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TEAS at Labouré

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

Labouré uses the TEAS in two different ways - as an entry requirement, and as a placement test after acceptance - to assess and assist students in the Associate of Science in Nursing program. Whether you take the TEAS as entry, placement, or not at all is determined during your application process. 

Below, we'll cover who takes it, how we use it, what it's like, and what you can do to prepare if you're asked to take it. 

Who takes the TEAS?

The TEAS is part of the admissions process for the Associate of Science in Nursing program. If you are applying to the ASN program, the Admissions Team will determine whether or not you need to take the TEAS based on the criteria below, and will let you know if TEAS is a part of your requirements. 

You will take the TEAS if your cumulative GPA is lower than a 3.0. If your GPA is between a 2.0 and a 2.99 and you are offered acceptance to Labouré, then you will take the TEAS during your first semester as a placement test to determine participation in the DSN program (starting 2022).

If your GPA is between a 2.0 and a 2.49, you will take the TEAS as an entry test before you receive an admissions decision, and will test again for placement during your first semester if offered acceptance to Labouré. 

You will not need to test if you meet any of the conditions below: 

  • Your cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above 
  • You have already earned a bachelor's degree
  • You hold a valid LPN license

If you are required to take the TEAS for entry or for placement, your admissions counselor will help you schedule the test on-site or online through Labouré at no cost to you. Labouré is not able to accept test scores from previous tests you may have taken. If you just took the TEAS elsewhere before being asked to take it at Labouré, you must wait at least 2 weeks before scheduling your Labouré test. 

The test will include all four sections of the exam - Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language usage - and will take about 4 hours to complete, including a short break. 

Entry vs. placement testing

An entry test is part of the application process, and helps determine whether or not you can be accepted into the ASN program at Labouré. You must score at or above the minimum required score thresholds in order to be offered acceptance. 

Labouré requires a minimum score of 69% in Reading and 60% in English and Language usage. There are no minimum score requirements for entry testing for Mathematics or Science at this time. 

If you are accepted after your entry test, you will follow a My Academic Plan (MAP) during your first semester at Labouré. MAPs are free online academic modules and resources that are designed by our academic advisors to help you check in during your first semester to ensure you have the tools you need to succeed in the program. 

If you have been offered acceptance and you fall into the placement test range, you will take the TEAS during your first semester of enrollment at Labouré to determine your participation in the DSN program. The Student Success Center will provide information on the DSN program, testing dates, and more. 

To test out of the DSN program, the minimum scores required are: 

Reading  69%
English and Language Usage 60%
Science 45%
Math 63%


Taking the test 

For entry testing, the Admissions Team will let you know exactly what you need for test day, and will help you complete a required "dry run" of the set-up and log-in procedures the day before your test to ensure everything runs smoothly for you on test day. 

For placement testing, the Student Success Center will connect with you during your first semester of enrollment to schedule testing. 

All test takers who are taking the test online will need a laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam. You'll also need to have your ID handy to show at the beginning of the test. You cannot take the TEAS on an iPad, tablet, or cell phone. Your admissions counselor will send you instructions and tips to get ready for test day, including which browser to use, prioritizing your internet connection, and making sure your internet speeds can handle the exam. 

What's on the test 

The TEAS includes 170 questions total and takes approximately 4 hours to complete, including a short break. The sections break down like this: 

  • 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

You must be on time to start your test. As a timed, proctored exam, all test takers must start at the designated start time; late arrivals will not be able to begin the test, and must reschedule. 

Preparing for the test

The TEAS is administered by ATI. ATI offers a variety of practice materials for purchase through their website, www.atitesting.com

If you're looking for free practice exams, unofficial test prep materials can be found online at www.uniontestprep.com and www.teaspracticetest.com

Please note: Labouré is not affiliated with any unofficial TEAS practice resources.

Questions about TEAS? 

You can contact your admissions counselor directly, or - for general TEAS questions before you apply - you can contact admissions@laboure.edu or (617) 322-3575. 


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.