The free ATI TEAS 6 English and Language Usage practice test is specifically designed to ensure that the test-taker is knowledgeable about the TEAS and is able to know what to expect when it is time to take the English and Language Usage portion of the TEAS.
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The English and Language Usage portion will consist of around 28 multiple-choice questions that address three main topics.
These topics are as follows:
- Conventions of Standard English
- Knowledge of Language
- Vocabulary Acquisition
We have ensured that the free ATI TEAS 6 English and Language Usage practice test will cover all of these sections.
You will have 28 minutes to finish this section of the test.
ATI TEAS 6 English and Language Usage Prep Course
It’s TEAS time – time to evaluate your English and Language Usage academic skills by preparing for this division of the mandatory TEAS 6 (TEAS V having been laid to rest). Yes, these particular skills are imperative to the excellence, quality, and success of your nursing career, hence Mometrix Test Preparation is prepared to ensure your testing excellence, quality, and success.
Are you wondering why your knowledge of English and writing conventions is important to your becoming a nurse? – even as imperative as your scientific and mathematical knowledge?
You must communicate well, accurately, and effectively to your medical cohorts any of the scientific and mathematical information you have taken or acquired that is required for the well-being of patients. Without your quality in these areas of communication, confusion– at best – can occur; and, of course, the consequences could be far direr if there were misunderstandings. This is relevant both to writing, recording information, and speaking.
Since the nursing field is always researching, changing, advancing, growing, and innovating, nursing school’s curriculum is likewise always changing to keep pace; hence, the ATI TEAS must change, as well. As with TEAS V, the new incarnation – TEAS 6 – features these four subjects to measure your academic preparedness to be a nursing student: English and Language Usage, Reading, Science, and Mathematics. We will discuss the TEAS 6 and the changes that occurred in transitioning from the TEAS V here in English and Language Usage.
WHY IS ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE USAGE IMPERATIVE TO ATI TEAS 6?
We talked briefly about your need to communicate any medical, scientific, and mathematical information to other medical professionals for the benefit of your patients’ health. Let’s consider an overly simple example of a miscommunication: Patient XYZ is allergic to aspirin and could have the life-threatening reaction of anaphylaxis. You are to convey this information to other cohorts, and so you write, “Patient XYZ must have aspirin for her pain.” The simple omission of the word “not” before “have” might result in serious illness or worse.
As a nursing student and nursing professional, you must both listen to others and be cognizant of information that you are acquiring in every aspect of the field, and then convey it accurately and as thoroughly, yet succinctly, as required, for the safety, health, and general well-being of those in your “care.”
LET’S SAY YOU ASK, “AH OH, ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE SKILLS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A CHALLENGE FOR ME. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?”
Use the excellent TEAS 6 Mometrix Test Preparation to the fullest. The purpose of the TEAS is to determine your academic knowledge in the four presented classifications. The test preparation won’t make you an expert in all fields, but it will help you score well in your strong areas and it will help to reveal your weaknesses so your college education will begin with you on the right footing. That way, you will be taking courses most relevant to your strengths and needs.
WHAT’S NEW IN TEAS 6 ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE SKILLS?
TEAS 6 has changed in presentation rather than quantity or types from the TEAS V.
ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE SKILLS CHANGES FROM TEAS V TO ATI TEAS 6
Do you know anything about the content of TEAS V? No matter either way, but in case you are familiar with it, you will see no change on the total number of TEAS 6 questions – 170 – or the time permitted – 209 minutes. The primary differences are in what each of these sections, which follow, are looking to assess relevant to your entry-level skills.
TEAS 6 English and Language Skills has new question categories with questions – and the time to do them – shortened. Here’s how it all comes down for this section: 28 questions to be completed in 28 minutes. (Four won’t have impact on your score, however, for they are used for pretesting purposes.)
The new categories are: Vocabulary Acquisition, Knowledge of Language, and Conventions of Standard English. If you have taken other writing-based standardized tests before, you’ll find some similarities to them in TEAS 6, however other parts are decidedly different.
Read multiple sections and evaluate them with the objective of:
- identifying and correcting errors, or
- recognizing authorial intent and style
CATEGORY 1: VOCABULARY ACQUISITION
Vocabulary. Sometimes just the word itself is overwhelming, but basically it just means the body of words you know. Unfortunately, some words on TEAS 6 you may not know, but we will provide you with helpful suggestions on how to learn and answer. There are ways, but they will vary from question to question.
One way to determine the meaning of a word in this subsection is to use your knowledge of root words, prefixes, and suffixes. For example, the word “antiseptic” has as its root word “anti” meaning “against or opposite of”; therefore, you can see that an antiseptic prevents infection (septic); someone who is “antisocial” is one who opposes social norms.
Another way is to glean the definition based on how the word is used within the work, in other words by its context: “I procrastinated throughout the day by eating, taking a nap, and reading a book, to avoid paying my bills.” If you don’t know exactly what “procrastinated” means, you can readily figure out that this person messed around with all kinds of things to “delay” or “postpone” paying his bills.
This question category has only six questions. You might prepare by:
- knowing that memorization is not this category’s objective
- not trying to suddenly cram a list of words into your vocabulary
- reading the questions critically and thoughtfully
- brushing up on critical reading skills
- checking out the best ways to analyze the definitions of words
CATEGORY 2: KNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGE
A writing always has a purpose; when you write – if you are to do it effectively – you must compose and organize your thoughts first and as you are doing it. Your writing – any writing – intends to make a point. Here, in this category of evaluation, you will be assessed on your ability to recognize and analyze how different pieces of writing are structured and framed to make their points.
Among the skills you will use in Knowledge of Language to answer the nine questions are:
- reading a paragraph and discerning how to best add to it or edit it in order to improve its development and organization
- drawing from your own knowledge of writing’s most basic aspects
- make conclusions about whether the tone of a work is casual or formal; or,
- tweak a sentence to improve its basic clarity
Here in this section, you again are expected to read closely and carefully. Think about the authors’ use of language, considering:
- need for improvement
- how to rework confusing parts
CATEGORY 3: CONVENTIONS OF STANDARD ENGLISH
Again, you will have nine questions to consider and answer in Conventions of Standard English. Now, what does this subsection’s name mean?
This category deals with the grammatical aspects of English. Its purpose is to assess your knowledge of:
- the many ways to organize a sentence
If you don’t usually think highly of grammar, you might consider it to be like your body skeleton: it holds your verbalized thoughts together and makes sense of them. Without grammar, your message would fall apart.
KEYS TO SUCCEEDING IN “ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE SKILLS”
- Read and pay close and careful attention to every question.
That’s really the best advice. Of course, the time limit may cause you to want to rush, but by your honing your test-taking skills in advance, you will work more efficiently and pace yourself better. Pacing will greatly aid your results.
We have an Approach for you to use for English and Language Skills.THE APPROACH:
- The entire test is multiple choice. Take full advantage of the process of elimination because, if an answer looks wrong, it most likely is.
- Cross the “wrong” answer off and move on to more accurate possibilities.
- Read as much as possible prior to your testing date:
- read frequently
- read a wide variety of topics
Through Mometrix Test Preparation’s resources, you will have access to a ATI TEAS 6 English and Language Usage study guide, practice test, and flashcards to help make your studying an efficient and effective experience.
Mometrix wants your TEAS 6 to be more than just another test. We want it to initiate the educational portion of your future on a positive note, in every category, which is why Mometrix Test Preparation exists: to help you do your very best. This is your groundwork. The foundation. You can do your best. You can accomplish your goals.
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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 8, 2019