What Is the ATI TEAS Reading Test? 

The ATI TEAS Reading Test is also called the TEAS Reading Comprehension Test. This section assesses reading comprehension skills, attention to detail, and the ability to read, analyze, and make your answer choice in an efficient and organized manner. 
You will have 55 minutes to answer the 45 items on the Reading section. The ATI TEAS Reading section is comprised of three topics: 

  • Key Ideas and Details (15 items, 38% of the Reading section) 
  • Craft & Structure (9 items, 24% of the Reading section) 
  • Integration of Knowledge & Ideas (15 items, 38% of the Reading section) 

Additionally, you will have 6 questions that are included as pretest items that do not count for your final score. 

Free TEAS Reading Sample Questions

The following two questions are examples of questions that are likely to appear as question types on the Reading section of your ATI TEAS Test-

Let’s start with the first topic: Identifying key ideas and details. This part of the section assesses your ability to identify and infer important ideas in a passage, as well as how well you follow instructions and analyze information from visual stimuli (graphs, charts, etc.).  

Question 1

Following are the updated FDA regulations about food labeling, which, naturally, apply also to us. Please read and let us know of any current violations in any parts of the establishment.
A. Label information shall include:

  1. The common name of the food, or, if a common name does not exist, an adequate description;
  2. If made from two or more ingredients, a list of ingredients in descending order of predominance by weight, including a declaration of artificial color or flavor and chemical preservatives contained;
  3. An accurate declaration of the quantity of contents, detailed in either weight or liquid volume;
  4. The name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor (or all three if not the same); and
  5. The name of the food source for each major food allergen contained in the food, unless the food source is already part of the common or usual name of the respective ingredient.

B. Bulk food that is available for consumer self-dispensing shall be prominently labeled with the following information in plain view of the consumer:

  1. The manufacturer or processor's label that was provided with the food; OR
  2. A card, sign, or other method of notification that includes the information specified under Subparagraphs (A)(1), (2), (3), and (5) of this section.

C. Bulk, unpackaged foods, such as bakery products and unpackaged foods that are portioned to consumer specification, need not be labeled if:

  1. A health, nutrient content, or other claim is not made;
  2. The food is manufactured or prepared on the premises of the food establishment or at another food establishment or food processing plant owned by the same person.
Which of the following information is not required to appear on the label of packaged tortilla shells sold in bulk?

A. The tortillas manufacturer’s original label
B. Information on the allergens contained
C. The location in which the tortillas were packed
D. A description of the product, or its name
E. The weight of the tortillas contained in the pack

Answer & Explanation

The correct answer is (C).

As stated in article (B)(2), bulk food is required to some, but not all, of the labeling requirements in article (A). The requirement not included is (A)(4), which is the name and place of business of, among others, the packer.

Answer (A) is incorrect because as stated in article (B)(1), if available, the original manufacturer or processor’s label should be attached to the product.
All other answers refer to conditions from article (A), but they refer also to bulk food under article (B)(2).

Answer (B) is incorrect because as stated in article (A)(5), the name of the food source of each major allergen must be stated.

Answer (D) is incorrect because as stated in article (A)(1), the product’s name, or a description of it, is a requirement.

Answer (E) is incorrect because as stated in article (A)(2-3), whether if made of one or more ingredients, the quantity, or weight, of the ingredients must be stated.


Sometimes it is more effective to begin by reviewing the question before delving into the passage or stimulus. This approach enables you to pinpoint exactly what to focus on while reading. It can help you save both time and energy, and in some cases, you might not even need to read the entire passage or table if the answer is clearly evident in a specific section.  


Question 2

Both human liver enzymes and bacteria can process caffeine and other drugs. Liver enzymes can remove the CH3 groups stuck to the rings, just as bacterial enzymes do, resulting in caffeine derivatives, the most simple of which is known as xanthine, the door. The bacteria hang onto them, chopping down the rings to their component elements and harvesting energy.

In bacteria, caffeine ____

A. can be used for energy
B. cannot be used for energy
C. is hazardous
D. is not processed in the liver

Answer & Explanation

The correct answer is (A).

The passage mentions that "bacteria hang onto them, chopping down the rings to their component elements and harvesting energy" – so caffeine can be used for creating energy in bacteria.


