TEAS Crash Course


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Study only what you need to know…


Make the most of your study time

Your time is important to you.

Don’t spend endless hours poring through page after page of textbook-style content review, and don’t go in circles taking one practice test after another. REA’s TEAS Crash Course boils it all down for you in one compact book, allowing you to stay focused and efficient.

TEAS is a basic skills test, so the best way to raise your score is by brushing up on essential skills in reading, math, science, and English/language usage. Then, put those skills to work with our full-length online practice test.

Don’t crash and burn. Use REA’s TEAS Crash Course, and you’ll be on your way to the nursing school of your choice.

Study only what you need to know…A’s Crash Course®…It’s about time.

• For the time-crunched studier or anyone needing a refresher

• Covers only the material tested on the exam

• Pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses and improve your score

• Focus your study and make the most of your time

• Boost your confidence

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Online REA Study Center—full-length practice exam, timed testing, automatic scoring, powerful diagnostics, detailed explanations of answers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738611853
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 284,312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Greenberg has been a writer in the educational field for more than 20 years, developing dozens of practical workbooks that make Science, Math, Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Skills, History, and other subjects both fun and educational. Mr. Greenberg’s op-eds and graphic art have appeared in The Washington Post and The New York Times as well as on BBC radio.
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About This Book

REA’s TEAS Crash Course is the first book of its kind for the time-crunched studier or any nursing school applicant who wants a quick refresher before taking the Test of Essential Academic Skills, or TEAS.

This Crash Course is based upon a careful analysis of the exam’s content and actual test questions.

The TEAS Crash Course provides a review specifically targeted to what you really need to know to ace the exam. In Chapter 1, the author describes the format and the content of the TEAS, shares proven test-taking strategies, and lets you determine how well-suited you are to the nursing profession.

Chapter 2 covers Reading Comprehension, a topic that comprises more than 25% of the 150 total questions on the TEAS test. Chapter 3 reviews Language topics, such as Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, and Vocabulary; while chapters 4 and 5 give you a review of Basic Math and Algebra. The final two chapters are devoted to the largest part of the TEAS: nearly 1/3 of all the questions you will answer on the final exam focus on the topics of Life Science (Chapter 6) and Physical Science (Chapter 7).

Note that all of the chapters give you a targeted content review in an outline format, along with sample problems that test what you’ve just reviewed. This format will help you build your confidence and your understanding of the topics as you study.

No matter how or when you prepare for the TEAS, REA’s Crash Course will empower you to study efficiently and strategically, so you can get a high score.

Good luck on the TEAS!

To check your test readiness for the TEAS, either before or after studying this Crash Course, take our FREE online practice exam. To access your free exam, visit www.rea.com/studycenter and enter your exclusive access code found in the front inside cover of this book. This true-to-format test features automatic scoring, detailed answer explanations, and diagnostic feedback to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and get you ready for test day.


The basic approach of this TEAS Crash Course is simple: the targeted content review covers exactly what you need to know for the TEAS. You won’t waste valuable study time slogging through long paragraphs, complicated explanations, and endless lists of items to memorize. The sample problems in the book will demonstrate how you should answer the types of questions you can expect to see on the TEAS.

Before you start studying, ask yourself: how prepared are you to take the TEAS? Some students will be ready to take the test the minute they pick up this book, while another segment of test-takers may be completely under-prepared. Most test-takers will fall somewhere between these two extremes. Maybe you’re more confident (and competent) in some areas than you are in others. So what should you do? There are four ways to study with this Crash Course. Pick the one that works best for you.

1. The Systematic Approach – Start at the beginning and go through the entire book, chapter by chapter, problem by problem, not skipping anything, and making sure you cover every topic thoroughly.

2. The Strength Approach – Review the sections that you feel are your strong points, then work into areas that give you trouble. Starting with your strengths will give you the confidence and positive attitude you need to press on, tackle the areas you need the most help in, and ultimately do well on this test.

3. The Weakness Approach – Study the sections that you feel are your weakest and move on from there. For example, are your math skills rusty? Then start with chapters 4 and 5 and study them carefully. Once you have shored up your weak areas, move on to your stronger areas, building your knowledge and confidence page by page.

4. The Blank Slate Approach – Unsure of your strengths or your weaknesses? Then start anywhere you like in the book and branch out from there. As you review each section, you’ll soon get an idea of how much you know (or don’t know) about a given topic.

By committing to studying, you’re gaining knowledge and belief in yourself. In working through the book - regardless of your chosen study approach - you’ll eventually get to the point where you feel ready to take a practice test. At that point, go to the online REA Study Center: www.rea.com/studycenter, take the free practice test, and see how well you score. (You can also take the online practice test before you begin studying to gauge your overall understanding of the topics tested on the TEAS.) Diagnostic feedback pinpoints your strengths and weaknesses and shows you where you need further review.

