Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

Prepare for the TEAS with our Study Guide.

For the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), you will be given a total of 209 minutes to complete 170 multiple-choice questions that cover the areas of Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English. There will be 64 minutes dedicated to the Reading section, 54 minutes to the Mathematics section, 63 minutes to the Science section, and 28 minutes to the English section. Of the 170 questions, only 150 will count toward your score.

If you require special testing accommodations for conditions that are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are allowed to request this.

Extended test time, additional breaks, or extended breaks, permission to eat food or drink a beverage because of the medical condition, or take medication related to the condition, are some of the accommodations that can be provided.

What topics and sub-topics are covered on this exam? What is the percentage of question for each topic?

  • Reading – 31%
  • Mathematics – 22%
  • Science – 31%
  • English – 16%


The sub-topics assessed in the Reading section are important details and ideas, craft and structure, and incorporating knowledge of ideas.

Specifically, this topic assesses the ability to perform tasks such as following directions, identifying events in a particular sequence, determining the author’s purpose in a certain text, using context to figure out what words and phrases mean, comparing and contrasting with regard to sources that are in print and non-print, determining if text is fact or opinion, as well as stereotypes or biases, deciding the primary source of assorted media, utilizing text features, and using a reading selection to infer a conclusion.


The sub-topics assessed in the Mathematics section are numbers & Algebra, and measurement & data.

Specifically, this topic assesses the ability to perform tasks such as using rational numbers to perform arithmetic, using proportions to solve problems, utilizing estimation and rounding, give details on the relationship between variables, solve problems using percentages, turn phrases into equations, inequalities, and expressions, analyze data from tables, charts, & graphs, and perform geometry.


The sub-topics assessed in the Science section are human anatomy & physiology, life & physical sciences, and scientific reasoning.

Specifically, this topic assesses the ability to understand and communicate anatomy and physiology related to the body systems (e.g. cardiovascular, reproductive, respiratory, gastrointestinal), talk about the similarities and differences in the changes in states of matter, explain the macromolecules in a biological system, identify atomic structure, and recognize scientific measurements using proper tools.


The sub-topics assessed in the English section are Standard English and conventions, knowledge of language, and acquiring vocabulary.

Specifically, this topic assesses the ability to use conventions in spelling and punctuation, clarifying writing with the use of grammar, scrutinizing diverse sentence structures, determining whether language is formal or informal, knowing and utilizing the elements of the writing process, understanding and creating paragraphs that are well-organized, and figuring out the meaning of words by breaking down word parts.

How do I register for the exam?

Contact the school to which you are applying, as some schools administer the test themselves, while others go through a third-party agency. If you are taking the exam through a third-party agency, you may register online or over the phone.

What is the cost of taking this exam?

The cost of taking this exam $115.

What are the testing dates and locations?

There are many third-party test centers throughout the U.S., USVI, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and Canada. You must contact the center at which you’d like to take the test in order to determine the available testing dates.

You must also communicate with the school to find out testing dates, if taking the test at that particular school.

What should I do the day of the exam?

If you are taking the exam at the school to which you are applying, consult the school to determine the policies and procedures you must adhere to on the day of the exam.

If taking the exam at a third-party agency, be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes early, and bring a form of identification that includes your name, signature, and photo. Also, bring your testing ID number.

Bring two Number 2 pencils. Mechanical pencils and pens are not allowed in the testing area. You will be given a basic calculator and scratch paper by the test center, which means you are not allowed to bring your own. Items such as a phone, purse, and books will also be prohibited from the testing area.

What happens after I take the exam?

Approximately 48 hours after completing the computer-based exam, you will receive your scores. Each of the four sections of the test will get their own score. Your score report will also be sent to the institution you designated when registering. If you decide to send your scores to more than one school, you may do so at a cost of $27 per recipient.

What is the minimum passing score on this exam?

Unlike some other exams, there is no magic number that determines whether or not you have passed the exam. “Passing” is determined by the institutions to which you applied.

What happens if I don’t do well on the exam?

You may schedule to re-take the exam, but must adhere to a 31-day waiting period before taking it again. You may take the test twice in a one calendar year period.

Although doing well on TEAS does not make you a certified nurse, it is used to evaluate how well you will do with the nursing school program, which is the first step to getting into nursing school.