TEAS Requirement Details
The Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills, or TEAS, measures basic essential skills in reading, mathematics, science, English, and language usage. The test is designed specifically to assess a student’s preparedness for entering the health science fields and is an entrance requirement for many U.S. nursing degree programs. Studies show a consistent link between a student’s performance on the TEAS and future academic success. Before you apply to Excelsior’s associate degree in nursing program, you must complete the TEAS with the minimum scores outlined below within one year prior to the date of your application.
The TEAS is an important first step on the path to your nursing degree, but don’t let it intimidate you. Over 85% of students achieve the score requirements on their first attempt, and Excelsior is here to support you every step of the way with resources designed to help you succeed.
There are many ways to prepare for the TEAS, but Excelsior suggests that students use materials available from ATI, the developers and providers of the TEAS exam. Follow the links below to view sample test questions and a content outline as well as free online courses to help you study.
- Sample Test Questions
- Content Outline
- Free Algebra resource through Khan Academy: Algebra I and IXL Learning: Algebra 1
- Free General Biology resource through Khan Academy: Intro to Biology
When you register for the TEAS, you must provide ATI with information to match your TEAS transcript with your Excelsior College student record. Be aware that your TEAS will not be accepted without these two forms of identification:
- Your date of birth (MM/DD)
- The same email address you provided to Excelsior College
The below instructions will walk you through:
- How to create an account with ATI
- How to register for the TEAS
- How to purchase a transcript from ATI (Your first transcript is free.)
How is the test structured?
Test takers are allowed a total of 209 minutes overall for the exam. The exam is composed of four sections and 170 multiple choice questions:
- Reading: 64 minutes
- Mathematics: 54 minutes
- Science: 63 minutes
- English: 28 minutes
Where can I take the test?
The TEAS is an in-person test. Visit ATI’s website to find a testing location near you.
Can I practice for the TEAS?
Yes, if you think you are ready for the TEAS, but want to practice first, visit ATI’s website for more information.
What if I’m not ready to take the TEAS but still want to make progress toward my degree?
Learn more below about how to enroll and start coursework as you prepare for your TEAS.
Earn Credit While You Prep
Prospective associate degree students who are not yet ready to take the TEAS may enroll in the associate degree in liberal arts program, the associate degree in health sciences program, or the bachelor’s degree in health sciences program and begin coursework in the required general education courses while they prepare for the exam. Once the student achieves the required score on the TEAS, they may apply to transfer into the associate degree in nursing program to continue their studies.
It’s important to note that admittance into a liberal arts or health sciences program does not necessarily guarantee admission into the associate degree in nursing program in the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing maintains its own admissions standards and academic requirements. When a student applies for transfer into the associate in degree in nursing program, the School of Nursing conducts its own review of eligibility for acceptance.
If you are interested in this alternative, contact us at 888-647-2388.