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Table of Contents

About This Book
A Note from Our Author
About Our Author
About Research & Education Association

Chapter 1 Taking the TEAS
1.1 The TEAS: A Snapshot
1.2 Is Nursing for You?
1.3 General Test-Taking Strategy
1.4 Setting Up a Study Plan
1.5 Test Strategies for Specific Question Types
A. Reading Comprehension Passages
B. Math Word Problems and Problem Solving
C. Problem Solving Do’s and Don’ts
D. Grammar Question Type: Which Sentence Is Written Correctly?
E. Science Graphics

Chapter 2 Reading Comprehension
2.1 Reading Skills
A. Main Idea Skills: Overview
B. Author’s Purpose: Overview
C. Facts, Opinions, Biases, Stereotypes: Overview
D. Text Structure: Overview
E. Conclusions, Inferences, Predictions: Overview
F. Types of Texts: Overview
G. Passage 1: Problems
H. Passage 2: Problems
2.2 Strategies for Reading Printed Documents
A. Types: Overview
B. Reading Forms and Bills: Problems
C. Reading Printed Documents: Labels: Problems
2.3 Directions
A. Following Directions: Overview
B. Following Directions: Problems
2.4 Comparison
A. Overview
B. Problems
2.5 Graphic Representations
A. Overview
B. Maps: Problems
C. Weight Scales: Problems
D. Graphs: Problems

Chapter 3 English and Language Usage

3.1 Parts of Speech
A. Nouns and Verbs
B. Pronouns
C. Adjectives and Adverbs
D. Prepositions
3.2 Sentences
A. Subjects and Predicates
B. Types of Sentence and Voice
C. Clauses and Phrases
D. Sentence Errors
E. Sentence Agreement
3.3 Punctuation and Capitalization
A. Commas and Periods
B. Apostrophes and Quotation Marks
C. Colons, Semicolons, Hyphens, and Dashes
D. Capitalization
3.4 Spelling and Vocabulary
A. Frequently Misspelled Words
B. Context Clues
3.5 Common Errors: Who and Whom, Lay and Lie

Chapter 4 Math

4.1 Number Facts
A. Place Value
4.2 Basic Operations with Whole Numbers
A. Addition and Subtraction
B. Multiplication and Division
4.3 Estimation
A. Rounding
B. Mental Math
C. Roman Numerals
4.4 Positive and Negative Numbers
A. Ranking
B. Adding and Subtracting Integers
C. Multiplying and Dividing Integers
4.5 Fractions and Mixed Numbers
A. Lowest Common Denominator
B. Simplifying Fractions
C. Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions
D. Ranking Fractions
4.6 Basic Operations with Fractions
A. Adding and Subtracting
B. Multiplying and Dividing
4.7 Decimals
A. Place Value
B. Adding and Subtracting
C. Multiplication and Division
4.8 Percentages
A. Expressing Percentages
B. Three Types of Percentage Problems

Chapter 5 Algebra Topics
5.1 Variables and Expressions
A. Simplifying Expressions
B. Properties
C. Evaluating Expressions
D. Order of Operations (PEMDAS)
E. Like Terms
F. Factoring and the FOIL Method
5.2 Equations
A. Basic Equation Solution Method
B. Ratios and Proportions
5.3 Measurement
A. English (Standard) System
B. Metric System
C. Conversion between Metric and Standard Systems
5.4 Data
A. Graphs
B. Mean, Median, and Mode
5.5 Absolute Value, Inequalities, Powers and Roots,and Area
A. Absolute Value
B. Inequalities
C. Powers and Roots
D. Areas and Perimeters

Chapter 6 Life Science
6.1 Cells
A. Cell Features
B. Cells in the Laboratory: Serial Dilution of Bacteria
6.2 Cell Structure
6.3 Biological Molecules
A. Key Molecules
B. Nutrition
6.4 Cell Structure and Activity
A. Mitosis
B. Meiosis
C. Sexual Reproduction and Development
D. Cell Transport
E. Cells as Building Blocks
6.5 Body Systems
A. The Circulatory System
B. The Digestive System
C. The Respiratory System
D. The Musculoskeletal System
E. The Nervous System
F. The Immune System
G. The Endocrine System
H. The Excretory System
6.6 Biochemistry and Genetics
A. Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
B. DNA and Proteins
C. Mutations and Evolution
D. Mendelian Genetics
6.7 Ecology
A. Ecological Topics

Chapter 7 Physical Science

7.1 Experimental Procedure
A. Hypothesis Testing
B. Validity and Reliability
C. Scientific Notation
7.2 Forms of Matter
A. Elements and Compounds
B. Trends in the Periodic Table
C. Chemical Bonds
7.3 Chemical Reactions
A. Energy of Reaction
B. Reaction Types
C. Balanced Equations
7.4 Phases of Matter
A. Phases
B. Density and Buoyancy
7.5 Proportionality and Gas Laws
A. Proportionality
B. Gas Laws
7.6 Solutions
A. Physical Changes, Chemical Changes, and Mixtures
B. Solubility and Concentration
C. Moles
D. Molarity
E. Acids and Bases
7.7 Motion
A. Displacement, Speed, and Velocity
B. Acceleration
C. Gravity
D. Newton’s Laws and Force
E. Gravitational Force
F. Momentum
G. Conservation of Momentum
7.8 Energy and Work
A. Work
B. Potential Energy
C. Kinetic Energy
7.9 Electricity
A. Charge and Current
B. Series and Parallel Circuits

Periodic Table


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    The math portion of this book was obviously never proofread. The

    The math portion of this book was obviously never proofread. There are numerous problems that use one set of data in the problem, then solve using another. The answers can reflect either set. One question asks for ml then all of the answers are given in fluid ounces. One or two I could have written off as forgivable typos. I'm well past that point now. I'm going to try and return the book tomorrow and the only other book I have ever taken back was missing the last thirty pages.

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