A step-by-step guide to registering for the TEAS

We offer several test-taking methods, but the TEAS is always proctored and always the same exam, no matter the setting. Explore our methods at a glance, then follow the steps below to register.

TEAS Online
Proctored by ATI

Online exam only with a remote proctoring service from ATI


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TEAS Online
Proctored by an Institution

Online exam with a remote proctored service from an institution


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In-Person
Proctored at an Institution

On-campus exam at an institution with an in-person proctor


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In-Person
Proctored by PSI

On-site exam at a PSI National Testing Center with an in-person proctor


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1

Check admissions requirements.

The school(s) which you are applying should communicate which TEAS testing methods they accept, as well as deadline information and limit of attempts.


2

Select your proctor method.

Choose In Person (via an institution or PSI) or Online (via an institution or TEAS at ATI).


3

Choose your test date, time, and location.

Select the test date and time that works best for your schedule and meets your school’s admissions requirements. One transcript is included with your registration. Additional transcript credits can be purchased if you plan to apply to more than one school.

Have questions? Follow the guide! Listed above, we provide helpful registration guides for your test day.


4

Prepare for test day.

You’ll receive a confirmation email outlining your exam details, including what to bring and how to prepare. Want to study with the creator of the TEAS? Explore our prep products here.

The link below will take you to the ATI Store where you’ll complete steps 2 and 3 above.

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Subject matter, test format, and everything you should know.

The ATI TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, is designed specifically to assess a student's preparedness for entering the health science fields. The ATI TEAS test comprises 170 questions set up in a multiple-choice format with four-option answers. Questions are designed to test the basic academic skills you will need to perform successfully in the areas of: Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage.

 ReadingMathematicsScienceEnglish and Language Usage
Number of Questions53365328
Time Limit (Minutes)64 min.54 min.63 min.28 min.
Specific Content CoveredKey ideas and details
Craft and structure
Integration of knowledge & ideas
Pretest questions
Numbers and algebra
Measurement and data
Pretest questions
Human anatomy & physiology
Life and physical sciences
Scientific reasoning
Pretest questions
Conventions of standard English
Knowledge of language
Vocabulary acquisition
Pretest questions
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The biggest mistake you can make on the TEAS is not preparing for the exam.

Passing the TEAS is a key component of getting into nursing and allied health schools, but 30% of qualified applicants are turned away from ADN, Diploma, and BSN programs. Because it’s a comprehensive exam, you’ll be tested on four different subject areas, so thorough preparation is crucial. We recommend allowing at least 6 weeks of preparation prior to taking the TEAS. On a tighter schedule? Don’t worry; we have solutions that fit any timeline.

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Before you register for the exam, contact the school(s) to which you are applying. They will provide important deadline dates for applying to the school, as well as information on where you should take your ATI TEAS Exam, and more.

Be sure to have the following details prior to registration:

  • Identify how you’ll take the ATI TEAS exam. (See next FAQ question: “Where do I take the ATI TEAS Exam” for details.)
  • The score you need on the ATI TEAS Exam to apply to the school
  • How long it takes before you get your TEAS Exam score (immediate or 48-72 business hours)
  • The last date to submit your ATI TEAS Exam results
  • Their Second-Attempt Policy: Many schools have a 30-day wait period before you can test again.
  • Total number of ATI TEAS Exam attempts allowed in one year. On average, schools only allow 3 TEAS Exam attempts per year.

Before you register for the exam, contact the school(s) to which you are applying. They will provide important deadline dates, as well as information on where you should take your ATI TEAS Exam, and more.

You have three different options on how to register and take your ATI TEAS Exam.

  • TEAS – at your institution. This can either be on campus (in person) or online with a remote proctor overseeing your exam.
  • TEAS at ATI – an online remote-proctored exam. ATI will remote proctor your exam using ATI proctors.
  • TEAS at PSI – in person, at a PSI Testing Center. PSI has testing centers across the United States that administer the TEAS exam. For a complete list of testing centers, visit the PSI webpage here.

