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Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) FAQs


Who is required to take the exam?
The TEAS is required of all applicants to the Generic and Accelerated pre-licensure BSN Tracks at FIU. Absolutely no exemptions or substitutions are made for this admission requirement.


When is the exam offered?
The exam is offered at FIU on select weekdays (mornings or afternoons) as scheduled by the FIU Testing Center. The FIU Testing Center sets the testing schedule; additional details are available through their main page athttps://ugrad.fiu.edu/cas/testing/teas.html.


Besides FIU, where can I take the exam?
We will accept ATI TEAS test results taken at a regionally accredited college or university testing center in Florida and throughout the nation. It is also available at PSI Testing Centers around the country. Alternative testing locations should be contacted directly to make a testing appointment.


Do I need to apply to FIU before I am able to take the exam?
No. The FIU Testing Center has open, year round testing, which does not require one to be an active FIU student. Additional details are available directly from that office as they coordinate the registration and payment process. Their main page is https://ugrad.fiu.edu/cas/testing/teas.html.


How do I pay for the exam? How much does it cost?
For those testing at FIU, the exam fee is $80.


What version of the TEAS is required?
FIU will only recognize ATI TEAS (Sixth Edition) results.


How many times can I take the TEAS for one admission period?
An applicant may only take the exam TWO (2) times per application cycle (December15 – March15). All ATI TEAS (Sixth Edition) attempts, however, MUST be supplied to NWCNHS Student Services by 5:00 PM on the deadline of the term sought. Late scores are not accepted. Your scores are reflected on your Individual Performance Profile, which is accessible as a pdf. Any additional attempts would be null and void, even if the student were unable to meet the minimum requirements in their first two attempts. Note: Each testing site may have its own policies regarding how often or how many times one may take the TEAS. Consult directly with your testing site regarding this. The FIU Testing Center will permit two (2) attempts per admission cycle with a minimum of a 30 day waiting period between the first and second attempt.
Official test results include the number of attempts made on any version of the TEAS, as well as the number of days between the current and last attempt.
Submit all attempts so that we can ensure that the best score within the deadline is used.


How can I study for the TEAS?
Study material can be found at http://www.atitesting.com/solutions/prenursingschool/teas/study-guide.aspx


How can I submit scores?
ALL APPLICANTS, regardless of testing site, must submit unofficial exam scores with their application package. Scores can be retrieved for free at www.atitesting.com with the username and password utilized during the exam. If the exam was not taken at FIU, applicant must submit an official copy to the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences Student Services Department (address found on application). TEAS results can be sent to additional schools you select for $27.00 per results report at the following link.
It is very important to note that TEAS scores must be submitted with each application for the nursing Track. We are unable to retrieve materials from previous application cycles. It is the responsibility of the applicants to provide the scores each time. Those who are reapplying are strongly encouraged to take the exam again.

  • DO NOT MAIL YOUR SCORES SEPARATELY.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT TEST SCORES TO ANY OTHER OFFICE ON CAMPUS.

How can I verify that my scores were received?
Applicants will receive an email confirming their application status.


Is there a minimum score on the TEAS? What is the average score that is historically accepted?
There are two minimum scores an applicant must achieve on the TEAS. Applicants must meet both minimum scores to be considered as a qualified applicant.

  • Minimum 70% Comprehensive score
  • Minimum 62% Science Score

How is my score used in the admissions process at FIU?
The TEAS score is a crucial component of the application and used in the holistic admission’s process for eligibility and ranking. The TEAS score is 15% of one’s competitive rank. The other 85% comes from the cumulative GPA, science GPA, video essay, extracurricular activities, and other deciding factors.


If I take the TEAS version V multiple times, how will the School of Nursing use my multiple attempts? Can sections from different attempts be combined for the best overall score?
While the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences requires the submission of all ATI TEAS (Sixth Edition) attempts, it will not cross-combine the best score per section from different attempts. Instead, it will sum the Reading, Math, Science, and English sections from each individual attempt to determine the one best overall attempt. Once the best attempt has been identified after the application deadline, the lower attempt is removed and the best TEAS score will be used for the applicant’s evaluation.