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How Many Times Can You Take the TEAS Test?

Instructor: Bill Sands
The number of TEAS retakes you can sit for depends on the specific rules of your academic institution. Read on to learn more about retake policies for this health science program admissions exam.

TEAS Retake Policy

Though the TEAS test is administered by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), this organization merely develops the exam; policies related to retakes and passing scores are set by each individual school.

As such, the exact number of times you can take the TEAS test is entirely dependent on the institution you are planning to attend.

Number of Retakes

Most schools place a strict limit on the number of times a student can take the TEAS. Some only allow two total testing attempts or restrict you to two attempts per 12-month span, starting from when you first sit for the exam.

Other schools limit the number of retakes during an admissions cycle, a roughly 3- to 4-month period that spans the end of one semester and the beginning of another. If you test within this time frame, you might have between one and two shots at earning acceptable scores. At all other points in the academic year, you're free to take the exam as many times as you want.

Wait Period

Should you wish to take the TEAS test a second time, you will probably need to wait about a month. Some schools require students to wait 30 days before re-taking the TEAS, while others go as high as 45 days. Students who fail to respect this waiting period will have their scores invalidated.

Testing Considerations

Ideally, you'll only need to take the exam once, but you might consider multiple attempts even if you meet or surpass the minimum score required for program admission on your first go-around.

Some schools recommend taking advantage of retake policies to increase your chances of success and improve your standing among the pool of program applicants by earning a higher score. For instance, you might consider taking the exam once you get a handful of science courses under your belt and then again as you draw nearer to the completion of your prerequisite coursework. Students often perform better on their second attempt, especially once they've become familiar with exam content and format.

Keep in mind that retaking the exam is not free and you will need to pay another registration fee. Moreover, some schools report that students' scores begin to go down after two retakes.

Available Study Resources

Regardless of whether you're preparing for a first attempt or a retake, you should do everything in your power to put your best foot forward on test day. The longer you take to get satisfactory scores, the longer you'll need to wait to gain acceptance into a health sciences program.

Academic Services

If you struggled with the TEAS test on your first attempt or would simply like to improve your performance, you should consult your school and see if there are any forms of support. Select schools offer tutoring, workshops and other academic services intended to help students boost their scores. These services are sometimes available only by appointment; be sure to promptly schedule any assistance so you can get it in ahead of your test date.

Online Courses

Study.com publishes this helpful, self-paced TEAS Test Study Guide that provides a comprehensive review of essential exam topics via short video lessons and quizzes you can use to determine when you're ready to take the exam.

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