Details About Average TEAS Test Scores

What Scores are Declared for TEAS?

The Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a standardized assessment, for basic academic skills. This is a customized test designed by ATI, to match the applicant’s competency according to the skill set required by nursing programs: for example, logical reasoning, and problem solving and scientific knowledge.

If you happen to be seeking admission in a nursing program with a reputed institute, you would have to take the TEAS test first. The scores of this test is generally the selection criteria many schools follow, in order to shortlist candidates who apply for nursing programs.

More about the TEAS:

This is a time-bound test of the multiple choice format. It consists of 170 questions which are divided in 4 specific sections and the overall test last about 3 1/2 hours.During admission in nursing programs, the applicant's mean scores would consist of the individual score and sectional score would be taken in consideration.

The four test sections are the Reading section, the Math section, the Science section and the English and Language Usage section. They are time bound and every section is evaluated separately.

The Reading section has 40 questions and the time limit allotted is 50 minutes. It consists of comprehension reading and stating inferences. The questions are used to test the logical reasoning and deduction capabilities in a candidate.

The Math section has 45 questions which is to be answered in 56 minutes. It includes topics like algebra, percentiles, ratio and proportions etc. Since calculators are not allowed in TEAS test, the candidates are assessed for precision and accuracy through this section.

The Science section has 30 questions which have to be answered within 38 minutes. The questions in this section are used to assess the candidate's conceptual knowledge for chemistry, physics and biology.

The English and Language Usage section has 55 questions with a time limit of 65 minutes. This is the lengthiest section of the test. The questions are used to assess the candidate's knowledge of the English language and grammar.

The TEAS Score:

A TEAS score card is given to a candidate on completing the test. This is an extremely detailed report which mentions the overall and section wise performance. This is measured as the Adjusted Individual Score, National mean, Program mean, Percentile rank - National and Percentile rank - Program. Since the test is a competency mapping tool, its results are instrumental in assessing the potential strengths of the candidate.

The questions in this test, are designed by ATI to calculate the relevant skill sets required for nursing program and are declared as "The Academic Preparedness". Therefore, based on the percentile received, the candidate is categorized as "Advanced" (80%-90%), "Exemplary" (90% and above) or "Proficient" (70%-80%). In general, a Program Mean Score above 70% is considered to be an exceptionally good score, based on the nursing program you apply for.

The Selection Criteria:

There is no passing or failing criteria set by ATI. The cut-off range is decided independently by the schools. The selection also depends on the type of nursing program, for example, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) or Diploma nursing programs. The cut-off  score for every nursing program would vary.

With the help of a strong study plan and good quality study resources, you can be well-prepared for the test. You should also be aware that the TEAS scores are valid for two years. Hence, you should be quick in applying to schools for your desired nursing program. In case you feel that the scores are not up to the mark, you can retake the  test by registering again. You would have to pay for taking the test again, but your application would be considered as a new one.

The admission seats available with schools, for various nursing programs, is limited. Since schools decide the admission criteria, it makes this test all the more competitive. The mean scores are a crucial deciding factor that would shape a person's nursing career. Therefore, it is necessary to get high scores for the test. Though, it is not practical to study overnight, in order to secure your admission: it is required that you plan smartly and are well prepared to take the test.