Taking the TEAS test

Be Informed before Taking the TEAS

TEAS is the abbreviation for Test of Essential Academic Skills, an aptitude test developed by ATI. Colleges use TEAS scores to grant admission to nursing aspirants in nursing courses they offer. Almost all nursing colleges of US are now using TEAS for evaluating applicant aptitude, and the usage of other nursing entrance tests has come down. Hence, TEAS is a very important entrance test for nursing aspirants.

TEAS Test Format

Students taking the TEAS test will be tested for aptitude in four content areas: Reading Comprehension, English and Language Usage, Mathematics and Science. Each of these sections has subsections in which examinees are tested. The sections are of different lengths. Hence, the time taken for working on each section is different. The Science section is the largest section of TEAS, and it constitutes about 32% of it. The Reading Comprehension section constitutes 28 %, Mathematics constitutes 20% , and English Language and Usage constitutes 20 % of the TEAS question paper. The total duration of TEAS is 3.5 hours, in which an examinee has to answer 170 questions. The duration of the individual sections depends on the lengths of the respective section.

The questions of the TEAS test are of the objective pattern, with the examinee having to select a correct answer from a number of available answer choices for a question. A composite score is awarded to the examinee at the end of the test, though individual scoring in the different sections is also made known to him or her. Test results are made available to the examinee after 48 hours of taking the TEAS test, at the test center. ATI can be requested to send the test results to specific colleges by paying an additional fee.

Points You Should Be Informed About Before Taking the TEAS

Now that you are aware of the objective, importance and format of TEAS, presented below is some more important information that you should be aware of before taking the TEAS test :

  • Recent Photo Id Compulsory- It is mandatory for you to carry your recent photo ID card to the examination center for verification.

  • Restriction on materials you can take inside the examination hall- Calculators and reference materials cannot be taken inside the TEAS examination hall. You can request for a scratch pad for doing rough work.

  • Test Taking Norms- TEAS V is an online test. You can skip difficult questions and attempt them later, but you should do that before quitting the section, because you will not be able to access already submitted sections. Each section is timed and if the time allotted for a particular section is used up before completing the section, the examinee will not be allowed to complete the section by using extra time. To avoid such a situation, you should be always conscious of time when attempting a section. If you are not able to complete a section on time, skip to the next section.

  • Scoring Norms- TEAS scoring does not have any negative marking. Hence, you could guess answers to questions for which you are not sure, though you should aim to give the most accurate answers, as much as possible.


It is always a good practice on the part of an examinee to visit the official ATI website and the websites of test centers and read the information given on it thoroughly, before taking the TEAS test. All centers have their own specific rules and regulations in addition to the general ATI rules for taking TEAS. Now, you are aware of certain generally important points that you should be aware of before taking the TEAS test. You can contact the exam center for details about center-specific norms for taking TEAS. They will answer any special questions that you may have regarding the exam.

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