Nursing Program Admissions Testing

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

Here are the sign-up procedures:

  • 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

  • The TEAS is a required test for students submitting application to COCC’s Nursing Program. The ATI TEAS measures basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage.  These entry-level skills were deemed important for health science program applicants by a panel of subject matter experts. Click here to learn more.

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

  • Students can prepare for the TEAS with several resources including the  Official ATI TEAS study manual (sixth edition), now available for purchase. Reserve copies are also available at the Circulation Desk in the COCC Library, and may be available in the COCC Bookstore for purchase.  Online practices assessments and the study package are available online on the ATI web site.

Can I take the TEAS® more than once?
COCC allows students to take the TEAS 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 ATI TEAS® exam?
Note: test capacity is limited.  Please book early to reserve your preferred testing date(s).  If the capacity on each test date is not already full, reservations will close at 4:30pm, 15 business days prior to the testing date (see test reservation deadlines below).

Reservations for the 2017 ATI TEAS® will be available mid-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 ATI TEAS?
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® 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 $65 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 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 ATI TEAS® 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® 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.

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 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


Key Ideas and Details

Craft & Structure

Integration of Knowledge & Ideas


64 minutes


Number & Algebra

Measurement & Data


54 minutes


Human Anatomy & Physiology

Life & Physical Sciences

Scientific Reasoning


63 minutes

English & Language Usage

Conventions of Standard English

Knowledge of Language

Vocabulary Acquisition


28 minutes



209 minutes (3 hours, 29 minutes)

         *There are 20 unscored pretest questions

What is the difference between TEAS V and ATI TEAS?
The ATI TEAS will be similar in difficulty level to the TEAS V. Content updates were made to align with current education standards deemed important for entry level health science applicants to possess.

What if I took the test prior to August 31, and I need to retest?
Because of the content updates that occurred for the ATI TEAS, the TEAS V preparation materials will not provide the tester with a comprehensive overview of the topics assessed. Individuals preparing for the ATI TEAS will want to purchase the ATI TEAS preparation materials.  Students taking the exam on or after August 31 will need to purchase the sixth edition of the TEAS study manual.

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