TEAS Exam information for Nursing program

We are excited that you are choosing MVCC to pursue your goal of becoming a Registered Nurse and want to provide you with important information regarding one of the major steps toward fulfilling that goal.

All students who wish to be considered for a seat in our Nursing program are required to take an entrance exam. The test for prospective MVCC Nursing students is called the “Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)” and is designed to assess your aptitude for success in the Nursing program. Higher scores correlate with a higher probability of success in the program. We require a minimum adjusted individualized total score on the TEAS V test of 58.7 to be considered for the program. Your score will determine your ranking for admission along with prerequisite course grades. The exam creators' website provides some additional information.

It is important to do well on this exam, as students who score higher on the TEAS in comparison to other applicants will be more favorably considered for admission into our Nursing program.

The TEAS is comprised of four sub-tests


This sub-test covers whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions and decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion.


This sub-test covers science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, basic physical principles, and general science.

English and Language Usage

This sub-test measures knowledge of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling.


This sub-test covers paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions.

The table below explains how the 170-item, four-section, multiple-choice assessment is broken down, including how many items and the time allotted for each section:

Content Area Number of Items Time Limit*
Mathematics 34 51
Science 54 66
English and Language Usage 34 34
Reading 48 58

*The exam requires a total time of about 3.5 hours to complete.

TEAS Test scheduling

Students who need to schedule the TEAS V Exam should go to atitesting.com. You will need to create a free account with them to view scheduled testing dates. Once you have created the account, click the link to “Register for TEAS” and you will be guided through scheduling a test at MVCC.