What is the TEAS?

"The TEAS is a common pre-admission test used by many nursing programs. TEAS, which stands for Test of Essential Academic Skills, is administered through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Nursing Education. The test is a basic aptitude test designed to identify students who would succeed in nursing school and who have the ability to think like a nurse. While all examinations can seem a bit daunting, it's important to remember that it's another step to figuring out if nursing school truly is for you." - MedTech read the complete article on preparing for TEAS

As an additional way to assess and assist students in their progression at Labouré, some applicants will be required by Admissions to take the TEAS. These applicants will be given dates that testing will be available at the College.

The test should take approximately 4 hours, including a short break. There will be no additional charge to take this test.

 Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information about the TEAS at Labouré.

Frequently Asked Questions About TEAS at Labouré

*Update 3/27/2020: due to the current COVID-19 coronavirus situation and on-campus restrictions to staff and visitors, the College is not able to proctor TEAS for the Summer 2020 entry term. If you qualify for TEAS entry or placement testing for Summer 2020, the Admissions Team will contact you about your next steps. 

I’ve been notified that I need to test. How can I register to take the TEAS?

If you have been notified that TEAS testing is necessary for your admissions process, a link to register online for an available test date has been sent to you via email. If you have not received this registration link but need to test, have changed the email address that you provided on your application, or need help with registration, please contact the Office of Admissions at (617) 322-3575 or admissions@laboure.edu.

How do I know if I need to test?

Whether or not an applicant needs to test is determined during the review process of an application. Applicants will be notified by the Office of Admissions if testing is required.

Per the current admissions policy, you WILL need to test if:

-Your cumulative GPA is lower than 3.0:

GPA of 2.5-2.99 will be asked to test as a placement exam if offered acceptance

GPA of 2.49 and under will be asked to test as an entry exam prior to receiving an admissions decision


You will NOT need to test if:

-Your cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above

-You have already earned a bachelor’s degree

What is the difference between Placement Testing and Entry Testing?

A placement test is given after an offer of acceptance is made. It is used to determine if an admitted student will need a MAP (My Academic Plan). The plan is formulated alongside an academic advisor at no extra cost to the student. It will consist of online modules designed to keep a student on track throughout the program. A MAP is only required for students who are below the minimum score threshold.

An entry test is given prior to the applicant receiving an admissions decision. It is used to determine if the applicant will be admitted into the program. The student must score at or above the required score threshold in order to be accepted to the program.

How many sections of the TEAS do I need to take?

Labouré College currently requires that applicants who meet the requirement to test must complete all four sections of the TEAS:

  • Reading 
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English and Language Usage
How long will it take to complete the TEAS?

Each section of the TEAS is timed as follows:

Reading: 53 questions, to be completed in 64 minutes

Mathematics: 36 questions, to be completed in 54 minutes

Science: 53 questions, to be completed in 63 minutes

English and Language Usage: 28 questions, to be completed in 28 minutes 

There are a an overall total of 170 questions, which you will complete in 209 minutes. That means it will take approximately 4 hours to complete the TEAS test, including a short break. 

How much does the TEAS cost?

Labouré College does not currently charge applicants to take the TEAS exam. All exams are provided at no cost to the applicant. 

What scores do I need to get on the TEAS?

Labouré College currently requires the following minimum scores for the Reading section and the English and Language Usage sections:

Reading: 69%

English and Language Usage: 60%

Can I submit scores from a previous TEAS test if I have taken it before?

At this time, Labouré College does not accept prior TEAS scores. For this reason, we currently offer the test at no cost to the applicant.

What if I recently took the TEAS at another location? Do I have to wait before taking it at Labouré?

If you have tested recently at another location, you must wait at least two weeks before testing at Labouré College. 

How can I prepare or study for the TEAS?

ATI, the administrator of the TEAS, currently provides a variety of practice materials for students that can be purchased through their website, www.atitesting.com.

In addition, free but unofficial practice exams can be found throughout the internet, examples of which are:



Please note that Labouré is not affiliated with any unofficial TEAS practice exams.

What do I do on test day?

Testers are required to arrive 10 - 15 minutes prior to their testing time in order to check in and get set up for the exam.

Testers are required to present a valid photo ID during check-in. This can be a state-issued ID, driver’s license, or passport.

Testers will NOT be permitted to test without valid identification.

What if I'm late for my test?

Unfortunately, once testing has begun, additional testers will NOT be permitted into the examination room. Please give yourself ample time to arrive prior to testing.

In the event that a tester is late, they may reschedule for a later test date using the registration link previously sent via email, or speak to the Office of Admissions upon arrival.

How do I reschedule my test?

To reschedule a test, please use the link sent to you by Admissions via email.

If you cannot find your original link, please contact the Office of Admissions via email at admissions@laboure.edu to have the link re-sent to you. 

TEAS testing requirements and policy are subject to change at the discretion of the Office of Admissions. Please contact the Office of Admissions for the most up-to-date requirements.