
You won’t know for sure what is scored or not scored. The test mixes up all the question types.
That said, you will have a standardized breakdown of your scored questions.
You will have 22 scored questions on the “big picture” of different types of texts.
These include academic style passages, memos, directions, and graphics. You might see anywhere from 1 to 7 questions on one passage.
These questions focus on big ideas. For example, you might need to find the main idea of an entire passage, discuss the organization of a passage, summarize the passage, or follow the instructions in the passage. These are important skills to know if you want to learn how to pass ATI TEAS Reading.
You will have 14 scored questions that are more about examining specifics of the text.
For instance, you might need to determine specific lines of text that indicate an author’s opinion or point of view, the best meaning of a specific word in a passage, or how specific text features are used (like bold, italics, or subheadings). Also, you might need to identify a text structure.
You’ll have 11 scored questions that focus on connecting ideas together.
You might need to evaluate an argument or draw conclusions from it. You might be asked to assess sources (are they reliable?) or to assess the overall argument in a text (does it use too much emotion instead of fact?).
Now, you will see all of these questions all mixed in together in one big happy TEAS beast mess. 😀
For example, you might see one passage that has questions on each of these three subsections. On top of that, you might have an unscored question on a passage, too.
Whew! Are you excited for the TEAS yet? 😬
How to Pass ATI TEAS Reading Tip#3: Get the right materials
So how do you prepare?
First, you might need assess your starting point. If you’ve been out of school for a while, you might benefit for some extra help.
If you are like many students, you probably haven’t been taught the stuff covered in the TEAS Reading section in a while. Most students haven’t recently spent time with these types of questions… and that’s totally normal!
The TEAS is officially matched to topics that are covered in grades 7 through 12 (but it seems way harder than that!). If you are returning to school, changing careers, or are a “non-traditional” student, it’s probably been a few years since you’ve had to think about this stuff.
Second, you’ll need to use materials that are matched to the TEAS… and that actually work for you.
In the online prep course, you can learn these concepts in a variety of ways that make it easier to process.
♥ Multimedia lessons including video, text, and interactive practice
♥ Practice questions, including quizzes and full-length practice TEAS reading exams
♥ Downloadable study resources like worksheets, reference sheets, and flashcards
♥ Time-saving strategy tips and tricks specifically tailored to the TEAS Reading section
♥ Support and guidance from a friendly instructor and community—you’ll get your questions answered and study inspiration along the way
As you can see, you get exposed to the information in lots of different ways. This helps the information stick… and makes it easier to study.
Keep Reading: Get more Reading Tips and Practice Questions
How to Pass ATI TEAS Reading: Learning Objectives from Prenursing Smarter
This list is a sampling of the course curriculum offered in the online TEAS prep program.
- Break down the types of questions you’ll see on the TEAS Reading Section
- Identify the fastest, easiest way to save yourself time
- Assess your Reading starting point
- Describe a general strategy to help you manage your time in the TEAS Reading section
- Generalize different types of passages in this section
- Identify the most important points about primary sources for the exam
- Practice applying different types of sources
- Define types of an author’s intent
- Compare and contrast passage modes
- Identify unique characteristics of various passage structures
- List three questions that will help you read a long TEAS passage
- Identify keywords that indicate an author’s opinion
- Able to answer questions on an author’s opinion without reading the passage
- Create flashcards to commit this strategy to memory
- Define the topic, main idea, and summary
- Identify tools and strategies to work with long passages on the TEAS
- Identity ways that passages and answer options might be misleading
- Determine when you should read the entire passage and when you might be able to apply time-saving strategy
- Show how to avoid “following direction” time-wasting traps
- Describe an easy strategy to try first that can save you time
- Identify sneaky ways the TEAS will try to trick you
- Identify the types of figurative language you are likely to see on the TEAS
- Compare and contrast simile, metaphor, personification, and exaggeration
- Determine connotative and denotative word meaning
- Apply 3 strategies for denotative questions on the TEAS
Get a Free Preview of the Online TEAS Prep Course
As you can see, in the course, we cover a mix of learning, practice, and strategy. The goal is for you to have a great breakdown of what to expect, how to tackle it, and several tools in your TEAS toolbox so that you are prepared.
And don’t worry… we’ll tackle all of these objectives one-at-a-time over 10 different lessons.
Every lesson will take you 30 minutes to an hour, so as long as you can set aside about 5 hours a week, you can totally do this!
Would you like to see some of these Reading objectives in person?
- Identify the types of figurative language you are likely to see on the TEAS ←Psst, we cover this in the free preview of the program
Check it out today! Happy studying! ❤️
Kate is a CRLA certified tutor and test prep expert. She founded Prenursing Smarter in 2017. Kate lives in sunny Southern California and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Mnikȟówožu Lakȟóta). Prenursing Smarter is an inclusive business and actively seeks opportunities to collaborate with and support diverse voices.