Pre-Entrance Exam (TEAS) Information

For Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology at Western Suffolk BOCES

The Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is the pre-entrance exam that students must successfully pass in order to be admitted to the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology and Surgical Technology programs at Western Suffolk BOCES. You may only take this test once each semester for a total of two attempts.

To register for a TEAS exam, contact

The TEAS consists of four sections, Mathematics, Reading, Science and English and Language Usage. A review of basic concepts and theories in each area is recommended.
• Reading – paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension and inferences/conclusions (40 items, 50 minutes).
• Math – whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages and ratio/proportion (45 items, 56 minutes).
• Science – science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, basic physical principles and general science (30 items, 38 minutes).
• English and Language Usage – punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words and spelling (55 items, 65 minutes)

How can I best prepare for taking the TEAS?
The Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) has two review products, the TEAS  Study Manual and a TEAS Online Practice Assessment, to guide your review and provide feedback about your study progress. For those interested, both can be purchased online. ATI offers a discount when both are purchased together. +
Where can I take the TEAS?
Students will take the TEAS at the Northport campus of Western Suffolk BOCES, 152 Laurel Hill Rd., Northport, NY 11768. Register online.
What is the format of the TEAS?
Currently, the TEAS includes 170 scored multiple-choice questions divided into four subsections: Mathematics, Reading, Science and English and Language Usage.
Can I use a calculator on the TEAS?
School-provided calculators are allowed during the TEAS.
How long will it take for me to get my TEAS scores?
When you take the TEAS exam at Northport, you will be notified of your status by mail in about 3 or 4 weeks.
How do I know if I passed the TEAS?
Many schools set a passing standard based on TEAS performance. With Western Suffolk BOCES, the passing score is 50 percent on Math, Reading and English.
How do I get an official TEAS transcript sent to another college?
Your TEAS results can be sent to any nursing school. You can request that ATI electronically transmit your results to a school for a small fee.