So, today I took my Teas exam and passed all of the sections! This was my first time taking this exam and I am beyond excited that I DO NOT have to retake this exam. ( Wish I could say that about the Hesi)
Since, I took both the Hesi and the Teas I wanted to give you my 2 cents on my experiences/comparisons.
Which is harder, Teas or Hesi?
Well, both exams are designed to make you think…but I think the Teas was harder. I only believe this because I felt like I really had to pick between two REALLY good answers, and some of the questions were asking me to recall such details that I was unsure I had. When I took the Hesi I felt like I 100% knew what the question was asking and I felt I was able to pick the answers quicker.
So, when you complete each section in the Hesi exam it automatically calculates your grade before you can proceed to the next section. This is very nerve wrecking because if you are watching out for a certain grade ( Like i was…had to have a 75% or above in all sections) I held my breath until I saw what I got. If I got less than the grade I needed for the section early I felt like I should just walk out and not waste my time to complete the test.
The Teas does not calculate after each section. Whew! That made me feel a lot better and less nervous as I was taking the exam. I did feel anxious after I finished the exam because I was waiting for the proctor to print out my results, and he was taking such a long time. ( the printer was having issues) This took a few minutes and boy did I want to scream!
Order of sections
When you take the Hesi you are able to choose which sections you want to take. This can help someone start with their easiest section to calm their nerves and proceed.
With the Teas, I had no idea what was coming. I was super anxious because I didn’t want to start with Science as that is my worst section.
During a Hesi exam you are not allowed to go back and check your answers. This stinks! So, before you proceed to the next question you have to make sure that choose the best answer.
During the Teas exam, you are allowed to go back and review your answers, of course if you have the time to spare.
The Teas study guide I believe has more practice questions, so this is a good study good to take practice exams. The Hesi study guide has brief overviews of each subject, which I actually prefer. The Teas study guide at one point overwhelmed me with so many details. I do suggest that regardless of whether you need to take the Hesi or not, I say get the Hesi study guide and study that first. I felt more prepared for the Teas study guide and the Teas exam after going through the Hesi study guide. I feel like the Hesi does a good job teaching you the basics of everything.
If you want to get an idea on where you stand for the Teas I say sign up for a Hesi exam. You may not need this score, but the opportunity to take a long test with similar content could be very beneficial to you. It could help you realize what sections you need to work on. For me, I don’t know if I would have passed the Teas today if I didn’t take the Hesi before.
Additional Study Aids: Smartphone App
If you need more practice questions for either the Teas or Hesi I say get the ATI Teas Pocket Prep app. You will be able to review practice questions, get the reasoning behind each answer, and take timed exams. Definitely worth the $10.00.
I also utilized YouTube videos on the subjects I didn’t fully understand. (Science and Math)
Well, that’s it for now. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or message me.