Nursing Program Admissions Testing

Selective Admissions Testing Required for COCC's Nursing Program: TEAS-V® 

COCC has changed the testing procedure for 2014 in the following ways:

  • There is now a test reservation deadline; tests will close 15 business days prior to the test unless they close sooner due to filled capacity.
  • Students requesting an accommodated test have a new process.

See below for details.

About the test
COCC uses the Test of Essential Academic Skills TEAS-V® produced by Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC as part of the nursing program selection process. This test is designed to measure a candidate's likelihood of success in a college nursing program by measuring achievement in critical academic skills in Reading, Math, Science, and English. The test is administered online on the COCC Campus, and results are available immediately at the conclusion of the test.

Additional information on the TEAS-V® exam is available in the  ATI TEAS-V® informational material and on the ATI web site https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/PreNursingSchool/TEAS.aspx.

What should I do to prepare for the TEAS-V®?
Students should not take the TEAS-V test until they are nearing completion of their nursing prerequisite coursework.

The company that produces the test sells a TEAS-V® Study Manual ($46) and a TEAS-V® Study Package ($99) which are available in the COCC Bookstore or by direct order from ATI. Reserve copies are also available at the Circulation Desk in the COCC Library. See  https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/PreNursingSchool/TEAS.aspx for ordering information.

More information about how COCC administers the test and the rules of the test are located on the TEAS Exam Rules handout that is provided at the time of your reservation and on the day of the test.

Can I take the TEAS-V® more than once?
COCC allows students to take the TEAS-V® test up to two times in a student's lifetime, and the nursing selection process will use the highest score. There must be at minimum of 90 days between tests. Only test scores from tests given at COCC will be considered.

Students who take the test for the second time need to be able to log in to their ATI testing account prior to arriving at the test.

When can I take the TEAS-V® exam?
2015 TEAS-V dates will be posted on this page in early December.

What if I have accommodated testing needs?

Use the following steps to arrange for an accommodated test.

  1. Students should plan early to meet with the COCC Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) staff to determine eligibility and receive an Accommodation for Testing form in time.
  2. Reserve a spot in your preferred test session with the COCC Cashiers on any COCC campus, or by calling 541.383.7229. If your accommodation includes extended time on a test, we recommend that you select a morning test session.
  3. Submit the TEAS Accommodated Test Request form with an attached copy of your SSD Accommodations for Testing form (these forms must be submitted together) to the CAP Center before the test reservation deadline.
  4. Please submit both forms for each test session for which you would like accommodations. For example, if you are taking the test twice this spring, please submit a form for each session.

How do I sign up to take the TEAS-V®?
Currently or previously admitted COCC students who have taken at least one class at COCC within the last year can make reservations for the TEAS-V® exam in person in Admissions and Records at the Boyle Education Center or by phone (541-383-7229). Students who have not taken a class at COCC within the last year will be required to update their COCC application prior to scheduling their TEAS exam. Your application can be updated at Returning COCC Student Application. (You will not be charged a new application fee.)

Payment of the non-refundable $40 test fee is required at the time of reservation. Students with accommodated testing needs please see accommodated testing needs section above for instructions.

Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis and it is possible that appointment times will fill. Students should carefully plan their test dates and reserve their spot at the earliest opportunity.

Students who are planning to take the test for the second time should carefully plan their dates (see table above) and schedule their test as early as possible.

What if I am not admitted to COCC but would like to use the test for another school? 
COCC administers the TEAS-V® exam to support applicants to COCC's nursing program. Students must be admitted to COCC to take the test, so you may use our test but do need to complete the COCC Admissions Application.  You will be eligible to reserve a TEAS test appointment after your COCC application has been processed, usually within 3 business days.

COCC does not provide TEAS-V® test results to other institutions. Test scores will need to be requested directly from ATI Testing.

What do I need to know about the day of the test?
Students must bring a picture ID to the test session, will need to provide their COCC Id Number, and will need to be able to log in to their COCC network account ( help is available on the web). Please note: absolutely no other items will be allowed in the test room. This includes handbags, backpacks, cell phones, or other items. The test does not allow nor require calculators. A copy of the testing rules that are handed out the day of the test is available.

You should arrive 15 minutes early for the test. Students arriving late to the test will not be allowed to test on this day and will not be refunded their test fee. 

In the event of inclement weather, it is possible that the college may close and the test will be rescheduled.  If in doubt, check cocc.edu for any closures before coming to campus.

Test details
The test consists of four parts, listed below with the number of test questions and the time allowed for each section.

Content Area

Number of Questions

Time limit

Reading

42

58

Mathematics

30

51

Science

48

66

English

30

34

TOTALS

150*

209 minutes


*There are an additional 20 unscored pretest items

Total test time is 3 hours, 29 minutes. COCC will use the Adjusted Composite Score in the Nursing application selection process.

The Math subtest covers whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions and decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion.

Reading covers paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions.

The English subtest measures knowledge of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling.

The Science portion of the exam covers science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, basic physical principles, and general science.



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