Nursing Programs Outreach Advisor

Nursing Students

The Nursing Programs Outreach Advisor assists preclinical nursing students in identifying and accessing services necessary to support student success. The Nursing Programs Outreach Advisor acts as a mentor and advisor. Students are provided with information about the petition process, the ATI TEAS test including test registration, preparation materials and test-taking strategies, BSN options including the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) Dual Admissions program,  financial aid and scholarships, and assistance in course planning.   You can schedule an individual appointment with Lynda White, the Nursing Programs Outreach Advisor, by email at or by calling (301) 934-7631. 

Nursing Information Sessions

Anyone thinking about petitioning to the Nursing program needs to attend one of these.  This session provides in-depth overview on when you are ready to petition for admission into the Nursing program, how the admission process works, and important information about what happens after you are admitted.  Nursing Information Sessions are offered at all campuses during the Fall and Spring semesters.  Click here for information on dates and to reserve a seat.

The ATI-TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)

Students petitioning for admission to the nursing program will need to submit test scores for the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS).  The ATI TEAS test is used by many nursing schools as part of their criteria for admission.  There is robust national data correlating TEAS scores to early nursing school performance. 

TEAS Quick Facts

Here are some quick facts about the ATI TEAS for Nursing test:

  • The TEAS tests Reading (31%), Math (22%), English and Language Usage (16%), and Science (31%).
  • The test is made up of 170 multiple choice questions of which 150 are graded and the other 20 are unscored items.
  • The test lasts 209 minutes or roughly 3 1/2 hours.
  • The cost of the test is $85.  Registration is non-refundable.
  • The TEAS is offered through the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick Testing Centers.  
  • Register for the ATI TEAS for Nursing students test including selecting your test date, time, and test center, as well as pay for the test through the ATI Testing registration website at
  • The test is scored at 5 levels:  Developmental, Basic, Proficient, Advanced, and Exemplary.
  • The minimum score for admission to the CSM Nursing program is 59% which indicates proficiency. 
  • Scores are good for 3 years and must still be valid on the petition deadline date. 
  • There is no limits on number of attempts; however, a waiting period of 60 days is required between each attempt. 

You can read more about the TEAS test here. 

TEAS Test Preparation and the Student Success Center

Preparation is Crucial for Success!

Plan on at least 45 minutes every day for at least a month or more to prepare.  Students who are non-native English speakers may need more time for preparation.  Take timed practice tests to learn how to pace yourself-you will have about 1 minute to answer most questions.  Questions may include a lot of reading even for math and science subjects. It is recommended that you use a variety of resources to review and practice for the test.

Student Success Center Resources for TEAS Test Preparation

Student Success Centers at each campus, as well as the Library, will have study guides available for use on site.  Study guides will not be available for check out.   Student Success Coordinators are available at each campus and can help with setting up a study schedule, test-taking skills, or managing test anxiety.  Information on how to contact the Student Success Coordinators is here.

PLATO is an on-line intensive review program provided for FREE to currently enrolled students.  It is available 24/7 and can be done anywhere you have a computer and internet access.  Contact the Nursing Program Outreach Advisor, Lynda White, at 301-934-7631 or by email at to request a login and password.  Be sure to provide your full name (first, middle, last), your CSM student id number and specify that you want the TEAS test prep in your email request.  PLATO does not include any timed practice tests.  Students will want to incorporate timed practice tests as part of their TEAS test preparation.

CSM tutors are available at each campus to provide help for FREE.   Bring your practice materials to them when you need assistance.  Schedules for tutors are posted here at the start of each semester.  

Disability Support Services can assist students with how to document eligibility for test accommodations for the ATI TEAS. Allow at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to scheduling your test date for the process to be complete.  More information on Disability Support Services can be found here.

TEAS Test and Non-native speakers of English

Non-native speakers of English frequently need to spend more time preparing for standardized tests like the TEAS. Extensive preparation may be needed for several reasons.  Written English is different from spoken English. The TEAS test will measure your understanding and correct use of grammar, parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.  Questions may incorporate idioms or phrases which are unique to American culture.  Reading skills are incorporated into other test sections such as word problems in math and science.  Time spent reading and then translating questions from English into another language can impact how many you are able to answer in the limited time you are given.  Unanswered questions are marked as incorrect.  

Study Materials for the TEAS test

Be sure the practice material you are working with is based on the newest version of the test.  The test is now called the ATI TEAS or the TEAS 6.

ATI Testing, which created the ATI TEAS, has preparation materials which you can purchase.  These materials will most closely match what you will see on the test.   Students can use financial aid to purchase the study manual through the Bookstore using the CSM OneCard.  Practice tests and other materials can be purchased online through ATI Testing.

A study guide which has positive reviews from test takers is the “ATI TEAS Secrets Study Guide”.   It includes 3 practice tests. Students can use financial aid to purchase this study guide through the Bookstore using the CSM OneCard.  It is also available for purchase online from Amazon or Books-A-Million.  This guide is not made by ATI Testing. 

Free TEAS Practice Questions and Study Apps

These are a good introduction to the kinds of questions you are likely to see on the ATI TEAS test.  These sites offer the option to purchase TEAS study materials and, in some cases, tutoring.  Tutors are available at CSM for FREE!


  • - Enter TEAS in the Search box under “Find Tests”. 30 free practice questions are available.  After the test, feedback on why answers selected were incorrect is provided. 



Mobile phone apps for Android and/or iPhone

Most apps are free with the option to add additional features for a fee.

  • Pocket Prep- ATI TEAS exam Prep 2017
  • Higher Learning Technologies-TEAS Mastery: Version 6
  • CoCo E-Learning-ATI TEAS 6 Practice Test
  • Quizlet – Flashcards made by other students preparing for the TEAS

Helpful Websites for TEAS Subject Review and Test Preparation

Helpful Websites for Additional Subject Review - math and science review material. - reading comprehension and English usage skills worksheets. - videos for math, English, and science.  See it, hear it, do it! - basic arithmetic to advanced math with a sense of humor and fun! - understanding the scientific method. - chemistry and physical science. - human anatomy and physiology.

Test Taking Skills and Managing Test Anxiety

TEAS One Month Study Schedules

These study schedules are based on information provided in the ATI TEAS Study Guide, Sixth Edition.  

Disclaimer:  These study schedules were created by Lynda White, the Nursing Programs Outreach Advisor, as a tool to help you prepare.  They are not endorsed by ATI Testing.