Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Info

What is the TEAS?

The ATI TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, is a standardized test designed specifically to assess a student’s preparedness for entering the health science fields. 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.

Why do I (the student) have to take the TEAS?

The ATI TEAS has been statistically proven to be a valid predictor of early nursing school success. Your score on the TEAS is one measure of academic preparedness that helps Fort Valley State University consider your acceptance into our nursing program(s).

What does the TEAS exam consist of?

The ATI TEAS test is comprised of 170 questions that are formatted as both multiple choice items with 4 answer options and alternate-type items. This includes 150 scored questions and 20 unscored pretest questions. Students have 209 minutes to complete the exam.

The number of questions in each content section and subsection are as follows:

  • Reading – 45 questions (55 minutes)
    • Key Ideas & Details – 15
    • Craft & Structure – 9
    • Integration of Knowledge & Ideas – 15
    • Unscored Pretest Items – 6
  • Math – 38 questions (57 minutes)
    • Numbers & Algebra – 18
    • Measurement & Data – 16
    • Unscored Pretest Items – 4
  • Science – 50 questions (60 minutes)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology – 18
    • Biology – 9
    • Chemistry – 8
    • Scientific Reasoning – 9
    • Unscored Pretest Items – 6
  • English & Language Usage – 37 questions (37 minutes)
    • Conventions of Standard English – 12
    • Knowledge of Language – 11
    • Using Language and Vocabulary to Express Ideas in Writing – 10
    • Unscored Pretest Items – 4

How should I prepare for the TEAS exam?

ATI, the official provider of prep for the exam, recommends that you allow yourself at least six weeks to prepare for the exam.

There are a variety of prep resources available to help you study for the test – all aligned to the ATI TEAS, Version 7 and packed with thousands of practice questions based on the content and format of the actual exam.

ATI TEAS Information


For more information about creating an account to take the TEAS, please review this guide.