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The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V)

testing photoThe Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) is designed to assess a student’s aptitude for success in the Nursing program. In order to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing program, a student must achieve a TEAS V composite score of 58.7 percent and a reading comprehension score of 69 percent. The TEAS V score is not included in the calculation of points for admission.

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

A computerized scholastic aptitude assessment, TEAS V is used as one component of the selection process for admitting students into the Nursing and Dental Hygiene programs. The goal is to predict those candidates with the highest likelihood of academic success. The TEAS V contains four subtests: Math, Science, English and Reading. All subtests contain multiple-choice items with one correct answer.

The MATH subtest covers whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions and decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion. READING covers paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions. The ENGLISH subtest measures knowledge of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling. The SCIENCE portion of the exam covers science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, basic physical principles, and general science.

TEAS V is a 190-item, computerized, four-option, multiple-choice assessment.

Content Area Number of Test Questions Amount of Time Allotted
Reading 48 58 minutes
Mathematics 34 51 minutes
Science 54 66 minutes
English and Language Usage 34 34 minutes
Total 190 209 minutes

The TEAS V is the most recent version of the TEAS Test. Older versions of the TEAS test will not be accepted from other schools.

Registration Information for the TEAS V Test

All developmental coursework and a basic biology and chemistry course must be completed prior to taking this test. Previously taken high school biology and chemistry courses may be used to qualify if they are less than 10 years old. See your advisor for guidance before registering for the test.

  • Check the placement testing schedule for testing dates and times.
  • To register, visit the following website: Click on "create a new account" then follow the screen prompts. You only need to register once. You will need your ATI username and password to take the online test. Please bring this information with you to the placement testing location.
  • The fee is $66 as of July 1, 2015. Students will need to make arrangements to pay for the test when they register. Registrations are non-refundable.
  • Students must arrive on time in order to begin the TEAS V test. The time limit is up to 3.8 hours. Students who arrive late will not be allowed to start the test.
  • Students who cancel or fail to show up on the date of the test will be required to complete another registration form and pay the full registration fee when rescheduling.
  • Students may take the TEAS test twice during a 12-month period. If a student takes the TEAS test more than twice in twelve months, only the first two attempts will be considered. TEAS V scores are good for three years.

Testing Day Procedures

TEAS V students must arrive ON TIME with ATI username and password to take the online test. No exceptions. No refunds.

  • A photo ID is required. Students will not be allowed to take the test without photo identification.
  • No calculators are permitted
  • Pencils and scrap paper will be provided and collected when the test is completed.
  • Cell phones, IPods, pagers (and other electronic devices) and books, notes or study guides are prohibited from use during the test session. Any applicant using any of the above during the test session will be asked to leave the testing site immediately.
  • No food or drinks are allowed

Special Accommodations

If special accommodations are required due to functional limitations from a disability, contact the Counseling office at 919-536-7207 or visit the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center, room 1309 for more information.

Preparation for the TEAS V

  • Durham Tech offers a noncredit TEAS V Test prep course.
  • ATI Testing sells a study manual and an online practice test, which are available in its online store at
  • There are also many other study guides offered by other companies; most can be purchased from booksellers such as and Barnes and Noble. Test preparation publishers such as Kaplan, Barron’s, and The Princeton Review are considered reputable and reliable sources for study materials.