What to study for the ATI TEAS in 2021
Have you heard about the ATI TEAS 7? Yes, the TEAS is changing! Try not to panic… I’m going to walk you through exactly what to expect.
If you are taking the ATI TEAS in 2021, then you most likely take the ATI TEAS 6, the current version of the TEAS exam. The TEAS exam is scheduled to change in October 2021. Your nursing school will likely accept your ATI TEAS 6 score through the end of the year.
ATI TEAS Study Resources in 2021 (before October):
- Free ATI TEAS practice test questions
- Free ATI TEAS study guide
- Quizlet TEAS Prep Pack
- Prenursing Smarter Online TEAS Prep Program
Which version of the TEAS will you take?
First, these changes will likely not go into effect until October 2021. 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 2021, 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 on the pH scale
- Using the logarithmic pH scale
- Radiation vs. conduction
- More detailed questions about cellular organelles
That said, the new version of the ATI TEAS isn’t going to be too different from the 2021 ATI TEAS exam.
How to study for the ATI TEAS 7
The biggest difference of what’s on the ATI TEAS 7 appears to be 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.
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 scale.
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 exam now?
- Reading – 47 questions
- Math – 32 questions
- Science – 47 questions
- English – 24 question
ATI TEAS 7: What will be on it?
- Reading – 39 questions
- Math – 34 questions
- Science – 44 questions
- English – 33 questions
ATI TEAS 7 FAQ
The new version of the ATI TEAS exam will likely be released around October 2021. Nursing programs will likely accept both versions of the TEAS exam during the transition period, but be sure to check with your individual programs.
The new version of the TEAS exam in 2021 (around October) 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
You will likely take the ATI TEAS 7 if you are taking the TEAS after October 2021. If you plan on taking the TEAS before October, you will take the current version (the ATI TEAS 6).
The ATI TEAS 7 covers Reading, Math, Science, and English. The topics on each section have not changed, but the number of questions per topic will change in late 2021.
The TEAS exam changes about every 5 years. The TEAS 7 is scheduled for late 2021. 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.
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.