Check with the school(s) to understand their testing policy. Most schools will tell you which TEAS Testing method they will accept. Once you have your testing method determined, you can begin the registration process. For step-by-step instructions, please visit the following pages:

One free transcript is included in your ATI TEAS exam registration. For more details about TEAS Transcripts or to purchase additional transcripts (transcript credits) please visit: ATI TEAS Transcripts.

Be sure to contact the school in which you are applying to understand its important deadlines and the number of attempts allowed to pass the ATI TEAS Exam. Refer to the "What do I need to know before I register for the ATI TEAS Exam?" section of the FAQs for all of the information that you should know.

No, once an exam date has been purchased it is final. Because of this, it is important to contact the school(s) to which you are applying before registering for the exam to understand important deadlines and to give yourself at least 6 weeks to study prior to the exam.

Check with the school in which you are applying. Many schools have a mandatory 30-day wait period before taking the TEAS again.

Be sure to contact the school to understand the important deadlines involving the ATI TEAS Exam. Refer to the "What do I need to know before I register for the ATI TEAS Exam?" section of the FAQs for all of the information that you should know.

Each school sets its own cut score for the ATI TEAS Exam. Ensure that you understand the admissions requirements set by the school(s) to which you are applying.

Refer to the “What do I need to know before I register for the ATI TEAS Exam?” section of the FAQs for all of the information that you should know.

If you are testing at an on-campus location: Upon completion of the online version of the ATI TEAS test, your test will be scored immediately, allowing you to view your ATI TEAS score report at that time. Note:  Some schools turn off this immediate-viewing option. Check with the school to which you are applying to understand when you can see your TEAS score. 

If you took a paper-pencil version of the ATI TEAS Test, ATI Nursing Education will score the test within 24 business hours of receiving it from the testing site.

If you are testing at PSI: Your ATI TEAS Exam results can take up to 72 business hours to appear in your account.  Please be aware that the date on your score report will reflect the date the exam posts into your ATI student account, not the date that you take the exam. Please ensure that you schedule the exam with this in mind.

Note about your score report: Your score report includes your total and content-area scores. In addition, the report identifies specific topic areas you missed along with information on where you can review the content. You can access your ATI TEAS Score Report at any time through your ATI Account under My Results. 

ATI TEAS provides a Total score, Content Area scores (Reading, Math, Science, and English), and Sub-Content Area scores (e.g., Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure). While all of these score types range from 0.0 to 100%, they are calculated differently and, as a result, have different properties.

Total and Content Area scores are equated, meaning that they are based on the percentage of items answered correctly but adjusted to account for differences across forms (different versions of the ATI TEAS exam). While this allows scores to be compared from one form (test) to another, it also means that these scores are not directly calculable from other information on the score report. Specifically, Content Area scores cannot be used to calculate the Total score, and Sub-Content Area scores cannot be used to calculate the Content Area scores.
In contrast, the Sub-Content Area scores are calculated as the percentage of questions in each Sub-Content Area answered correctly. Because these scores are not equated across different forms of the exam, they should not be compared.

 

 

Total and Content Area Scores

Sub-Content Area Scores

Range

0.0 to 100%

0.0 to 100%

Equated (comparable) across forms?

Yes

No

How is it calculated?

Percent of items answered correctly, ADJUSTED for differences in form difficulty

Percent of items answered correctly

One free transcript is included with your ATI TEAS exam registration. Depending on your testing method, transcripts can be submitted in the following way:

Transcript details for In-Person at an Institution or Online at an Institution Teas Exams

If you are testing at an institution or at a school testing center (in-person or online remote proctored), your TEAS transcript that was included in your TEAS Exam registration is automatically sent to that school/location. You cannot choose an alternate school for your submission of this transcript. If you are applying to more than one school or a different school than where you are testing, you will need to purchase additional transcripts or transcript credits for those submissions.

