TEAS V English and Language Usage Prep Course

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TEAS V English and Language Usage Review

The English section is one of the two “short” sections of the TEAS V exam. (The other one is Math.) Many people wonder why the exam has both a Reading section and a section for English and Language Usage, thinking they might be redundant. However, while they are closely related, because English is the language we read in, they are not the same subject at all. You can think of them as the two sides of the same coin. The Reading section tests your ability to understand and properly utilize written text, while the English and Language Usage section of the TEAS is a test of how well you’re able to express yourself clearly and concisely in writing. Being able to write clearly and accurately will be hugely important as you go through nursing school, because you’ll be writing a lot. If you can’t express yourself well, you simply won’t do well in school. Nursing jobs also require quite a bit of writing, and being able to communicate clearly will be even more important in that context.

What’s on the TEAS English Section?

You’ll have to answer 30-35 questions, with a time limit of about a minute per question in this section of the TEAS V. Questions will cover three categories – Structure, Spelling and Punctuation, and Grammar and Word Meanings in Context. You’ll see about twice as many Grammar/Word Meanings questions as you will from either of the other two categories. All questions are multiple-choice. If you would like a preview of the type of questions you might face, Mometrix offers free TEAS English practice questions.

TEAS English and Language Usage: Structure

Structure questions will mainly be about sentence formation. You’ll need to know what a complete sentence is, what components must appear in one, what a run-on sentence is and how to correct it, and how to change an incomplete sentence into a complete sentence. How to use different sentence lengths and structures to make your writing style more interesting and readable is another subject you should be familiar with. You’ll want to be able to write as simply as possible while still conveying your meaning, and you should also know what constitutes a good paragraph and how to form one with your sentences.

TEAS English: Spelling and Punctuation

The Spelling and Punctuation section is exactly what it sounds like. If spelling is not your strong suit, you should definitely start brushing up on it now. You’ll be asked to correct words that have been misspelled, and you’ll need to know about irregularly spelled words, irregular plurals, words that sound alike but have different meanings (homophones), and how to properly use contractions. The correct use of capital letters will also come up. Of course, you’ll also need to properly use commas, colons, semi-colons, parentheses, dashes, and other punctuation marks, including quotation marks and apostrophes.

TEAS V English and Language Usage: Grammar and Word Meanings in Context

In the Grammar and Word Meanings in Context category, you’ll be tested on your ability to figure out the meaning of an unknown word without using a dictionary, either by relying on the context it’s found in, or by using the structure of the word itself (roots, suffixes, prefixes, origins) to analyze it. You’ll need to understand the importance of pronoun-antecedent agreement and subject-verb agreement. It’s critical to be able to identify the various parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, etc.) and use them correctly in sentences. You’ll need to know how to use sentences, paragraphs, quotation marks, and other punctuation to express dialogue as written text. In addition, you’ll also need to know the different narrative voices (first, second, third), how to identify them, and how and when to use them. Finally, you should be able to employ all the elements and techniques of grammar to enhance both your clarity and style when writing.

Passing the English section of the TEAS V exam isn’t easy, but with diligent and regular review you can achieve a very good score, and boost your overall TEAS score. We’ve provided an abundance of free videos here on Mometrix Academy to help you do your very best. You’ll find links to them at the top of this page.

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Last updated: 01/11/2018


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