Nursing Entrance Exam - Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

Update 4/8/2020 - The Nursing Program has extended the deadline for taking the Entrance Exam for Spring 2021 admission to September 11, 2020. The TEAS exams at the MGA Testing Center will resume as soon as MGA returns to on site instruction during the Fall semester to meet this deadline. Please continue to monitor this page for updates on when TEAS registration will be available.

The Nursing Entrance Exam is offered year round. The tests are given on computers in the Academic Testing Center. Registration requires a $70 non-refundable test fee online payment with a debit or credit card. The TEAS Entrance Exam must be taken within 12 months prior to the closing date of the application period. TEAS scores from other test sites are accepted. In order to sit for the test, examinees must have an account with Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) and know their username and password.

Steps to creating an account:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Create an account”
  3. Enter your first and last name, MGA email address, and password
  4. Submit
  5. Print the confirmation page to present the day of testing

Test day procedures:

Registration begins 15 minutes prior to test start time.


Test time is approximately 3.5 hours, not including registration and exam instructions. Examinees are to bring ATI username, password, and a valid photo identification which includes a driver’s license, government ID card, passport, military ID, or alien residency (green) card.

The following items are prohibited during testing: books, papers, notes, pagers, cellular phones, or any other electronic devices, reference materials, food or beverages (storage space is limited so it is recommended that these items are not brought to the testing site)

Use of a Calculator

The ATI TEAS will allow for the use of a four function calculator. For the online version of the ATI TEAS, a calculator is embedded within the exam.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Subjects/Topics:

The ATI TEAS is composed of 170 questions, 20 of which are unscored pretest items. The number of scored questions on which individuals will be evaluated is 150. The total time allotted to complete the test is 209 minutes (3 hours 29 minutes).

Content Area Topics Covered Number of Questions Time Limit
  • Key Ideas and Details
  • Craft and Structure
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
53 64 minutes (1 hour 4 minutes)
  • Numbers and Algebra
  • Measurement & Data
36 54 minutes
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Life and Physical Sciences
  • Scientific Reasoning
53 63 minutes (1 hour 3 minutes)
  • Conventions of Standard English
  • Knowledge of Language
  • Vocabulary Acquisition
28 28 minutes

Recommended study guide:

Please visit the ATI online store at to find the recommended TEAS study guide material.