If you’ve spent any time looking at nursing school admission requirements, you’ve probably come across mention of the TEAS exam. The Test of Essential Academic Skills is a four-part exam that helps nursing schools decide which candidates to admit. Given that approximately 40% of test takers must retake the TEAS at least once to receive a passing score, nursing schools see it as an effective measurement of which students are ready for the rigors of a postsecondary curriculum. While that figure may intimidate you, the good news is that any learner can pass the TEAS on their first try with the right preparation. Keep reading to learn what the TEAS entails, where to find helpful resources, and how to ace it.
What Is the TEAS Exam?
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) covers four main areas. These include reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. Many nursing degrees at the associate and bachelor’s levels require prospective students to take this exam as a way of measuring their preparedness.
What Can You Expect in the TEAS Exam?
The TEAS exam comprises four sections devoted to testing the student’s knowledge. We review each part of the test in the following section.
Registering for the Exam
Registering for the TEAS exam involves a relatively streamlined process managed via ATI Testing. We answer some of your most common questions about registering below.
Why Should I Register for the Exam?
Students should register because a) you are required to register beforehand to actually take the exam, and b) many nursing programs now require TEAS scores for admission.
What Should I Be Aware of Before I Register?
Students should contact prospective schools prior to registering to learn about deadlines, minimum scores, and testing locations.
How Can I Register?
Examinees should visit the ATI Testing website, create an account, and use the email confirmation link to complete registration.
When Should I Register?
Test takers should register once they speak to prospective schools and gather all the necessary information.
How to Study for the TEAS
Every student’s exam preparation process looks different, but the following sections provide some tips and tricks for acing the exam like a pro.
Exam Prep Starters
Before sitting down to begin preparing for the TEAS examination in earnest, test takers should set some ground rules for themselves that will help guide their efforts. ATI Testing recommends beginning the process six weeks prior to the exam date to ensure you do not feel rushed or like you need to cram for the test.
Every learner’s schedule looks different, so work out a timeline that makes sense for you. Getting – and staying – organized goes a long way, as does sticking to your study plan.
TEAS Study Plan
The study plan put together in this section reflects ATI Testing’s suggestion that students should set aside at least six weeks to prepare for the TEAS examination.
TEAS Study Help Resources
Websites & Organizations
Administered by ATI Testing, this helpful webpage provides lots of answers to commonly asked questions.
ATI Testing administers the TEAS exam and provides plenty of helpful free and paid resources.
Kaplan allows examinees to take a few free practice tests to see which areas need work.
This Mometrix resource allows students to take unofficial TEAS practice tests.
Kaplan makes both of these available for $49.
Offered by ATI Testing, this official study guide costs just $25.
This test preparation company provides several helpful books and tools to get ready for the TEAS.
Get an in-depth look at what to expect when you take the TEAS
Nurse Lexi shares her tips and tricks for getting a top score.
Hear a first-hand account from someone who aced the TEAS exam about how she did it.
This video provides tactics and ideas for the latest version of the TEAS exam.
Social Media Groups
This private Facebook group has nearly 35,000 members who provide positivity and support.
Stay accountable and motivated alongside the 13,000+ members in this group.
Whether you need help with language arts or math, this group is here for you.
Tools & Apps
Get instant explanations when you make a mistake with this helpful tool.
Available in the Google Play store, this handy app allows you to study on the go.
Use these free flashcards to test your TEAS knowledge.
Apple users can download this free app that features more than 1,300 exam-like questions.
Use this flashcard maker and existing decks to create a personalized learning experience.
11 Questions for Test Day
When should I get there?
Students must show their identification and receive an assigned seat prior to getting started, along with storing their bag. Because of this, they should arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to testing time.
Where will I take the test?
Your school will assign a location, typically either on campus or at an approved testing site.
What should I bring?
Examinees should bring photo identification, ATI login information, and two No. 2 sharpened pencils.
What time is the test?
Testing times vary, so check with your school.
How long does it take?
The test takes 209 minutes.
Is the test taken on a computer or written?
The TEAS exam exists in both forms.
What is it like in the test room?
The exam room looks similar to a classroom, with assigned seats for test takers. It may be slightly cold, so bring a sweater. Do not bring a jacket, as this is considered additional apparel.
Are there any breaks?
There is a 10-minute break at the halfway point.
Is there anything I’m not allowed to bring?
Additional apparel, personal items, electronics, and any food or drink.
What if I have a learning disability or need help?
Speak with the testing administrator prior to exam day about available accommodations.
What if I get nervous?
Take a breath, remember that you prepared adequately, and do your best.
FAQ: After the Test
From the Source: TEAS Talks About the Exam
Colleen Rowley Blackwell is the marketing specialist at ATI Nursing Education, the organization responsible for administering the TEAS exam. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Missouri at Columbia.