Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Exam

All TEAS exams and test prep classes are cancelled until further notice as Capital Region BOCES takes precautionary steps in the wake of the threat posed by COVID-19. All other adult education classes remain as scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact Adult Health Careers & Services at 518-862-4709. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you.


When preparing for a course in practical nursing, interested students need to pass a pre-entrance exam. Capital Region BOCES’ uses the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI™) Test of Academic Skills, known as TEAS. 

The objectives assessed on the TEAS exam are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry-level skills and abilities of nursing program applicants.

The exam features 170 multiple choice questions, each with a certain amount of time allotted. Students should allow four hours to complete the test. 

Composite scores, as well as several sub-scores, are computed in each of four content areas to assess specific content comprehension:

  • Reading – Paragraph/Passage Comprehension – Read a given text and answer related questions) and Informational Source Comprehension. Questions will relate to a graphic or statement provided.
  • Mathematics – Numbers and Operations, Measurement, Data Interpretation, Algebraic Applications. Calculators may not be used for the test. 
  • Science – Scientific Reasoning, Human Body Science, Life Science, Earth and Physical Science. 
  • English and Language Usage – Grammar and Word Meanings, Spelling and Punctuation, and Sentence Structure.