Myths to Know for Passing the TEAS





3 Myths about Passing the TEAS

The TEAS, a precondition for admission in nursing programs, is becoming competitive day by day. The Test for Essential Academic Skills  is a psychometric tool designed by ATI, to assess the basic aptitude of students who aspire to study courses related to nursing. Since schools with nursing programs require candidates who possess certain competencies, it is important for institutes to select the right candidates with the maximum potential for the professional line of nursing.

It should be known that only a good score in this test can get you into a strong nursing program with a reputed school. Therefore, the journey of your nursing career would only start after you pass this test.

The test is in the multiple choice questions format. It is a 170-questions exam which is divided in 4 time-bound sections and the entire test lasts for about 209 minutes. These sections are the Reading Section (40 questions with time limit of 50 minutes), the Math Section (45 questions with time limit of 56 minutes), the Science Section (30 questions with time limit of 38 minutes), the English and Language Usage Section (55 questions with time limit of in 65 minutes).

It should be known that before you prepare for the test, you should be aware of the formalities involved with ATI. There are many study guides available in the market that help you prepare forthe test. Even though TEAS is a popular nursing entrance test, there are many apprehensions regarding this test. Some of the common myths associated with this test are discussed below:


Myth 1: The selection of candidates is done through the passing scores set by ATI:

Fact: There is no passing or failing score mentioned in the TEAS; however, the selection criteria is set by schools.

There is no particular percentile set for passing this test. However, schools are given the liberty to set their own cut-off range for the scores. Since there is no passing cut off specified by ATI, the selection criteria differs from institute to institute.

Thus, while applying to different colleges, you would have to check the university guidelines to verify if you are eligible for admission in their nursing program. It should be known that the benchmark also depends on the type of nursing program you apply for. Therefore, if your test score does not meet the university requirements, then your application would unfortunately be rejected. It is also important to prepare yourself for the test based on eligibility criteria set by the university you aim to join.

Myth 2:The selection of candidates is considering the individual TEAS score only.

Fact: Even though, there is no passing or failing score mentioned, the selection of the candidate is done by considering the individual and section-wise performance.

It should be known that after the successful completion of the test, the candidate is given a comprehensive scorecard of his or her performance. This includes the Adjusted Individual Score, National mean, Program mean, Percentile rank - National and Percentile rank - Program. Thus, during the selection process, the overall scores would be considered. Hence, to pass in this test, one has to perform well in every section.

Myth 3: You get only one chance for taking the TEAS test.

Fact: You can re-take the TEAS test in case you have not achieved your desired score and re-apply to the schools of your choice as a fresh applicant.

It should be known that you are allowed to re-take the test in case you are not satisfied with your score. Since the score card you receive is sent to the schools of your choice, you can opt to re-apply for the test. However, if you choose to re-take the test, you have to register with ATI for the test again and send a fresh application to the school.

This test is very competitive and hence, it is important for you to be well prepared for the final test. Since schools set clear expectations in their guidelines, they expect potential candidates who perform exceptionally. Therefore, merely passing  is not sufficient; you need to get a high score to secure your admission in the nursing program. Hence, with self-discipline and a rigorous study regime, you would have to work hard in order to achieve your target score.