Help!!!!!!!!!!!!! TEAS Assessment


Hello everyone,

I have to ask something that has been killing me......Has ANYONE out there took the TEAS assessment for entrance into a nursing program??? I'm scheduled to take the test next friday (12/14) and I don't have a study guide. I'm freakin out here!!!!!! I just want to get an overview of what will be on it and what the questions are like. If anyone have the answer, PLEASE reply and put me out of my misery. Thanks. ;)

Tweety, BSN, RN

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I'm moving this question to the studnet nurses forum where perhaps someone who knows what you're asking can help!

Good luck!

Daytonite, BSN, RN

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The test covers four general areas: math, reading, English and science.

  • Math covers whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion
  • Reading covers paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions
  • English covers knowledge of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words and spelling
  • Science covers science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, basic physical principles and general science


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The TEAS is from ATI. You can buy the book at but it may already be too late. I think their website may have some practice questions on it.

I took it. It really wasn't bad. A lot easier and shorter than the NLN entrance exam. Good luck!


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I bought the study guide and wished I'd saved my money. It seemed much harder (to me at least) than the actual test. What helped me the most was the info I learned in my science pre-reqs. Can you take it more than once? If so, and you don't like your first score, take it again.


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If you have recently passed composition, biology, chem, and algebra. You should be ok with a general review and focus on what you know are your weak points. The one thing I wish I would have studied more was metric conversions. I didn't use the TEAS study guide, just a generic guide for college entrance tests, and I did very well.


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The study guide was definitely way harder than the test. Brush up on your algebra, for sure. There is a practice test on ATI's website, at least there used to be.

I also bought a study guide online which I was able to download and print. Maybe do a search for it on google, because I really can't remember, it was a year ago.

Good luck!



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you should be fine taking the practice test at ATI's website... I am not sure if it comes separate from the study guide. The study guide test was harder than the actual test (IMO) or maybe I was just prepared after taking all the practice tests. There is some science that we did not cover in our pre-reqs. (think high school science...which for me was a long time ago.. thus, the study guide) Good luck!


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I had to take the TEAS to get into the nursing program. I ended up taking it twice the first time I was in the 90th percentile and the second time I was in the 99th so I was glad I took it a second time. Here is what I remember, the reading section was fairly easy and was common sense. If English is your first language you shouldn't have too much difficulty. The math for me was the hardest not because the math was overly difficult (really it was mainly addition, subtraction, multiplication, division with some ratios/proportions and I would know the difference between deci, centi, milli, and how to convert between them), but because you really don't have a lot of time and you need to go in there with a plan. The first time, I was concerned that I got the right answer so I answered the questions and then rechecked every answer and so I flat ran out of time and ended up guessing several at the end. You will not have enough time to check and recheck answers. You need to approach it with time limitations in mind. Answer each question as quickly as you can not spending more than 2 to 3 minutes per problem. If you take longer, skip it and move on and at the end, go back to the ones you skipped and take an educated guess. Also if you can backsolve or do the minimum calculations to solve the problem, then do it. What I mean is lets say that there is a problem with four answers all ending in a different number and you have to multiply large numbers to get the answer lets say 254 * 23 = you know that the ending number of your answer is 2. So you would check the possibles and if there is only one answer ending in 2 then you don't have to finish the whole calculation. (I hope that makes sense) Write me if it doesn't. The science portion was the shortest and you should have plenty of time. On both tests there was maybe only 1 or 2 anatomy questions. Most were biology and some chemistry. The English was also a large section and if you are fairly familiar with sentence structure, and tense variations (possesive, past tense) you should be okay. Basically there will be a long essay and there will be words or sections underlined and you have to determine if the underlined is correct or pick from several options. I think there was a question regarding the possessive it or it is contraction (its or it's) on both tests. I would review proper use of a comma, and maybe review commonly misspelled words. Take care and best of luck.

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