TEAS® V Test Review


Welcome to the Mometrix Academy TEAS V page. Are you preparing to take the TEAS exam, and you’re looking for test prep help to make sure you get a high score on the exam? Or maybe you’re just now finding out about this important test, and you’re looking for information to help you understand what the TEAS test is all about and how it works? In either case, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find all the information you need about the TEAS V exam right here, and if you’re looking for TEAS prep help, just follow these links for lots of free videos and practice questions that can help you ace the exam.

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What is the TEAS V?

Why do nursing schools use the TEAS exam? The exam is officially known as the Test of Essential Academic Skills, and it’s one of the most common entrance examinations in use by nursing schools today. Nursing schools use it for a very important reason: they want to admit only those people who have what it takes to enable them to do well in the study of nursing, and complete their studies and earn a nursing degree. They really have no choice in this matter, as they get far more applications than they can accept. While nursing programs haven’t grown all that much in the past few decades, the number of applicants they get has increased tremendously. So nursing is a very popular career choice these days, and more and more people are applying to nursing programs, but there aren’t nearly enough places to accommodate all the men and women who want to become nurses. This means that nursing programs can afford to be choosy when it comes to whom they admit. Not only can they be very selective, they have to be. If a student is admitted to a nursing school and then it turns out that they’re unable to handle the work, they will end up either voluntarily quitting the program, or being involuntarily removed. When a person drops out of or is expelled from nursing school, it’s bad for them, it’s bad for the school, it’s bad for any applicants who were qualified but were denied admission, and it’s bad for the health care system.

Nursing schools want to do everything they can to avoid this scenario. As a result, they are only going to accept the very best applicants. Generally speaking, the very best applicants are those who both got excellent grades in high school, and achieved a high TEAS score. If an applicant falls short in either area – either they didn’t excel in high school, or they just got a so-so score on the TEAS, they’re probably not going to be accepted into a nursing program. It may not seem fair that a person’s score on the TEAS test can make or break their chances of becoming a nurse, but fair or not, it’s the way things are, and that’s why it’s vitally important that you take advantage of TEAS test prep to ensure that you’re fully prepared for the exam when you walk into the testing room. When you sit down in that chair, your future nursing career is literally at stake.

What’s the TEAS V Exam Like?

As the name implies, the TEAS covers those areas which medical professionals and nursing educators believe are essential for success in nursing school. Of course, these are also some of the same skills you’ll need to be successful when it comes to actually working as a nurse. So the TEAS is a test that measures how much you know about the subjects which will be important to your nursing education and career, as well as your aptitudes in logical reasoning and critical thinking when presented with information you’re not familiar with. As of this writing, the test is available in two forms – pencil and paper, or computer. There are four sections on the TEAS exam, which takes nearly four hours to complete. (It takes a total of 209 minutes to complete the test, and there are no breaks.) There are a total of 170 questions, divided into four sections, all of them multiple-choice. The four sections of the TEAS V are English and Language Usage, Science, Math, and Reading.

What’s on the TEAS Test?

In the Reading section, you’ll have approximately 55-60 minutes to answer around 40 multiple-choice questions. There are three kinds of questions in this section. Some will contain paragraphs of text for you to read, and then you’ll answer questions about the text. These will test your reading comprehension abilities in areas such as determining the author’s main point, identifying supporting details, and drawing a conclusion from what you’ve read. Other questions will give you a set of directions to be followed, in order to see if you can quickly locate important details and put them in a proper logical or chronological sequence. The third kind of questions will feature maps, graphs, diagrams, or charts, and will measure your ability to locate and understand information presented in visual form instead of as text.

The TEAS Science section has approximately 50-55 questions, and a time limit of around 65 minutes. Some of these questions will measure your knowledge of science subjects such as anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, general science, and basic physical science. Other questions will ask you to formulate a conclusion based on your abilities to reason logically when presented with certain facts and parameters. These kinds of questions are there to determine if you have the high level reasoning and critical thinking skills necessary for a career in nursing. You should be aware that Science is considered to be the most difficult section on the TEAS exam.

The Math section of the TEAS V allows you approximately 50 minutes to answer approximately 35 questions. Don’t expect any statistics or trigonometry on here, but topics covered will range from basic math such as addition and multiplication up through algebraic equations, and everything in between, such as fractions and decimals. By the way, you cannot bring calculators or cell phones into the testing room.

At around 35 minutes with approximately 35 items, English and Language Usage is the fourth section on the TEAS exam. Almost all of these questions will be testing your previously acquired knowledge in areas like spelling, grammar, vocabulary, word choice, sentence structure, and punctuation. (Note – all of the time limits and question quantities above are approximate, because the exact numbers change from time to time. However, the numbers above represent the approximate ranges you’ll see on your test for each section.)

How Do I Register for the TEAS? Where Do I Take the TEAS?

