At Hawkeye Community College, it is our goal to help students be successful in our programs. This pre-admission exam will help determine student readiness to begin the Nursing curriculum and be utilized to provide advising.

The ATI TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is a computerized multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the ATI TEAS test are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of nursing program applicants.

Scores from other colleges will not be accepted.

Registering for and Taking the ATI TEAS Test

ATI Teas testing is offered the first full week of each month February – December:

  • Monday – Thursday at 9:00am and 1:00pm
  • Friday at 9:00am

Registering for the ATI TEAS Test

  1. Schedule a date and time online that you'd like to take you exam at Hawkeye

    • If you will need accommodations, please call Evaluation and Testing to schedule your TEAS Test date and time.

  2. Prior to testing, call or stop into the Business Office to pay your $65 test fee.

Dates, times, and fees are subject to change.

On the Day of Testing

You will need to bring the following to your exam on the day of testing:

  1. Test fee payment receipt
  2. Non-expired Government Issued Photo ID
  3. Your ATI user name and password. Create an ATI account login as an ADN Nursing student if you do not have an ATI account login already.

The exam will consist of the following:

Content Area Questions Time Allotted Content Covered
Reading 53 64 minutes
  • Key ideas and details
  • Craft and structure
  • Integration of knowledge and ideas
  • Pretest questions
Mathematics 36 54 minutes
  • Numbers and algebra
  • Measurement and data
  • Pretest questions
Science 53 63 minutes
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Life and physical sciences
  • Scientific reasoning
  • Pretest questions
English and Language Usage 28 28 minutes
  • Conventions of standard English
  • Knowledge of language
  • Vocabulary acquisition
  • Pretest questions
TOTAL 170 3 hours and
29 minutes

Preparing for the ATI TEAS Test

There are several ways you can prepare for the ATI TEAS test:

  • ATI TEAS PAL is a self-paced tutoring computer program designed to help you prepare and pass the ATI TEAS test. Stop by during the following times.

    TEAS PAL Tutor Schedule — Fall 2022
    Monday 12:00–3:30pm
    Student Tutoring and Computer Lab, Bremer Hall 127
    Tuesday 12:00–4:30pm Student Tutoring and Computer Lab, Bremer Hall 127
    Wednesday 3:00–3:30pm Student Tutoring and Computer Lab, Bremer Hall 127
    4:00–5:30pm Library 211
    Thursday 12:00–3:30pm Student Tutoring and Computer Lab, Bremer Hall 127
    4:00–5:30pm Library 211
  • Check out Study manuals at the Hawkeye Community College Library.

  • Online Practice Assessments and Study Manuals for the ATI TEAS are available to purchase.


You may test a total of five times if your composite score is 63.9% or below. Retesting fees will apply. You are allowed to test once per calendar month.

Remediation is highly recommended; The TEAS PAL Lab has tutoring available. See the TEAS PAL Tutor Schedule for available tutoring times.

Contact Information

Evaluation and Testing

Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Email Evaluation and Testing

Hawkeye recommends masks for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors. Please check your testing company's policy before coming to campus.

Regular Hours — Spring 2023

Monday – Friday 8:00am–4:30pm

If campus is closed, the Testing Center is also closed. This includes weather related closings. See the Academic Calendar for scheduled college closings.

Business Office

Hawkeye Center 122
Email the Business Office

Regular Hours — Spring 2023

Mon–Friday 8:00am–4:30pm

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