Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

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The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS exam are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry-level academic readiness of nursing program applicants.

Taking TEAS

  • Time limit is 209 minutes
  • 170 four-option, multiple-choice questions
  • Calculators may not be used
  • Results available 48 hours after completion of the test

Creating an Account

All individuals preparing to take the TEAS test must first create an ATI account. To do so, visit www.atitesting.com (opens new window) and click “Create an Account” (follow the screen prompts). You only need to register once, and you will use the same account throughout your nursing program. You’ll need your ATI username and password to take an online test. Please bring this information with you to the SoNAH computer lab on the day of testing. After you create an account, you will be able to register for the test. Please choose the date and time that best fit your schedule.

Students will be allowed to take the TEAS test only once a semester and two (2) times total.

Free TEAS Resources

Students that are not able to purchase study products through ATI can utilize the free test prep resource offered through the SOWELA library.

  • At the bottom left of the SOWELA home page, click on the link for the Library (opens new window) found under Additional Resources.
  • On the Library’s page, go to databases (found on the tabbed chart in the middle of page), then scroll down to Learning Express Library.
  • Create an account to log in. Students are required to use their SOWELA email address to create an account.
  • Click on New Featured Resources (middle of page; may take several seconds to load).
  • On the left side of the page, find Prep for Entrance Exams. Click on Prepare for Nursing School Entrance Tests.
  • There will be a list of twelve 50-question practice tests in biology, chemistry, general science, math, reading, and verbal availability.

NOTE: We do not guarantee that using this site or any of the ATI study guides will ensure a passing score on the TEAS test.