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Reading Comprehension on the TEAS Nursing Entrance Test

Written by kimmel52 on March 2, 2010 – 2:42 am

Sample questions similar to the TEAS, HESI, and the NET

Sample questions similar to the TEAS, HESI, and the NET

This test measures your ability to understand what you read. You may be asked to:

  • identify the relationship between sentences

  • distinguish between the main and secondary ideas

  • make inferences

DIRECTIONS: Read the statement or passage and then choose the best answer to the question. Answer the question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the statement or passage.

  1. Myths are stories, the products of fertile imagination, sometimes simple, often containing profound truths. They are not meant to be taken too literally. Details may sometimes appear childish, but most myths express a culture’s most serious beliefs about human beings, eternity, and God.

    The main idea of this passage is that myths
    (a) are created primarily to entertain young children
    (b) are purposely written for the reader
    (c) provide the reader with a means of escape from reality
    (d) illustrate the values that are considered important to a society

  2. Australia has many strange beasts, one of the oddest of which is the koala. Perfectly adapted to one specific tree, the eucalyptus, this living teddy bear does not need anything else, not even a drink! The moisture in the leaves is just right for the koala, making it the only land animal that doesn’t need water to supplement its food (from That Astounding Creator Nature by Jean George).

    The passage indicates that the koala
    (a) is a member of the bear family that does not need moisture to live
    (b) gets all of its nourishment from the eucalyptus tree
    (c) adapts itself to any surroundings
    (d) is the only animal that does not need food to live

  3. It is early summer. August’s long-awaited vacation time still seems ages away, but by the same toke, its torpor-producing heat and mildew-generating humidity have not yet arrived. Instead, these cool, end-of-June days practically insist on getting the picnic season under way immediately. But, alas, there is a difficulty: alfresco dining has a bad name among us. Tenth-rate hot dogs, carbonized chicken parts, and beef a-la-charcoal are principally what comes to mind when we hear the words “outdoor food” (from A Spanish Picnic by Robert Capon).

    The passage suggests that the author believes that
    (a) picnicking in August is long-awaited
    (b) August is better than June for a picnic
    (c) there are some negative aspects to eating outside
    (d) picnicking is better alfresco

  4. In embarking on the fight for independence, America faced formidable obstacles. The Continental Congress did not have the authority to pass binding legislation or to impose taxes. The new nation had no army and no navy, and its population numbered only 2.5 million people, 20 percent of whom were slaves. Britain, by contrast, was a mighty power of 11 million people with the world’s best navy and a well-disciplined army. Fifty thousand troops were in North America in 1778, and Britain hired thirty thousand German soldiers to supplement its forces during the war (from An American History by Rebecca Brooks Gruver).

    What is the main point of the passage?
    (a) Britain was a great power whose population outnumbered that of America.
    (b) America’s military forces were less experienced than Britain’s military.
    (c) America’s Continental Congress had limited authority.
    (d) As America was about to engage in its struggle for autonomy, it was faced with arduous barriers.

DIRECTIONS: Two underlined sentences are followed by a question or statement about them. Read each pair of sentences and then choose the best answer to the question or the best completion of the statement.

  • The Midwest is experiencing its worst drought in fifteen years. Corn and soybean prices are expected to be very high this year.

    What does the second sentence do?
    (a) It restates the idea found in the first.
    (b) It states a result or effect of the statement in the first sentence.
    (c) It gives an example of the statement in the first sentence.
    (d) It analyzes the statement made in the first sentence.

  • The American prison system functions primarily to exact retribution. In Japan, the courts are less concerned with sending people to jail than they are with rehabilitating them.

    What does the second sentence do?
    (a) It supports an idea found in the first sentence.
    (b) It analyzes an idea stated in the first sentence.
    (c) It states a contrast to the statement in the first sentence.
    (d) It exemplifies an idea found in the first sentence.

    Correct Answers

    READING COMPREHENSION 1-d; 2-b; 3-c; 4-d; 5-b; 6-c


  • This test measures your understanding of sentence structure–of how sentences are put together and what makes them complete and clear. You may be asked to:

    • choose the most appropriate word or phrase to substitute for the underlined portion of the sentence

    • identify sentences which have the same meaning

    • recognize incomplete sentences

    • recognize relationships of coordination and subordination

    • follow the logic of a sentence

    DIRECTIONS: Select the best version of the bold part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first answer.

    1. Ms. Rose planning to teach a course in biology next summer.

      (a) planning
      (b) plans
      (c) with a plan
      (d) are planning

    2. The professor listing only four journals on psychology.

      (a) listing
      (b) are listing
      (c) with a list
      (d) listed

    DIRECTIONS: Follow the directions for rewriting the sentences below. Keep in mind that your new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the sentence given.

