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What is the TEAS Test?

The ATI TEAS Test is a nationally 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 TEAS exam is administered in a standardized environment and is overseen by a proctor.

The ATI TEAS test 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.


How to study for the ATI TEAS

There are many ways to prepare for the TEAS but the best place to start is to take a diagnostic ATI TEAS practice test to get an idea of what your strengths and weaknesses are. For a deeper dive into this topic check out our guide for how to study for the ATI TEAS test. Smart Edition offers a free TEAS 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. Smart Edition free TEAS practice test You should consider purchasing TEAS test prep whether it is a TEAS 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 TEAS 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. Smart Edition TEAS Test Prep Online Course

What is on the TEAS Test

Reading: 53 questions, 64 minutes

The reading section of the ATI TEAS test consists of topics like key ideas and details, craft and structure, integration of knowledge and ideas, and types of passages, text structure, genre and theme. For a deep dive and to explore more resources read the full TEAS test reading review guide

Math: 36 questions, 54 minutes

The math section of the ATI TEAS test is one of the more challenging sections for a lot of students. Luckily we put together this in depth TEAS test math review guide that covers every topic you will see on the test as well as free resources like recordings of our group tutoring sessions and a free math practice test.  

Science: 53 questions, 63 minutes

The ATI TEAS science question by far has the most material that you will need to study and covers a very broad area of A&P, life sciences and chemistry. Our TEAS Test science review goes super in depth for every topic you will see on this section, this will be your best place to start in preparing for this section of the test.

English and Language Usage: 28 questions, 28 minutes

The English section of the TEAS test is the shortest section with the least amount of questions and time, but don’t let that fool you, all that means is that if you miss questions on this section it will bring your score down faster so you need to really be on top of your English and grammar, our detailed TEAS English review guide will help get you pointed in the right direction. 

How hard Is the TEAS Test?

The TEAS test is a difficult test by any students standards. However the level of difficulty for any one students has many variables which make this question very subjective. 

The good new is that according to ATI, all the material on the test does not go beyond a high school level, with that said, remembering everything we learned over four years of high school is no easy task. 

The biggest factor is how well you know the material when you begin studying. If you have been out of school for 20 years then approaching these topics again can be more difficult. 

If English is your second language you might find the English and reading sections to be more difficult than a native speaker would. 

When it comes to science students who have taken A&P 1 and 2 college courses have a major head start than those who don’t.

At any rate, if you have a good TEAS Test prep resources like the Smart Edition Academy online course and you can put in the time to study and give your self enough time to study given your level of knowledge of these subjects you will do great on the TEAS test. 

TEAS Test Dates

The TEAS Test is offered throughout the year and can be taken both in person at a testing center or you can take the TEAS TEST online at home. 

The exact time and dates available will depend on the testing centers which are usually located at the school you are applying to, so check with your school to see what days and times they offer. 

Just be careful and take extra time to make sure you are prepared for taking the test at home, many students report technical difficulties but this guide for things that can go wrong taking the TEAS test at home can help you know a few of those things in advance. 

How do I 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.

How much does the ATI TEAS exam cost

The price can range from $50-80 or more and it really depends on the program you are applying to so it’s best to check with them first. 

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 so make sure you need to take the test for your program and be familiar with any other requirements your school may have. 

Where do I take the ATI TEAS exam?

Check out this post to learn more about what you need to know for taking the TEAS test from home. The TEAS test can be taken at one of three options:

  • PSI Testing center
  • University (which you are applying)
  • At home via Proctorio

Once you begin registration for the ATI 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 you live in. 

What is the TEAS test passing score?

The TEAS test is not a pass or fail exam and every schools passing score is different which can vary from anywhere between 50%-90%. 

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 like pre-requisite courses, GPA, and any relevant experience you may have. 

The TEAS passing score can vary widely and it’s more typical to see lower score requirements for a 2 year associates degree program which is usually somewhere between the 50% to 65% range. 

If you are applying to a bachelors degree program the score requirements can be much higher well into the 70-80%+ range. 

Another big factor for the TEAS Test passing score for any particular school is how competitive the school is. 

Some states like California are very competitive and might have 300 applicants for only 50 seats, in those types of situations the required TEAS test score can be on the highest end which can be in the upper 80% range. 

The official ATI TEAS test passing score break down is:

  • Developmental 0% to 40.7% 
  • Basic 41.3% to 58%
  • Proficient 58.7% to 77.3%
  • Advanced 78% to 90%
  • Exemplary 90.7% to 100.0%

How is the TEAS test scored?

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.

Can I retake the ATI TEAS?

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.

How long does it take to get my TEAS test results?

Scores are provided immediately upon completion of the exam when taken on a computer. In some cases schools might take up to 2 business days to provide the scores so it’s best to check with your school or testing center to see how long it might take. 

While you might receive your scores on the computer immediately after completing the TEAS test exam, it still might take up to 72 business hours before they appear in your ATI account online. 

How long are my TEAS exam scores good for?

After taking the test you can use your scores for 24 months to submit with your application to your program or school. 

Can I share my TEAS test score with more than one school?

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.

Can you use a calculator on the TEAS exam?

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. This video goes over everything you need to know about using the calculator on the test. 

Can I go back to a question on the test?

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.


The ATI TEAS 6 test will be changing to the ATI TEAS 7 test in June of 2022. You can read more about the ATI TEAS 7 changes in this more detailed TEAS 7 post

It was originally scheduled to start in October of 2021 but has been delayed to the following year. 

Fortunately all the topics on the test are the same. The changes are in the ratio of questions per topic on the actual test. For example the TEAS 7 will have less A&P questions and more chemistry and life sciences. 

This video goes over everything. you need to know about the TEAS 7. The Smart Edition Academy TEAS test prep online course will automatically update to the TEAS 7 practice tests in early 2022, so if you already have the course you won’t need to do anything. 

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