ATI TEAS Exam®
HOW TO REQUEST SCORES
Entry to our Traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN programs requires ATI TEAS.
The School of Nursing offers the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam year round. The exam is open to anyone, whether you attend CSU San Marcos or not. Students can take the TEAS exam at any location it is offered. Please carefully read all of the information below. It will be time well spent if you plan to take the TEAS exam at CSU San Marcos!
STEP 1: CHECK OUR OPEN TEAS TEST DATES TO SEE WHICH OF OUR TEST DATES YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND. ONCE YOU HAVE SELECTED THE TEST YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND, CONTACT SCHOOLOFNURSING@CSUSM.EDU TO ENSURE THAT THERE ARE SEATS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR DESIRED TEST DATE. (Please include a phone number on the email)
Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified students with documented disabilities taking the TEAS Exam. Students will need to register for the TEAS Exam and contact the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office as well. DSS is located in Craven Hall 4200 and you can reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org It would be best include TEAS Exam and Special Accommodations in the subject line in any sent emails to DSS.
Step 2: PAYMENT:
Please include a note with your contact information and the test date that you want so we may contact you with confirmation. It is recommended that you contact email@example.com or 760-750-7550 prior to mailing in payment to ensure there are spots available. We will hold a spot for you for up to five (5) days. If payment is not received by then, we may give the spot to another student. Please see Step 2 below regarding ensuring we receive your payment.
The $65 fee is NON REFUNDABLE, and you must be pre-registered and pre-paid before your test date. Please contact CSUSM's Cashier Office at 760-750-4490 for other payment questions. No drop-in testing is available on the test day, nor do we accept payment at the door.
Step 3: TO SCHEDULE TEST: If you made a payment at the Cashier's Office, bring your receipt to the School of Nursing, on the third floor in University Hall, to schedule your TEAS exam. Please note you will be required to purchase a parking pass. If you made a payment online, please email your electronic receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org with the requested exam date(s). If you mailed in your payment, you will receive an email or phone confirmation that we received your receipt. If you do not receive any confirmation, it is your responsibility to contact the Cashier's Office at 760-750-4490 to verify that they received your payment and sent your receipt to us. Then email email@example.com to confirm that we received your receipt from the Cashier's Office. We can not be held responsible for the Cashier's Office failing to send us your receipt, so please contact them if you do not hear from us within a few days from mailing in your payment. We will not issue refunds for payments received late.
Step 4: ACCOUNTS: You will need to set up an ATI Testing account, prior to the day of the exam. Choose 'CA State San Marcos TEAS' to set up your account via the ATI Testing Web site. If you have not already created an account through ATI testing, please do so prior to your test date at http//www.atitesting.com.
Please remember to know your ATI account log-on and password on the day of the test.
REQUIRED ITEMS: Bring a photo ID (current driver's license, California Identification card, passport, or government identification) displaying the same first name and last name by which you registered for this test and a photo that looks like you. IF THIS DOES NOT MATCH, YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE TEST.
* No Aids (calculators, dictionaries, books, etc.) will be allowed in the testing room.
* No backpacks or papers will be allowed.
* No cell phones or pagers will be allowed in the testing room.
* No food, drinks or snacks of any type are permitted in the testing room, but you may step out at any time during the test
* No visitors will be permitted in the testing area, and no childcare will be available.
TEST SCORES: Your official test scores will be available upon completion of the test. You can access your test scores via the ATI Testing Website at any time after the exam. If you are applying to our Traditional BSN nursing program at CSUSM, your scores will be sent electronically to the School of Nursing at no charge to you, provided you have taken the exam at CSUSM. If you are applying to the Extended Learning Accelerated BSN program, that office will require a computer printout of your scores. You can request that copies of your TEAS scores be sent to other universities by visiting ATI Testing's On-Line Store. You must order and pay the fee to have your scores sent to other universities, if you take the test here at CSUSM.