Transcript details for Online TEAS at ATI or TEAS at PSI

If you are testing via TEAS at ATI or TEAS at PSI, you will receive one complimentary transcript with your registration and may choose the school in which to submit this official transcript. You may send the transcript following the completion of your TEAS exam by logging into your student account at www.atitesting.com/login and selecting SEND TRANSCRIPT under TEAS ACTIVITY or by selecting the MY RESULTS tab and clicking SEND TRANSCRIPT below your scored proctored TEAS exam results. If you are applying to more than one school, you will need to purchase additional transcripts or transcript credits for those submissions.

TEAS Transcript Credits

Additional teas transcripts or “Transcript Credits” may be purchased for $27. If you plan to send your official TEAS Transcript to more than one school, you will need to purchase TEAS Transcript Credits. One credit = one TEAS Transcript submission. Transcript credits do not expire. You will be able to submit your TEAS Transcript(s) following the completion of your proctored TEAS Exam. If you have taken multiple TEAS exams, you may choose the exam results you wish to share. You can manage your transcript credit(s) by logging into your student account at www.atitesting.com/login and clicking the MY RESULTS tab. Each scored TEAS exam will be listed in the MY RESULTS tab with a link to SEND TRANSCRIPT.

Yes, you can send your TEAS exam results (or TEAS Transcript) to more than one school by purchasing additional transcripts or Transcript Credits through the ATI Store. (Can you update the link?). You may submit your scores to these schools following the completion of your TEAS exam. You will do this by logging into your student account and clicking the My Results tab. You will see your TEAS exam results and below your results you will see a link to Send Transcript.

Note: Prior to purchase, check with your school to make sure it accepts scores from outside sources. Some schools will not accept scores from TEAS exams taken outside of their campus/testing facilities.

The number of attempts is reported on your official ATI TEAS transcript.

After you take the proctored ATI TEAS Exam, you will be given a focused review of that exam. The focused review will highlight areas that you missed on the exam. The content areas are linked to the ATI TEAS Study Manual for quick reference. This is especially helpful if you are taking the ATI TEAS as a second attempt. You can access your focused review by logging into your student account at www.atitesting.com and clicking on the MY RESULTS tab.

The ATI TEAS Exam comprises 170 questions that are formatted as multiple choice with 4 options.

The table below provides the number of questions and time limits for each section of the TEAS.

Content and Sub-Content areas

Number of questions

Time limit

Reading

Key ideas and details

Craft and structure

Integration of knowledge and ideas

Pretest questions

53

22

14

11

6

64 minutes

Mathematics

Number and algebra

Measurement and data

Pretest questions

36

23

9

4

54 minutes

Science

Human anatomy and physiology

Life and physical sciences

Scientific reasoning

Pretest questions

53

32

8

7

6

63 minutes

English and Language Usage

Conventions of standard English

Knowledge of language

Vocabulary acquisition

Pretest Questions

28

9

9

6

4

28 minutes

TOTAL

170

209 minutes

No. A 4-function calculator will be provided.

If you take the online version of the ATI TEAS Exam, a drop-down calculator is built into the exam. If you are taking the paper-pencil version of the ATI TEAS Exam, the proctor will provide a calculator.

Like any test you take, studying beforehand will significantly boost your chances for success. In fact, about 40% of students take the TEAS more than once! Prepping for the TEAS isn’t just helpful; it's crucial.

ATI created the TEAS and then developed a variety of prep products to help you pass the exam the first time and earn your best score. Check out our prep options here.

The biggest mistake students make on the ATI TEAS Exam is not taking enough time to prepare. We recommend at least 6 weeks of preparation prior to taking the ATI TEAS Exam. 

Don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what some recent students had to say upon finishing the ATI TEAS.

As the writers of the ATI TEAS Exam, we recommend allowing at least 6 weeks prior to the exam to study.

If you are on a tighter schedule, don't worry; we have a range of solutions to help you prepare that will fit your timeline. To get you started, check out our six-week study plan here, as well as our full range of study options here.

As the writers of the ATI TEAS Exam, we recommend that you check out our Facebook Page for live TEAS prep events, as well as previously recorded videos, and our ATI Student Blog for practice questions, TEAS tips, and more.

Wanting additional prep? Check out our full range of study options here.