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If you’re considering becoming a nurse, you may have only recently heard about something called the TEAS, and, on top of that, learned that it can be the deciding factor in whether you become a nurse or not. If you’re like most aspiring nurses, you’ve never heard of the TEAS. Most people who are hoping to embark on an education for a nursing career have heard of the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN, and almost everyone is familiar with college admission tests such as the ACT and the SAT. However, many people are surprised to find out about the TEAS, which is an additional pre-admission test in use by many nursing programs. Many people first hearing about it feel like they’ve suddenly been thrown a curveball. So what’s it all about, and why do you have to pass it in order to be accepted into a nursing program?
Well, it’s a test of basic knowledge in science, reading, English and math. In fact, TEAS stands for Test of Essential Academic Skills. But more than that, it is also an aptitude test. The test was designed to predict which test takers are likely to succeed in nursing school, and which ones aren’t. Exactly how it does this, the owners and designers of the test (the Assessment Technologies Institute), aren’t saying. It’s a trade secret, for obvious reasons. However, there’s no denying that it does in fact predict the likelihood of success in nursing school, and it does it very well. That’s why so many nursing programs use it. Schools have to pay a lot of money to use the TEAS, and if it didn’t work, they wouldn’t keep paying the fees every year.
Now, there’s no denying that to many people, at first glance this may seem unfair. After all, it’s already tough enough to get into a nursing program. You need good grades, good references, and good scores on a test like the ACT or SAT. Why should you have yet another obstacle in your path to a nursing career? Well, believe it or not, it’s actually in your best interests to take this test. Facts are facts, and it’s simply a fact that many people aren’t good candidates for a nursing education, even though they have great grades, excellent references, and high ACT/SAT scores. If a person isn’t likely to achieve success in such a program, it does no one any good to admit them. It wastes their time and money, the school’s time and money, and takes up a slot that could have been filled by a student who would have done well in nursing school. So, yes, the TEAS is not only fair, but it’s a great too that helps everyone who takes it, whether they pass or fail.
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