Ready to improve your English TEAS test score? These TEAS English practice test questions can help you identify where you need to focus before test day. For this section, you’ll need to know grammar, punctuation rules, parts of speech, agreement rules, and the steps for the writing process.
Number of scored TEAS English test questions:
- 9 standard English questions
- 9 knowledge of language and grammar
- 6 vocabulary and medical terminology
- 4 questions that aren’t scored (you won’t know which these are)
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How to use TEAS English and Language Usage Practice tests
What’s on the TEAS English and language usage section? Let’s go over what you need to know so that you can prepare for test day.
On the English TEAS test, you have a total of 28 questions on each of these topics:
- Spelling & Similar Sounding Words
- Sentence Parts & Terms
- Punctuation Rules
- Parts of Speech
- Irregular Plural Nouns
- Grammar & Clarity
- Formal & Informal Language
- Medical Terminology and Word Parts
- Word Meaning and Context Clues
Work on your TEAS test English prep with these questions:
You’ll have exactly 1 minute for each English TEAS test question. This section is 28 minutes, and you’ll have a total of 28 questions. Working with TEAS English and language usage practice tests will help you with sentence structure, punctuation, and pronoun questions so that you can manage your time.
It’s a great strategy to do lots of practice with TEAS English and language usage practice test questions so that you can identify which rules you need to learn and practice applying these rules. Be sure to grab trusted resources to help you understand these grammar rules inside and out.
TEAS English and Language Usage – Conventions of English
This section is all about parts of speech, punctuation rules, and spelling rules. You’ll need to memorize the rules for commas, colons, semicolons, and quotation marks. You’ll also need to memorize certain homophones and homographs. These are words that either sound alike or are spelling the same way but have different meanings. For example, their/they’re/there and date as a noun and as a verb.
You’ll have 9 scored nine questions on each of these topics:
- Identifying the correctly spelled word
- Selecting the correct homograph or homophone
- Making singular nouns plural
- Using correct punctuation marks with phrases and clauses
- Using correct punctuation marks with independent and dependent clauses
- Identifying parts of speech
ATI TEAS English and Language Usage – Knowledge of Grammar and Language Use
This section is all about grammar. One of the biggest areas to focus on is agreement. Lots of students get these questions incorrect, and if you can excel at agreement questions, you are well on your way to a better TEAS score.
Agreement questions involve either subject-verb agreement or pronoun-antecedent agreement. These topics can sound scary, but it pretty much means knowing if a subject of a sentence is singular or plural and then picking the right verb or pronoun to match it.
This can get tricky with collective nouns and indefinite pronouns, which are nouns that can be either singular or plural.
You’ll have 9 scored questions on each of the these topics:
- Pronoun-antecedent agreement
- Subject-verb agreement
- Using consistent verb tense (past, present, future)
- Correctly linking phrases and clauses using transition words
- Identifying formal and informal language
- Correctly inferring the meaning of slang and colloquial language using a sentence’s context
- Applying the writing process like outlines, paragraph development, and revision
TEAS English and Language Usage – Vocabulary
This section is all about selecting the right word given context and tone, working with synonyms, and applying prefixes and suffixes. This section builds on the previous TEAS English language sections because identifying parts of speech can help you match vocabulary and definitions.
Memorization is also important here because you’ll have several questions on prefixes, suffixes, and medical terminology. You will also need to recognize which suffixes can indicate different parts of speech. For example, when a word ends in the suffix -ly, it is often an adverb.
You’ll have 6 scored questions on each of these topics:
- Common prefixes (hyper- hypo-, a-, etc)
- Common suffixes (-ology, -able, -ible, etc.)
- Common roots, often used in medical terminology (pnea, etc.)
- Selecting the correct definition using a sample dictionary entry
- Selecting the best synonym given a sentence’s tone and context
- Selecting the correct word meaning by applying part of speech and context clues
Flashcards are super handy for this part of your TEAS test English prep, so I encourage you to check out my TEAS Prep Pack on Quizlet. You’ll get done-for-you flashcards on medical terminology roots, prefixes, suffixes, spelling rules, and parts of speech
How to study in your TEAS Test English Prep
TEAS English practice test questions are a great way to apply all the grammar rules you need to know for test day. You might need to spend a few hours making sure you really understand independent and dependent clauses, punctuation rules, and agreements. Once you have the rules down, you can practice applying them with questions.
What to include in your TEAS Test English Prep
- What makes a sentence simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex
- The difference between a phrase, a dependent clause, and an independent clause
- How to punctuate the 4 types of sentences using (if appropriate) a comma, a coordinating conjunction, a colon, a semicolon, or a period
- Recognizing a run-on sentence and a comma splice
- How to use single quotation marks and double quotation marks
- Subject-verb agreement agreement and pronoun-antecedent agreement with collective nouns, compound nouns, and indefinite pronouns
- Recognizing subjective, objective, and possessive pronouns in a sentence
- The difference between common homophones and homographs
- Recognizing gerund, predicate, object in a sentence
- Ordering the steps of the writing process and how to use a citation
- The components of a well-organized paragraph (topic sentence, supporting details, transitions, & conclusion)
- The rule to use a hyphen correctly—and how it’s different from a dash
- Common prefixes and suffixes
- Medical terminology root words
- Common spelling rules and possible exceptions (i.e. “I before E except after C”)
English TEAS Test FAQ
You do not need to write anything for the TEAS. The English TEAS test is multiple choice. Some nursing programs do require you to write an essay as part of your admissions testing. This is typically separate from the actual TEAS, so check with your school’s admissions office first.
You’ll have 28 minutes to answer 28 questions. This is the last section of the TEAS, so even though it is the shortest section, you will likely be tired! Take a few deep breaths before you begin this section — it means you are almost done!
A TEAS English passing score is around 70%. In order to score above the 80th percentile, you’ll need to get at least 80 percent of the questions correct. Read more about how to pass the TEAS test.
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