Choosing the ATI TEAS VI

What is the ATI TEAS VI in nursing?

The ATI TEAS VI exam is a part of the admissions process for nursing and allied health programs around the country. Schools use the test to assess applicants’ capabilities in high-school–level reading, writing, math, and science.

What does ATI TEAS VI mean?

“ATI TEAS VI” stands for Assessment Technologies Institute Test of Essential Academic Skills version 6. “VI” is the roman numeral 6. So it just means ATI TEAS 6 or TEAS 6. The latest test is the sixth version of the TEAS exam.

Why should I become a registered nurse?

Nursing is an in-demand job with the opportunity for growth. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for registered nurses is forecast to grow by 15% in the next ten years. Nurses also enjoy job flexibility: instead of working a nine-to-five day, nurses can work three days and then have four days off. Nurses also have the chance to travel for work. Travel nurses travel the world working for major corporations, cruise lines, or the military. For registered nurses, every day is different. Helping patients, running tests, assisting in procedures; no two days are the same. Finally, registered nurses make a median salary of $70,000 a year, or $33 an hour. RNs who have more experience and specializations can make even more.

Who is eligible to take the ATI TEAS exam?

Anyone who is applying to a nursing program or school can take the ATI TEAS. You must create an account through ATI or through your school. The exam is administered by PSI at testing sites around the nation.

I’m interested in going to nursing school. Should I take the HESI A2 or the ATI TEAS?

Check with the nursing program you are applying to. Different nursing schools and programs have different requirements: some require the HESI A2, and some require the ATI TEAS.

Taking the ATI TEAS VI Exam

When can I take the ATI TEAS exam?

The ATI TEAS is offered year-round.

How much does it cost to take the ATI TEAS exam?

Registration costs $115. Check with your community college, university, or nursing program for details.

How many questions on are the ATI TEAS exam?

There are a total of 170 questions on the TEAS; however twenty of them are unscored, pre-test questions and used only by the test makers to gather information. That means 150 of the questions you answer will count toward your score. Keep in mind that you will not know which questions will be unscored, so you must answer all of the questions on the exam.

How long is the ATI TEAS exam?

The ATI TEAS is 3 hours and 29 minutes long.

What type of questions are on the ATI TEAS exam?

The questions on the ATI TEAS are multiple choice with four answer choices. There are four sections: Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Arts. On the Reading section, you must read passages and answer comprehension questions. On the Science section, you may be asked to review diagrams of the human body and its systems and then answer multiple-choice questions. The Mathematics and English and Language Arts sections contain multiple-choice questions.

The ATI TEAS has no guess penalty. So, if you answer a question incorrectly, you don’t lose any points; you just don’t get credit for that question. Therefore, you should always guess if you do not know the answer to a question.

What is on the ATI TEAS exam?

The TEAS has four sections: Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Arts. Each section has a time limit.

  • Reading:

    • main idea, supporting idea, inferences, identify details, interpret information

      • 53 questions; 64 minutes 

  • Mathematics:

    • arithmetic, fractions and decimals, proportions, units and measurements, algebra

      • 36 questions; 54 minutes

  • Science:

    • anatomy and physiology, life and physical sciences, scientific reasoning

      • 53 questions; 63 minutes

  • English and Language Arts:

    • punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary

      • 28 questions; 28 minutes

Click here to see the full content outline for the TEAS exam.

How do I register for the ATI TEAS exam?

You must register through ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute). You’ll need to sign in, or create an account if you don’t have one. When you register, you can choose a PSI location where you will take the exam.

Can I reschedule my ATI TEAS exam?

To reschedule your exam, check with PSI. You may reschedule most exams two days in advance. You may be charged a fee.

Where can I take the ATI TEAS exam?

The TEAS is administered by PSI at testing centers around the nation. You can find a testing center when you register for the exam.

What happens when I arrive for the ATI TEAS exam?

The TEAS is administered by PSI at testing centers nationwide. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the exam to complete biometric screening. Bring at least one form of government-issued photo ID and be prepared to be photographed and have your fingertips scanned. You will also be scanned with a metal detector wand before entering the test room. Your primary ID must be government issued, include a recent photograph and signature, and match the name under which you registered to take the test. If you do not have proper ID, you will not be allowed to take the test.

You will not be allowed to bring any personal items, such as calculators or phones, into the testing room. You may not bring pens, pencils, or scratch paper. Prohibited items also include hats, scarves, and coats. You may wear religious garments, however. Most facilities provide lockers for valuables. Check with your facility for details.

Do I need to bring a calculator for the ATI TEAS exam?

No. A calculator will be provided for you.

How do I get testing accommodations for the ATI TEAS exam?

If you require accommodations for testing, you must contact PSI directly. Call PSI’s ADA Services Team at 1–800–733–9267, extension 6750. You will need to provide supporting documentation.


When will I get my ATI TEAS score?

Once you have completed your test, you will receive a score report; you can also request to receive the report via email. Scores will be sent separately to the schools you specified when you registered.

How is the ATI TEAS exam scored?

Each section is scored separately on a scale of 0 – 100. Different nursing programs require different scores, so check with your program to find out what scores you need for your application.

The computer-administered version of the TEAS is scored immediately after you take it. You will receive your scores on-site. If you take the pencil-and-paper version of the test, ATI will score your exam within 48 hours of receiving it from the testing site. Your scores are automatically sent to the schools you chose when you signed up for the exam.

There is no guess penalty on the TEAS—that is, if you get a question wrong, you do not lose any points. So if you don’t know the answer to a question, guess; you might get the question right!

All sections on the TEAS will include some pilot, unscored questions. The test writers use these questions to test new material. These questions do not count toward your final score. However, you won’t know which questions are unscored as you’re taking the test, so you must answer every question.

What is a passing score on the ATI TEAS exam?

You cannot pass or fail the TEAS exam. A candidate’s score simply shows their level of comprehension and skill. Each school has its own entrance requirements, so be sure to check the requirements of the institutions you want to attend so you can set appropriate goals for yourself.

Most schools will require at least a 75 on each section to show a minimum level of skill. Check with your program for details.

Can I retake the ATI TEAS exam?

If you do not get the scores you want, you will be able to reapply and retake the test after 30 days.