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TEAS Requirement Details

Before you apply to the associate degree in nursing program, you must complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and have achieved the minimum TEAS scores outlined below. Your TEAS score report from ATI must be completed within one year prior to the date of your application. You may also be interested in a different path to TEAS preparation offered further below.


The Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) TEAS examination measures basic essential skills in reading, mathematics, science, English, and language usage. 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

There are many ways to prepare for the TEAS. Excelsior College suggests that students use materials available from ATI, the developers and providers of the TEAS exam.

Register for the TEAS

Minimum Required TEAS Scores

In a single attempt, you need to earn a minimum score or better in each section of the TEAS exam. Minimum scores established by the Excelsior College School of Nursing are as follows:

  • Reading: 69%
  • Mathematics: 63.3%
  • Science: 45.8%
  • English: 60%

Acceptance of TEAS Scores

When you register for the TEAS, you must provide ATI with information to match your TEAS transcript with your Excelsior College student record*:

  • Your date of birth (MM/DD)
  • The same email address you provided to Excelsior College

*Your TEAS will not be accepted without these two forms of identification.

TEAS scores are only valid if taken no more than one year prior to the date of your application. In addition, you may only test twice in a calendar year (January-December). Please read these instructions:

  1. How to create an account with ATI
  2. How to register for the TEAS
  3. How to purchase a transcript from ATI

You should begin gathering documentation now, and prepare to take the TEAS.

Do not submit your application to Excelsior College until you have achieved the required admission scores on the TEAS.

If you have any questions, please contact our admissions office staff at 888-647-2388.

What is the TEAS test?

  • The Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) TEAS examination measures basic essential skills in reading, mathematics, science, English, and language usage.

Where can I take the test?

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?

TEAS Alternative

A Different Path to TEAS Preparation

There is a different path to TEAS preparation for prospective Associate degree students who are not yet ready to take the TEAS exam.

Students may enroll in an Associate in Liberal Arts degree program, an Associate in Health Sciences degree program, or a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree program and begin coursework in required general education courses and prepare for the TEAS. 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.

Note that admittance into a liberal arts or health sciences program does not guarantee admission into the Associate in Nursing degree 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 Nursing degree program, the School of Nursing conducts its own review of eligibility for acceptance.

If you are interested in this alternative, please contact us.

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