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What Is the ATI TEAS Test?The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), distributed by ATI Testing, also referred to as the ATI TEAS, is an exam required for entrance to most health science programs, such as nursing degrees. The exam is multiple-choice with 170 questions and a 209-minute time limit. Four subjects covering material mostly taught between grades 7 to 12 are tested in individual sections in the following order: Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage. Spaces for nursing programs are limited, so it is vital you score high on the TEAS test to set your application apart from the competition.
Is the TEAS Test Hard?Yes. The TEAS test requires good preparation across all four subjects as well as preparation for the test style. Applicants tend to struggle with specific modules, such as the Science section or the English and Language Usage section. The time limit is tough, and every unanswered question is a lost mark. Some schools require minimum grades across all different subjects. Should you be unhappy with your score, retaking the TEAS test has its limitations. Some schools require a period of 14, 30, or 90 days between attempts, while others will limit the number of times you can take the test in an academic year.
Thus, TEAS test practice is key.
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How to Prepare for the ATI TEAS Test
- Familiarize yourself with the TEAS test's formalities, like when to register and where you can take the test.
- Create a study plan tailored to the time you have available before test day.
- You should aim to expose yourself to as much TEAS test practice as you can. Doing so will test your knowledge, refocus your attention on your weakest areas, and help you familiarize yourself with the style of the test.
- Study for the test in one to two-week study blocks. Learn and review material, prioritizing the areas you struggle with most.
- After each period of study, take a practice test. Try to take a full-length TEAS practice test, or practice a specific section of the test, under time constraints.
- Adjust your study plan and study style to address your areas of weakness. You can visit any of our TEAS subject pages to gain access to TEAS study guides by subject.
- When test day is a week away, review all the formalities for the test, including what time it is being administered, what you can or cannot take into the test center, and how to get there.
- Revisit your study notes with confidence, and prepare yourself to take a final practice test at least two days before the actual test. Reviewing TEAS study guides will help you immensely.
- A few days before the TEAS test, take a trial practice test. Don’t worry if you do badly; your scores will focus your attention on your most important areas of study.
- On test day, eat well, stay hydrated, and go to the test center with a positive outlook. Good luck!
TEAS Test ScoresA target composite score (all four subjects combined) of at least 10% above your program’s required score is advised. The pass grade you will need to achieve is set by the program you are applying to. It can be anywhere from between 60–70% for lower ranking programs to 85% for higher ranking programs. The Mean National Pass Grade and the Mean Program Pass Grade should be treated as indicators, not as grade targets. The competition for nursing programs is high, and this, combined with faculty shortages, results in qualified applicants being rejected from programs.
In the 2014–2015 academic year, over 50,000 qualified applicants were rejected. 265,954 applications were submitted for entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs. Of the 170,109 that met admission criteria, only 119,428 applicants were accepted into a program. That put the overall acceptance rate at under 50%, while the acceptance rate of applications that met admission criteria was 70%. Achieving TEAS test scores that are higher than the program requirements will drastically improve your chance of acceptance to your chosen program.
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What Are the Differences Between TEAS V and ATI TEAS?The TEAS test is written by the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). As of August 31, 2016, ATI has released version 6 of the TEAS test, called the ATI TEAS. It is also sometimes referred to as the TEAS version 6 or the ATI TEAS exam. Prior to August 2016, the test was in its 5th version, officially called the TEAS Version 5.0 Exam and known as TEAS V or TEAS 5, or simply as one of the many nursing entrance exams. You can no longer take the TEAS V. Check with your program as to whether TEAS V scores are still accepted.
The test may be taken either on a computer or with paper and pencil. The test contains 170 questions and consists of four sections, each with its
own time limit. The most important changes to note are:
- A four-function calculator is now permitted and is provided at the test center.
- Subject changes have been implemented across all the sections.
TEAS V (Version 5) Test Questions and Time Limit
|Subtest ||Number of Questions||Time |
|Reading ||48 ||58 minutes|
|Mathematics ||34 ||51 minutes|
|Sciences ||54 ||66 minutes|
|English & Language Usage ||34 ||34 minutes|
|Total ||170 ||209 minutes|
ATI TEAS (Version 6) Test Questions and Time Limit
|Subtest ||Number of Questions||Time |
|Reading ||53 ||64 minutes|
|Mathematics ||36 ||54 minutes|
|Sciences ||53 ||63 minutes|
|English & Language Usage ||28 ||28 minutes|
|Total ||170 ||209 minutes|
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ATI TEAS Reading
The Reading section consists of short paragraphs or text passages. You may be asked to identify argument structures or key themes and ideas within the passage. In addition, you may be asked to make inferences based on the passages or to identify the author’s objective. You may have to distinguish between different types of sources or to decipher whether statements are inherently objective or subjective.
- 53 questions in 64 minutes, worth 31% of the exam
ATI TEAS Mathematics
In the Math section, you are presented with questions on ratios, proportions, percentages, and some algebraic expressions. You may be asked to analyze data presentations and answer questions concerning units of measurement. You must be able to perform basic arithmetic quickly and comfortably.
- 36 questions in 54 minutes, worth 22% of the exam
ATI TEAS Science
In the Science section, you are asked questions on the human body, on specific processes, and on the independent and cooperative function of the different systems within the body. You must demonstrate scientific reasoning abilities and may be asked questions on general processes of chemistry and physics, the natural world, and biology.
- 53 questions in 63 minutes, worth 31% of the exam
ATI TEAS English and Language Usage
In the English and Language Usage section, questions focus on grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling. You are required to demonstrate your comprehension of a passage, identify the tone, and choose a better sentence order to express an idea. You must demonstrate an understanding of a word’s specific meaning within its unique context and in relation to prefixes, suffixes, and position within a sentence.
- 28 questions in 28 minutes, worth 16% of the exam
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How Do I Register for the TEAS?Register for the TEAS exam on the ATI website. There will be a list of TEAS test dates as well so that you can schedule the test at your convenience. Registration with ATI costs $50–$100 depending on where you take the test. You can also register with PSI through the ATI website for $115, or through your prospective college. Rescheduling your test with ATI will require you to book and pay for a new test slot. You can reschedule your TEAS test date up to two days prior to test day if you are registered with PBI.
Free TEAS Test PDF Study GuideWe offer a free PDF with practice questions and tips for you to begin your practice now. The PDF is downloadable, printable, and includes 10 practice questions with answers and explanations. The PDF study guide also includes a list of 10 tips to help you better prepare for your ATI TEAS test. Simply click the link below to download or print our free ATI TEAS study guide now.
TEAS V Practice Tests for the ATI TEASThe best way to achieve your targeted TEAS scores is to measure your understanding of the material through simulation tests, like those offered by TestPrep-Online. Learning and remembering all the content matter is only one half of the battle; the other is training yourself to read and respond to the questions on test day. Today, a lot of credible information can be found online, with YouTube videos, learning tools, and blogs at your fingertips. However, to accurately measure your ability to apply your knowledge of the subject matter, you need to use authentic TEAS practice tests to familiarize yourself with the exam style and to gain in-depth insight into your progress. TestPrep-Online’s TEAS practice packs will help you get the most out of your studies and score better on the TEAS test. Good luck!
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