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Pros and Cons: Highly Recommended Purchase
on August 22, 2013
In my opinion, this is one of the better TEAS prep guides out there. When I decided to go back to college to study nursing school, I discovered that it's not quite as simple as just applying and being accepted. Evidently lots of other people of all ages are also interested in becoming nurses, and there simply aren't enough slots for everyone. Competition for these slots is fierce, and a big part of that competition involves doing well on the TEAS. As someone who had been out of high school for over a decade I knew the odds were stacked against me, and I was going to have to work hard to achieve my goal.
So I bought three TEAS study guides; this one, and two others. At first I made use of all three; I'd rotate among them during my nightly study periods. But I gradually found myself spending more time studying this one, and after a while I never really looked at the other two again. And yes, I did well enough on the TEAS to qualify for nursing school. I worked hard and kept my nose to the grindstone, and it's possible I could've passed the TEAS using another guide, but I'm sure I wouldn't have done as well as I did if I hadn't had this guide. Here are some of the reasons I recommend this guide, and a few areas where I think it could be improved.
It's well organized and the information flows logically, with new information building on things that came just before, as opposed to the other guides I had. In both of them the instructional material seemed somewhat disorganized, sometimes jumping from one topic to a new one that didn't really seem to be related. This guide made the information easy to follow.
It's written in everyday language that you don't have to have a Ph.D. to understand, so it's accessible for everyone who needs to take the TEAS. It's not that there aren't some big words in the guide, because you're obviously going to have to know quite a few big words to do well on the TEAS. But the book explains these academic terms you may not be familiar with by using ordinary language. Anyone who has earned a high school diploma should have no trouble understanding anything in here. In the other books, the language at times could be very dry and academic. If you already had a degree in nursing you would have no trouble understanding those books, but why would you be reading a TEAS guide then?
The information is presented in small, bite size chunks. This is much more manageable for most people, compared to long chapters with very few breaks. Others may disagree, but I prefer this format.
It's not just paragraph after paragraph of instructional material. There are lots of examples and illustrations given to help make things crystal clear. I found this especially helpful when it comes to math.
Even though it's written in ordinary language, and presented in small chunks, the guide is very thorough, covering all the subject matter on the TEAS.
There are three full length practice tests, which is really nice. You can use these to help make sure you're ready for the TEAS. Not all guides have this many practice tests. By the way, I didn't take all three tests right in a row. I took one immediately after I finished studying with the guide. Then I took the second one a few days later, and the third one a few days after that, right before my actual TEAS. I wanted to make sure I was retaining what I had learned. The practice tests were pretty similar to the real thing; this is one of the best things about the guide.
There were a few typos. Not many at all, and no major ones, but I'm a perfectionist and these things jump out at me.
The guide could stand to be about 5% shorter. There was some occasional repetition and fluff.
The distribution of the question types on the practice test didn't line up exactly with the question types on the actual TEAS. But they were pretty close, and as I said, the practice tests made a huge difference.
I highly recommend this guide for anyone who needs to take the TEAS. Am I saying you'll ace the TEAS if you buy this book? No, not necessarily. Especially if you only start studying right before you take the test. I didn't just read the guide; I put a lot of time and effort into actually studying with it. You can't do that in a couple of last minute cram sessions. I'm saying that this book helped me do well on the exam. It will probably do the same for anyone who's serious about prepping for the TEAS.