RESOURCES: Visit the ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) Website for more information about the TEAS exam. We currently offer the ATI TEAS of the exam. For our Traditional BSN program and Accelerated BSN programs, we will only accept ATI TEAS, effective immediately.
APPROPRIATE ID IS REQUIRED TO BE ADMITTED INTO THE EXAM!
Exam Testing Schedule
The following is our schedule through June 2015. We offer the exam year-round at our School of Nursing and will update this Web site with the latest test dates. Testing will be held at the School of Nursing.
PLEASE NOTE: Our computer lab can hold up to 48 students. If a minimum of 15 students do not sign up for a test date, the test MAY BE CANCELED. Students who have already signed up would be notified should a test date be canceled. This has occurred very rarely.
If any of our test dates fill up, and we have more than 15 people interested in taking the test that month, we will do our best to offer a second TEAS exam that month.
NOTE: ALL OUR TEAS EXAMS ARE CURRENTLY THE ATI TEAS VERSION.
TEAS EXAM SCHEDULE FOR UPCOMING MONTHS : Due to renovations to our computer lab, the TEAS exam will not be offered in October or between December 15, 2017 and January 20, 2018.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY SECOND TEST ADDED REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 15 STUDENTS REGISTERED. IF THERE ARE NOT 15 PEOPLE REGISTERED, THE TEST WILL BE CANCELED**
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED TO TAKE A TEAS TEST, YOU ARE ABLE TO RESCHEDULE INTO ANY OPEN TEAS TEST THAT WAS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF YOUR REGISTRATION. YOU ARE UNABLE TO REGISTER INTO ANY TEST THAT HAS SINCE OPENED.
Questions about the TEAS exam at the School of Nursing?
WHO NEEDS TO TAKE THE TEAS EXAM
All Traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN applicants for CSU San Marcos must take the TEAS exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills) and must receive a minimum composite score of 71.0% in order to be considered for entry into either of these Nursing programs. For Traditional BSN Applicants, we do NOT ACCEPT PAPER COPIES OF TEAS EXAM SCORES; we only accept scores that we receive electronically directly from ATI Testing. If you take the exam at CSUSM, we receive your scores automatically by ATI Testing, for our Traditional BSN applicants.
WHAT DOES THE TEAS EXAM COVER
This exam includes the following four sub-tests:
WHEN IS THE BEST SEMESTER TO TAKE THE TEAS EXAM
If plan to apply for admission to other Nursing programs, please be sure to first check on how many attempts other nursing programs may allow for the TEAS exam. We limit students to a maximum of three times to take the TEAS here at CSUSM. You can, however, continue to take the exam at other locations, if you wish. Generally, though, a student's score will diminish, instead of increase, after three attempts at the TEAS exam. We will use your highest composite score, if the exam is taken more than once. Many students do better by taking the exam more than once. It is recommended that you take the exam near the beginning of your final semester in which you will complete any final science courses needed for the Pre-Nursing Core, and then take the exam a second time as you are about mid-way through the final semester of such science course(s). This exam can be taken wherever it is offered; numerous other Community Colleges and CSU Nursing Programs require and offer this exam on their campuses. Locally, Palomar College, Grossmont College, Southwestern College and San Diego State University also require and offer the exam.
For Extended Learning, Accelerated BSN applicants: Please contact Extended Learning (760-750-4020; firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on how to submit your results and other admission related questions.
CSUSM School of Nursing does not offer any type of study course, or study material for the ATI TEAS. ATI Testing sells study materials and practice online exams on their Website. You might also try to purchase a used TEAS Study Review book online. We are currently offering the newest version of the TEAS, ATI TEAS. For help in studying for the various exam components, you may also benefit from purchasing a used basic book of Mathematics, and/or General Science, etc. Some of the material on the TEAS exam dates back to information that you learned in Middle School.
To Register for the Exam, follow the instructions at the top of this Web page.
Should you have any questions, please email email@example.com. If you have a disability or need reasonable accommodations to take the TEAS, please contact Disabled Student Services at 760-750-4905 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org