Test of Essential Academic Skills

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Test of Essential Academic Skills
TypeComputer-based or paper-based standardized test
Developer / administratorAssessment Technologies Institute (ATI)
Knowledge / skills testedEnglish and language usage, reading, science, and mathematics.
PurposeAdmission to nursing or allied health programs
Duration3 hours and 29 minutes

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS Test) is a standardized, multiple choice entrance exam for students applying to nursing and allied health programs in the United States.[1] It is often used to determine the preparedness of potential students to enter into a nursing or allied health program. The test is created and administered by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). The test can be taken as a proctored exam at an educational institution that offers it, at certain testing centers, or as a remote-proctored test through ATI.[2]


In 1999, ATI commissioned University of Kansas professors John Poggio and Douglas Glasnapp to develop the first TEAS.[3] Since then, the test has undergone several changes and revisions. On August 31, 2016, the TEAS V test was retired in favor of the newest version called ATI TEAS 6. ATI announced the ATI TEAS 6 would be retired in June 2022 and be replaced with the ATI TEAS 7. While the difficulty is essentially the same, all components were updated to the latest education standards, the number of questions in each section were changed, and alternate item format questions (including select all that apply, supply answer, "hot spot", and ordered response items) are now included on the exam in addition to multiple choice questions.[4]

Exam content[edit]

The exam is 209 minutes and consists of 170 items (150 scored items and 20 unscored items), drawn from a TEAS Test Bank consisting of thousands of questions that are given on several versions of the exam. The topics covered are reading, mathematics, science, and English language and usage.[4]

The reading section consists of 45 items and tasks students with interpreting passages and visual data. The mathematics section consists of 38 items and tests students' knowledge of algebra, measurements, and data application. The science section consists of 50 items and evaluates students' knowledge of human biology, life science, and physical science. The English language and usage section consists of 37 items and tests grammar and spelling.[4][5]

As of the release of the ATI TEAS Version 7 the addition of Chemistry and Biology was included as a subcategory of the Science section of the exam.[4][6]


  1. ^ McGraw-Hill's Nursing School Entrance Exams By Thomas A. Evangelist, Tamra Orr, Judy Unrein
  2. ^ "The ATI TEAS Online Remote Proctored Exam". Assessment Technologies Institute. Archived from the original on January 23, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  3. ^ Dunn, Deborah (April 21, 2010). "Academic and Non-Academic Factors as Predictors of Early Academic Success in Bacclaureate Nursing Programs". ResearchGate. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d "ATI TEAS Version 7 Exam". Assessment Technologies Institute. Archived from the original on May 13, 2022. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  5. ^ "Complete TEAS Test Overview [Everything You Need to Know]". www.test-guide.com. 18 July 2023. Retrieved 24 July 2023.
  6. ^ "ATI TEAS, Version 7 Content Outline" (PDF). www.mcfattertechnicalcollege.edu/. July 2022. p. 8. Retrieved 9 Jan 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)

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