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TEAS Testing

General Information

**NOTE: As of August 31, 2016 ATI transitioned from the TEAS V to ATI TEAS.  TEAS V scores will still be accepted to meet application requirements. TEAS scores are only valid 3 years from the date you took the test.

Generic students applying for the PN or ADN program must achieve a proficient, advanced or exemplary level on the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) to be eligible to apply to the nursing programs. Applicants may take the ATI TEAS only after the following prerequisite courses and requirements have been completed:

  • High school or college Chemistry (CHM 092 or higher) with respective labs
  • High school or college Biology (BIO 110 or higher excluding BIO 168 & BIO 169) with respective labs
  • Algebra (MAT 070 OR DMA 40 & 50 unless waived by placement testing or multiple measures)
  • Developmental Reading/English (DRE 096, 097, 098), unless waived by placement test or multiple measures.
    • Each of the above courses should be completed within the past ten years (if high school courses, 10 years by graduation date) with a letter grade of C or better.
  • Completion of a North Carolina approved Certified Nurse Aid I program and be currently listed on North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry with no substantiated findings.
  • CPR certified by American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Program. The CPR card must be presented at time of TEAS registration (no certificates are accepted).  If you need to fulfill this prerequisite, please take advantage of the AHA BLS CPR course offered through SCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division.  Contact Alonza Royal at (910) 592-7176 x.4014 or

The ATI TEAS must be completed within three years of the applicant’s proposed admission. One retake per academic year is permitted. This is true regardless of testing site. When retesting, applicants must retest on all sections of the test. Scores from more than one test will not be split, mixed or combined. Once you meet the required minimum score for eligibility, you may not retest for higher scores within the same academic year. When retesting for higher scores, the most recent score will be used.

The examination is administered by Sampson Community College and payment is due prior to testing. The examination cost is set by the company. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration and scheduling of the ATI TEAS must be done in person at SCC Student Services Department (not by phone or by mail). Applicants will not be allowed to take the nursing entrance exam (ATI TEAS) without showing proof of payment. Click here for ATI TEAS Registration Form.

Testing will begin in the fall and will end by March 15 of each academic year. Students desiring admission into the nursing programs (Associate Degree Nursing or Practical Nursing) will need to complete the admission prerequisites courses and requirements by March 15th of the year in which entry is desired. Sampson Community College reserves the right to schedule additional testing dates. Students who lack only one of the above prerequisites or requirements may test after March 15 at the college’s discretion for admission into the nursing programs. Official transcripts must be on file in the Admissions Office before scheduling a test date.

How To Register For The ATI TEAS

  • Download the ATI TEAS Registration Form and bring to Student Services, located in North Building.  Registration must be done in person with a counselor (not by phone or by email).
  • Once prerequisites have been verified by a counselor, pay the $65 testing fee in the business office.  Students must provide a copy of receipt to Student Services to confirm test registration.
  • After registering for a test date, create your free ATI student account.  This is required to take the ATI TEAS exam.  Be sure to write down your login credentials and bring them with you on test day.  If you already have an ATI student account, please login prior to test day to verify your login credentials.  DO NOT create multiple accounts.  If you forget your ATI login credentials, please contact ATI at 1-800-667-7531.

TEAS Testing Schedule | 2020-21

The following testing dates have been scheduled for the 2020-21 Academic Year. All testing dates will be held in SCC’s Occupational Building, Room 137, being held open from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

September3rd (Thursday)
10th (Thursday)
16th (Wednesday)
29th (Tuesday)
October7th (Wednesday)
14th (Wednesday)
21st (Wednesday)
28th (Wednesday)
November3rd (Tuesday)
10th (Tuesday)
18th (Wednesday)
January7th (Thursday)
14th (Thursday)
21st (Thursday)
28th (Thursday)
February3rd (Wednesday)
10th (Wednesday)
18th (Thursday)
25th (Thursday)
March3rd (Wednesday)
9th (Tuesday)
11th (Thursday)


The examination is administered by Sampson Community College and payment is due prior to testing. The examination cost is $65. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration for the ATI TEAS must be done in person in the SCC Student Services Division (not by phone or by mail). Students will not be allowed to take the test without showing proper photo identification and an original receipt issued by SCC.


Students can prepare for the ATI TEAS with several resources including the Official ATI TEAS study manual (sixth edition) and online practice assessments. The study manual is available in the SCC Bookstore or you may purchase one online at the ATI Online Store


The ATI TEAS is composed of 170 questions, 20 of which are unscored pretest items.  Thus, the number of scored questions on which individuals will be evaluated is 150.  The total time alloted to complete the test is 209 minutes. The test is comprised of four sections: Math, Reading, Science and English and Language Usage.

Reading5364 minutes
Math3654 minutes
Science5363 minutes
English2828 minutes
TOTAL170*209 minutes
*There are 20 unscored pretest questions

General Exam Rules

  • All personal belongings must be stored out of reach.  This includes coats, jackets, hats and sunglasses, with discretionary allowances for religious apparel.
  • Students may bring two #2 pencils; students are not allowed to have any other personal materials at their testing station.
  • Scratch paper will be provided by the testing proctor.  You are not allowed to use your own scratch paper.  All scratch paper will be collected and destroyed after testing.
  • Students may use the calculator that is available as a pop-up during the test and can be launched from the Web page.
  • No personal electronic devices of any kind are allowed during testing.  This includes, but is not limited to cell phones and personal calculators.
  • Food and drink, unless predetermined as medically necessary, are not allowed in the exam room.
  • Ear plugs will be provided by the proctor before testing begins.
  • Once you have finished your exam, you are free to leave the testing site.

Obtaining Your Exam Results

Post-completion of your ATI TEAS exam, your test results will be made available to you online through your free ATI account after all exams have been completed for that specific testing day.  The test proctor will not provide you with a copy of your results.  You may obtain your results by:

If you scored Proficient, Advanced, or Exemplary…

1. Print your exam results and ATI transcript, a free service provided through ATI. Use ATI’s LiveChat option for assistance!
2. Take exam results and ATI transcript to Student Services and see a counselor.
3. Obtain and complete the Program Application in Student Services.

If you did NOT score Proficient, Advanced, or Exemplary…

1. One retake per academic year is permitted. This is true regardless of testing site, and verified by the submission of the ATI transcript. The most recent score will be used.
2. Applicants must retest on all sections of the test when retesting.
3. Applicants may not retest for higher scores within the same academic year.
4. If you choose to retest, you must register for the second test session with a counselor in Student Services. The retest is $65.

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