Testing Center TEAS Procedures

Testing Center TEAS Procedures
Effective January 2012

TEAS Testing guidelines set forth by the School of Nursing are as follows:

  • Students must take and pass the TEAS-V test in order to receive a date of completion.
  • It is recommended that students take the TEAS-V test when they are finished with their general education requirements.
  • Students can take the TEAS test a maximum of three (3) times:
    • Initial test:  First time
      • Students can purchase the TEAS-V test study guide at the College book store;
    • Retest 1:  Students are required to enroll in (and complete) the TEAS Prep course CEHS-332 prior to taking the test a second time;
    • Retest 2:  Students have a mandatory 6-week waiting period prior to taking the test for the third time.
  • There is a mandatory 2-year waiting period for students to test again if they fail three (3) times.  This includes testing which may have occurred at other testing sites for all program types.
  • These guidelines apply to all prospective OCC Nursing students.
  • We will only accept TEAS-V scores for tests taken at OCC.  Students cannot transfer in TEAS-V scores from other testing facilities.
  • A passing score is based on the student cut score.  This score is set by the School of Nursing and can be changed without notification.

It is the responsibility of the Testing Center to ensure all students adhere to these new guidelines.

The Testing Center offers TEAS tests on Wednesdays at 4:00PM and on Fridays at 8:30AM.  We can seat up to 14 students per session.

  • The fee for this test is $50, payable in exact cash or by check/money order; two forms of ID required—one current, valid photo ID and one to verify signature.
  • Space limitations, computer availability and TEAS administration processes prevent us from expanding our TEAS testing schedule at this time.
    • The Testing Center reserves the right to change this schedule at any time in order to best meet the needs of the entire college community.
  • Students need to call and make appointments for TEAS testing at least 24 hours in advance.
    • We cannot, at the present time, accept walk-ins for TEAS tests.
    • We cannot, at the present time, offer stand-by appointments.
  • We do not have the capacity to keep a waiting list, and we cannot call students to notify them about openings as a result of cancellations.  
    • Students are welcome to call us to check for cancellations.
    • We will do our best to return all phone calls within our normal 24-hour/next business day policy.

When a student calls to schedule an appointment, the Testing Center will:

  1. Ask for his/her preferred date/time or inform him/her of the first available appointment;
  2. Ask if this is an initial test or a retest; if retest, ask if this is the 2nd or 3rd attempt.
  3. Look-up the Datatel records for the student to verify the following information:
    1. the student is in the system as an OCC student;
    2. the student’s testing status:  first time or retest (check for any prior scores);
    3. for first retest (second attempt), enrollment in and completion of TEAS Prep course (CEHS-332);
    4. for third attempt, completion of TEAS Prep course and the 6-week mandatory waiting period following the second attempt;
    5. verify the two year waiting period is fulfilled before scheduling any students who have already tested three times.
  4. If any of the requirements in No. 3 above are not met, we cannot schedule the appointment.
  5. If everything is in order, an appointment can be scheduled.
    1. Remind the student about the $50 fee (subject to change), payable in exact-change cash or by check (made out to Ocean County College) and the need to present one valid photo-ID and a second ID for signature verification;
    2. no calculators allowed.

Please note:  Because of space limitations, the Testing Center cannot guarantee that we will be able to schedule everyone in time to meet application deadlines which may be imposed by the School of Nursing, especially for dates closest to those deadlines.  All we can do is offer the next available appointment.  Students will be referred to the School of Nursing for additional information.

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