Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
All students who qualify to apply to the Nursing program will be invited to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS measures basic essential skills in the areas of reading, math, science and English and Language usage.
Southwest accepts TEAS version 5 and the passing score is 62%
Version 5 has 170 questions:
Reading 48 questions
Math 51 questions
Science 54 questions
English and Language Usage 34 questions
Students who have previously taken TEAS version 5, but did not score a 62%, must score a 62% on EACH section in order to pass when they take it again.
The TEAS is usually offered to Southwest applicants in November and May. The test is proctored on campus and taken on the computer. Students must be invited to take the test with Southwest.
For study purposes, it is recommended that students use the TEAS 5 Pre-Test Study Manual.
For more information or to purchase a study manual, please visit ATI at www.atitesting.com
GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION
OF THE NURSING ASSESSMENT/READINESS TESTS
Developed by the California Community College Nursing Advisory Committee (3CNAC)
Revised April 2016
- Advertise the use of the assessment/readiness test according to college policy, but for at least six (6) months.
- Identify the pool of applicants that meets all properly established prerequisites and selection criteria for enrollment, except the assessment/readiness test.
- Administer the assessment/readiness test to, at a minimum, the group of students who are qualified or elected to take the exam and any alternates you have identified. The cost of administering the assessment/readiness test to the pre-selected group shall be borne by the college.Identify those students from the pre-selected group who have met the passing score established for the assessment/readiness test. These students are eligible for program enrollment. They have met the composite minimum score on the assessment/readiness test.
- Follow exam vendor specific instructions for administering the proctored exam, including the requirement for photo identification.
- If the student presents with multiple test scores/results within one year, accept only the score from the first/earliest test unless the student presents evidence of acceptable remediation as described in 8c. of this document.
- Identify those students from the pre-selected group who have met the passing score established for the assessment/readiness test. These students are eligible for program enrollment. They have met the composite minimum score on the assessment/readiness test.
- Enroll the pre-selected students who have met or exceeded the minimum score on the assessment/readiness test. Let them know this is the passing score for community college students and is not necessarily the score they need to apply to the CSU System or any other educational system.
- Refer the prospective students who did not meet the composite minimum score to appropriate remediation. Also, offer remediation to those students who achieved low scores in any section of the assessment/readiness test, even if they have a passing composite score overall.
- Collect data specified in subdivisions (g) and (h) of Education Code Section 78261 (see below for specific language) and report it to the Chancellor's Office annually. This data should also be used at the local level to facilitate ongoing review of selection procedures to detect possible disproportionate impact as currently required by Title 5, section 55512.
- The college shall allow those students who scored below the composite minimum at least one year, or longer, at college discretion, to remediate and demonstrate readiness. The period of remediation shall commence on the date the student receives his/her remediation plan for pre-entry coursework. Demonstration of readiness shall include one of the following:Any student not meeting the remediation requirements within the college’s designated timeframe will be required to restart the application process as a new student.
- Successful completion of a remediation plan and successful retaking of the assessment/readiness test with a passing composite score, or
- Demonstration of passing grades in college remediation coursework in the appropriate disciplines to address areas identified as needing improvement by the assessment readiness test, or
- Documentation of successful completion of a remediation plan that satisfies the intent of assuring readiness for success in the nursing program and is approved by the Nursing Program Director.
- Any student not meeting the remediation requirements within the college’s designated timeframe will be required to restart the application process as a new student.
- Students will not be able to take the TEAS 5.0 after August 31, 2016. ATI will exchange TEAS 5 tests for ATI TEAS. Students who took the TEAS 5.0 prior to August 31, 2016, and have been awaiting admission or application, e.g. on a wait list, shall be held harmless from re-taking the ATI TEAS test. Qualified students that have previously taken a TEAS assessment test at an outside location, shall have the responsibility to contact the test vendor and instruct the vendor to send his/her test results directly to the Nursing Program Director. Colleges should not accept unofficial copies of test results from students or other colleges.
Table of Community College Approved Nursing Assessment/Readiness Test Vendors
Composite Minimum Score
Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI) ATI TEAS
National League for Nursing Preadmission Examination for Registered Nurse Programs (PAX-RN)
HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2) by Elsevier
Fall 2016 TEAS Tutoring Workshops -
(Workshops are open to anyone)
Please sign-up in the Nursing Department Office located at Academic Village 104. No phone calls or emails please.