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 entering the health science fields. The ATI TEAS test is comprised of 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 in class in the areas of: Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage.

ReadingMathematicsScienceEnglish and Language Usage
Number of Questions53365328
Time Limit (Minutes)64 min54 min63 min28 min
Specific Content CoveredKey ideas and details
Craft and structure
Integration of knowledge & ideas
Pre-Test questions
Numbers and algebra
Measurement and data
Pre-Test questions
Human anatomy & physiology
Life and physical sciences
Scientific reasoning
Pre-Test questions
Conventions of standard English
Knowledge of language
Vocabulary acquisition
Pre-Test 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. Since 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.

Learn How To Prepare

REGISTER FOR THE TEAS

The ATI TEAS is administered in a standardized environment like a testing center or a school and is overseen by a proctor.

Contact the school in which you are applying. Some schools handle administering the test at the school while others will go through a testing center like PSI. This is why you see two registration links during the registration process.

 

START REGISTRATION

Questions? You're not alone.

Before you register for the exam, contact the school(s) in 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.

Be sure to have the following details prior to registration:

  • Location to take the ATI TEAS Exam – on school’s campus or at a testing center, such as PSI.
  • The score you need on the ATI TEAS Exam to apply
  • 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) in 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 will either take the ATI TEAS Exam at the school in which you are applying or at a national testing center such as PSI. A complete list of schools providing testing services will be provided when you begin the ATI TEAS Test registration process.

For a complete list of PSI testing Centers visit the PSI webpage here

Ensure that you have reviewed the “What do I need to know before I register for the ATI TEAS Exam” section of the FAQs before beginning the registration process.

Step 1: Visit www.atitesting.com/teas-prep.

Step 2: Scroll to the registration section of the page, and click “Start Registration”

Step 3: If you have an existing ATI account, select “Sign In”. If you need to create one, select “Create an Account”.

*Note: It is important to remember your ATI login. You will need this on exam day. Students who do not have their ATI login may be turned away from taking the ATI TEAS Exam.

Step 4: Follow the prompts to complete your registration.

*If testing at PSI: Within 24 hours, you will be sent an email from PSI that will give you a link to schedule your ATI TEAS Exam. You can either register online via the link provided by PSI or call 1-800-733-9267.

When you click the link to schedule your exam through PSI, you will need to create a username and password with PSI. Then follow the prompts to schedule your ATI TEAS exam. For a complete list of PSI testing Centers visit: https://candidate.psiexams.com/registration/testcenter_details.jsp?testid=2607&statename=California&country=USA

**Note on ATI TEAS Transcripts: ATI offers reporting of TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test results to schools as a convenience to nursing school applicants. However, it is solely your responsibility to ensure that each of your school applications, as well as your TEAS test results, is complete, properly submitted, and on file with each such school. Please note that if you are taking the TEAS exam at a school testing facility, your test results will automatically be forwarded to that school, in addition to any other school(s) that you have purchased to receive your test results.

Step 5: Once you are successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email from ATI Nursing Education. Be sure to reference this prior to taking your exam.

*Note: If you are registering for the TEAS exam through a PSI testing center, you will need the Candidate or Student ID# that is located on your confirmation email from ATI.

Be sure to contact the school in which you are applying to understand their important deadlines and the number of attempts you have 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) in which you are applying to prior to registering for the exam to understand important deadlines and to give yourself at least 6 weeks to study prior to the exam.

If you can’t make the purchased session and have a documented emergency, please contact, 800-667-7531, and they can let you know where to send documentation. If you miss the original purchase date, it will not count against you as an attempt, however you will have to pay for additional dates.

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 their own cut-score for the ATI TEAS Exam. Ensure that you understand the admissions requirements set by the school(s) in 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 in 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 populate into 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

ATI offers reporting of TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test results to schools as a convenience to nursing school applicants. However, it is solely your responsibility to ensure that each of your school applications, as well as your TEAS test results, is complete, properly submitted, and on file with each such school. Please note that if you are taking the TEAS exam at a school testing facility, your test results will automatically be forwarded to that school, in addition to any other school(s) that you have purchased to receive your test results.

If you want to send your transcript to a different school, visit http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/product.aspx?zpid=942 to purchase and send an official ATI TEAS transcript to additional schools of your choice.

The ATI TEAS Exam is composed of 170 questions. These questions are four-option, multiple-choice questions.

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

Pre-Test questions

53

22

14

11

6

64 Minutes

Mathematics

Number and algebra

Measurement and data

Pre-Test questions

36

23

9

4

54 Minutes

Science

Human anatomy and physiology

Life and physical sciences

Scientific reasoning

Pre-Test questions

53

32

8

7

6

63 Minutes

English and Language Usage

Conventions of standard English

Knowledge of language

Vocabulary acquisition

Pre-Test 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.

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.

Yes. There are several different versions of the ATI TEAS Exam.

  • Photo ID: To be admitted to your testing session, you will need to present proper photo identification, such as a driver’s license, passport, or green card.

You will not be admitted to the test if you do not have your ID or if your ID does not meet the following requirements: government-issued, current photograph, examinee signature, and permanent address. A credit card photo, temporary license or student ID does not meet these criteria.

  • ATI Log-in Information: If you are taking the online version of the ATI TEAS Exam, you will need to create a student account at www.atitesting.com prior to test day (this will most likely be done at registration) and have your log-in information with you.  Test takers who do NOT have their ATI username and password, will not be able to take the exam. 
  • Writing Instrument: Two sharpened No. 2 pencils with attached erasers. No other writing instruments are allowed.
  • Additional Items Required by School: Please refer to the confirmation email you received following your ATI TEAS registration. Some schools require additional items be brought to the exam.

Plan ahead and leave the following items at home or in your car, as they are not permitted in the exam room.

  • Additional Apparel: This includes, but is not limited to, jackets, coats, hats and sunglasses. Discretionary allowances are made for religious apparel. All apparel is subject to inspection by the proctor.
  • Personal Items: This includes, but is not limited to, purses, computer bags, backpacks and duffel bags.
  • Electronics: This includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, smart phones, beepers/pagers, calculators (will be provided), and digital or smart watches.
  • Food or Drink: This is only permitted as a documented, medically necessary item.
  • Testing staff will check your photo ID, admit you to your test room, and direct you to a seat.
  • Physically present proctors in the room are monitoring for odd or disruptive behavior. Do not engage in misconduct or disruption. If you do, you will be dismissed, and your exam will not be scored.
  • A four-function calculator will be provided by the testing center. You will not be allowed to use calculators that have built-in functionalities or other special features.
  • The proctor will provide you with scratch paper for use during the test. Scratch paper is not to be used before the exam or during breaks. All paper, in its entirety, must be returned to the proctor at the end of the testing session.
  • After the Mathematics session, you may take a 10-minute break. During the break, DO NOT access any personal items.
  • If you need to leave your seat at any time other than the break, raise your hand. Time for the exam section will not stop. Lost time cannot be made up.
  • If, during the exam, you have a technical issue with your computer, or for any reason need the proctor, raise your hand.
  • Test challenges or testing room complaints should be reported to the proctor before leaving the room on exam day.

Like any test you take, studying beforehand will significantly boost your chances for success. In fact, approximately 40% of students have to 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 fits 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.