TEAS Math Study Guide

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All exams taken on June 3, 2022 and after will be on the new ATI TEAS Version 7 exam outline.

How is the TEAS 7 different from the TEAS 6?


All exams taken on June 3, 2022 and after will be on the new ATI TEAS Version 7 exam outline.

How is the TEAS 7 different from the TEAS 6?

ATI TEAS 7 Math Review

You’ve dreamed of this moment for so long and now it’s finally here. Now you can finally apply for nursing school and make those first steps to working in your dream field! But applying to nursing school isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. First, you’ll have to take the TEAS.

As you already know, the ATI TEAS is an entry assessment designed to test the knowledge of nursing school applicants prior to their acceptance into their chosen program. Thanks to the ever-evolving nature of the nursing industry, as well as the medical industry as a whole, the TEAS is perpetually growing and altering its contents in order to better fit nursing curriculum as it, too, evolves to match various medical advancements and expectations toward incoming nurses.

Like its predecessors, the TEAS 7 covers four subjects: Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English & Language Usage. In this overview, you’ll learn all about the Math section of the TEAS 7.

Why am I being tested on math skills?

As a nurse, you will have to utilize mathematical subjects on a daily basis as part of your work. When you take pulses or listen to heartbeats, you’ll have to know how many thumps per second are a healthy, stable amount. When you give vaccines or draw blood, you’ll have to know exactly how much to give or take. You’ll have to measure blood pressure and which numbers are too high or too low. Math will be all around you, and it will be up to you to adequately work with and record various types of numbers and units for the sake of helping patients to the best of your ability and assisting doctors in granting the best level of treatment.

This overview is designed to assist you in knowing all about the new TEAS 7 Math subtest. You’ll learn not just how the new Math subtest has changed compared to the old, but about its concepts and formatting as well as how you can prepare for and approach featured questions.

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What’s New?

You’ll be happy to learn that not much has changed in terms of the TEAS 7 Math section. The new Math subtest is a bit longer than it was on the TEAS 6, hopping from 36 to 38 questions. Four question items will not count toward your score and are solely for survey purposes for future releases of the exam. To compensate for the increased amount of questions, you will have a bit more time to finish—approximately 57 minutes instead of 54.

The question categories themselves have remained the same: Numbers & Algebra and Measurement & Data.

If you are taking the in-person paper-and-pencil version of the exam, it will still be presented in multiple-choice format, and you will still be expected to answer questions based upon an array of passages, which will cover a variety of subjects. If you are taking the computerized version of the exam, there are a handful of brand-new question types to be on the lookout for.

What are the new question types on the TEAS 7?

Don’t be overwhelmed by the increased number of questions in the Math section! Putting adequate effort into studying for this section will help you prepare and ensure you can earn the best possible score. To help you know how to study and approach each question, we’ll go over each knowledge category. Read on to learn more about how you can prepare.

Math Section Contents

Numbers & Algebra

The Numbers & Algebra category of the Math subtest contains fewer questions in this version, with a total of 18 questions. Though you’ll be facing fewer questions, the number of objectives for you to meet is substantial:

  • Convert among non-negative fractions, decimals, and percentages
  • Perform arithmetic operations with rational numbers
  • Compare and order rational numbers
  • Solve equations with one variable
  • Solve real-world problems using one- or multi-step operations with real numbers
  • Solve real-world problems involving percentages
  • Apply estimation strategies and rounding rules to real-world problems
  • Solve real-world problems involving proportions
  • Solve real-world problems involving ratios and rates of change
  • Solve real-world situations using expressions, equations, and inequalities

To tackle questions under this category to the best of your ability, you will have to brush up on your algebra skills and knowledge first and foremost. You may want to go over rational numbers and their properties, as well as the various types of ratios and how to convert them from one to another. Close reading will be especially important due to the large amount of word problems featured under this category. It will be up to you to pay close attention to the wording of each problem so you know what’s being asked of you and how to begin the solving process.

