Teas Information

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Upon completion of prerequisites requirements, the prospective nursing student must take the TEAS at any designated testing center. 

As of the 9/1 through 11/1, 2018 application filing period, students are required to achieve a passing score of 62% or higher in each subscale to be eligible to apply.

The TEAS is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. These entry level skills were deemed important for nursing program applicants by a panel of nursing program curriculum experts.

All students preparing to take the TEAS test must create an ATI account. Each subscale has an allotted time limit and the total time limit is 209 minutes for the entire test. The TEAS is a 170-item, four–option, multiple–choice assessment. 

To prepare in an organized and efficient manner, you should know what to expect from the assessment.
Reading 53 64 minutes
Mathematics 36 54 minutes
Science 53 63 minutes
English and Language Usage 28 28 minutes
Total 170 209 minutes

Products available to prepare for TEAS include:

Use of the study manual and the online practice exam is highly recommended. These test preparation materials may be purchased at www.atitesting.com.

Learning Strategies: You’re Guide to Classroom and Test-Taking Success.

This comprehensive book is designed to help students develop learning and test-taking strategies. It is intended for students preparing to take entrance exams and beginning post-secondary education. 

ATI TEAS Smartprep Study Package

TEAS products were designed to work together. It is recommended that you take an online practice test when you are just starting to prepare for the TEAS test. After taking the practice test, you will be provided with a score report that will highlight a list of topics to review based upon your performance on the practice test. These topics will be linked to information sources within the TEAS Study Manual. Then after reviewing those topics, you should take the second version of the TEAS practice test to check for improvement.

TEAS Online Practice Assessments
There are two different versions of the online practice assessments available for purchase. Each on-line assessment has 150 questions, patterned after the ATI TEAS exam and is designed to give a sense of what to expect in both content and format.
Official TEAS resources are specifically written to address each objective that could potentially be addressed on the TEAS exam including Reading, Mathematics, Science and English and Language Usage. TEAS Prep classes can be found in the San Diego area. Additional TEAS study resources can be found online. 


The San Diego City College Nursing Education program has instituted a policy to assist students in preparation for a rigorous academic nursing program. Prospective nursing students must pass the TEAS prior to applying for program admission. This test assesses basic skills in Reading, Math, Science, and English.

Only students who are applying to San Diego City College are eligible to take the TEAS at San Diego City College. 
Only the score from the first TEAS will be used on the application Multi-criteria Point System grid. Therefore, preparation for this assessment is essential. 

Upon completion of prerequisites, the prospective nursing student must take the TEAS at any designated testing center. The prospective nursing student who achieves a passing score (62%) in each of the four subscales has met the TEAS criteria to apply to the program.

The prospective student who achieves less than a passing score (<62%) in any of the subscales must meet with the Student Success Advisor or designated nursing department representative, to develop a remediation plan. The TEAS may be repeated one time upon completion of the remediation plan, within one year after the first attempt.

If a student passes on the first attempt, they may repeat one time for a higher score. 
ALL TEAS scores must be request through ATI and sent to the nursing program.

Schedule an appointment with the Student Success Advisor or designated nursing department representative to develop the remediation plan that may include but is not limited to the following: 

•Obtain a TEAS study manual and online practice exams
•Take a review class for TEAS preparation
•Retake TEAS and achieve (62%) score in each of the four areas, Reading, Math Science and English within one year after the first TEAS examination.