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TEAS Policy and Remediation Procedures


Nursing Program Pre-Entrance Exam

Required TEAS version: ATI TEAS (TEAS 6)

Please see UPDATED Policy and UPDATED Remediation Procedure for those who have scored 62% or below.

Effective starting for those applying in spring 2018 application pool for the Fall 2018 cohort.


The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) has been approved by the state as a pre-entrance exam for applicants to the Nursing Program. The TEAS measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science and English. The test has been developed by a private company, ATI Nursing Education and is offered at designated testing sites throughout the country.  The TEAS test is not offered on the Grossmont College Campus. San Diego State University offers the TEAS locally.  You can call their testing center at: 619-594-5216 to reserve a seat for testing. Further information can be obtained for locations out of the area on their website: 

POLICY and General Information: (updated 9/7/17)

Upon completion of all prerequisites, the prospective nursing student must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills at a designated testing site. The prospective nursing student who achieves a passing composite score of 62% or higher, will be considered for admission in conjunction with the required admission criteria. Applicants are awarded points towards their application based on a passing TEAS score.

The Nursing Department strongly recommends purchasing the TEAS study guide and 2
online practice exams in preparation for taking the TEAS exam These materials as well as additional study materials are available on the ATI website. To purchase, go to

1.  Applicants to the Grossmont College Nursing Program must take the required most current TEAS exam as part of the application requirements.  Previous versions of the TEAS will not be considered for admission.

2.  Test results must be sent electronically to Grossmont College Nursing Program.

3.  You must have a composite TEAS score equal to or greater than 62% in order to apply to the Nursing Program.

4.  You will earn application points based upon the TEAS test score. (see points grid below)

5.  You are allowed 2 attempts to take the TEAS.  The Nursing Department will accept the scores from you first or second attempt only, with the requirement that the second test is taken after a MINIMUM of 30 days following the first test attempt. A TEAS taken before the 30 day time period will not be accepted, and points cannot be applied from any additional TEAS attempts taken. In this case, the score from your first TEAS test will be the one considered as part of the application process.

6.  The highest TEAS score obtained on the first two attempts will be the score that is counted for admission points.

7.  If your score on the first TEAS test is less than 62%, you must complete remediation as outlined in the "Remediation" section below.  There must be a MINIMUM of 30 days between your first and second TEAS test attempt.

8.  If your score on the first TEAS is equal to or greater than 62%, you may repeat the TEAS test for a better score AFTER a 30 day time period has passed since the first attempt. Although not required, it is strongly recommended that you participate in remediation prior to your second attempt.

95-100% = 32 points
90-94% = 30 points
85-89% = 28 points
80-84% = 26 points
75-79% = 24 points
70-74% = 21 points
65-69% = 18 points
62-64% = 15 points
Less than 62% = 0 points


(For applicants with an Adjusted TOTAL Score less than 62%)

The following remediation must be followed in order to apply to the Grossmont College Nursing Program.

REMEDIATION PROCESS (updated 8/25/17)

  • Remediation is required for those scoring less than 62% on the TEAS test.
  • Evidence of completion of a remediation program must be provided with your application to the Nursing Program. This can include proof of completion of a TEAS course or practice exams.
        • Your may use one of the following methods for remediation:
      1. Attend a TEAS prep course. These are occasionally offered at various educational sites throughout the county.
      2. Review a TEAS study manual and take two practice TEAS tests.
  • In addition to proof of completion of a remediation program, you must submit a written statement answering the following questions:
      1. Why do you think you were unsuccessful in your first attempt at the TEAS?
      2. What steps have you taken to improve your TEAS test score?

For questions, please contact the Grossmont College Nursing Program at: 619-644-7301

Last Updated: 09/07/2017
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