ATI is going to be switching from TEAS 6 to TEAS 7 this June. In this post, we walk you through everything you need to know and answer every question you may have about the new version of the TEAS, including:
- When the ATI TEAS 7 is coming out
- Will you have to take TEAS 6 or 7?
- Are programs still accepting TEAS 6 scores?
- What content be tested on the TEAS 7 and how does it compare to TEAS 6?
- What new types of questions will be on the TEAS 7?
- How to start preparing for the TEAS 7
Let’s jump right in!
When is the TEAS 7 coming out?
In early 2021, ATI announced that there would be a major update to the TEAS 6 exam, which is the most commonly used nursing school entrance exam. The new version of the exam will be called the ATI TEAS 7 and will officially launch on June 3, 2022.
Will I have to take the TEAS 6 or 7?
ATI plans on phasing out the TEAS 6 on June 3 and completely switching over to the TEAS 7. If you are taking the TEAS before Jun 3, 2022, you will be taking the TEAS 6. If you are taking the test on June 3 or later, you should prepare to take the TEAS 7.
- If you are testing before June 3, 2022, you will be taking the TEAS 6.
- If you are testing on June 3, 2022, or later you will be taking the TEAS 7.
Are schools still accepting TEAS 6 scores?
If you complete your application before June 3, your school should still accept your TEAS 6 score. If you apply after June 3, the decision to accept TEAS 6 scores will ultimately be up to the school as each school will decide how long they will continue accepting TEAS 6 scores after June 3.
If you have already taken the TEAS 6 are planning on taking it before June 3, we recommend asking your advisor or the admissions department at your school how long they will accept TEAS 6 scores.
What is the difference between the TEAS 6 and TEAS 7?
Two significant changes between versions 6 & 7 of the ATI TEAS exam are:
1. The number of questions and types of content tested in each subject area.
2. The types of questions you will see.
This shift in question types is meant to mirror some of the new question types on the Next Gen NCLEX, so ATI is trying to align with them. But don’t worry! The new question types are considered another way of thinking about concepts and problem-solving.
New TEAS 7 Exam Content
Like TEAS 6, the TEAS 7 exam consists of 170 questions, with 150 scored questions and 20 un-scored pre-test questions.
Pre-test questions are used for research purposes for the next update to the tests. The good news, these questions don’t count toward your overall score; however, you won’t know which questions are the “pre-test” questions.
The exam is based on four content areas: science, math, reading, and English and language usage.
You will have 55 minutes to complete the Reading section of the TEAS 7.
The Reading section contains 45 total questions (39 questions are scored, and 6 are pre-test questions) covering the following categories:
- Key Ideas & Details
- Craft & Structure
- Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
You can try a free TEAS 7 Reading Practice Test here. It includes a score report and explanations for every answer.
You will have 60 minutes to complete the Math section of the TEAS 7.
The Math section contains 50 total questions (34 scored questions, 4 pre-test questions) covering the following categories:
- Numbers & Algebra
- Measurement & Data
You can try a free TEAS 7 Math Practice Test here.
You will have 55 minutes to complete the Science section of the TEAS 7.
The Science section contains 50 total questions (44 questions are scored, and 6 are pre-test questions) covering the following categories:
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
- Scientific Reasoning
You will notice that one major update to the TEAS 7 Science section is that it now includes chemistry and biology subcategories.
You can try a free TEAS 7 Science Practice Test here.
English Language Usage
You will have 37 minutes to complete the English section of the TEAS 7.
The Reading section contains 37 total questions (33 questions are scored, 4 pre-test questions) covering the following categories:
- Conventions of Standard English
- Knowledge of Language
- Using Language and Vocabulary to Express Ideas in Writing
You can try a free TEAS 7 English Practice Test here. It includes a score report and explanations for every answer.