    1. Being a female jockey, she was often interviewed.

      Rewrite, beginning with:  She was often interviewed . . .
      The next words will be
      (a) on account of she was
      (b) by her being
      (c) because she was
      (d) being as she was

    2. Copies of the proposed rules were provided by the president of the college to the members of the committee.

      Rewrite, beginning with:  The president of the college . . .
      The next words will be
      (a) to the members of the committee
      (b) providing proposed rules from
      (c) provided copies of the proposed
      (d) proposed copies of the rules

    3. Having no air conditioning, her condo is very hot.

      Rewrite, beginning with:  Her condo is very hot . . .
      The next words will be
      (a) on account of it has
      (b) because it has
      (c) by it being
      (d) being as it is

    4. The praise of the other officers was earned by the young sergeant who solved the murder.

      Begin with:  Having solved the murder . . .
      The new sentence will include
      (a) earned the praise
      (b) earning the praise
      (c) praising of
      (d) praised the young sergeant

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    Reading Comprehension on the Nursing Entrance Test, HESI, HESI A2 and the TEAS

    Written by kimmel52 on February 20, 2010 – 10:39 am

    Relax, there is a study guide to help you

    Relax, there is a study guide to help you

    The reading comprehension section on the NET, TEAS, HESI A2 and the TEAS test can very frustrating for those taking the test for the first time.  It is highly recommended that students prepare for each of these tests.  Finding the right preparatory materials is not that easy.  Using study guides such as GRE or even the actual study guides produced by the corporations that offer the tests are not sufficient.  The book entitled, Pass The NET ™ will indeed help the student pass the reading comprehension.  The book offers students insight into what the actual test is attempting to illicit in regards to  critical thinking skills.  It doesn’t matter if the student has a 4.0 grade point average coming into the test.  Many of these students do not pass on the first try.  This is not very encouraging, however, there is hope.  The tutorial study guide, Pass The NET™ give the student all the pertinent information needed to be able to meet the desired passing score and beyond.  Basically what the tutorial consists of  are complete reading passages developed to cover biology, nursing and psychology.  These passages are actually longer than the passages that the student will have to read on the exam.  The questions that follow challenge the student to deduce the main theme of the passage, the main topic, authors view point and many other minuscule subtle inferences that are necessary to comprehend.  The student will get inside information on exactly what the nursing schools are looking for in the overall reading comprehension scores.

    You can pass the nursing entrance test the first time!

    You can pass the nursing entrance test the first time!

    These nursing entrance exams are attempting to determine whether or not the student has sufficient critical thinking, and analytical skills in reading comprehension.  It stands to reason that the school would need to know such information based on the difficulty of the rigorous nursing curriculum.  Students need to be prepared for the reading comprehension.  The book, Pass The NET ™ will help the student be prepared and confident, as well as pass the first time.

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    Nursing Term Paper Example, Psychopathology Paper 3

