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TEAS Test Dates & Locations

Instructor: Bill Sands
The Test of Essential Academic Skills, or TEAS, is an entrance exam administered to students planning on enrolling in a nursing or other allied health program. Read on to learn more about when and where this exam is offered.

TEAS Dates and Locations

The TEAS test is offered on a continuous basis throughout the year. The exact time and date is dependent on the testing center where you choose to sit for the exam.

Test sessions are usually hosted at academic institutions, such as community colleges and universities, and you'll likely be able to take the exam at the school offering the program you're applying to. You can also opt to sit for the exam at one of the other Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) testing sites, which are located in multiple cities throughout most states.

Scheduling a Test

To officially choose a testing date and location, you'll need to complete the registration process. You can do so on the ATI website. Here, you'll find a list of available testing appointments. Simply select your school or provide your city and state to be shown a list of all test centers and/or dates. If none of the centers closest to you have a compatible session, you can also check other nearby cities.

Keep in mind that some schools handle the TEAS registration process themselves. If you can't find your school, city or state listed on the ATI site, check to with your program's department to see how you should go about registering.

Additionally, pay careful attention to your selection when registering for the TEAS test. All registrations are final, and once you've scheduled a date, you may not change or move it. The registration fee (around $65) is nonrefundable.

Prerequisites

Before registering, you'll need to make sure that you have satisfied all prerequisites. In some cases, you'll need to have an open nursing application on file. The exact requirements vary depending on your chosen institution, so consult your program department to see if you have to fulfill any additional requirements.

Registration Deadlines

You should sign up for a test session as soon as you are certain that you want to take the TEAS. Though the assessment is offered on a year-round basis, spots can fill up quickly, and missing the test can represent a serious setback.

Most nursing programs have rigid deadlines for the TEAS test. If you're looking to begin a program in the fall, you'll need to complete the test at least a semester in advance; many schools require students in this situation to have completed the test by the end of spring semester or even earlier.

Waiting too long to sign up for the TEAS may push you past the deadline and prevent you from enrolling in a program and, at the very least, force you to wait until the next semester. To avoid this unnecessary stress, you should register for the exam at least two months in advance of any testing deadlines.

Test Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources that can help you prepare for this test. Study.com has an online TEAS Test Study Guide that features chapters covering all of the math, science and language arts content found on the exam, including:

In addition to these resources, ATI publishes a series of practice tests. These can help familiarize you with the general tone and format of the exam. ATI also provides a detailed explanation of right and wrong responses that can help you improve your understanding of the material and prepare for the real test.

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