What to study for the ATI TEAS® in 2023
Have you heard about the ATI TEAS 7? Yes, the TEAS changed! Try not to panic… I’m going to walk you through exactly what to expect.
The TEAS changed in 2022. Nursing schools will likely have a grace period during the transition. Your nursing school will likely accept your ATI TEAS 6 score through at least the end of 2022. If you are taking the ATI TEAS in 2023, then you will take the TEAS 7.
ATI TEAS Study Resources for the 2023 TEAS exam:
- Free ATI TEAS practice test questions – Updated for TEAS 7
- Free ATI TEAS study guide – Updated for TEAS 7
- Prenursing Smarter Online TEAS Prep Program (fully updated for the TEAS 7).
New TEAS 7 study tracker – quick video:
Which version of the TEAS will you take?
First, these changes went into effect on June 3, 2022. Your school will likely take the ATI TEAS 6 version for several months during the transition period — so don’t panic!
Second, the ATI TEAS is definitely testing out new questions right now. These ATI TEAS test questions are likely not scored… but they still can appear on the current version of the TEAS.
In fact, I’m hearing from students that weird things are happening on the TEAS exam. If you are taking the ATI TEAS in early 2022, you are likely getting unscored questions that are test questions for the new version of the TEAS exam.
New ATI TEAS science section questions that I’m noticing:
- More acid and base questions
- Water and solutions
- More detailed questions about cellular organelles
- Mitosis and Meiosis
ATI TEAS 7 Question Types
Now, one of the biggest upcoming changes to the TEAS is question types. The TEAS 7 exam will no longer be just 4-option multiple choice (A, B, C, D).
Instead, you might have select-all answer options, fill-in-the-blank questions, and ordering questions. These changes will be rolled out slowly.
However, I suspect you will see them first in math. In particular, it’s likely that you might have fill-in-the-blank questions for algebra or solving the order of operations (PEMDAS). Ordering numbers from greatest to least, or least to greatest, would be another possibility for the new TEAS question types.
You might also see these new question types in anatomy and physiology questions where you are asked to identify a particular area of human anatomy on a graphic.
How to study for the ATI TEAS 7
Another big difference of what’s on the ATI TEAS 7 is the NUMBER of questions — not necessarily the content types.
Probably the best news for students is that the ATI TEAS Reading section will not have as many questions! YAY! The ATI TEAS 7 will have 39 reading questions; the ATI TEAS 6 has 47.
For the Math section, you will have 7 more questions on measurement and data. In my TEAS Prep Program, I’ve already updated a lesson to help you prepare. This new lesson has several TEAS practice questions on finding the area of shapes (like a rhombus) and combined shapes (like a rectangle with a half circle attached).
The new ATI TEAS also won’t have as many Anatomy and Physiology questions! That’s the good news. The bad news is that you will have more questions on chemistry and biology. That’s probably why current TEAS test takers are seeing more questions about organelles and the pH.
TEAS chemistry questions will still focus on the periodic table of elements, chemical bonding, and reactions. Balancing chemical reactions is now a confirmed scored concept.
For TEAS biology, you’ll need to know about genetics and DNA, macromolecules, and eukaryotic cell structure and organization. In addition, mitosis and meiosis are now confirmed scored concept.
The TEAS 7 Science section will add a section on infectious and non-infectious diseases. Check out this TEAS 7 Quizlet set to help you prepare for TEAS science questions on infectious diseases:
Enjoy studying on Quizlet? Check out all my free ATI TEAS 7 Quizlet Sets or get my Practice Question Bank.
My TEAS 7 Question Bank currently has 5 full exams and 1000+ questions, including Select All and math Fill-in-the-Blank questions. You can take a 10-question quizzes or full exams, and there’s no limit on retakes while you are enrolled.
You’ll also have 9 more scored TEAS English questions on the new ATI TEAS exam. That might be good news or bad news. How well do you know your comma rules and pronouns?
Let’s do a comparison of the TEAS exam changes.
What’s on the TEAS 6 exam?
- Reading – 47 questions
- Math – 32 questions
- Science – 47 questions
- English – 24 question
What’s on the ATI TEAS 7?
- Reading – 39 questions
- Math – 34 questions
- Science – 44 questions
- English – 33 questions
ATI TEAS 7 FAQ
The current version of the ATI TEAS exam, the TEAS 7, was released on June 3, 2022. Nursing and allied health programs will likely accept TEAS 6 scores of the TEAS exam through early 2023, but be sure to check with your individual programs. The ATI TEAS exam changes about every 5 years, so no major changes are planned in 2023.
The version of the TEAS exam in 2023 will have:
➞ 2x as many scored biology and chemistry questions (8 each)
➞ 9 more English language questions
➞ 7 more questions on measurement and data in the math section.
➞ 14 less anatomy and physiology questions
➞ 8 less overall TEAS reading section questions
If you are taking the TEAS in 2023, then you will take the TEAS 7. The older version of the exam, the TEAS 6, was retired on June 3, 2022. You nursing program will likely have a 6-month grace period during this transition.
The ATI TEAS 7 covers Reading, Math, Science, and English. In addition, the TEAS 7 has new question types, like select all.
The TEAS exam changes about every 5 years. The TEAS 7 was released in June 2022. The previous version of the TEAS, the TEAS 6, was released in late 2016.
Prenursing Smarter will be updating the TEAS Prep Program to reflect these new changes, and I’ll share updates and information about the new ATI TEAS 7 as I learn more.
November 2022 Update: I’m happy to say many Prenursing Smarter students have used the prep program to get great scores on the new TEAS 7! Here’s what Tara said, “I just wanted to thank you–I took the TEAS 7 today and got a 93.3%! I actually found your program very late and only spent 8 days studying ‘with you’ before taking the exam. I really appreciated being able to focus on high value concepts. I know my score wouldn’t have been so high without your help!
It was worth every penny and the only thing I would do differently is start out studying with Prenursing Smarter much sooner!”
Check out my TEAS prep program for 5 TEAS 7 practice tests, interactive lessons, and strategies to help you boost your score.
Kate is a CRLA certified tutor and test prep expert. She founded Prenursing Smarter in 2017. Kate lives in sunny Southern California and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Mnikȟówožu Lakȟóta). Prenursing Smarter is an inclusive business and actively seeks opportunities to collaborate with and support diverse voices.