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Room SC 115 · Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Test of Essential Academic Skills – TEAS V®

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What is TEAS V®?
The TEAS V®, which is published by ATI, replaces the COMPASS reading test in calculating points for admission into the RN and PN Programs. Students applying for admission to the Nursing Program for Fall 2011 are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V®). The TEAS V® is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. Each of the four sections is timed, for a total of 209 minutes. Content and sub-content areas are divided in the following manner:

READING 42 28% 58
Paragraph and Passage Comprehension 19 13%  
Informational Source Comprehension 23 15%  
Numbers and Operations 19 13%  
Algebraic Applications 4 3%  
Data Interpretation 3 2%  
Measurement 4 3%  
SCIENCE 48 32% 66
Human Body Science 11 7%  
Life Science 15 10%  
Earth and Physical Science 14 9%  
Scientific Reasoning 8 5%  
Grammar and Word Meanings in Context 15 10%  
Spelling and Punctuation 9 6%  
Structure 6 4%  
TOTAL 150 100% 209

How can I prepare for the TEAS V®?
The TEAS V® is a crucial component of your nursing application. Therefore, you should prepare thoroughly for the exam. We strongly encourage applicants to utilize a combination of the study guide and the on-line practice assessment, which is only available through the publisher’s website. Listed below are sites that offer study assistance for the TEAS V®. 

How do I register to take the TEAS V®?

To take the TEAS V®, you will need to set up an account with ATI. Instructions:

1. Go to

2. Click on the “Create an account” button, located below the password field in the Secure Sign-on area.

3. Once the account is created, choose NACC’s testing location and register for a testing date.

All specific testing instructions are located on the ATI website.
For technical assistance or questions about the registration process contact ATI at 800-667-7531.

NACC Testing Dates
All testing sessions are on Wednesday and may last up to four (4) hours. Please arrive for check-in with an official picture ID at least 30 minutes prior to the testing time. Please check for the most current testing availability.

TEAS V Testing Dates Spring 2015
February 4, 11, 18, 25 8:30am-12:30pm
March 4, 11, 18, 25 1:30pm-5:30pm
April 1, 15, 22, 29 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-5:30pm
May 6, 13, 20, 27 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-5:30pm

Can I take the TEAS V® more than one time?

You may take the TEAS V® twice during an academic year, which runs from September to June. You must wait at least six (6) weeks between taking each test.

How are the results of the TEAS V® used?
All students considering admission to the nursing program must take the TEAS V® nursing entrance exam prior to the application deadline (June 1 for RN and PN students, November 1 for LPN Mobility students). Points will be awarded according to "Selection of Applicants" shown in the table below, which is also printed in the NACC Catalog.

Selection Point Process for Nursing Admissions

For information about TEAS V®, contact Rebecca Day
Admissions Office SC 115
Phone ext. 2222.

For information about nursing program admission, see
Health Sciences Division.

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