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What is the The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam?                           

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.

Content Area

Number of Test Items

Amount of Time Allotted



58 minutes



51 minutes



66 minutes

English and Language Usage


34 minutes



209 minutes

How do I study for the TEAS exam?                                                               Top of page

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.

How many times can I take the TEAS exam?

You may take the  TEAS exam 3 times.  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.

How much does the TEAS exam cost?
$45.00   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.  (If you are charged more than $45 by ATI, please call 1-800-667-7351.)

Where do I take the TEAS exam?

You will complete the TEAS exam at the Testing Center, Cedar Hall 2055Please 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.