In most cases, you’ll take the TEAS on the campus of the nursing school you’re applying to. If not there, the school will advise you where you should take it. For people living far away from the school they’re applying to, it’s usually possible to take the TEAS at a nearby school and have the scores sent to the one you’re hoping to get into. To find out how to register for the TEAS and where to take it in your area, your first stop should be the nursing program’s website, and if the information isn’t found there, you should call or email the school directly for the info.

What You Should Know about TEAS Test Scores

The subject of TEAS test scores is somewhat opaque. Not much information is readily available about how the test is scored, or how high of a score you need to get into nursing school. This is deliberate. In fact, Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), the company that develops the TEAS test, says right on their website’s FAQ section that any questions about scores should be directed to your school, because they have a strict policy of not discussing anything about scores with test takers. However, some information is available. For one thing, there is no official “passing” score; each nursing program sets its own standards for determining what constitutes an acceptable score. In addition, there are actually five different scores on the TEAS V exam. There is a separate score for each section – Reading, Math, Science, and English, as well as an overall score. Schools can decide to use either the overall score by itself, or, more likely, the overall score in addition to one or more of the section scores. Each of the five scores falls into one of five categories: Developmental, Basic, Proficient, Advanced, and Exemplary.

What do these levels mean? Well, if any score falls into the Developmental Category, this is a polite way of saying the test taker failed, and failed badly. Scoring this low means that a person is extremely unprepared for the academic rigors of nursing school, and has a long way to go before they will be ready. Scores in the Basic category means that a person is not quite ready to tackle nursing school without some additional preparation. Proficient scores indicate that the test taker should be able to successfully manage the academic challenges of a nursing education. Advanced scores mean that a person is very likely to do well in nursing school. Exemplary scores are evidence that the test taker is extremely well prepared and should have no trouble earning a degree in nursing. Again, keep in mind that each section is scored separately, in addition to the overall score. It’s quite possible that if a person does well in three sections, but gets a very low score on the fourth, they could have a decent overall score, but still have their application denied because they’re deemed to be unprepared in one area.

What is a Good TEAS V Score?

One nursing program, Yakima Valley Community College, has published their own cutoffs for each category in all five scores. While their cutoffs aren’t necessarily representative of all nursing schools, they probably do provide a pretty good set of guidelines for determining how well you did on the TEAS. Here are their categories and cutoffs:

  • Overall: Less than 41.3% is Developmental, 41.3% to 58.7% is Basic, 58.8% to 77.9% is Proficient, 78.0% to 90.6% is Advanced, and 90.7% or higher is Exemplary.
  • Reading: Less than 47.6% is Developmental, 47.6% to 68.9% is Basic, 69% to 83.2% is Proficient, 83.3% to 95.1% is Advanced, and 95.2% or higher is Exemplary.
  • Mathematics: Less than 46.7% is Developmental, 46.7% to 63.2% is Basic, 63.3% to 86.6% is Proficient, 86.7% to 96.6% is Advanced, and 96.7% or higher is Exemplary.
  • Science: Less than 33.3% is Developmental, 33.3% to 45.7% is Basic, 45.8% to 66.6% is Proficient, 66.7% to 81.2% is Advanced, and 81.3% or higher is Exemplary.
  • English: Less than 40.0% is Developmental, 40.0% to 60.0% is Basic, 60.1% to 79.9% is Proficient, 80.0% to 93.2% is Advanced, and 93.3% or higher is Exemplary.

The Importance of a TEAS Practice Test

It can’t be stressed enough just how critical it is to get a high score on the TEAS test if you want to win admittance to a nursing program and go on to a fulfilling career in healthcare. While some schools will allow a person to retake the test if they receive a low score on the first crack at the TEAS V, they usually require you to wait until a new round of admissions begins before they will reconsider you. This means having to wait months or possibly even a year before enrolling in a nursing program, or even longer should you fail it twice, and this should be avoided at all costs. The good news is that if you’re capable of passing the TEAS on a second or third try, you’re fully capable of passing it the first time. The key is thorough preparation.

Because the test covers so much material, you are strongly advised to begin prepping for the TEAS exam well in advance of when you plan to take it. You’ll want to be studying on a regular basis, on a regular schedule, with a good TEAS V study guide. Planning and working ahead allows you to build your skills and confidence without undue stress, enabling you to be fully prepared for the exam without being weighed down with a lot of test anxiety. You’ll no doubt have some test anxiety, as taking an important exam always comes with some level of anxiety, but the better prepared you are, the less of it you’ll have to deal with.

Last minute cramming is not going to be very effective on a difficult and wide-ranging test like the TEAS, and should be avoided. Once you’ve reviewed thoroughly, but well before exam day, you should take at least one TEAS practice test, as a diagnostic tool. If you’ve studied effectively, you should do well on the test, and you’ll be able to relax and have more confidence as you keep reviewing as your TEAS test date approaches. If your results on the practice test are disappointing, you will have identified your weak areas that you need to brush up on, while there’s still time. Take advantage of the numerous free videos at the top of this page to make sure you’re thoroughly prepared for the TEAS V exam.

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Last updated: 11/10/2015
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