TEAS 6 vs. TEAS 7: What’s the Difference?

In early 2021, ATI announced that the TEAS 6 exam, which is required for nursing students to take before applying to nursing school, would be phased out in June 2022 and replaced with the TEAS Version 7.

This means that exams taken prior to June 3, 2022, will stick to the ATI TEAS® Version 6 exam outline. All exams taken on June 3, 2022 and after will be on the new ATI TEAS® Version 7 exam outline.

What’s going to be on the new version of the exam? How will it be different from the TEAS Version 6?

Keep reading to find the answers to these questions and more! Here’s what we’ll touch on specifically:

Here’s a quick look at the exam outlines for the TEAS 6 exam and the TEAS 7 exam:
TEAS 6 vs TEAS 7 infographic 3

Question Types

The TEAS 6 exam and the paper-and-pencil version of the TEAS 7 exam feature only one type of question: multiple-choice. 

For those taking the computer-based version of the exam, there are four brand new question types to be aware of: multiple-select, supply answer, hot spot, and ordered response.


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 Strategies
– Read the answer choices carefully. Read every answer choice carefully and eliminate all wrong answers one-by-one until only one answer is left. Test-makers will often provide more than one answer choice that seems reasonable at a glance.

– Avoid fact traps. Don’t be distracted by an answer choice that is factually true but doesn’t answer the question.

– Predict the answer. When you come up with the answer on your own, it is easier to avoid distractions and traps, as you will know exactly what to look for.



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 Strategy
– Evaluate each option individually. Treat each one as its own “true or false” questions and decide if it is correct based on the criteria given in the 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.

Supply Answer Strategy
– Re-read the question in full with your answer. If you are asked to fill in the blank, be sure to read the entire sentence with your answer included to ensure that your choice makes sense before moving on.


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.

Hot Spot Strategies
– Look carefully at each clickable area. Quickly darting your eyes from one option to the next is an easy way to accidentally miss the correct option. Take the time to look at each option before clicking the one you think is correct.

– Hot spot questions are just multiple-choice questions. These are essentially the same as any other multiple-choice questions, so they can be treated in much the same way.


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.

Ordered Response Strategy
– Take time to review the final order. Once you have placed the options in the correct order, run through the sequence from beginning to end one last time. You may realize an option is out of place or that you didn’t place an option where you thought you did.


Exam Contents

TEAS 6 and TEAS 7 outlines side-by-side

Reading Section

In the TEAS 6 exam, the Reading section contained 53 questions with a time limit of 64 minutes. ATI has lowered the number of questions in the TEAS 7 Reading section to 45 and lowered the time limit to 55 minutes.

More questions will be used to assess your integration of knowledge and ideas, and less questions will be geared toward your understanding of craft and structure, as well as key ideas and details.

Math Section

In the TEAS 6 exam, the Mathematics section contained 36 questions with a time limit of 54 minutes. ATI has raised both the number of questions and the time limit for the TEAS 7, allowing 57 minutes to correctly answer 38 questions.

The main focus of the TEAS 6 Mathematics section was on the assessment of algebraic skills, whereas the TEAS 7 assesses your numbers and algebra skills more equally with your measurement and data skills.

Science Section

In the TEAS 6 exam, the Science section contained 53 questions with a time limit of 63 minutes. For the TEAS 7 exam, ATI has slightly lowered both the number of questions and the time limit, allowing 60 minutes to complete 50 questions.

The Science section of the TEAS 7 is where you’ll see the most difference in comparison to the TEAS 6. Take a look at the official outlines:

TEAS 6 science vs TEAS 7 science

As you can see, the TEAS 7 Science section has expanded to include a Biology category and a Chemistry category, and has removed the Life and Physical Sciences category altogether.

The TEAS Version 6 allows 63 minutes to complete 53 questions, while the TEAS Version 7 allows for 60 minutes to complete 50 questions.

English & Language Usage Section

In the TEAS 6 exam, the English & Language Usage section contained 28 questions with a time limit of 28 minutes, giving you a rate of one minute per question. ATI has kept this rate of one minute per question on the TEAS 7 but has increased the number of questions to 37 and the time limit to 37 minutes.

This section remains largely the same on the TEAS 7 as it does on the TEAS 6. The only major change is the expansion of the Vocabulary Acquisition category from the TEAS 6 into the Using Language and Vocabulary to Express Ideas in Writing category in the TEAS 7.

Additional TEAS 7 Resources:

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