What is the TEAS?
The Test of Essential Academic (TEAS) skills is a 209-minute, four-part test to measure students' skill levels for admission into allied health or nursing schools. It is administered by the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) and is available nationwide. The four tests in the TEAS are:
- English and Language Usage
What is a passing TEAS test score?
ATI does not set a minimum passing score for the TEAS exam. Instead, nursing or allied health schools are able to set their own score requirements. Students will need to check with their school of interest to learn more about what TEAS test results are needed to get into a particular program. The TEAS test score range is from 0.0% to 100%.
How do schools interpret TEAS test results?
Most schools divide the percentile of TEAS scores into five score categories.
- Developmental: This score range is the lowest and indicates remedial scoring level. It usually is from 0% to 40%.
- Basic: This level indicates a low level of academic preparedness and skill. It ranges are from 41% to 58%, usually.
- Proficient: This level shows a moderate to average proficiency level in academics. Typical ranges are from 59% to 77%.
- Advanced: Advanced scoring on the TEAS shows a student has a high level of preparedness for academic work in a health sciences field. Scores usually range from 78% to 90%.
- Exemplary: This is the highest score category, typically 91% and above. Students who score in this category are very well prepared for academic success in a health sciences field and will generally need very little prep work before entering into health science classes.
How and when do I get my TEAS score results?
The TEAS is offered in both an electronic and paper version. Students who take the test electronically will be able to see their results immediately after taking the test, provided the school allows that option. In contrast, students who take the paper version will have their test sent to ATI for review and scoring. This usually occurs within 24 hours. If testing at a PSI center, it could take up to 72 hours for the scores to be calculated.
How do I read my TEAS testing results?
The TEAS exam is comprised of four content sections: English/language usage, reading, science, and mathematics. Scores are also afforded to 16 sub areas. In addition, the score report includes a total score. These scores are used to provide students with several different types of information about how they performed on the test, which are outlined below.
- Adjusted composite score
- Adjusted subscale scores
- National mean score
- Program mean score
- National percentile rank
- Program percentile rank
Adjusted composite score
This score divides the number of correct answers by the total number of questions in all test sections. For example, a student who answers 132 out of 150 exam questions correctly would receive a percent score of 88%. This percentage is adjusted slightly to make up for the fact that one version of the exam can have more difficult questions than another.
This final number is a student's adjusted composite score, which is matched with one of five academic preparedness levels - ranging from developmental to exemplary - that illustrates his or her overall academic skills and ability to succeed in a health science program.
Adjusted subscale scores
The adjusted content section score utilizes the same scoring process as the adjusted composite score. The only difference is that the score is based on the number of questions in each primary content section, not the total exam.
National mean score
Average TEAS test scores are reported on your score report. A sampling of students is utilized to calculate the average adjusted composite score. This is reported for comparison with your own composite score. It should be noted that the sample group includes students from all types of health science disciplines.
Program mean score
Similar to the national mean, this score also utilizes a sampling of students to calculate the average adjusted composite score. The only difference is that the students in the sample are all from the same health science discipline as you.
National percentile rank
Your national percentile rank is also based on a sampling of students who represent various health science disciplines. This number (between one and 99) indicates the percentage of students earning a score at or below your own. National percentile ranks are reported for your composite score as well as your content section scores.
Program percentile rank
This scoring category is also based on a sampling of students; however, all the students are from the same health science discipline as you. Again, these scores will relate the percentage of students who have a score equal to or lower than your own composite score or content section scores.
TEAS review topics
The percentage of questions you answered right in the sub-sections is also reported along with a list of areas for improvement in each of them. You can use this list of exam topics together with the resources below to focus your study efforts if you're preparing for a retake. The course and practice test might also prove useful if you're preparing for your first attempt at the TEAS.