2020 Edition

TEAS VI Test Guide

The TEAS Test Summary
What: An exam that tests individuals on basic academic knowledge and skills.
Who: The test is available to be taken by individuals looking to enter nursing school.
Where: The TEAS Qualifying Exam is offered at multiple locations across the U.S.
When: Testing dates and times vary.
How: The TEAS tests individuals on Science, Math, English, and Reading skills learned in high school.
Type: Tests are given in a computerized format.
Why: The TEAS is an assessment tool used to grant or deny an individual's entry into nursing school.
Time: 3 hours and 29 minutes
Language: English
Preparation: Individuals should re-familiarize themselves with fundamental knowledge learned in grades 10-12 in high school. Flash cards and exam preparation books are some helpful study aids.
Cost: Varies

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), administered by the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), is a pre-entry examination used to assess the fundamental academic knowledge and skills of individuals applying to nursing school. The TEAS does not test on any specific area of nursing, but is more of an overall measure of general academic education.  A new TEAS, sixth edition, will be in effect as of September 2016.

The Test

There are 170 multiple choice questions on the TEAS which generally cover content learned in grades 10-12 in U.S. high schools. Only 150 of the items are scored and 20 are unscored pretest items.  A test-taker is given four separate timed tests, totaling 209 minutes, covering the following subjects:

  • Science (53 questions)
    • This section tests an individual in such subjects as human anatomy and physiology, genetics and biology, chemistry, physics and scientific reasoning.
  • Math  (36 questions)
    • The Math section consists of problems involving metric conversion, whole numbers, fractions and decimals, percentages and ration/proportions, algebraic equations and geometry.        
  • English  (28 questions)
    • This subcategory tests an individual's knowledge of grammar, punctuation, contextual words, sentence structure, and spelling.
  • Reading  (53 questions)
    • The Reading section asks an individual questions regarding passage comprehension, paragraph comprehension and inferences/conclusions.

Since the TEAS is offered in computer format, results are received immediately upon completion of the test.  Scores are sent to schools requested by the test-taker and used in school admission and placement decisions. 

If you are interested in finding additional help preparing for the TEAS, check out our TEAS Directory to find helpful study aids.