If you haven’t noticed, the world of nursing is full of acronyms. For example, to become an RN, you should earn your BSN from a CCNE-accredited program with high NCLEX pass rates. While this acronym-stuffed statement describes our accelerated nursing schools in Boston and Charlotte, it doesn’t mention the TEAS® as being an important step to getting started in our ABSN program.
Had your fill of acronyms yet? Allow us to explain. The TEAS acronym stands for the Test of Essential Academic Skills™, a basic aptitude test that allows us to determine if students in our accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program have what it takes to think like a nurse.
Administered through ATI Nursing Education, the TEAS helps our nursing faculty gauge your reading, math, science, and English skills prior to getting started in our ABSN program. By knowing your strengths and weaknesses, we can create a customized remediation plan to help you build any necessary skills and work toward your success in the program.
Overall, you should view taking the TEAS as an opportunity to refresh your academic skills and better position yourself for a successful nursing career. Like any college education, our ABSN program involves a lot of time and money, so you want to make sure you get the maximum return on your investment.
As the healthcare industry continuously evolves, it is important for ATI to make sure its testing keeps pace with how the current nursing field works. On August 31, 2016, ATI launched its sixth edition of the test, changing how prospective nursing students approach TEAS preparation.
Like the TEAS V, the new ATI TEAS has 170 multiple choice questions in the same four content areas—reading, math, science and English—and gives students 209 minutes to complete the exam. While the content areas are the same, the topics, amount of questions, and time limit for these areas have changed.
There are also numerous unscored questions throughout the test that ATI will consider adding to the test in the future. However, you won’t know which of these questions are unscored, so treat every question equally.
This content area reflects the biggest changes to the TEAS, with the new Human Anatomy and Physiology subcategory. In this subcategory, there are 32 questions and up to 6 unscored questions, accounting for a fifth if the entire exam. Given this heavy emphasis on anatomy, this latest edition of the TEAS requires far better preparedness than before.
Overall, if you want to become a nurse, the TEAS is a good indicator of whether or not you have the academic foundation to succeed in nursing school. When completing the ATI TEAS, you will be scored within each individual content area as well as on your overall test performance. Based on your test results, you will be placed on one of the following scales:
If you have questions about TEAS preparation and how the test correlates with our ABSN programs in Boston and Charlotte, please contact our admissions team today!
Information Sources: atitesting.com and mometrix.com