Entrance exam

Entrance exam general information

Acceptance into M State Nursing programs is competitive. Eligibility requirements are addressed on the admission requirements page for each program. Students are required to take an entrance exam, the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills), as part of the application process for all Nursing majors.

Exam dates 

M State offers the TEAS exam on all campuses, as well as online remote proctored TEAS options. Current M State students may register to take the TEAS on any campus or online. Applicants who are not currently M State students may take the TEAS in-person at the Moorhead campus or use the remote proctoring options.

Online remote proctored TEAS exam

  • Monday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m. (Registration deadline is Thursday, May 9 at 11:59 p.m.)

Detroit Lakes (in person TEAS exam)

  • No in-person dates available.

Fergus Falls (in person TEAS exam)

  • No in-person dates available.

Moorhead (in-person TEAS exam)

  • Monday, May 13 at 9 a.m. (Registration deadline is Thursday, May 9 at 11:59 p.m.)

Wadena (in person TEAS exam)

  • No in-person dates currently available.

Register for the TEAS exam at the ATI Online Store. You will need to create an ATI account if you don't already have one.

Please note: When registering for the online remote proctored exam, choose the TEAS Online - Proctored by an Institution option.

Important things to know about the TEAS exam

  • TEAS scores will expire three years after the test date. TEAS score must be valid at the time of the application deadline. 
  • We recommend that you consult with your advisor before scheduling your TEAS exam. TEAS exam scores must be submitted prior to the nursing application deadline.
  • Technical requirements for the online remote proctored TEAS exam include a laptop or desktop computer, webcam and a microphone.
  • If you are testing at a high school or using a device issued by your high school, you may be blocked from accessing the TEAS exam. We recommend using a personal device rather than one issued by your high school. 
  • Register online for the TEAS exam at the ATI Online Store
  • The cost of the exam is $87 for the online and in person options, which is the responsibility of the student. All TEAS registrations are final, no refunds or reschedules.
  • The TEAS can be taken more than once. Students who plan to re-take the TEAS are encouraged to meet with an advisor for suggestions about improving their knowledge and skills between re-takes. The highest TEAS exam score will be used for application review.
  • If you need accommodations from Accessibility Resources you must complete the Request for ATI Testing Accommodations form AT LEAST 30 days prior to taking the TEAS exam.
  • Prepare for the TEAS exam by reviewing study materials offered through ATI at atitesting.com/teas.
  • A TEAS composite score of 58.6 or higher is required for nursing admissions.
  • For questions on TEAS exam registration, refunds or rescheduling, contact ATI at atitesting.com/contact.

Learn more about the ATI TEAS exam.