What’s the TEAS?

Students applying for admission into many Nursing Programs across the country are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).

The TEAS is a multiple choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science, and English language usage.


TEAS Structure

The TEAS consists of four sections that are timed for a total of 209 minutes:

Reading40 questions50 minutesParagraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusion
Math45 questions56 minutesWhole number, metric conversions, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportions. No calculators permitted.
Science30 questions38 minutesScience reasoning and knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, basic physical principles, and general science.
English55 questions65 minutesPunctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling.

The TEAS is offered in both a traditional paper and pencil version and in a computerized format. The computerized format is more popular today and allows test takers to be scored immediately.


TEAS Scoring System

Your TEAS results will showcase your understanding of 13 specific areas and measures your performance against other test takers. A percentile score will show you where you rank against others.

There is no passing score for the TEAS test. Each section is given a composite score, and sub scores are given for categories of specific content. Your score report includes:

  1. Adjusted Individual Score
  2. National Mean
  3. Program Mean
  4. Percentile Rank – National
  5. Percentile Rank – Program

The score report is very descriptive and allows nursing schools to view your overall performance.

Nursing schools typically set cutoff scores as their basis for approving a candidate for admission. Reputable nursing programs tend to have their cutoff percentile around the 70% – 80% mark for the four individual sections.

Each school places different emphasis on score report values. One may prefer to look at the national percentile mark while others utilize your individual score to make a decision.


When, Where, How?

Most test takers elect to take the TEAS test around the same time they are applying to nursing school. However, you are able to take the test well before applying. The cost runs around $115 but can vary depending on the testing site.

The test can be taken through the year and is administered by the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI).

To register or to see testing locations use the ATI testing website.


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