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 & Date 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

NEW VERSIONS of the TEAS exam are issued periodically, as it is updated. 

Effective Spring 2019 application for ADN (NUR clinical application date of July 31, 2018) and Summer 2019 for LPN (NUR clinical application date of December 15, 2018):An applicant must have a minimum composite score of 59% or higher to be eligible to submit a Nursing clinical application. A minimum score of 59 does not guarantee acceptance into the ADN program. Additional points will be added to the ranking points for ATI TEAS composite scores: 6 points for 71-80; 12 points for 81-90; or 20 points 91-100. No points will be added if the ATI TEAS composite score between 59% and 70%.

Registration for the TEAS is completed online. See Registration. 

The TEAS exam costs $55 (for the whole exam or for any section of the exam).  

Payment can be made to the cashier on any Wake Tech campus. Students paying on the day of the test must arrive 30 minutes early. 

Perry Health Sciences Campus Cashier
HS2, Room 131
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (lunch breaks vary)

Does the Individualized Learning Center provide TEAS tutoring?

No, the ILC does not provide tutoring. Please see the Helpful TEAS Preparation Links.

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?

  • Students testing for the Associate Degree Nursing or Radiography Programs for fall 2017 or any semester thereafter must take the ATI TEAS. Scores from TEAS 4 or lower (TEAS 2.0 or TEAS 3.0) will not be accepted.
  • TEAS V scores will be accepted for 3 years prior to the clinical application deadline. Students who have taken the TEAS V 3 years prior to the clinical application deadline are not required to retest and take the ATI TEAS. 

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 & Date 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?

All students must register on-line via Wake Tech’s website, teas.waketech.edu.  Payment may be made to the cashier on any Wake Tech campus.  The Health Sciences Campus cashier is located in the HS2 Building, Room 131. The Cashier's Office closes for lunch daily. Please call (919)747-0033.

The price of the TEAS exam is $55.


May I use a calculator during the TEAS exam?

The ATI TEAS, being released August 31, 2016, will allow for the use of a four function calculator. Please do not bring your own calculator as a calculator will be embedded within the online version of the exam.

What do I need to bring on exam day?

You must show proof of payment (with a receipt) and your picture ID on exam day. You are prohibited from bringing food/beverages, calculators, and cell phones into the exam room.  Pencils and scratch paper will be provided. 


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. Students who have taken the TEAS V 3 years prior to the clinical application deadline are not required to retest and take the ATI TEAS.

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

Yes. Requests for score transfers must be submitted in writing or by email to the TEAS Test Administrator and must include your name, student ID number, name and address of the college where scores are to be sent, and your signature. Requests may take 24 hours. 


May I transfer TEAS scores from another college?

Yes. Wake Tech accepts official TEAS scores from other colleges provided the exam was taken within the preceding three years of the application deadline. Students may request a transcript of their scores from ATI, www.atitesting.com.  There is a $27 fee per transcript when ordering from ATI.  Students may also request their official scores from the college where they took the exam.  When coming from another college, transferred scores should be mailed or hand delivered (in an official, sealed envelope from the college) to the TEAS Test Administrator, Wake Technical Community College, 2901 Holston Lane, Raleigh NC 27610. Faxed copies of scores will not be accepted.  


How can I prepare to take the TEAS exam?

All nursing and radiography program applicants are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills exam.  In a recent survey of students who made the required score on their first attempt taking the TEAS V at Wake Tech, the majority of students had prepared using the TEAS V study guide and at least half had either completed all or most of their required BIO courses.  These same surveyed students had the following words of advice:

  • Just brush up a little on all subjects
  • Look over math
  • Study what you're weak at. For me it was grammar, and doing some online exercises paid off.
  • Use the information made available to you and study
  • Use the study guide!
  • For the Math, English, and Reading it might be a good idea to go back to the basics and for a refresher. For the Science part taking a BIO course prior to the test will help. Besides that .... study, study, study
  • I would advise students to time themselves on practice tests. I struggled with the amount of time on the math portion.
  • Preparation is unnecessary unless you have never taken an electronic, proctored exam. In which case, a practice exam could help you feel more comfortable during the actual TEAS V.
  • Check out the TEAS V Study Guide.
  • Take practice tests. They will give you a feel for how questions will be asked as well as show you areas that you need to work on before taking the test.
  • Use the Teas V study guide!!!!!
  • Use all the study guides available. Take practice tests.
  • Study and make sure you are prepared. 

The following is a list of resources that you can use to prepare for the TEAS test.

Test Preparation Item Available From Estimated Price
(subject to change)
ATI TEAS Study Manual (Version 6) Wake Tech Health Sciences Library Available for 
check out
ATI TEAS Study Manual (Version 6) ATI, www.atitesting.com $50
ATI TEAS Online Practice Assessments ATI, www.atitesting.com $46 each
ATI TEAS Study Manual & Online Practice Assessments Study Package ATI, www.atitesting.com $115
ATI ACHIEVE Program ATI, www.atitesting.com $72
TEAS Study Manual Wake Tech Bookstore On order
Helpful TEAS Preparation Links See Attached Document FREE

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 V test scores are required to be on file with the college prior to taking the exam at Wake Tech. You are not required to retake the entire exam when retesting; you may retake one or more sections of the exam by emailing or calling the Testing Administrator at least 3 days in advance of the desired exam date. Because the highest scores in each section are used, most students retake the entire test.

Testing is limited to twice per calendar year.

How much does it cost to take the TEAS exam?

The cost of the TEAS is $55.

For TEAS, the same cost will apply each time the exam or a section of the exam is taken. Wake Tech works hard to keep student costs low. The actual cost of the exam and administering were taken into account when determining the cost for students.

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?

If you are applying for the Nursing or Radiography Programs, you are required to attend the mandatory Nursing or Radiography Information Session before registering for or taking the TEAS. The TEAS tests reading, math, science, and English and language usage skills and readiness for academic courses and clinical portions of the curriculum. 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. 


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?

Effective for Fall 2016 (Deadline: Jan 31, 2016) clinical applications, 20 points will be awarded for Composite Scores of 91% or above; 12 points for Composite Scores between 81%-90%; and 6 points for Composite Scores between 71%-80%. 

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?

If you have visual, hearing, or physical impairment; learning disabilities; or any other condition that may warrant special testing conditions, please contact our Disability Services office at (919)334-1510 and present documentation. If accommodations are approved, Disability Services will coordinate with the Testing Administrator to schedule the test.