When reading a passage containing a lot of information, return to the passage and reread the relevant sentences to ensure your choice aligns with the provided information. Then, you can carefully evaluate each answer option and eliminate those that contradict the information provided in the passage  


Question 3

As an organic farmer, you need to approximate the weather for each of the ten days following the sowing of your fields (sunny day, cloudy day and rainy day).

he graph below includes vertical lines representing the minimum (lower point) and maximum (upper point) chances of, in percentages, sunny/cloudy/rainy weather.

According to the graph, if a super sunny day is defined as one whose vertical line is above 20% percent, how many super sunny days are counted?

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. 4

Answer & Explanation

The correct answer is (B).

Only on day 8 is there between a 25% (lower point) and 95% (upper point) chance of it being sunny. Thus, it is defined as a super sunny day. Days 1 and 7 start at 15% (lower point) and thus are not counted.

You might have noticed that questions involving tables and graphs demand a lot of focus. It is crucial to practice under various conditions to ensure that you maintain your focus during the actual test. A lack of concentration can make questions that would typically be easy for you much more challenging.

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Question 4

Read the passage below before answering the question.

When Carlos and Donna Royal, a retired couple from San Marcos, California, decided to install an owl box in their eco-friendly yard, little did they know this spontaneous decision would affect millions. For two years the box sat empty, until one winter day a toppled fence drew Carlos to that corner of the yard, where he heard scratching sounds coming from the box.
He hurried back into the house and turned on the TV, which was connected to a camera fitted inside the box. "Donna!" he exclaimed, "I think we have a visitor!" Indeed, the box was occupied by a beautiful female barn owl. At night, she was joined by a gentleman caller, who delivered a fresh meal in the form of a rabbit. The Royals named the owls Molly and McGee, and Carlos, eager to share the experience with his 94-year-old mother, asked his grandson's assistance in streaming live video from the box across the Web. He never expected what came next.

Which of the following is a reasonable prediction about what the author will include in the paragraphs to follow?

A. Information about the owl laying eggs and caring for the owlets
B. Details about the technical issues Carlos encountered while trying to live stream the video
C. An account of how the owl box channel gained multinational popularity
D. How Carlos' 94-year-old mother became infatuated with the beautiful owls

Answer & Explanation

The correct answer is (B).

The first paragraph states that Carlos and Donna's decision would affect millions. In addition, the closing sentence of the second passage, "He never expected what came next," hints that something surprising is about to happen. It is indeed surprising for a video stream meant only for family to gain multinational popularity.

Answer (A) is incorrect because a bird laying eggs and taking care of its young is not surprising.

Answer (B) is incorrect because technical issues in video streaming are not surprising, nor are they expected to affect millions of people.

Answer (D) is incorrect because this, too, is not surprising, nor can one conclude that it will affect millions.


When trying to predict what the author will include in the paragraphs to follow, pay attention to key phrases or hints within the passage you’ve just read. Search for words or phrases that suggest a direction the author might take with the narrative. For example, in this case, phrases such as “he never expected what came next” or “affect millions” can provide clues about the surprising and impactful nature of the upcoming content.


Let's move on to an author's craft question:

Question 5

Please choose the correct answer.
Draw a square. Draw a diagonal connecting the upper right-hand vertex (corner) to the lower left-hand vertex. From the midpoint of the diagonal, draw a line extending to the upper left-hand vertex. Write the letter "A" at each end of the diagonal (the upper right-hand vertex and the lower left-hand vertex) and the letter "B" next to the remaining two vertices (corners). Rotate the drawing 45 degrees clockwise.

Which of the following drawings corresponds with the directions?




Answer & Explanation

The correct answer is (D).

Step 1: draw a square:


Step 2: draw a diagonal connecting the upper right-hand vertex (corner) to the lower left-hand vertex:


Step 3: draw a line extending from the midpoint of the diagonal to the upper left-hand vertex:


Step 4: write the letter "A" at both ends of the diagonal:


Step 5: write the letter "B" next to the remaining vertices (corners):


Step 6: rotate by 45 degrees clockwise:



Question 6

Read the memo below before answering the question.
All employees
From: Management
Date: June 30th, 2017
Subject: The Office Kitchen

It has come to the management's attention that the office kitchen is often left in an unpleasant state.
Those who eat last constantly suffer from this problem.
Therefore, we ask you to make sure you leave a clean table and a clean sink once you have finished your lunch break.
A new dishwasher has been installed for your convenience.
Wet wipes and paper towels can be found in the kitchen's cupboard.
Bonuses will be awarded to employees who take an active part in this joint effort.

