TEAS V Science

TEAS Science Section - A Brief Overview

The TEAS test 5.0 or the Test of Essential Academic Skills 5.0 is designed for nursing program applicants in the United States. Most colleges that offer nursing or health programs consider the score as a key admission criterion for students. It is created and developed by an educational services institution called ATI. The test evaluates if a nursing program applicant has the minimum recommended academic skills, to complete his or her nursing education successfully. While the TEAS 5.0 test has 4 test sections - Math, Reading, English and Science, this article will deal with the Science section of the test.

What are the Key Aspects of the Science Test?

The important aspects of this test are described as follows:

  1. Test Format

    It has 48 multiple choice questions in total and is available in two formats - computerized and paper-based. Most centers allow both test formats, while there may be a few test centers that only provide the computer-based version. Therefore, all applicants are requested to visit the official ATI website (www.atitesting.com) to review the list of centers in their locality and learn more about their center specific rules and requirements.

  2. Test Duration

    The time limit for the complete TEAS 5.0 test is about 3.5 hours, while the Science section is generally allotted about 66 minutes of the total test time.

  3. Test Scores

    It is not a pass or fail test. However, most nursing educational institutions require all applicants to secure a minimum recommended score in the test. The minimum cut off score may vary among colleges and hence, it is advised that the applicants check with their college(s) regarding the same. Online score reports are published on the ATI website for a price.

What are the Key Subject Areas of the TEAS V Science Test?

The Science section assesses an applicant's competency in the following knowledge areas:

  • Human Body Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth and Physical Science
  • Scientific Reasoning

Now, let's review each knowledge area individually:

  1. Human Body Science (11 questions)

    Human Body Science is defined as the study of the structure (anatomy) and the functioning (physiology) of all organs and systems of the human body. This section of the test evaluates the knowledge of the applicants in identifying and defining human body parts. Moreover, it assesses their understanding of key functions of human body parts and systems. In addition, there may be test questions related to human diseases and disorders and also questions on the impact of such diseases on human birth, mortality and fertility rates etc.

  2. Life Science (15 questions)

    Life Science is the scientific study of all living organisms, such as plants and animals and includes several subject areas such as Biology, Biochemistry, etc. However, the  test emphasizes on the following subject areas within this discipline, such as cell structure and functions, DNA and RNA structures, biological classifications, natural selection processes and the study of genes and heredity patterns.

  3. Earth and Physical Sciences (14 questions)

    Earth sciences is the comprehensive study of the Earth and it's atmosphere and includes sub-sciences such as Geology, Geophysics, Atmospheric sciences etc. Physical Sciences is defined as the study of all inanimate objects and includes disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy. The Science test, focuses on only certain key subject areas within these sciences, such as energy sources and their properties, study of atoms and molecules, chemical reactions, chemical and physical properties of the Periodic table, physical changes of matter and so on. The multiple choice questions in this test section assess the applicant's knowledge of definitions, terms and processes in the previously mentioned subject areas.

  4. Scientific reasoning (8 minutes)

    Scientific reasoning is an activity, wherein the logic behind a particular scientific phenomena, theory or problem is explained by providing scientific explanations, hypotheses or solutions, respectively. Each question in this test section describes a certain scientific theory, investigation or concept and then asks the test taker to support the given construct. The test taker does this by choosing the correct scientific model, explanation or alternative from the given multiple options.

To get a complete list of science topics covered in each subject area of the test, please download the TEAS Summary document by clicking on this link -'www.cocc.edu/uploadedFiles/Departments_/CAP/Nursing_Admissions_Test/TEAS-V%20summary%20packet.pdf'. Moreover, it must be noted that the number of questions and time duration may be different from what is mentioned in this article, so it is important that applicants check with their test centers on these specific requirements.

In conclusion, the TEAS Science is an advanced examination that appraises the scientific knowledge of nursing program applicants. For more information about test preparation, study guides and practice questions, applicants may visit the official ATI website (www.atitesting.com).