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What you need to know about the TEAS

This test measures your general knowledge of four subjects: Mathematics, Science, English and Language Usage, and Reading. On June 3, 2022, the TEAS 6 was replaced by an updated version, the ATI TEAS Version 7. There are two versions of the test: electronic and paper and pencil. The type of test you take depends on where you are taking it. The content on the online and paper versions is the same.

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What are the costs?

There is a fee to take the TEAS 7, though the cost varies depending on where you are taking the test. Typically it is around $115. Sending the results to one school is included in the test fee, but if you want your results sent to more than one school it will cost $27 per school. It is best to contact the school to which you are applying to nursing school for more information.

What should I bring?

If you are taking the pencil-and-paper version of the test, you will need to bring several sharpened number 2 pencils and erasers. You will also need to bring some form of legal identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. School IDs do not count. You may not bring any outside materials, such as calculators, to the testing site. Food, drinks, and cell phones are also not allowed.

How is it scored?

If you take the test online, your score will be available immediately after you complete the test. For the paper-and-pencil version, your score will be available within 48 hours after ATI receives your test from the testing site. You will be able to access it through your ATI account.

Concerning the scoring of individual items, please note that some of the questions require more than one answer. If any of your answers to these are incorrect, you will not get partial credit—the entire answer will be counted wrong.

What kind of job can I get?

Nursing is a growing and dynamic field that provides boundless opportunities for growth, learning, and advancement. Nurses can practice in a variety of settings, including doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals, schools, and nursing homes.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to take the test you must first visit the official ATI testing website. From here you will create an account that you will use if you take the electronic version of the test. You can also find information about testing sites and fees associated with the exam.

Why does it matter?

The TEAS is important because it is your ticket for admission into certain nursing schools. Some schools use the TEAS exclusively for admission, while other schools may offer several different nursing entrance exams from which to choose. If your school does use the TEAS as an exclusionary factor for nursing school, it is important to study and practice for the exam in advance so you don’t delay admission into the program.

What salary can I expect?

Registered nurses make a median salary of about $71,000 annually, though this number can vary greatly depending on geographic location, level of education, and type of nursing that is practiced.

When is it available?

The TEAS is given all year round. The times it is offered depend on when you apply for admission to nursing school and when the college or university offers the test.

How much time is allowed?

On the ATI TEAS 7, you will have 209 minutes to answer a total of 170 questions.

  • In the Reading section of the test you will have 55 minutes to answer 45 questions.

  • In the Mathematics section of the test you will have 57 minutes to answer 38 questions.

  • In the Science section of the test you will have 60 minutes to answer 50 questions.

  • In the English & Language Usage section of the test you will have 37 minutes to answer 37 questions.

Although you will answer 170 questions, 20 of these are considered “experimental” and will not be counted toward your final score. You will not be made aware of which questions don’t count.


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