TEAS Exam Version 5

Sectional Break-Up of TEAS Exam Version 5

When preparing for the TEAS, it is essential that you know all about the test basics and other important aspects like test content and question types. This is an article that can come handy in your preparation, providing a summary of the test, along with a sectional break-up of test contents.

TEAS - The Test and Its Importance

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a test of academic abilities, considered an excellent predictor of academic success in Nursing programs. Many healthcare educational institutions in the country, including Nursing colleges, use the TEAS scores to evaluate the candidates' proficiency levels and skill levels, determine their potentials, and accordingly make placement decisions. Using the exam results, the institutions also try and spot any shortcomings of the prospective students and accordingly make plans for support programs for them.

Developed and conducted by Assessment Technologies, Inc., (ATI), a premier Nursing education company, this proctored test is now in its fifth edition and is called the TEAS V. The results are valid for a couple of years or more (depending on the institution), thus if you have already taken it before, your test results may still be valid for admission procedures. Thus, when looking for Nursing program admission, it is advised that you confirm the rules and requirements with your institution in advance as to the validity of the results and the version of the test required.

In addition to being useful for the Nursing colleges and other institutions, the TEAS is also a test that plays a significant role in the lives of the Nursing aspirants. Because of the results being very specific and analytical in nature, test takers may use the results to understand their academic shortcomings, if any, and chalk out a plan to work on those.

You may find more information at the official ATI testing website: https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/PreNursingSchool/TEAS.aspx

TEAS V - A Sectional Break-up of the Test Content

When preparing for the test, it is very significant that you learn about the test content in detail. TEAS being an evaluative test that is used to measure the candidates' potentials, includes questions that cover all the relevant core academic skills and abilities. The four main areas tested are:

  • English and Language usage
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science

While the English and Language usage section tries to measure the test takers' academic proficiency in English language usage, the Reading section focuses on checking their Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension proficiencies. The questions in the Mathematics section covers the various subtopics of Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Averages and Rounding, Graphs, Exponents, Fractions and Square Roots, Percents, Geometry, Measurement, and Ratios; while the Science section covers General Science topics.

You may find sample test content and questions online at many websites including the ATI testing website.

TEAS V - Question Types and Test Duration

To align with the test purpose of evaluation and analysis, the test questions are designed thoughtfully to touch upon all the different subtopics, at the same time worded carefully to pose meaningful and unambiguous challenges to candidates. All the questions included in this version of the test are of multiple-choice type. A total of 170 questions are included, out of which 55 are from the English and Language usage section, 40 are from the Reading section, 45 from the Mathematics section, and 30 are from the Science section. There are no descriptive responses required for any of the questions.

The TEAS is a timed test of 209 minutes. The actual test administration time may vary, however. For instance, an administration of the test, generally, takes four hours or so to complete.

Yet another important thing to note about the test is that it does not allow the usage of calculators. That is, when preparing for the exam, practice your sums without using a calculator.

To summarize, the TEAS V is a standardized test across the different administrations of the test. Though the score requirements for admission eligibility may differ among different universities and institutions, the test content and other important parameters like duration and question types remain the same across different administrations. While preparing for the test, it is essential that you get these vital factors correct, and prepare yourself accordingly.