The TEAS Test: Your Guide to Prepare and Pass

Read on to discover how to prepare for and pass the TEAS test in 2019.

Research shows that the number of registered nurses in the United States will jump from 2.9 million in 2016 to 3.4 million by 2026.

Driving this 15% uptick is a growing number of students making the decision to enroll in nursing school. Are you planning to join their ranks this year?

If so, you may need to take the TEAS test to get in. Standing for Test of Essential Academic Skills, this is a comprehensive exam that covers the fundamentals of your secondary education.

Especially if it's been a while since you've spent time in a classroom, you may be wondering how to prepare. Today, we're sharing our top tips to help you soar through the questions with ease.

Ready to learn more? Let's go!

1. Know the Layout

It can be intimidating to walk into a testing center with no clue what to expect. Before you sign up to take the TEAS test, familiarize yourself with its design.

The test includes 170 multiple-choice questions based on a standard high school curriculum. They cover four categories including:

  • Math: 36 questions
  • Reading: 53 questions
  • Science: 53 questions
  • English: 28 questions

As you can see, the bulk of the material centers on reading and science. Focus most of your study time on these areas but be sure to cover the other subjects as well.

There is no overarching "passing score" for the test. Rather, you'll receive a separate score for each section. Contact your prospective nursing school to learn the minimum required score for each.

2. Time Yourself

It's smart to time yourself with a TEAS practice test before you go in for the real thing. While you're working through yours, make sure you can complete and check all of your work within a 209-minute timespan.

That's how long you'll have to work on the TEAS test.

The caveat? That time isn't given to you in one chunk. Rather, it's broken down by subject area as follows:

  • Math: 54 minutes
  • Reading: 64 minutes
  • Science: 63 minutes
  • English: 28 minutes

To manage your time, it helps to know the types of information covered under each section.

In math, expect to demonstrate your knowledge of algebra, measurement, and data interpretation. In reading, you'll need to identify key details and story structures.

For science, prepare to answer questions on human anatomy, physiology, life sciences, and reasoning.

English will cover standard language conventions and vocabulary.

3. Take the TEAS Test Early

Not quite ready to enroll in nursing school yet? That's fine. Go ahead and take the TEAS test in your first year of college.

Why? The answer is twofold.

First, your high school studies weren't that long ago, making them easier to recall. Plus, by taking the test early, you'll learn what to expect. That way, if you don't pass, you can beef up your weak areas and take it again before it's time to apply.

4. Register Early for Study Materials

In the same vein as taking the test early, you should also sign up for the TEAS test a few weeks before you intend to take it. When you do so, you'll receive a study guide from the ATI test administrators.

If you sign up on a Monday to take the test that following Friday, you only have four days to review the material. Signing up with a bigger time buffer allows you more opportunity to dig into the resources.

5. Take Advantage of Reviews

You may think you can pass the test without any outside guidance. While that might be true, it's wise to utilize all the TEAS exam prep materials you can find.

These may include practice tests, study guides, flashcards, and online tutorials.

Start with the practice test. After you take it, review where your challenges lie. Prioritize those subjects over the next few weeks.

Then, take the test again a few days before you head to the testing center. You'll be able to track your growth and pinpoint any lagging areas of weakness.

6. Stick to the Basics

It can be easy to overthink things when studying for a major exam. One of our top TEAS testing tips is to focus on the fundamentals.

Can you turn a fraction into a decimal? Do you remember the order of operations? If so, you'll have a great start on the math section.

Recall how to balance a chemical equation to jumpstart your science studies. Brush up on your grammar and critical reading skills to pass the English and reading portions.

In other words, don't dig too much into obscure topics, random facts or advanced calculations. You'll confuse yourself, muddle your brain and tempt yourself into walking away from the endeavor!

Instead of halfway learning most topics, master a few. You've already learned most of the concepts at least once in your life. It's now a matter of recalling that knowledge.

7. Prepare the Right Way

All-nighters have their time and place, but this isn't it.

You can cram for hours, make a million flashcards and take five back-to-back practice tests the night before the TEAS test. Yet, you'll walk in half-opened eyes and with a spinning mind.

Instead of stressing the night before the exam, be sure to get a good night's sleep. Eat a hearty breakfast filled food designed to boost your brainpower, including berries, nuts, whole grains, and avocados.

Then, arrive at the testing center early to get a parking spot and give yourself some breathing room. The test administrators won't let you begin if you come in past the designated start time.

Finally, remember to bring the following with you on testing day:

  • One #2 pencil
  • Your registration receipt with your ATI testing ID number
  • A valid photo I.D.

The Learning Resources Nurses Need

Nursing is one profession that's dedicated to lifelong learning. There's always something new to discover with every patient interaction.

Before you can get there, however, you'll need to clear a few hurdles. Passing the TEAS test is one of them.

With this exam under your belt, you'll be one step closer to achieving your career goals. Take your time and use the resources at your fingertips. Then, you can walk out of the test confident that you did your best.

Want access to learning material designed with nurses in mind? That's where we come in.

We offer test preparation packages for the HESI, TEAS and N.S.A.T. exams. Contact us today so you can stop stressing and start studying!