Measurement & Data

The Measurement & Data category is the shorter of the two, with only 16 questions under it. However, it is fairly complex, as it deals with quantitative data in various forms. You’ll be expected to do the following:

  • Interpret relevant information from tables, charts, and graphs
  • Evaluate the information in data sets, tables, charts, and graphs using statistics
  • Explain the relationship between two variables
  • Calculate geometric quantities
  • Convert with and between standard and metric systems

Adequate preparation for this section will involve brushing up on your mathematical skills. Be sure to review both metric and standard units of measurement, as well as the arithmetic and other steps involved in switching from one system to the other.

Alternative Question Types on the TEAS 7

If you are taking the computer version of the exam, there are four alternative question types in addition to multiple-choice.


Multiple-choice questions provide four answer choices, with only one option available to select as the correct answer. In addition to text, some questions include charts, exhibits, and graphics.Multiple-choice question example


Multiple-select questions provide four or more answer choices, and more than one answer choice may be correct. For these questions, a prompt appears, asking you to “select all that apply.” To correctly answer a question, you must select all correct answers. If you select any incorrect answer choices and/or do not select all of the correct answer choices, that question is scored as incorrect; no partial credit is given.Example of a multiple-select question

Supply Answer

Supply answer questions do not provide answer choices. Instead, the question asks you to “fill in the blank” or to simply answer the question provided. Words and numbers are both acceptable as answers.Example of a supply answer question

Hot Spot

Hot spot questions provide an image containing between two and five clickable areas. You must click on the area of the image that correctly answers the question.
diagram of human heart with three selection boxes

Ordered Response

Ordered response questions require you to correctly order a set of given responses. Each question provides between four and six responses, and you must drag each option from a box on the left to a box on the right. If any response option is out of order, the entire question is scored as incorrect; no partial credit is given.

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How can I do well on the Math section?

As our summaries of each question category explain, the Math portion of the ATI TEAS 7 is fairly complex. As such, you want to ensure you’re as thorough as possible as you test, while also heeding the time limit. We encourage you to pay close attention to every question you receive on the exam. This will help you as far as testing efficiently, as reading the question thoroughly ensures you aren’t missing any information you’ll need to solve the problem correctly. At the same time, sometimes you may find irrelevant information included within questions, which are meant to throw you off. Reading closely will allow you to tell the difference and know how to tackle the question and find the best answer.

There are a few tricks you can take advantage of in order to test more efficiently. Take advantage of the process of elimination to find test answers more quickly. This is a very valuable tool for saving time, especially when you’re undecided on how to answer a question.

Using ballpark numbers may also help you when it comes to gauging which answer is correct. By creating a ballpark number for your answer, you can more easily sleuth out which choice is the best through careful estimation. If you are stumped on just which answer could be correct, examine any relevant numbers featured in the problem. If you find any answer choices that seem off, you can safely cross them out. If this method does not help you, however, feel free to skip the question and save it for later. It’s far better to move onto questions you can more easily answer than mull over those you aren’t sure how to solve.

We want to encourage you to show your work as you answer test questions, even if the answer comes to you immediately. This will ensure you’re following all the steps and allow you to go back and check your math should an answer not seem right. In addition, it is a good idea in general to check over your work thoroughly, should you have enough time left after completing the Math section. Look over your work and make sure you didn’t misrecord any numbers or miss a step in the solving process. Examine your final answer by comparing it to the question and the work you’ve scratched out to ensure you didn’t miscalculate. Be sure you’ve bubbled in all of your answers as well.

We hope this guide and our tips will help you as you embark upon this important test and enter this new stage of life. At Mometrix Test Preparation, we strive to offer test takers only the best and most comprehensive resources for their test taking needs. We know the importance of this exam to your future, which is why we’ve made available an ATI TEAS 6 Math study guide, ATI TEAS 7 Math practice test, and ATI TEAS 7 flashcards. We want to make sure you have every possible resources available to you so you can study as thoroughly as possible and earn the best score you can.

Good luck, and study hard!


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: July 11, 2022