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TEAS

What is the TEAS?

The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Assessment measures a student’s general knowledge in various content areas.  Performance on the TEAS indicates a student’s readiness to begin a course of healthcare studies and is a predictive measure of success. 

Who needs to take the TEAS?

Students applying to the Practical Nursing program must take the TEAS assessment.  Students must successfully pass the TEAS with a composite score of 58.7% or higher and complete all other admissions requirements in order to be eligible for admission to the Practical Nursing program.  The assessment must be completed within three years of the student’s intended Practical Nursing program start term. 

Where can students take the TEAS?

In-Person

Students can complete the TEAS at the Iowa Western Test Center located in the Welcome Center in Clark Hall, or at any of the Iowa Western center locations. To schedule the TEAS on the Council Bluffs campus, students can call 712-325-3277 or email [email protected] To schedule the TEAS at one of the center locations, students must contact the center directly. 

Remotely (test from home) Option:

Students will have the ability to take the TEAS Test remotely through Proctorio.Students interested in taking the TEAS Test, will need to email [email protected] 48 hours prior to your requested test date. In the email you will need to include your full name, student ID number, email, phone number and test date/time.

How much does the TEAS cost?

The testing fee for the TEAS assessment is $65.00 for in-person and $70 for remote testing. The fee must be paid to Iowa Western prior to taking the assessment; all locations accept payment. Payment can be made by phone at 712-325-3225 or in person.

Once the test is scheduled, what is the next step?

If a student is not currently a user on www.atitesting.com, they must create a new account to access the student portal to take the TEAS.  Student Account Set-Up Instructions can be emailed to students after the TEAS is scheduled.  

How can students prepare for the TEAS?

Test prep is available through the IWCC library’s PrepSTEP. This resource can be accessed via the Library page on ROC (there is a shortcut to the Cyber Library in the Quick Links section on ROC’s home page). 

Can students re-take the TEAS?

Students must wait 30 days to re-take the TEAS and assessment testing fee each time. The TEAS Examination is limited to a total of 3 attempts. Students who have three failed attempts on the TEAS must wait one year to retest and reapply to the program.  

How long will testing take?

The TEAS assessment is timed.  Students will have a total of 209 minutes to complete a total of 170 questions in four sections.  Each section is timed individually. 

What should students bring with them?

All examinees are required to bring photo identification, which can be a driver’s license. Students may not bring their own calculator or scratch paper, they must use the scratch paper and computer-based calculator that is provided.  Students will also need to bring the username and password they created after the test was scheduled. 

When can students take the TEAS?

Due to the time duration, the TEAS assessment is only offered at certain times on the Council Bluffs campus.  Space is limited to three examinees during each time slot.  The times for the Council Bluffs campus are listed below. To find out when the TEAS is offered at the center locations, students must contact the centers directly. *The availability listed below is subject to change during high and low test center traffic times such as finals week and summer. 

On campus testing hours:

Monday: 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am

Tuesday: 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am

Wednesday: 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am

Thursday: 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am

Remote (test from home) option:

Students will have the ability to take the TEAS Test remotely through Proctorio. Iowa Western will be offering the proctored exam Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Students interested in taking the TEAS Test, will need to email [email protected] 48 hours prior to your requested test date. In the email you will need to include your full name, student ID number, email, phone number and test date/time.

Below are a few helpful resources in preparing for the remote TEAS Test:

Quick Start Guide for Proctorio

FAQ for Proctorio