TEAS Nursing Placement Testing

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The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a multiple-choice assessment of basic skills in the academic content areas of Reading, Mathematics, Science and English and Language usage.

Successful completion of the test is a requirement for admission to the HCC Nursing Program.

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), creators of the TEAS, offers the following items to prepare for the test:

Registration and Payment

TEAS testing is available during the months of January and August. Testing at HCC is only for students applying to the HCC nursing program who meet the following criteria:

  • have registered for classes in the current or next semester OR
  • have earned three units at HCC

Registration typically opens on November 15 for testing in January and on July 13 for testing in August.

  • The total test cost is $102.
  • Payment is accepted using major credit cards. A fee will not be collected at the Test Center.
  • To register for TEAS testing at HCC, visit www.atitesting.com. Select Register for TEAS in the lower right menu.
  • Registration closes 24 hours before the testing date or when the available seats are full.

All students preparing to take the TEAS test must have an ATI account. An account may be created by going to the ATI website, and clicking on create a new account. For Institution Option, select Harford CC TEAS. Please be sure to include your HCC student ID number (example: H123456) in your profile page. To add your HCC student ID number to your existing profile, log-in to your ATI student home page and edit your profile. All candidates taking the TEAS test at Harford Community College MUST have a valid Harford student ID number in their ATI profile.

Applicants who are not HCC students or who will not be able to test during the specified times at HCC may complete the TEAS at a local PSI Test Center. To register at one of these locations, visit www.atitesting.com and select Register for TEAS with PSI. To learn more, click on Steps to Sign Up for TEAS with PSI.

Test Scores and Validity

Test scores will be available online after the completion of the test. You must log in to the ATI website to obtain the scores. Harford Community College will use the scores associated with the highest Adjusted Individual Score. TEAS scores are valid for two years. The minimum TEAS score requirement to apply to the HCC Nursing Program is 58.7. Review the nursing program selection criteria worksheet for more information about TEAS score requirement.

Students can only take TEAS three times within a year period. Harford Community College will not accept scores beyond three test attempts within a year period. Also, you should not register for TEAS at HCC if you have exceeded the three test attempts in a year.

Students who have tested at other schools or locations can request to have their TEAS scores sent to HCC for a fee. The request should be made through the ATI store by selecting the TEAS Transcript option. TEAS scores sent via paper copy or attached with the application form will not be accepted.

TEAS Testing

The HCC Test Center offers TEAS testing for HCC nursing program applicants in August and January. The next TEAS testing for HCC will be in August 2020. Due to COVID 19 pandemic, TEAS sessions will be offered remotely. More information will be shared beginning July 13th.

* Visit www.atitesting.com to register for the TEAS. Registration will open on July 13, 2020


For questions about TEAS testing, please email testcent@harford.edu.

For questions about the nursing application process, please refer to the website: http://www.harford.edu/nursing.

Reminders for the Testing Day

  • Students must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the test.
  • Bring ATI username and password and HCC student ID card
  • Hand-held Calculators are not allowed for TEAS testing. There will be a calculator accessible within the testing platform if needed.