No matter what career path a person pursues, it is essential to have a sound foundation in basic math, science, reading, English, and language usage. Some people barely made it through or merely coasted in high school. An accredited nursing program will quickly weed out those who have gaps in necessary background knowledge, especially in the required core courses.
The purpose of *TEAS® test (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is to identify strengths and weaknesses in the basic information needed to successfully complete a nursing program and ultimately pass NCLEX and begin a career in this satisfying medical profession. Because of its reputation, some nursing schools use the TEAS test as their entrance examination.
The *TEAS® test has 170 items and is divided into four parts. It takes just under four hours and each section is timed separately.
1. READING has 40 items covering paragraph comprehension, comprehension of longer passages, and making inferences and coming to conclusions. This section lasts 50 minutes.
2. MATH has 45 items covering whole numbers, metric conversions, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratios/proportions. This section lasts 56 minutes.
3. SCIENCE has 30 items covering science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, basic physical principles, and general science. This section lasts 38 minutes.
4. The ENGLISH and LANGUAGE USAGE section has 55 items and covers punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling. This section lasts 65 minutes.
*TEAS® Course Description
*TEAS® Study Guide
FAQ about Nursing Career Options
Sample Nursing Program Handbook
Example: LSU School of Nursing Prerequisites