TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)

The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is an entrance exam that measures entry-level skills in four subject areas identified as important for health science students: reading, mathematics, science, and English/language usage.  

It is different from the ACCUPLACER, a placement test that measures reading, writing, and math skills to determine if students are ready for college-level work. The ACCUPLACER does not measure entry-level skills for health sciences students. 

The TEAS is a timed, computerized exam made up of multiple-choice questions in four sections, as follows:   

SECTION
(% of Exam)
SKILLS TESTED NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TIME ALLOTTED
Reading (31%) Key Ideas & Details, Craft & Structure, Integration of Knowledge & Ideas 53 64 minutes
Math (22%) Numbers & Algebra, Measurement & Data Interpretation  36 54 minutes
Science (31%) Human Anatomy & Physiology, Life & Physical Sciences, Scientific Reasoning 53 63 minutes
English & 
Language Usage (16%)
Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of
Language, Vocabulary Acquisition 
28 28 minutes
Total   170 questions 209 minutes

Registration for the TEAS is completed online. Please visit teas.waketech.edu for policies and registration.

If I do not answer a question on the TEAS, it is counted as incorrect?

Yes. Unanswered questions on the TEAS are counted as incorrect.

What version of the TEAS does Wake Tech accept?

  • We currently accept the ATI TEAS and TEAS V scores as long as they are within 3 years of the application deadline you are applying to.

What is the TEAS?

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) was developed to measure essential skills in the academic areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. These entry-level skills have been deemed important for health sciences program applicants by a panel of curriculum experts.  


What is on the TEAS?

The TEAS is a timed, computerized exam made up of multiple-choice questions. The TEAS is composed of four sections: reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage.

Topic Description Questions Minutes
Reading - 31% Key Ideas & Details, Craft & Structure, Integration of
Knowledge & Ideas
53  64
Math - 22% Numbers & Algebra, Measurement & Data Interpretation  36 54
Science - 31% Human Anatomy & Physiology, Life & Physical Sciences
Scientific Reasoning
53 63
English & 
Language Usage  - 16%
Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of
Language, Vocabulary Acquisition 
28 28
  Total 170 209

How do I sign up and pay for the TEAS exam?

You must read and follow the instructions on the TEAS webpage teas.waketech.edu to register for an exam date.  Registration and payment is through the ATI testing webpage.


May I use a calculator during the TEAS exam?

The ATI TEAS has a built in calculator in the Math section. You may NOT bring a calculator. You are only allowed to use the one built in the exam.

What do I need to bring on exam day?

You must bring a picture ID (Driver's license, passport, school picture ID, etc.), your Wake Tech student ID #, and your ATI testing username and password.


Does Wake Tech require a specific TEAS?

Yes – the test is updated periodically, and new versions are issued. Effective fall 2017, students taking the TEAS for Associate Degree Nursing or Radiography programs must take the ATI TEAS. Scores from earlier versions of the test (TEAS 4.0, 3.0, or 2.0) will not be accepted. TEAS V scores will be accepted for 3 years prior to the clinical application deadline.

May I request that my TEAS scores from Wake Tech be transferred to another college?

Yes. You will log into your atitesting.com account and request a TEAS transcript through their online store.    


May I transfer TEAS scores from another college?

Yes. You will log into your atitesting.com account and request a TEAS transcript through their online store.    You will select " Wake Tech CC" to have your scores transferred to us. 


How can I prepare to take the TEAS exam?

There are many online resources you can use to study and we highly recommend checking the official ATI TEAS study manual from the Perry Health Sciences Campus library.


How long are TEAS scores valid?

TEAS scores are valid for (3) years prior to the clinical application deadline.

May I retest? When?

If you need to retake the TEAS exam you must wait a minimum of 30 days from the date of your last exam. Official copies of all previous TEAS test scores are required to be on file with the college prior to taking the exam at Wake Tech.

Testing is limited to twice per calendar year.

How much does it cost to take the TEAS exam?

The current cost of TEAS is $70.00

How long does it take to get TEAS exam results?

