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How to Pass the TEAS

Learn everything you need to know about the TEAS and how to pass the exam.


Are you worried about taking the TEAS exam? This is not an easy exam and nearly 40% of test-takers fail their first time. The following is a step-by-step formula for passing the TEAS on your first attempt. 

What Is the TEAS Exam?

The TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills version 7, is a standardized entrance exam used by nursing schools and allied health programs. The test is meant to tell the school whether you're prepared and have the skills needed to succeed in their programs before you start.

What Subjects Are Tested on the TEAS Exam?

The TEAS exam covers four main subjects:


(45 questions, 55 minutes)

The reading section assesses your ability to comprehend written passages and answer questions based on the information presented.


(38 questions, 57 minutes) 

The math section evaluates your skills in basic arithmetic, algebra, and measurement calculations. 


(50 questions, 60 minutes)

The science section tests your knowledge of general science concepts, including anatomy, biology, chemistry, and the scientific method. 

English and Language Usage

(37 questions, 37 minutes)

The English and Language Usage section focuses on grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and vocabulary. 

Five Steps to TEAS Success

Take a Diagnostic Test To See How You Would Score Today

A diagnostic test helps you diagnose your own strengths and weaknesses and tells you how you would do if you were to take the test today. Click here to take NurseHub’s Free TEAS Practice Test  that mimics the content, format, and difficulty of the real exam.

Understand Your Strengths and Weaknesses With a Detailed Score Report

After you finish each diagnostic test, you'll receive a personalized score report that breaks down your performance in each question category. This helps you identify what subjects you need to focus on and what topics/skills within those subjects you need to focus on.  

Practice, Practice, Practice

The most important thing is to practice and study as much as you can. Find what works best for you and stick with it. There are many different types of study techniques so find what works best for you. You can read written lessons, watch video reviews, or answer practice questions. Find what works best for you and stick with it.

Plan Out Your Study Time

You do not want to cram before this test. We recommend giving yourself at least a month to study for this exam. There is a lot of difficult information on this exam so you need to be able to give yourself plenty of time to study the material so you fully understand it. This is information you are going to need to succeed on this exam and in nursing school so you really want it to stick.

Go Into Your Test With Confidence

Make sure to get plenty of rest the night before and know that all of your studying is going to pay off. Walk into your testing center with full confidence that you are going to ace this exam and get into the nursing school of your dream.

TEAS Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you register to take the TEAS exam?

You should check exactly what your school requirements are and be aware of the types of TEAS exams accepted by the school, as well as important deadlines for testing and submission of test transcripts.

Register for the type of method that you want.

Exam methods include:

  • In-person at an institution
  • In-person exam offered at a PSI testing center with a proctor
  • Online exam provided by an institution with a remote proctor
  • Online exam proctored by ATI with a remote proctor

Choose your location, test date, and time. Once you register for the date, you are eligible to receive one transcript to send to a school. You can also purchase more transcripts if you are applying to other programs.

Is scratch paper allowed?

Yes, you are allowed one piece of scratch paper. At home testing also will let you have scratch paper. You will need to show your online proctor your piece of scrap paper so that they can check it.

‍Can I use a calculator?

Yes, you are allowed to use a calculator but it is always a good idea to reach out to your school and confirm. You cannot bring a calculator but you will be given a basic four-function calculator on your screen. 

‍How is the TEAS scored?

The ATI TEAS scoring system is made up of three types of scores: Total score, Content Area scores (Reading, Math, Science, and English), and Sub-Content Area scores (e.g., Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure). Although all scores range from 0.0 to 100%, their calculation methods differ.

Total and Content Area scores are equated, which means they are based on the percentage of correctly answered items, but they are adjusted to account for variations across different versions of the ATI TEAS exam. This equating ensures comparability between scores from one form (test) to another. 

On the other hand, Sub-Content Area scores are calculated based on the percentage of correctly answered questions within each specific sub-content area. Since these scores are not equated across different exam forms, they should not be compared directly.

What is a passing score on the TEAS?

This completely depends on your school. Contact your school in order to find out what they consider passing. Most schools require at least a 70%.

How many people fail the TEAS?

40% do not get their required score on their first attempt.

How many times can I take the TEAS?

Your school decides how many retakes you are allowed. Contact your school to find out how many times you are allowed to retake the exam.

How much does it cost to take the TEAS?

Typically it costs around $120 to take the TEAS.

Can I submit my TEAS score to multiple programs?

Yes, you can send your TEAS exam results (or TEAS Transcript) to multiple schools by purchasing additional transcripts or Transcript Credits through the ATI Store. You may submit your scores to these schools after you complete your TEAS exam. You will do this by logging into your student account on ATIs website 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.

How long should I study for the TEAS?

This really depends on the person. You should give yourself one to three months so that you do not feel rushed. However, we have seen plenty of people pass with only a week of studying. We recommend taking NurseHub’s free practice test to identify your strengths and weaknesses as well as see how you would do if you were to take the exam today.

‍When will I get my TEAS results?

Your scores should be available within 48 business hours. If you are testing at PSI, your ATI TEAS exam results can take up to 72 business hours to appear in your account.

Bobby Tolan is the Director of Marketing for NurseHub.

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