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The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) measures basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage. The test is intended for use primarily with adult nursing program applicant populations. The objectives assessed on TEAS V are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level academic readiness of nursing program applicants.  The TEAS is a 170-item, four option, multiple-choice assessment. The required TEAS V composite score is 64.7%. To prepare in an organized and efficient manner, you should know what to expect from the assessment.

 A TEAS V study guide is available at the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Kirkwood Campus Libraries. You may purchase a TEAS V study guide at the Main Campus Kirkwood Bookstore or by going to

Please find these tips to be helpful when studying for the TEAS V exam.

Content Area Number of Test Items Amount of Time Allotted
Reading 42 58 minutes
Mathematics 30 51 minutes
Science 48 66 minutes
English and Language Usage 30 34 minutes
Total 170 209 minutes


Please call the Test Center at 319-398-5456 to schedule an appointment to complete the TEAS exam.  An appointment can be made one week prior to testing. 

You will complete the TEAS exam at the Testing Center, Cedar Hall 2055.  
During your scheduled test date you will create an ATI account and will pay for the exam with credit or debit card the day of testing. 

The cost of TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Proctored Exam is $45.

 (If you are charged more than $45 by ATI, please call 1-800-667-7351.)

A minimum of 30 days is recommended between TEAS exam attempts. It is recommended that students remediate in the areas identified by the TEAS Individual Profile Sub-Scales scores before retaking this exam.