TEAS English & Language Usage Practice Test

If you are interested in applying for a nursing program, you may want to consider taking the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS is a prerequisite for many universities, colleges, and other educational institutions because studies prove that there is a relationship between a student’s TEAS scores and their performance in the nursing program.

Developed by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), experienced nurses, and allied health professionals, the TEAS evaluates students’ foundational knowledge and practical skills related to the nursing field. This exam is divided into four sections: Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English & Language Usage. The English & Language Usage section of TEAS challenges students’ grammatical and sentence structure skills, as well as their ability to make predictions based on passages.


Who takes the TEAS?

Students who are interested in nursing and allied health programs take the TEAS exam to gain admission into the program. It’s common for schools to require TEAS scores as a prerequisite, so students are encouraged to learn more about their program’s eligibility requirements.

How to register for the TEAS

To register for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), log on to the ATI Testing website. After an application is approved, students are able to schedule their test date and pick a location. The TEAS testing locations include PSI testing centers and registered schools.

How much does it cost to take the TEAS?

The TEAS test fee varies with each location, but prices usually range between $60 and $140.

How many questions are on the TEAS English and Language Usage exam?

The English & Language Usage section contains 37 questions, four of which are “pretest” questions which have no effect on your final score.

How long is the TEAS English and Language Usage exam?

Students will have 37 minutes to complete the 37 questions on the English & Language Usage section.

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What is a passing TEAS English and Language Usage score?

Students are encouraged to learn more about their program’s score requirements because Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) does not determine the pass/fail score. After taking the TEAS, students will receive a total score, which is the accumulative score of all 4 sections of the exam. Students will also receive the separate scores for each section. It’s common for the programs to require students to earn a total score of at least 60%-70%. Nursing programs across the country are highly competitive, so students are encouraged to score higher than the program’s minimum score requirement.

What topics are on the TEAS English and Language Usage exam?

The TEAS English & Language Usage section requires students to:

  • Use conventions of standard English spelling
  • Use conventions of standard English pronunciation
  • Use correct sentence structures
  • Use grammar to enhance clarity in writing
  • Evaluate if language meets the needs of a particular audience
  • Develop a well-organized paragraph
  • Apply basic knowledge of the elements of the writing process to communicate effectively
  • Determine the meanings of words by analyzing word parts

What to expect on test day

Students can take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) at a PSI testing center or a registered school testing site. The following are some common tips and rules for test day:

  • Bring a photo identification card that includes your signature and permanent address. It must be an unexpired government-issued ID, so credit card photos and student IDs are not accepted.
  • Please plan to arrive at the testing site at least 15 minutes early. Students who are more than 15 minutes late may not be able to take their exam and forfeit their exam fee.
  • Before the exam begins, a test administrator will provide you with scratch paper and a four-function calculator. Calculators with special functionalities are not allowed.
  • Please bring two sharpened No. 2 pencils with attached erasers
  • You will be able to take a 10-minute break after the math section of the exam. If you decide to take any other breaks, you will have to use some of your test time.

How to prepare for the TEAS

Preparing for an exam that can change the course of your career can be overwhelming, so our test experts carefully studied the TEAS to figure out the key concepts and test strategies that will help you succeed on test day! The Mometrix TEAS study guide provides in-depth explanations of all four sections of the exam: Reading, Science, Mathematics, and English & Language Usage. This comprehensive study guide also includes practice tests and free video tutorials. The Mometrix TEAS Study Guide has everything you need for effective study sessions!

To increase your preparedness, you can quiz yourself using the Mometrix TEAS Flashcards. These portable flashcards, which also cover all four sections, are perfect for studying on the go! You can look forward to easy-to-read descriptions of concepts like the action potential and the shell formula.

Advancing your education is not always the easiest thing to do, so we want to congratulate you on taking the first step! We are confident that our TEAS prep materials will help you earn a high score! We look forward to hearing your success story. Good luck!

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: July 25, 2022