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TEAS V Reading Review

When it comes to the number of questions, the Reading section of the TEAS V is the second largest of the four parts of the exam. Accounting for nearly a third of the test, it’s only slightly smaller than the Science section. The fact that it’s the second biggest component of the exam is an indicator of how important it is for test takers to possess highly developed reading skills. A poor showing in TEAS Reading can be a huge drag on your overall score, while doing well here can help make up for deficits in other sections. To ensure you do well, Mometrix provides TEAS Reading practice questions to help you better prepare.

The reason reading skills count for so much on the TEAS V is that aspiring nurses are going to be doing extensive amounts of reading in their future, and many of the texts they’ll be dealing with will be dense academic and medical books and articles, requiring close attention to detail and excellent comprehension skills. All college majors require a lot of reading, but few of them require as much reading as nursing programs do. Many nursing students report being shocked at discovering just how much reading they will have to do in order to earn their degree. Of course, graduation isn’t the end of the road when it comes to studying; continuing education requirements for healthcare workers mean that reading medical texts will be a lifelong activity for nurses in all areas and certifications. Questions about reading make up such a major part of the TEAS V because it’s such a critical skill when it comes to success in nursing, both in school and on the job.

What’s on the TEAS Reading Section?

On this part of the exam, you’ll be looking at approximately 40 questions, and you’ll be given close to an hour to answer them all. All questions are multiple-choice, and they are broken down into two broad categories: Paragraph Comprehension, and Passage Comprehension. The breakdown is about half and half, with the current version of the TEAS having a slightly larger number of Passage Comprehension questions than ones about Paragraph Comprehension.

TEAS Reading: Paragraph Comprehension

These TEAS questions will cover a wide variety of reading skills. You’ll need to be able to identify what kind of material you’re working with – is it persuasive, narrative, expository, or technical? You should be able to articulate which elements are characteristic of each type. In addition to different types of passages, there are also different ways of structuring a passage, such as compare and contrast, chronological/sequential, cause and effect, descriptive, problem – solution, etc. You should be able to identify each type and evaluate its effectiveness in a particular passage.

You need to be able to accurately identify the major elements of a written passage – the subject (or topic), the main idea the author hopes to communicate, any themes present in the passage (and there may be multiple themes), and supporting details. Being able to identify the author’s topic and summary sentences is important, as is being able to evaluate them with regard to their effectiveness. After reading a complete passage, you should be able to determine where the author stands on the topic and his purpose in writing the passage. Other questions might ask you what the author’s conclusion is, whether it’s logical, or if it’s persuasive.

Knowing whether the author is stating a fact or expressing a personal opinion is very important, as is being able to spot instances in which the author has displayed bias, or has relied on stereotypes. You may also be asked questions about putting a literary passage in its historical context, as well as how the same great themes show up in literary works from many different cultures. Other Paragraph Comprehension questions in the TEAS V Reading section might require you to draw a conclusion or make a prediction based on what you’ve read in a passage.

TEAS V Reading: Passage Comprehension

These TEAS Reading questions will have a slightly different focus than Paragraph Comprehension questions, as you will be dealing with non-literary texts, as well as some visual displays of information. You can think of these questions as being about reading skills you’ll use pretty much every day, and not just when you’re reading books, magazines, websites, etc. One skill you’ll need is to be able to quickly spot the important information such as names, dates, locations, prices, etc., in written advertisements, short letters or emails, office memos, event posters, etc. Similarly, you should be able to select an appropriate food or medicine by comparing the information found on their labels. Other questions on the TEAS will test your ability to follow written directions.

Do you have any trouble with using maps, interpreting map legends, or understanding measurements to scale? If so, you’ll want to brush up in this area, as you will likely encounter questions on these topics on the TEAS. It’s also important to be able to understand and interpret information represented in various types of graphs. Another important skill all nurses need is knowing where to look up information, whether in card catalogs, maps, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc., so expect a question or two in this area. Plus, you might encounter questions testing your ability to compare costs and benefits by comparing and contrasting two or more similar items.

You’ll need to know how to use context when trying to figure out the meaning of a word you don’t know, and how to interpret a dictionary entry when you look up a word. You should also know how to navigate an index or table of contents before taking the TEAS V. Knowing the proper uses of bold, italics, underlining, and headings and subheadings should also prove useful when you take your exam.

TEAS Reading will be a challenge, and thorough preparation is the key. Now that you know what’s on the exam, use our free library of TEAS V Reading videos to get ready for it.

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