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TEAS Test Info

1. What is the TEAS test?

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a nursing entrance exam that tests entry level verbal and math skills as well as science and reading comprehension. It's administered by the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), a private testing company in Overland Park, Kansas.

A score is given in each of the four test areas and sixteen subscores are given in specific areas of each category. There are no official passing scores for the test but SDSU requires at least an 80%. 

The TEAS test can be taken either in pencil-and-paper format or by computer. All questions are multiple choice and have for answer choices.

2. How do I prepare for it?

A study guide can be purchased from ATI, the company that created the test. There is also a cheaper alternative by McGraw Hill, but the ATI guide has questions closer to the actual questions on the test. It is best to get a guide that matches the version of the TEAS test you are taking (eg. V.5 TEAS study guide if you're taking the V.5 TEAS test).

The best time to take the TEAS is when you're almost done with all of the prerequisite courses.

3. When can I take it?
At SDSU, the test is given at the Test Center on Tuesday-Saturday at 9:00am and 1:00pm. It's also available on Thursdays at 4:30pm.

4. How much does it cost to take it?

Currently, the test cost $60 at SDSU but other institutions administer the test as well. SDSU takes cash payments on the day of the test but only accepts check payments from current SDSU students. Credit cards are NOT accepted as a form of payment.

5. How do I make an appointment?

There are two ways to make an appointment:

a) Make an appointment by calling 619-594-0968 


b) e-mailing jgaughen@mail.sdsu.edu

Please leave your name, e-mail address, telephone number, and preferred date and time for the exam.

6. What do I bring to the test?
  • Form of current, government-issued identification with photo and signature (Driver's license, military id, green card, etc)
  • $60 cash or check (SDSU students only)
  • NO food, drinks, notes, books, calculators, or electronics.