Also, here’s a quick infographic of the exam outlines for the TEAS 6 exam compared to the TEAS 7 exam:
New TEAS 7 question types
TEAS 6 had only one type of question format: multiple choice. The TEAS 7 will have five different question types: multiple-choice, multiple-select, fill-in, ordering, and hot spots.
Again, these new question types are meant to mimic the next-gen NCLEX.
Here’s the breakdown of the new types of questions we’ve seen so far. Please remember that this is the most up-to-date information we have. The examples provided below help you understand how a question could be asked, but are NOT actual questions you will see on your exam.
This is the most common type of question and is the one you are likely most familiar with. In multiple-choice, the exam will provide four answer options, with only one option being the correct answer. Some questions will include graphs and charts for reference.
Below is an example of a multiple-choice question off of our Free TEAS 7 Reading Practice Test.
Select all that apply
Multiple select questions are similar to multiple choice – the difference is there could be more than one correct answer choice. You will be asked to “select all that apply.” You must select all solutions that are correct to receive credit because no partial credit will be given.
Multiple-select questions may look like this:
Math: Select all of the fractions below that are equivalent to 2/3.
Reading: Select all of the sentences below that are examples of the author’s opinion within the article.
Science: Which of the following bones below within the inner ear? Select all that apply.
English Language Usage: Select all sentences below that use correct subject-verb agreement.
Below is an example of a multiple-select question off of our Free TEAS 7 Science Practice Test. Give it a try!
You may be familiar with fill-in-the-blank questions. Like the name implies, you will need to fill in the blank with free text or numerical values. These questions will come with precise directions on how to enter your answer. Therefore, It’s essential to pay attention, as you will not receive credit for a response if the format is incorrect.
Examples of these directions may look like this:
Math: Enter your answer without a dollar sign, rounded to the nearest hundredth.
Reading: Enter your answer using a decimal, rounded to the nearest tenth (some reading questions involve simple math calculations, so you’ll need to pay close attention to those).
Science: Enter your answer below with no spaces before or after your response.
English Language Usage: Enter your answer without dashes or other punctuation.
Again, there is no partial credit to these questions, so you must submit your response exactly as directed to have these questions marked correct. We’ve seen many mistakes with these questions including: test-takers putting spaces before the answer, forgetting to include things like dollar signs (or including them when told not to), and not rounding to the correct place.
Practice with the example question below. This question is from our Free TEAS 7 Math Practice Test.
You will have four to six options you must place in the correct order. You will click, drag, and drop the answers in the order specified, and then click “submit” to move on to the next question.
Examples of these directions may look similar to the following:
Math: Place the following rational numbers in order from least to greatest.
Reading: Place the following statements in the order in which each action occurs in the scenario listed below.
Science: Place the steps of natural selection into the correct order.
English Language Usage: Place the writing process steps in the correct order.
Remember, you will receive credit only if all answers are placed in the correct order. There is no partial credit for these questions.
Try the ordering question below from our Free TEAS 7 Math Practice Test:
Hot spot items provide you with an image and require you to click on the correct area of the image.
Examples of these directions may look similar to the following:
Math: Which point on this graph is at (2,5)?
Reading: Where on the following map would someone go if they were looking for information about hiking trails?
Science: Which of the following shows the location of the left ventricle?
These questions are very similar to multiple-choice, with only one correct answer (or area, in this case) for you to select.
Try the hot spot question below. We will be adding hot spot questions like these to our practice tests in our TEAS 7 updates.
TEAS 7 Sample Question: Hot Spot
How to prepare for the TEAS 7
1. Take these free TEAS practice tests provided by NurseHub. These free tests will cover the same concepts and prepare you for the newest version of the exam.
2. Sign up for our Question of the Day email list to receive free practice questions and step-by-step answer explanations daily.
3. Join our TEAS group on Facebook for test updates and tips. It is the largest group on Facebook specifically for the TEAS and is a great place to meet other folks who are studying for the exam.
4. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for TEAS 7 updates, free practice questions, answer walkthroughs, and TEAS tips.