TEAS Reading 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 Reading Review

The TEAS has long been known as one of the most important exams for any aspiring nurse within the United States. No nursing student can apply to any school without first completing the TEAS and attaching their scores. Meant to assess how much incoming students know prior to beginning their first-year courses, the test updates on a regular basis to better keep up with frequently evolving curriculum.

The TEAS 7 is split into four distinct sections: Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage. This page will tackle the Reading section of the TEAS 7, covering the differences between its new incarnation compared to the old, what you can expect to find on this newly updated version, and how you can effectively prepare for and approach the exam.

Why am I being testing on reading skills?

Just how does reading matter when it comes to your future nursing career? For starters, no nursing career can thrive without the involved employee doing any kind of reading—and you’ll have to juggle a wide variety of reading to do well both in nursing school and in the real world workforce. Throughout your education, you’ll undoubtedly have to read a huge breadth of materials across a multitude of subjects. While on the job, you’ll encounter all sorts of texts, often in the form of medical documentation and correspondence from other medical staff. Being able to properly read and interpret the various materials you’ll come across throughout your nursing career will enable you to better help your patients.

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What’s New?

As it stands, the ATI TEAS 7 Reading section hasn’t changed all that much from the Reading section on the TEAS 6. The section as a whole has been slightly condensed, providing you with a total of 45 questions to answer in 55 minutes. Six of the questions are not counted toward your final score. Unscored questions could potentially appear in future versions of the TEAS exam.

The question categories are the same as they were on Version 6: Key Ideas & Details, Craft & Structure, and Integration of Knowledge & Ideas. 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?

To aid you as you study, we will go over each of these question categories in more depth below.

Reading Section Contents

Key Ideas & Details

The Key Ideas & Details category contains a total of 15 questions. Skills under this category include the following:

  • Summarize a multi-paragraph text
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions about a text’s purpose and meaning
  • Demonstrate comprehension of written directions
  • Locate specific information in a text
  • Analyze, interpret, and apply information from charts, graphs, and other visuals
  • Interpret events in a sequence

The best way to approach this question category is, again, to read closely. You don’t want to risk missing any important information and wind up making a careless mistake on a question. Go over a passage twice to ensure you’ve absorbed all the text and can easily refer to it as you need for specific questions. Reading closely also applies heavily to instruction-centered questions, as missing even one step can cause you to miss the question entirely.

Craft & Structure

The 9 questions in the Craft & Structure category deal with the way writers organize their work and frame their intentions and stances. Answering questions under this category will involve reading a passage, then taking into account and utilizing its content in a meaningful way. You will be expected to be able to achieve the following:

  • Distinguish between fact and opinion
  • Use context to interpret the meaning of words and phrases
  • Evaluate an author’s purpose in a given text
  • Evaluate an author’s point of view in a given text

To tackle questions under this category, you’ll want to pay close attention to language. Rhetoric makes up a large part of how authors craft their work, and knowing how to recognize different ways authors appeal to their audiences and the language that can signal these types of devices will help you to more easily discern the author’s intent behind the work. Take note of how the author presents their stance, how they use language, and how they organize and frame their arguments.

Integration of Knowledge & Ideas

While the name of this question category may sound complicated, its premise is one you’ve become very familiar with throughout your academic career. The 15 questions on the Integration of Knowledge & Ideas category deal exclusively with the usage of evidence and related sources in writing. As a result, you will be expected to work with various types of evidence in an equally diverse range of ways. For instance, here’s what you will be asked to do:

  • Use evidence from a text to make predictions and inferences and to draw conclusions
  • Compare and contrast the themes expressed in one or more texts
  • Evaluate an argument
  • Evaluate and integrate data from multiple sources across various formats

Approaching this section will involve a fair amount of close reading on your part. We encourage you to think about the writer’s stance. Pay special attention to their evidence and how they use it to support their assertions and central ideas, as well as what kinds of inferences you can make based on the information and arguments they’ve given. When you come across reference materials, think about how they present their information and whether they count as secondary or primary.

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.Multiple-select question example

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.

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.

How can I do well on the Reading section?

By now you may have noticed a pattern when it comes to approaching each question on the Reading section—reading each passage and question as carefully as you can. This may seem as if it should go without saying, as everyone has to read on a Reading test, but the time limit can easily cause test takers to go faster than they should and risk missing important information. You don’t want this to happen to you. We recommend you read every passage twice to ensure you’ve gathered every piece of information and understand it well. As you read, think about what the author is communicating. What is the central theme of the work? What is the work ultimately about? What is their evidence and how do they make use of it to support their claims? These elements are what you’ll be expected to answer for as you test.

In addition to regular reading passages, you’re also likely to encounter several forms of graphical data, which you will be asked to read and decipher. While these may seem as if they’d be more fitting on the Math or Science subtests, knowing how to read graphical data is an important part of nursing, as you’ll frequently be given charts and similar pieces of data to make sense of when it comes to a patient’s health. Be sure to read these just as closely as you do the rest of the passages.

While we encourage you to be as thorough as possible, we understand you don’t want to be so thorough that you wind up losing out on valuable time and are unable to complete the test. The key to this is to work efficiently. Don’t linger on questions or words you don’t recognize. Use the process of elimination to answer questions more quickly and safely. You can brush up on your test taking skills through the resources published on our site, which include a comprehensive TEAS 6 study guide as well as a TEAS 6 Reading practice test and TEAS 6 Reading flashcards. We know the importance of this exam to your future goals, which is why we strive to offer you every resource possible as you study. You can rely on us for only the best study tools.

Good luck!

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: May 9, 2022