Registering for the TEAS Test
TEAS scores are an important consideration in allied health program admissions, so it's important that you plan ahead and register to take the exam before your program's application deadline. While you can generally schedule a testing appointment within two days of an exam date, many schools recommend registering up to two months before the application deadline to ensure you're able to get a seat at the testing center.
Your registration process will vary depending on the program for which you are applying, although most schools require you to follow the steps outlined below.
Meet Registration Prerequisites
You will likely need to have an open nursing application on file in order to sign up for a TEAS test. Schools might also require you to have completed any remedial coursework necessitated by your college admissions test scores (such as the SAT or ASSET tests) as well as your health program's prerequisites, which can include general education courses in areas including English, math and science.
Schedule a Test Date
You can generally schedule a test date by either completing your school's registration form and submitting payment or by visiting the ATI website (atitesting.com).
If you plan on applying to a program that requires the latter route, you will first need to create an online account with ATI and submit payment. Once your purchase has been confirmed, you'll receive an email containing the ID number needed to schedule a test date and time with PSI (psiexams.com), the organization administering these exams. If you would prefer not to schedule online, simply call PSI and set up an appointment for your exam.
Be aware that registration is final; once you schedule your date you may not change it, and registration fees - which range between $60 and $80 - are nonrefundable.
Getting Ready for Your Testing Appointment
The TEAS test must be completed in about three and a half hours (209 minutes) and includes four sections, which range in duration from 28 minutes to over an hour. The sections are as follows:
- Mathematics: Numbers, algebra, measurement, data
- Science: Scientific reasoning, life science (including biology, anatomy and physiology), physical science (including chemistry)
- Reading: Key concepts, craft, structure, integration of knowledge
- English language & usage: English conventions, language, vocabulary
On the day of the test, you'll need to bring a photo I.D. to prove your identity. Be advised that calculators are not allowed on the TEAS, so do not bring one to the testing site.
Test Prep Resources
There are several study guides and resources that can help you prepare for this test. ATI offers a series of preparatory products, including a practice test that students can take to accurately predict their score on the exam. The practice exam is especially helpful, as students can use their results to determine which subjects will require further study.
Additional resources can be found on a number of sites, such as the following courses from Study.com: