What Is The TEAS Test for Nursing?

Prerequisites for TEAS

The TEAS for nursing is considered an entrance test for many different nursing programs in the United States. A standardized test of academic abilities and skill levels, this is a test that helps many nursing institutions analyze the candidates' potentials and accordingly determine their eligibility for nursing program admission. In the course of this write-up, you may learn more about the details of this test and the prerequisites to this test.

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

The Test is a measure of academic skills and abilities as required for basic-level nursing programs. Many healthcare institutions including nursing colleges use this test as a predictor of nursing program success and accordingly take their admission decisions. In addition, institutions utilize these scores to understand about the candidates' shortcomings in academic areas, if any, and plan for appropriate developmental programs to help them improve.

To understand the test completely, you must also learn about other essential facts like who conducts the test, when, where, and how it is conducted.

  • The TEAS is a product of Assessment Technologies, Inc. (ATI), a premier company in the nursing education field, who also administers it (https://www.atitesting.com).
  • All core academic areas and skills as required for successfully completing a nursing program are evaluated in this timed and proctored test.
  • It is in its fifth version now and is called TEAS V.
  • The test is administered several times a year in different test locations, as per a pre-decided schedule. You must register for a test date well in advance; walk-in testing is not an option available.
  • Though it is a standardized test in terms of content, test pattern, and testing rules, prerequisites, and minimum score requirements for admission might vary from one institution to the other.
  • The test results or transcripts are generally sent to the test taking site after 48 hours of taking the test. By paying the required amount of fee, the results can be arranged to be sent to other institutions as well.

Pre-requisites for Testing

As mentioned earlier, the TEAS is a mandatory requirement before joining certain nursing programs. You may note that not all programs require the test, but generally, the basic or entry level ones like ANURS/AND and RN/BSN, require candidates to have a valid TEAS score for admission into programs.

  • Thus, candidates who apply to basic level nursing programs (otherwise eligible for applying based on the institution's nursing program requirements) may need to take this test, depending on the rules of the nursing institute or college, and depending on the course requirements.

  • Some institutions may also require that candidates take certain mandatory pre-nursing programs before giving the TEAS V. For example, if you see the Dominican College website, it is mentioned that candidates complete certain course like CH220 Chemistry for Health Care Professionals, BI 223 A&P I, and EN112 before this exam (https://my.dc.edu/ICS/Academic_Programs/Nursing/TEAS_Requirement.jnz).

Test Sections, Question Types, and Test Duration

Without the knowledge of the test sections, question types and duration of the test, the details of the test will remain incomplete. The following are the different core areas tested in TEAS V:

  • English and Language usage: This section purports to assess the test takers' abilities and proficiency levels in English language usage. Questions in this area cover topics from grammar, punctuation, and nouns usage areas.

  • Reading: The section aims to gauge the candidates’ vocabulary skills and their ability at reading comprehension at both basic and advanced levels.

  • Mathematics: The Mathematics section includes questions covering various core subtopics like:

    • Algebra, and Advanced Algebra
    • Averages and Rounding
    • Estimation and Sequences
    • Graphs
    • Exponents
    • Fractions and Square Roots
    • Percents
    • Geometry
    • Measurement
    • Ratios
  • Science: Various topics from Life, Ecological, Earth, Chemical and Physical Sciences are included in this part of the test.

A total of 170 multiple-choice questions are included in this test, with each section apportioned with a suitable (not necessarily equal) number of questions:

  • 40 questions in the Reading area
  • 55 questions in the English and Language usage area
  • 45 questions in the Mathematics area
  • 30 questions in the Science area

A total of 209 minutes is allocated to the entire test battery (though the actual administration may take a little longer).

To summarize, the TEAS is an essential requirement for many nursing programs across the country, especially for the entry-level ones. Depending on the institution where you are applying to and the particular program's essential requirements, you will have to appear for this test and score high in it. Also, scoring well in this test is not really difficult, if you know what you are dealing with and prepare for it accordingly!