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When To Start Your TEAS Preparation

The TEAS is a requirement for aspiring nurses. Due to the competitive nature of the nursing profession, this test is used as a basis to determine whether a potential student will be able to adjust to nursing and become successful.

The TEAS are available to be taken every week throughout the year. One thing that is commonly asked is when one should start preparing for the test. While that answer largely varies from individual to individual, here are a couple of pointers to help you identify when you should begin your preparation:

Knowing the content.

The exam is made up of four sections, namely, Language usage, Reading, Science, and Mathematics. It is important to know the content because this gives you a good idea of what exactly you need to be studying for and what type of preparation resources you should be looking for. You should take your time when finding your resources, because doing so in a rushed manner may cause you to miss a few important ones.

Your study plan.

This is probably the most important tip. It is common knowledge that one needs to have a study plan to prepare for any test or exam. However, it is recommended to stick to your usual study plan and strategy when preparing for the TEAS, because any changes could hurt your preparation.

When drawing up your study plan, consider a few things first. For example, the amount of time it takes you to learn new things perfectly, the amount of time you need to rest, and how long it takes you to reach your limit. Due to the fact that the most important reason for taking the TEAS is to score as high as possible, you definitely want to make sure that your study plan gives you enough time to rest. A fresh mind takes in more information than a tired and over-worked one.

You should also consider looking for prep classes or a TEAS tutoring program. Having a tutor can help you find your own strengths and weaknesses so you can more fully prepare for the exam. It will also help you stay on track for your study plan so that you will be well prepared when exam day comes.

Include time for revision and mock exams.

There are times when we feel like we are ready, when in fact we really aren't. This could be the case when you are preparing for your exam. Once you have studied all the possible material and you have gone through countless resources, you should definitely revise all the work you have covered and test yourself.

An excellent option of determining whether you are indeed ready would be to take mock exams at least once a day for two weeks before your actual exam. This may seem like a waste of time, but it really works. Your preparation should be repetitive but not tedious, and to achieve this, you should give yourself as much time as possible.


The TEAS exam tends to scare many aspiring nurses. This causes them to develop anxiety and stress, which could impact their chances of obtaining successful results. Rushing through your preparation also adds on to your anxiety, so it is definitely advisable to gear yourself up for the exam as soon as possible. Remember to take care of yourself and plan out your study preparations, and just focus on success.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of EconoTimes.

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