The TEAS is the Test of Essential Academic Skills administered to students who want to enter nursing school. This standardized, multiple-choice exam is used to determine the aptitude of potential students and how they might adjust to the nursing school curriculum.
The TEAS measures students' abilities in reading, science, English and language usage, and mathematics. The test consists of four sections timed at a total of 209 minutes. The test consists of 40 questions on reading that cover passage comprehension, inferences and conclusions and paragraph comprehension, and 45 math questions testing knowledge of fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, metric conversions, whole numbers, and ratios and proportions. The science portion consists of 30 questions about biology, chemistry, anatomy, basic physical principles, general science, physiology and science reasoning. The English and language portion of the test consists of 55 questions testing punctuation, sentence structure, contextual words, spelling and grammar.
Students are encouraged to take online practice tests when preparing for the TEAS. The test is administered by the Assessment Technologies Institute. It is not pass or fail. Students earn a certain score, and various nursing programs have preferred score ranges. The NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN tests are two other common pre-admissions exams that nursing schools use.