Which of the following statements is accurate according to the above memo?

A. Employees are expected to bring wet wipes and paper towels with them.
B. Employees are expected to install the dishwasher before using it.
C. Managers are asking employees to leave behind a clean kitchen at the end of the day.
D. Employees who leave a clean table and sink behind may receive bonuses.

Answer & Explanation

The correct answer is (D).

Answer (D) is correct because leaving a clean table and sink is considered an act of maintaining a clean kitchen. According to the last part of the memo, an employee who actively contributes to the cleanliness of the kitchen will be eligible for a bonus.

Answer (A) is incorrect because the memo clearly states that the wipes and paper towels are stored in the kitchen's cupboard for the employees' use.

Answer (B) is incorrect because, according to the memo, a dishwasher has already been installed for (and not by) the employees.

Answer (C) is incorrect because the memo asks employees to leave a clean table and sink after they finish their lunch, not at the end of the day.

Now that you have gained familiarity with various TEAS Reading questions and techniques, it's time to start your practice. Consistently practicing timed tests will significantly boost your skills and therefore your results.

How do I Prepare for the TEAS reading?

Preparing for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Reading section involves several strategies to enhance your reading comprehension and test-taking skills. Here are some tips:

  1. Understand the Format: Familiarize yourself with the TEAS Reading section format. Know the types of questions asked, such as main idea, details, inferences, and author's purpose.

  2. Practice Regularly: Consistent practice is key. Use TEAS practice tests and reading materials similar to what you'll find on the exam. This helps in getting used to the question styles and time management.

  3. Improve Vocabulary: A strong vocabulary aids in understanding reading passages. Read widely and use vocabulary-building tools or apps.

  4. Develop Critical Reading Skills: Practice identifying main ideas, supporting details, and authors' arguments in texts. Analyzing texts critically is a crucial skill for the TEAS Reading section.

  5. Time Management: Practice completing reading passages and questions within a set time. Time management is crucial in ensuring you can answer all questions within the given time.

TEAS Reading Scoring

The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Reading test scores are part of your overall TEAS score, used by nursing and allied health programs. Here's a brief overview:

  1. Scoring System: The TEAS test is scored on a 100% scale, reflecting the percentage of correct answers. There's no penalty for guessing.

  2. Reading Section Format: Typically, it consists of around 53 multiple-choice questions, focusing on key ideas, details, and integration of knowledge.

  3. Adjusted Individual Score: Your raw score (number of correct answers) is converted into an Adjusted Individual Score, which is scaled to account for test difficulty.

  4. Comparison to Averages: Your score report compares your performance to national and program averages.

  5. Proficiency Levels: Some reports categorize performance into levels like basic, proficient, or advanced.

  6. Admission Requirements: Different programs have varying TEAS score requirements. Check with the specific program for their criteria.

Understanding the TEAS Reading scoring system and preparing accordingly can help you achieve the necessary score for your desired program.


How Many Questions Does The TEAS Reading Exam Contain?

The TEAS Reading exam contains 51 questions. However, it's important to note that out of these, 45 questions are scored, and the remaining 6 are unscored pre-test questions that are used for test development purposes. 

What is A Good TEAS Reading Score?

A good TEAS Reading score, would ideally fall within the (78% to 90%) or (90.7% to 100%) ranges. These scores represent high to very high levels of academic preparedness, indicating that students are well-prepared and likely will not need additional preparation for health science programs.

However, it's essential to recognize that what constitutes a "good" score can vary significantly from one institution to another. specific programs may have their own benchmarks for what they consider a passing or competitive score.

What is The Duration of The TEAS Reading Exam?

The duration of the TEAS Reading exam is 55 minutes. During this time, test-takers are required to answer all of the questions in the reading section


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