    Written by kimmel52 on November 8, 2008 – 5:45 am

    Running head: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY PAPER 3 Psychopathology Paper 3 H.F.C.C. Psychiatric Nursing 150 By Nancy Taji Running head: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY PAPER 3 Definition of Medical Diagnosis: Alcoholism in this case scenario is characterized by the DSM-IV-TR criteria for substance dependence. To qualify for a diagnosis of substance dependence there must be at least three of the following criteria met within a twelve month period. 1. Presence of tolerance of the drug. 2. Presence of withdrawal syndrome. 3. Substance is taken in larger amounts for longer periods than intended. 4. Unsuccessful or persistent desire to cut down or to control use. 5. Increased time spent in getting, taking and recovering from the substance. 6. Reduction or absence of important social, occupational or recreational activities. 7. Substance used despite knowledge of recurrent physical or psychological problems. (DSM-IV-TR, APA, American Psychiatric Society 2000) Alcohol related disorders such as alcohol intoxication, alcohol withdrawal and substance induced delirium are also associated with the diagnosis of alcoholism. Psychodynamics: The psychodynamics of alcoholism are multifactorial. Alcoholism touches everyone in one way or another. It has been around since mankind first invented alcohol. The early original schools of Freudian psychology thought alcoholism to be a learned response that eventually became a habit. This school of thought was called nurture, or the environment. As science progressed throughout the century, alcoholism Running head: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY PAPER 3 was viewed as a genetic defect, or occurring due to nature. Presently theorist view alcoholism as arising out of epigenetic causes. In other words nature and nurture combined. Basically this theory places importance on genes as well as environment. In any case alcoholism is considered a disease. It is a disease that robs those who are affected by it of their lives, their families and their futures. Alcoholism can turn a mild man into a wife beater and a child molester, and can turn a women into a wonton harlot. It devastates the lives of all whom it touches. (Varcarolis, 2002) Case Presentation: The client is a 45 year old Caucasian female who appears her stated age. She was admitted to the hospital with the following symptoms of slurred speech, unsteady gait, dehydration and a disheveled appearance along with strong fumes of alcohol emanating from her breath. The client was one week post admission upon this case study. Her appearance was that of a graciously mannered, well groomed lady. Her hair was in a meticulous braid, and she wore a loose fitting sweatshirt and stretch pants. She carried her self with an air of self confidence and met her eyes directly with the person that was talking to her. Her eyes were bright and clear. She spoke in a even toned voice depicting appropriated expressions of joy or sorrow when the conversation warranted. She stated that she has had an addiction to alcohol for the past twenty years. She expressed concern that her liver may now be damaged and that her doctor had ordered some liver tests to be run. She explained in detail about her life and the tragedies that she had to face beginning at a young age, with the death of her boyfriend at the wheel of the car that she was also in, and the sexual abuse by her alcoholic father. She Running head: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY PAPER 3 was able to talk about these past experiences calmly. She went on to explain that she would binge drink on the weekends and eventually wind up drinking throughout the week to simply keep the hangovers at bay. Consequently, she would always loose her job. She did say that she did very well for a time as a manager for an apartment complex. When asked what attributes she like about herself she could not describe any. She stated that she didn’t really like herself and had tried to commit suicide on several occasions using prescription pills and alcohol. Evidently, she had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She stated that the medication that she was on helped her keep her moods steady. She stated that the depressive mood was totally exhausting and that it was impossible to function. She thought that her late father may have also suffered from a bipolar disorder. When asked about her family, she replied that her sister who was 7 years her junior was also an alcoholic as was her mother. She wanted to remain in the hospital for a few more days although her doctor was going to release her. She stated that she needed to start taking care of herself and that realizing that she needs help is a positive step. She said that she may not have asked to stay for further treatment if she hadn’t restructured her thoughts about herself. Running head: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY PAPER 3 Table 1 Textbook Characteristics of Alcoholism versus Client Characteristics Observed Textbook Characteristics of Alcoholism 1. Presence of tolerance to the drug 2. Presence of withdrawal syndrome. 3. Substance is taken in larger amounts for longer period. 4. Increased time spent in getting taking and recovering. 5. Incapacitated from social, family and occupational events due to substance 6. Using substance despite knowledge of its harm. (Varcarolis, 2002) Characteristics Observed in Client 1. Client states that she must drink large amounts of beer and whiskey 2. Client states that without the alcohol she has tremors and is on Antabuse. 3. Client states that she has been drinking for over twenty years. 4. Client says that her binge drinking on weekends spills over into the weekdays. 5. She states that while she is drinking she is incapacitated from all family, social and occupational functions. 6. Client acknowledges harm of the substance yet continues to use it. Running head: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY Table 2 Nursing Interventions for Client 1. Tolerance to alcohol: Client will attend group therapy and acknowledge to refrain from drinking. 2. Withdrawal symptoms: Client will remain hydrated with fluids that contain electrolytes and take vitamin B. 3. Larger Amounts for Longer Periods: Client will participate in cognitive restructuring to identify positive strengths and build self confidence. 4. Unsuccessful to cut down or control use: Client will participate in Alcoholics Anonymous. 5. Increased time in obtaining and recovering from substance: Client will work with therapy and counseling to cognitively restructure life style. 6. Reduction and absence from activities: Client will engage in recreational and occupational therapy. 7. Substance used despite knowledge of harm: Client will refrain from the use of alcohol and verbalize harm, possible using biofeedback as a tool. (Varcarolis, 2002) Running head: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY PAPER 3 Table 3 Medical Interventions Medical Interventions Suggested for Alcoholism 1. Anti Alcohol drug 2. Anti anxiety medication 3. Vitamins and fluids 4. Group Therapy 5. Family Therapy 6. Alcoholics Anonymous 7. Rest (Varcarolis, 2002) Medical Interventions Implemented for Client 1. Antabuse 2. Halcyon 0.25mg P.O. at 2400 3. Dosages of Thiamine and I.V. of D5/lactated ringers 4. Client attends Group therapy 5. Client attends family therapy 6. Attends Alcoholics Anonymous 7. Client is convalescing in hospital (Clients Chart) Running head: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY PAPER 3 References Varcarolis, E. (2002). Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. (4th ed.) New York, N.Y., Saunders
    If you have the desire to go into nursing, then you must first get ready to take the N.E.T., the HESI or the TEAS entrance test. You can begin preparing for your career by practicing your skills using the online tutorials and tests at The Nurses Learning Center. There are over 1000 questions and answers. You will get unlimited internet access, 24/7. It is yours to keep. New questions are added daily. It’s like sitting for the N.E.T., The HESI or the TEAS in your home.

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