How to Make Passing the TEAS a Breeze

If you’re looking to start a career in nursing, you must attend nursing school; in order to attend nursing school, you have to take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills). While this may seem like a daunting task, being able to start such a rewarding career is what makes it all worth it.

The TEAS is an exam that tests academic skills such as English and language usage, reading, math and science. There are 170 questions and you are given 209 minutes to answer those questions. The TEAS are a basic admission requirement for many health allied/nursing schools. It’s important to do well on this exam since many programs only accept those with high TEAS scores.

So what’s the best way to succeed on this exam? Let’s look at a few ways to ensure success.


    • I’m sure this first tip won’t come as a shock to you, but studying is crucial for an exam such as this. As nice as it would be to just walk in on testing day, wing the exam, pass it and come home to an acceptance letter from your dream nursing program waiting on your doorstep, it’s unfortunately not as easy as that. However, studying and being well prepared will give you a huge advantage and help you make sure your score is up to your dream school’s standards.
  • Take a Prep Course

This goes hand in hand with studying, but taking a prep course can help you significantly raise your score. This is one of the best ways to prepare for the exam as you will have professionals assisting you in understanding the exam and its content. Students who have enrolled in prep courses such as the TEAS Review Program at the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Central Florida have a significant advantage over those who have not.

Day before & day of exam

  • Get a Good Night’s Sleep
    • I’m sure the nerves will try to fight this, but it really is essential to get a good night’s sleep before an exam such as the TEAS. At this point, you’ve done all you can do and it’s time to rest so you’re energized and ready to take the exam!
  • Eat a Good Breakfast

The only thing worse than sitting in a room and taking a standardized test for 3 ½ hours is sitting in a room and taking a standardized test for 3 ½ hours on an empty stomach. You want to focus to be on the exam, not on your growling stomach. Be sure to eat a nutritious breakfast and you’ll be good to go.

During the Exam

  • Breathe

You may think this goes without saying, but breathing is key. I’m not talking about regular old breathing though, I’m taking about meditation-like breathing. Close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and remember you got this. You’ve prepared, slept well and eaten a good breakfast. You’re unstoppable!

After the Exam

  • Relax

You did it, you’ve taken the exam! At this point there’s nothing you can do to change your score so don’t bother stressing. No matter how you think you did the only thing you can do is wait. Hopefully good news will be coming your way soon!

Taking the TEAS can seem like a difficult task, but it’ll all be worth it in the end. If you’re interested in learning more about how to succeed on the exam, check out the TEAS Review Program at the University of Central Florida. This 27-hour, 9 session course provides students the resources and skills they need to succeed on the exam and gain entry into a nursing program. The course is taught at UCF’s Continuing Education classes and is offered in spring, summer, and fall.

Learn more and sign up today!

Published on 3/19/2019

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