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TEAS Policy and Remediation Procedures


Nursing Program Pre-Entrance Exam

On August 31st, 2016 an updated ATI TEAS will be released. Students taking the exam on or after August 31 will need to purchase the sixth edition of the TEAS study manual.

The Grossmont College Nursing application period starting in Spring 2017 will require the new TEAS exam to apply.  Only the first TEAS exam of the new edition will be accepted to receive points.


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 for the aid in successfully passing the TEAS exam. To purchase, go to

If you have successfully passed the TEAS exam with an Adjusted Individual Total Score of 62% or greater.

The applicant will receive points towards their application based upon this first successful TEAS score.

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

If you are wishing to re-test to acquire a higher score, a 3 year time period must pass in order to receive application points. The 3 year time period is based on the date of the first TEAS  exam taken. A second TEAS exam taken prior to the required wait period of 3 years will not be considered for points.

If you did not pass the TEAS exam, scoring less than 62% on the Adjusted Individual TOTAL Score:

  • The applicant will not be eligible to apply to the program based upon this first unsuccessful TEAS score. If you wish to apply in the future, the following remediation is required in order to submit a 2nd TEAS exam with a score greater than 62%. The repeat score will allow the applicant to receive points towards their application.

Applicants must;

  • complete the remediation and wait a minimum of 30 days from the first attempt to retake the TEAS test.
  • complete the remediation within 365 days of the 1st unsuccessful TEAS exam.

See Procedures for Remediation below.

San Diego State University offers the TEAS exam locally; please call the Testing Center at 619-594-5216 to reserve a seat for testing. If you live out of the area, the ATI website will refer you to other colleges in your area that offer the TEAS. Test results must be sent electronically to Grossmont College Nursing Program.


(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.

Depending on the scores in each section of your test (Math, Reading and/or Science), please follow the remediation plans accordingly. You must remediate and then wait a minimum of 30 days from your first attempt to retake the test.


  • For those applicants who achieve an adjusted individual score below 55% in the Math or Science portion of the TEAS, the student may remediate using the preferred study methods below prior to retaking the TEAS for the 2nd time.
    • For a Math score below 55%, take Math 088 (Pre-Algebra) with a passing grade.  For those applicants that have previously taken Intermediate Algebra (or higher) and received a minimum grade of "C", Intermediate Algebra must be taken or repeated with a passing grade; a petition from Admissions and Records may be necessary.
    • For a Science score below 55%;
      1. Study and provide a written statement of completion of the ATI TEAS study guide or,
      2. Complete and provide proof of completion of the ATI TEAS practice exams.


  • For those applicants who achieve an adjusted individual score below 60% under the Reading, Paragraph and Passage Comprehension and/or Informational Source Comprehension portions of the TEAS, the student may remediate using one (1) of the preferred study methods below prior to retaking the TEAS for the 2nd time.
  • Please contact the Nursing Program for options, as the TEAS remediation policy is currently being updated.

If you need assistance in determining your individualized remediation plan, please contact the Grossmont College Nursing Program office at (619)644-7301.

Last Updated: 08/11/2017
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