TEAS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
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What is the TEAS?
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) was developed to measure essential skills in the academic areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. These entry-level skills have been deemed important for health sciences program applicants by a panel of curriculum experts.
What version of the TEAS does Wake Tech accept?
Students applying for the Associate Degree Nursing or Radiography Programs for spring 2013 or any semester thereafter will be required to take TEAS V. Scores from TEAS 4.0 or lower (TEAS 2.0 or TEAS 3.0) will not be accepted. See questions 6-7 below for minimum required scores.
What is on the TEAS?
The TEAS is a timed, computerized exam made up of multiple-choice questions. The TEAS is composed of four sections: reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage.
Number of Test Items/ Time Allotted
|Reading: paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, informational source comprehension
||48 items/58 minutes
|Mathematics: numbers and operations, measurement, data interpretation, algebraic applications
||34 items/51 minutes
|Science: science reasoning, human body science, life science, earth and physical science
||54 items/66 minutes
|English and Language Usage: grammar, word meanings in context, spelling, punctuation, structure
||34 items/34 minutes
||170 items/209 minutes
How is the TEAS exam different from the COMPASS placement test?
The TEAS exam is an entrance test that measures basic essential skills (reading, math, science, and English and language usage) that are important entry-level skills for health sciences programs. The COMPASS placement test measures skill levels in reading, writing, and math and is used to determine if students are ready for college level coursework or need pre-curriculum coursework. The COMPASS test does not measure entry-level skills for health sciences programs.
How will the TEAS be used in the Nursing Admissions Process?
How will the TEAS be used in the Radiography Admissions Process?
When is the best time to take the TEAS?
If you are applying for the Nursing or Radiography Programs, you are required to attend the mandatory Nursing or Radiography Information Session before registering for or taking the TEAS. The TEAS tests reading, math, science, and English and language usage skills and readiness for academic courses and clinical portions of the curriculum. To do your best on the TEAS, make sure that you meet all minimum reading, writing, and mathematics requirements for your program. If any pre-curriculum courses are necessary, complete those courses before taking the TEAS. It is advisable not to take the TEAS until minimum placement test scores have been met or minimum course requirements have been completed (RED 070, RED 080, RED 090, ENG 070, ENG 080, ENG 090, MAT 050, MAT 060, and/or MAT 070 and CHM 090). It is also advisable to take the TEAS after you have completed ENG 111, ENG 112, and BIO 168 & BIO 169 (for Nursing) or BIO 163 (for Radiography). You should also pay close attention to published application deadlines to make sure you complete the TEAS in time.
If I do not answer a question on the TEAS, it is counted as incorrect?
Yes. Unanswered questions on the TEAS are counted as incorrect.
What do I need to bring on exam day?
You must show proof of payment (with a receipt) and your picture ID on exam day. You are prohibited from bringing food/beverages, calculators, and cell phones into the exam room.
How long does it take to get TEAS exam results?
You will receive a copy of your results immediately following the exam.
May I use a calculator during the TEAS exam?
No. Effective February 1, 2012, calculators will not be permitted on the TEAS Exam.
How much does it cost to take the TEAS exam?
For TEAS V, the cost is $35 per student each time the exam or a section of the exam is taken. Wake Tech works hard to keep student costs low. The actual cost of the exam and administering were taken into account when determining the cost for students.
How do I sign up and pay for the TEAS exam?
All students must register on-line via Wake Tech's website, http://hsadmissions.waketech.edu/teas/reserve.php
. Payment may be made to the cashier on any Wake Tech campus. The Health Sciences Campus cashier is located in the HS2 Building, Room 131 and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday (the Health Sciences cashier closes daily from 1-2 p.m.).
What if I have a disability?
If you have visual, hearing, or physical impairment; learning disabilities; or any other condition that may warrant special testing conditions, please contact our Disability Services office at 919-866-5670 and present documentation before registering and testing.
May I retest? When?
If you need to retake the TEAS exam you must wait a minimum of 30 days from the date of your last exam. Official copies of all previous TEAS V test scores are required to be on file with the college prior to taking the exam at Wake Tech. You are not required to retake the entire exam when retesting; you may retake one or more sections of the exam. Testing is limited to three times per calendar year. Requests to the Testing Administrator by telephone or email to take certain sections of the TEAS must be requested a minimum of three business days before the desired exam date.
How long are TEAS scores valid?
TEAS scores are valid for five (5) years from the date the exam was taken.
How can I prepare to take the TEAS exam?
The TEAS V Study Manual, developed by the publisher of the exam, can be purchased from the publisher (www.atitesting.com
) or, the student bookstore, or checked out from the Health Sciences Library. Online practice assessments are also available, including 150 items reflective of the TEAS in content and format. ATI provides ACHIEVE, an online tutorial providing preparatory skills for Nursing/Radiography school. ACHIEVE includes information on test-taking skills, study skills, classroom skills, preparing for clinical experience, and steps for successful study for ESL students. In addition, we recommend that you utilize the attached listing of Helpful TEAS Preparation Links provided by the ILC (Individualized Learning Center).
|Test Preparation Item
||Estimated Price (subject to change)
|TEAS V Study Manual
||Wake Tech Health Sciences Library
||Available for check out
|TEAS V Study Manual
|TEAS V Online Practice Assessments
|TEAS V Study Manual & Online Practice Assessments Study Package
|ATI ACHIEVE Program
|TEAS V Study Manual
||Wake Tech Bookstore
||To be determined
|Helpful TEAS Preparation Links
||See Attached Document
May I transfer TEAS scores from another college?
Yes. Wake Tech accepts official TEAS scores from other colleges provided the exam was taken within the preceding five years. All official TEAS score reports must be submitted by the application deadline. Students may request a transcript of their scores from ATI, www.atitesting.com
. There is a $26 fee per transcript when ordering from ATI. Students may also request their official scores from the college where they took the exam. When coming from another college, transferred scores should be mailed or hand delivered (in an official, sealed envelope from the college) to Laura Saparilas, TEAS Test Administrator, Wake Technical Community College, 2901 Holston Lane, Raleigh NC 27610. Faxed copies of scores will not be accepted.
May I request that my TEAS scores from Wake Tech be transferred to another college?
Yes. Requests for score transfers must be submitted in writing to Laura Saparilas and must include your name, student ID number, name and address of the college where scores are to be sent, and your signature.
Additional questions may be directed to:
- Laura Saparilas
TEAS Test Administrator
Health Sciences 2 Building (HS2), Room 113
Health Sciences Campus
Wake Technical Community College is continuously evaluating TEAS testing procedures and reserves the right to make changes as needed.