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TEAS is a national recognized pre-admissions test for nursing students, administered by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). The TEAS exam is a 209 minute, standardized, timed computer-based exam. Consisting of 170 multiple-choice questions with four-option answers, in four separate timed sections in reading, English and language usage, math and science. The exam is administered in a standardized environment and is overseen by a proctor.
The TEAS exam is required in order to apply for a nursing or allied health professional program. The test has been proven to be a statistically significant predictor of early nursing program success. Programs utilize the test and scores to recognize which students need extra attention and which ones are not a good fit for the program. All schools and programs vary on test result requirements. It is important to recognize what your school/program is looking for prior to preparing and taking the test.
Reading: 53 questions, 64 minutes
Math: 36 questions, 54 minutes
Science: 53 questions, 63 minutes
English and Language Usage: 28 questions, 28 minutes
Areas assessed: Key ideas and details, craft and structure, integration of knowledge and ideas
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- If the question doesn’t reference something in one of the answers, that answer is probably incorrect. Check to see what is/isn’t referenced and choose the best answer from there.
- Do not assume facts about questions. Often, if information is not provided in the question, it will not be relevant. Stick to the facts that are provided.
- Some questions will focus on your ability to determine the difference between opinion and fact. Practice recognizing the difference between fact (the grass is green) and opinion (the grass smells nice).
- Read carefully and slowly. Questions may be confusing if you read too quickly.
- If you think that 2 answers could be correct, ask yourself, “What is it REALLY asking”.
- Study and know different types of writing styles. You may be asked to identify. i.e. narrative, expository, entertaining, analytical, persuasive, etc.
- Know how to identify first person (I), second person (You), third person (Narration).
- Use only the information you are given, if it is not stated in the text then don’t assume it to be relevant.
- Use Process of elimination. Eliminate answers you know are wrong and work your way to one, final answer.
- Know how to use an index, dictionary, almanac, encyclopedia, and glossary.
- Try to improve your reading speed and comprehension in advance. You want to ensure that you can finish the section before the time is up.
- Pay attention to the wording in questions. The wording in the question itself will usually provide helpful hints that can lead you toward the correct answer.
Areas assessed: Conventions of standard English, Knowledge of language, Vocabulary Acquisition
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- Even if English is your first language, do not be overly confident.
- Rules of Language arts and grammar may be explicitly asked.
- Know The eight parts of basic sentence: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections.
- Dependent vs independent clauses of a complex sentence. i.e. what do you join two independent clauses with, etc.
- Spelling: Important to remember how many repeated letters are in a word. I.e. accommodate, foreign, appointments, necessary.
- Know subject-verb agreement
- Learn meaning of common prefixes and suffixes.
- Study terms and formal terms. Know what they are and how they work. i.e. coordinate conjunctions, sub conjunctions, subject verb agreement.
- Review basic rules of punctuation; i.e. semi-colon and dash usage.
- If you are not sure about the meaning of the word, use context clues and process of elimination to come to a final answer.
Areas assessed: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Life and physical sciences, Scientific reasoning
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- Know your Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology.
- Know the basics of the 11 systems of the body, organelles, basic biology.
- Balancing an equation in chemistry (atomic mass, protons, neutrons, etc.)
Areas assessed: Numbers and algebra, Measurement and Data interpretation
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- Read the questions thoroughly and slowly. Reread if necessary. The order/value they are expecting may be different that you are anticipating.
- Brush up on decimals, ratios, fractions, PEMDAS, percentages.
- Know addition, subtraction, multiplication, division problems.
- Be sure to know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions.
- Brush up on common math rules. i.e. when adding a fraction, they must have the same common denominator.
- You will be able to use a calculator. It will be provided by the testing center.
- Official fees should be confirmed with the official exam authorities.
- There are several fees that go into the total fee:
- Registration fee
- Score deployment fee (having scores sent to School/program of choice)
- Test center fee (if applicable). May vary with testing center and/or program.
- The fee is non-refundable
Where do I take the test?:
PSI Testing center
University (which you are applying)
- At home via Proctorio
Once you begin registration for the TEAS exam, a list of schools that administer the TEAS exam will be provided. You will be able to choose based on city and state.
Every schools passing score is different and can vary between 60%-80%. Many programs will have a minimum passing score that you will need to achieve in order to be considered, the schools will typically select applicants with the highest scores among other application factors.
Yes. However every program has different restrictions on how many times you can take it and how long you need to wait in between taking it. Some schools allow up to 3 retakes while others only allow for one test attempt and some schools will make you wait 30-45 days before you can retest.
The best thing you can do is to check with the program you are applying to and see what their requirements and restrictions are and plan accordingly.
Scores are provided immediately upon completion of the exam when taken on a computer.
There are many ways to prepare for the TEAS but the best place to start is to take a diagnostic practice test to get an idea of what your strengths and weaknesses are. Smart Edition offers a free practice test in the link below. Once you have identified your weaknesses you should plan to spend the majority of your time focusing on those areas, this will help improve your score the fastest.
You should consider purchasing a study guide or online course, Smart Edition has some great options for you for this. You’ll want to jump in the lessons to brush up on any areas that need improving and supplement the lessons with our video lessons for each topic. Flashcards are also a great way to reinforce what you have learned to make sure it sticks. In addition to your studying schedule it’s really important to take as many practice tests as you can to become more familiar with the material and the test format. We have you covered on this with up to 8 practice tests you can take as many times as you like.
After taking the test you can use your scores for 24 months to submit with your application to your program or school.
Yes, you will be able to use a calculator on the test but you don’t need to bring one. A four function calculator will be provided to you on the screen of the computer you are testing on.
Yes, you can go back to a question and you can also flag a question to return to it. However you can only do this for the section you are in. Once you have completed a section you can not go back and change your answer.
How to register for the TEAS exam:
- First, contact the school which you are applying. Some schools may handle administering the test, and others will utilize a PSI testing center.
Since the test is provided by ATI, you will need to access the ATI website prior to the exam and Make a Student Account
Click on the Secure Sign On link on the right of the page. Under the login field you should click on the create an account link to get started.
Once you have created an account, locate the Online Store on the ATI website and enter your login information.
In the Online Store, choose Register for the TEAS. You will have the option to choose either “Register through a school” or “Register through a PSI (testing center)”.
Register and pay the testing fee. A confirmation email will be sent.
You will receive individual scores for each subject area as well as an overall composite score. The scores are calculated by taking the number of questions you answered correctly divided by the total number of questions, this applies to both the subject area scores and the total overall composite score.
Once you receive your score you can share the score with any program you are applying to and that includes multiple schools if you want. There is a fee of $27 for each school you would like to send your results to.