You will receive a copy of your results immediately following the exam.

When is the best time to take the TEAS?

To do your best on the TEAS, make sure that you meet all minimum reading, writing, and mathematics requirements for your program. If any pre-curriculum courses are necessary, complete those courses before taking the TEAS. It is advisable not to take the TEAS until minimum placement test scores have been met or minimum course requirements have been completed (DRE 098, DMA 010-040, and CHM 090). It is also advisable to take the TEAS after you have completed ENG 111, ENG 112, and BIO 168 & BIO 169 (for Nursing) or BIO 163 (for Radiography). You should also pay close attention to published application deadlines to make sure you complete the TEAS in time. 

Please do not wait to the last minute to take the TEAS.  Many students wait until a week before an application deadline to try to register for an exam date only to find out they are already full.  We test October, November, December and January and then start again April, May, June and July.


How will the TEAS be used in the radiography admissions process?

Applicants who score 63% or higher on the TEAS will be awarded 25 points in the competitive ranking portion of the admissions process. 

The Composite Score is an average of an applicant’s reading, math, science, and English and language usage scores. Applicants may take the TEAS multiple times; their highest score in each area will be used in calculating the Composite Score. Note that TEAS scores are reported as percentages, in decimal format (e.g., 70.5%). TEAS scores will be rounded up or down to the nearest whole number (.4 or lower will be rounded down; .5 or higher will be rounded up). 

Example: A student takes the TEAS exam and makes the following scores: reading 79.5%, math 62.1%, science 68.3%, and English 74.5%.

Reading
Math
Science
English
79.5%
62.1%
68.3%
74.5%
rounded up to
rounded down to
rounded down to
rounded up to
80
62
68
75
In this example, the student's composite score equals 71; the student therefore receives 25 points in the competitive ranking process.

 

 

 

285 / 4 = 71


How will the TEAS be used in the nursing admissions process?

For Nursing, students must meet the minimum composite score of 59 to be eligible to apply to clinical Nursing. The composite score is not the total score that is printed on the score report. 

  • 0%-58% Composite score= Ineligible to apply ** If your score is in this category, please see Adriana Rodriguez (TEAS Administrator) or a Health Sciences Advisor at the Perry Health Sciences Campus
  • 59%-70% Composite score = 0 points
  • 71%-80% Composite Score = 6 points
  • 81%-90% Composite Score = 12 points
  • 91%-100% Composite Score = 20 points

The Composite Score is an average of an applicant’s reading, math, science, and English and language usage scores.  Applicants may take the TEAS multiple times; their highest score in each area will be used in calculating the Composite Score. Note that TEAS scores are reported as percentages, in decimal format (e.g., 70.5%). TEAS scores will be rounded up or down to the nearest whole number (.4 or lower will be rounded down; .5 or higher will be rounded up). 

Example: A student takes the TEAS exam and makes the following scores: reading 82.5%, math 71.1%, science 63.3%, and English 74.5%.

Reading
Math
Science
English
82.5%
71.1%
63.3%
74.5%
==>
==>
==>
==>
rounded up to
rounded down to
rounded down to
rounded up to
83
71
63
75
        292/4=73

In this example, the student’s Composite Score equals 73; the student would receive 6 points.


How is the TEAS different from the ACCUPLACER placement test?

The TEAS exam is an entrance test that measures basic essential skills (reading, math, science, and English and language usage) that are important entry-level skills for health sciences programs. The ACCUPLACER placement test measures skill levels in reading, writing, and math and is used to determine if students are ready for college level coursework or need pre-curriculum coursework. The ACCUPLACER test does not measure entry-level skills for health sciences programs.

What if I have a disability?

Please do not register for the TEAS exam through the ATI Testing webpage if you have a condition that may warrant special testing conditions that include but are not limited to visual, hearing, physical impairments, and learning disabilities, please contact our Disability Services office at 919-334-1510 and present documentation. If accommodations are approved, Disability Services will coordinate with the TEAS Administrator to schedule the test.