ATI TEAS Exam
The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills or TEAS measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, math, science, English, and language usage. The objectives assessed on TEAS exam are those, which CCC Nursing Program deems most appropriate and relevant to measure entry-level academic readiness for nursing education. The nursing program requires all applicants to complete the TEAS. Test scores for TEAS exam are relevant for 3 years after date of taking exam.
Number of Questions
Amount of Time Allowed
English and Language Usage
150 (20 unscored questions)
209 minutes or 3.5 hours
ATI TEAS Frequently Asked Questions
The ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is designed specifically to assess a student’s preparedness entering the health science fields. The ATI TEAS test will be administered as part of your nursing program admissions requirement.
No, the ATI TEAS test does not replace the pre-enrollment assessment. The assessment will need to be taken as part of Central Community College’s admission requirement. The ATI TEAS is a requirement of the nursing program.
The assessment measures a student’s ability to learn, while the ATI TEAS exam focuses on a students’ learned knowledge and skills that were developed in high school. The ATI TEAS focuses on preparedness for student success in the first year of a nursing program.
The ATI TEAS tests in 4 content area:
- Reading that measures
- Key ideas and details
- Craft and Structure
- Integration of knowledge and Ideas
- Mathematics that measures
- Numbers and Algebra
- Measurement and Data
- Science that measures
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Life and physical sciences
- Scientific Reasoning
- English and language usage that measures
- Conventions of standard English
- Knowledge of language
- Vocabulary acquisition
- There a total of 150 questions
- 47 Reading questions
- 32 Mathematics questions
- 47 Science questions
- 24 English and language usage questions
- Reading and Science are weighted the heaviest for the exam.
- Research for these two content areas has shown to be what students need to be successful in a nursing program.
The best answer for this question is to work with Central Community College’s pre-nursing advisor. She will be able to answer any questions, determine your strengths and areas for improvement, prepare an individualized plan of study, and other important information.
Yes. There are study materials that you can purchase that will help develop knowledge, skill, and confidence. Products are called SmartPrep which are purchased through ATI. These are self-guided study programs. These materials are similar to ways students can prepare for the ACT. The four SmartPrep packages include:
- ATI TEAS SmartPrep
- Most comprehensive
- Self-directed tutorial, 2 online practice exams, and study guide
- ATI TEAS Basic Package
- Includes a study manual and online practice exam
- ATI TEAS Study Guide
- Includes study guide that addresses objectives of components
- ATI TEAS Online Practice Exams
- Includes 2 online practice exams
- Reference books with practice exams have been purchased for student use. Books are located on the Hastings, Columbus, and Grand Island libraries. Students can ask for books at the front desk at the Kearney Center.
Students must complete the exam prior to the application deadline. It is recommended that applicants schedule the test a minimum of 45 days prior to application or deadline. The most recent score is used at the time of application. Students are advised to have completed BIOS 2250 Anatomy and Physiology I prior to taking the TEAS exam.
A Nursing Pathway/Retention Coach, will be available during TEAS test day to meet with students after completion of TEAS to discuss next steps.
ATI TEAS exams can be taken on any Central Community College campus and the Kearney Center. After registering in ATI, you will be given dates and times of when the ATI TEAS test is being administered. Sign up for a date/time/location. Your information will be forwarded to the testing center location that you choose.
Central Community College’s nursing program uses the ATI Academic Preparedness level of proficient as the minimum score needed. Proficient scores generally indicate a moderate level of overall academic preparedness necessary to support learning of health sciences-related content.
The minimum score needed to be proficient is 58.7% or above. This score is used for nursing program.
Scores are valid for 3 years.
If a student does not meet the needed minimum score to gain admission into the nursing program, please contact the pre-nursing advisor for further counseling and advising. The Nursing Pathway Retention Coach will be available for individualized meetings for next steps after completion of the exam the day of taking.
All students must adhere to ATI testing policies and CCC Testing Center polices. If you are a student with an identified disability, reasonable accommodations are available. For those individuals needing accommodations, please schedule an appointment 2 weeks prior to TEAS test date with the Disability Coordinator at site of test.
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