How Long Is the TEAS Test Valid For?

Expiration of TEAS Exam Results

The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is used as part of the admissions process for individuals pursuing college studies in nursing or other allied health science fields. Individuals are required to comply with the testing requirements determined by the postsecondary institution that they are applying to.

As such, there is no one set answer about how long TEAS exam results are good for. This is determined by each college or university that requires individuals to take the TEAS test.

Some postsecondary institutions only consider TEAS results earned within one calendar year. Other schools consider TEAS test results valid for two years. In still other cases, colleges or universities consider TEAS results valid for up to five years. Individuals who have TEAS results more than five years old may be required to retake the test.

Terms of Validity

Some schools consider the TEAS exam's validity to count from the date that an individual took the test. Other schools consider the time frame that results are valid from to be based on an individual's application date.

How to Determine Validity for Your School

It is important to review the admission requirements for the postsecondary institution you wish to attend. If the school's website does not clearly indicate the period of time for which TEAS test results are valid or does not clarify if the period of validity begins on an individual's testing date or the date of the person's college application, then you should contact the school's admissions department.

Your school can also provide information about the score requirements for the TEAS test as well as other admission requirements. Colleges and universities also set their own restrictions about the number of times that individuals can attempt to take the TEAS test within a year. Many colleges and universities limit attempts to pass the TEAS exam to two or three times per year.

How to Register for a Retake

In the event you do need to register for a retake because your test results are no longer valid, you must complete the same process as when you originally signed up for a test date and location.

Go to the ATI website ( and click on one of the registration links. If you're planning on taking the test at a PSI testing center, select this option and complete the scheduling process online. If you're taking the test at your college or university, you may need to register online with ATI and then complete a separate form through your school in order to secure a test date and time on campus.

TEAS Test Resources

Individuals who need to retake a test because their results are no longer valid or would like to put their best foot forward on their first attempt and avoid coming up against their school's retake policy can take advantage of reputable study materials, such as this TEAS Test Study Guide, that are designed to help them review all of the information they need to know for the four TEAS subtests. This study guide contains over 200 self-paced lessons that will help individuals undertake a thorough review. It also offers individuals the convenience of being accessible online through smart phones and tablets as well as desktop computers and laptops.

Students can also take advantage of this lesson on Strategy for Multiple-Choice Questions to familiarize themselves with techniques for approaching these types of questions.

The Test of Essential Academic Skills, or TEAS, is an entrance exam offered by the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). Keep reading to find out more about this important exam and how you can prepare for it.

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