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TEAS-Test of Essential Academic Skills


The TEAS is a required test for students submitting an application to COCC's Nursing Program or the Veterinarian Technician 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. ATI Testing Website.

What should I do to prepare for the ATI TEAS?

You 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. You can also visit the ATI website for practice assessments and a helpful study package.

Can I take the TEAS more than once?

Students may take the exam up to two times the first year they apply to the program. After the initial application to
the nursing program, students can take the test once per application year going forward. If you applied last year or
before, under the previous twice lifetime limit, you will have one test per application year. If a student leaves the testing
area without completing the exam, for any reason, the testing period is counted as a testing attempt for that
application year – so come prepared to take the test

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. Appointments for 2022 will be available starting early December 2021. 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, 7 business days prior to the testing date.

What if I have accommodated testing needs?

Use the following steps to arrange for an accommodated test:

  1. Plan to meet with the COCC Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) staff early to determine your eligibility for a testing accommodation.
  2. Reserve a spot in your preferred test session with the COCC Cashiers on any COCC campus, or by calling (541) 383-7229.
  3. Submit the TEAS Accommodated Test Request form with an attached copy of your SSD Accommodations letter for TEAS Testing (these documents must be submitted together) to CAP Services before the test reservation deadline.
  4. Please submit both documents for each test session for which you would like accommodations. For example, if you are taking the test twice, please submit a form for each session.

How do I sign up to take the ATI TEAS?

Beginning early December 2021, appointments are made on a first come, first served basis and appointment times fill quickly. Plan your test dates carefully, and reserve your spot(s) early.

  • To sign up, contact the Cashiers Office at (541) 383-7229 beginning December 2021.
  • Payment of the non-refundable $68 test fee is required at the time of reservation. Note: If you have a past due balance, you must pay the balance in full before scheduling your TEAS exam.

You must be an admitted COCC student and have taken at least one class at COCC within the last year to sign up for the exam.

If you have not taken a class at COCC within the last year, you will be required to update your COCC application prior to scheduling an exam. Your application can be updated at Returning COCC Student Application. (You will not be charged a new application fee.)

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 you will 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.


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