TEAS Test of Essential Academic Skills

What Skills Should You Have for TEAS Testing?

TEAS or the Test of Essential Academic Skills is one of the admission criteria required to gain admission to the many nursing schools and colleges. If you are planning to get into a nursing degree program, you will be required to take this test and submit the test scores to the nursing school, as a part of the application requirements.

The following general information will be helpful to get familiar with the test. Also, the essential skills that you need in order to obtain high scores are also discussed in this article.

What is the TEAS?

The TEAS is a multiple-choice exam that tests the basic academic skills and knowledge of a student who wants to enroll in a nursing degree program. The test includes 170 questions and 4 answer options for each question. The questions are sub-divided into four sections which are:

  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English Language Usage

A total duration of 209 minutes is allotted for the test. Candidates are provided with sheets to work out problems and are not permitted to use calculators for the test. All test takers should register online with the ATI and book their test appointment with a test center, prior to the test date.

The test score report includes four composite scores, one for each test section and 13 sub-scores of the sub-sections. Students will receive their score report immediately after the test completion if they have appeared for the computer-based test. However, the paper and pencil format of the test will send the scores within 2 business days. You are required to submit your test scores to your nursing school through ATI by placing an online request through the official website (www.atitesting.com).

What Skills Should You Have for TEAS?

  1. Good Speed: During this test, you will get a little more than a minute to answer each question. Hence, be it an arithmetic problem or a passage comprehension, you need to think and work at a good speed in order to complete the test within the given time. Repeated practice of solving sample test questions reduces the time that you will have to spend for each question.

  2. Logical Thinking Ability: One of the challenges of this exam is that all the answer options appear to be closely related and confuse you about which one to choose. Also, answers to a few questions might not be directly stated in the answer choices, rather they could be in a hidden or inferential format. For instance, answers for a few questions in the passage comprehension task will not be directly provided in the choices. However, you need to use your logical thinking ability to make the right inferences and conclusions based on the information available in the passage.

  3. Excellent Arithmetic Skills: Having a strong foundation in mathematical operations is necessary for the test. A lot of basic tasks like subtraction and multiplication will need to be used repeatedly to solve the mathematical test questions. Hence, you must be at ease to work out such tasks without using calculators. However, you need not be a born mathematician; a good and sincere practice of solving problems can make you stronger in arithmetic skills.

  4. Strong Memory: No matter how well you prepare, if you are unable to remember what you have studied at the time of the test, your preparation will not prove fruitful. Especially, the Science section includes several content that need to be remembered effectively at the right time when required. Thus, having a good memory is important for taking the test.

  5. Good Vocabulary: Though vocabulary can be learned during your test preparation, having a good vocabulary base can help you take the Reading and English sections of the test with ease.

Apart from the subject content, you need to master the above-mentioned skills in order to score high and thereby get admission into your desired nursing program. You should keep in mind that all these skills can be sharpened by repeated practice of sample test questions.