TEAS Testing Guide
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) is required to apply to PCC’s Associate Degree Nursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Sonography, and Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs. Interested applicants must carefully read this testing guide in its entirety. Students who fail to follow testing instructions are not permitted to test.
Only PCC students are permitted to test with PCC’s Testing Center.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the TEAS?
The TEAS is a test designed to assess your preparedness for entering a health sciences program. It is administered in a computerized format and consists of 170 multiple-choice questions. The time limit for completing the TEAS is 209 minutes. The TEAS is not a placement test.
What types of questions are on the TEAS?
Questions are designed to test the basic academic skills students need to perform in health sciences classes in the areas of Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage.
Who must take the TEAS?
All students applying for admission to the Nursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Sonography, and Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs are required to take the TEAS. A minimum score total score of 59% is required to apply to the Nursing Program. No minimum total score is required to apply to the remaining programs. Applicants will be awarded points toward admission based on the total score earned. For applicants who have taken TEAS more than once, the highest total score earned will be used for the point calculation. For more information about how points are calculated, refer to the program’s curriculum sheet.
You do not have to test multiple times if you are applying to more than one of these programs.
When do I take the TEAS?
You should consult your academic advisor to determine when to take the TEAS. Ideally, it is best to take the TEAS after you have completed the biology and math requirements for your intended program.
How many times may I take the TEAS?
You may test twice per academic year (July 1-June 30). You must wait at least 30 days between test attempts. You will not be provided an extension to a health sciences program’s application deadline to test.
Do I need an appointment to take the TEAS?
Yes. You must create an account with ATI to schedule a test date and time and register for the test. You should allow at least 4-hours to complete the test.
How much does it cost to take the TEAS?
The cost to take the TEAS in-person or online with PCC’s Testing Center is $87.00.
You may also test online with ATI but it will be at a higher cost and PCC’s Testing Center will not be involved in administering or proctoring your test.
How is the TEAS offered?
Students may take the TEAS in-person or online with PCC’s Testing Center. You may also test online with ATI but it will be at a higher cost and PCC’s Testing Center will not be involved in administering or proctoring your test. The test is proctored regardless of the method chosen.
How do I schedule a test date and time and pay for the TEAS?
There are two ways to schedule a test date and time and pay for the TEAS. You may (1) register via the ATI website or (2) purchase a test voucher in the PCC Student Store. Regardless of the method you choose, you must create an ATI account. If you have a need for a disability-related accommodation or special accommodation, contact the PCC Testing Center by calling 252-493-7561 or 252-493-7562 before you schedule a test date and time.
A valid, government issued picture ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, will be required to test. You may not use your student ID. Please make sure you use the exact name and spelling that is provided on your picture ID when creating your ATI account. Your ATI account name and spelling must match your picture ID.
Your ATI account name and spelling must match your picture ID.
To register via the ATI website, login to the ATI website and select “Register Now” on the left of the page.
- Once you select Register Now, you will be prompted to select an in-person or online testing method.
- For program type, students applying to the Associate Degree Nursing Program should select “TEAS for Nursing.” Students applying to Radiography, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Sonography, and Occupational Therapy Assistant should select “TEAS for Allied Health.” If you are applying to more than one of these programs, select the option that aligns with your first choice. You do not need to test multiple times.
- Search by School Name and find Pitt Community College.
- Select a testing date and time.
- Read the disclosures carefully and complete the registration process. Please use your mypittcc email address to complete the registration process.
- You will be prompted to pay and set up an ATI account when you check out.
For those not registering via the ATI website, test vouchers are available for purchase in the PCC Student Store. Instructions for creating your ATI account and to schedule a test date and time are outlined on the test voucher.
Remember to use the exact name and spelling that is provided on your picture ID to create your ATI account.
What do I do if I need special accommodations during my test?
If you have a need for a disability-related accommodation or special accommodation for a documented medical condition (i.e., medications, medical devices, or access to beverages/food for medical necessity), please contact PCC’s Office of Accessibility Services at 252-493-7595 or by visiting the Everett Building, Room 114. Be advised that requests for accommodations must be received at least 15 days prior to your scheduled testing appointment.
PCC Testing Center staff must receive confirmation of your approved accommodations from the Office of Accessibility Services prior to your scheduled testing appointment.
Will I need my ATI login and registration confirmation to test?
Yes. If you registered via the ATI website, you will need your ATI login credentials and your registration confirmation. Your registration confirmation will be sent to the email address you submitted when you registered for the test (which should be your mypittcc email address) and it will include your assessment ID. Your assessment ID is unique to you and you must have it to test. If you purchased a test voucher, you will need your ATI login credentials, test voucher, and paid receipt.
Please check to ensure you can login with your username and password before your testing date and time. Contact ATI Test Security at 1-844-956-2790 for assistance with your login credentials or assessment ID.
Cell phones are not permitted in the PCC Testing Center and you will not be able to use your cell phone to access your ATI login credentials or registration confirmation. Please bring a printed copy with you when you come to test.
You will not be allowed to test if you are unable to login to ATI account or do not have your registration confirmation or test voucher and paid receipt. Your testing fee will not be refunded. You will have to register again to test and pay another registration fee.
What time should I arrive for my test?
Testing will begin on time. You are encouraged to arrive at the PCC Testing Center or login (if you are taking the test online) approximately 20 minutes prior to your test start time. If you are testing online, make sure you are in a well-lit space and are prepared for a room scan prior to the start of the test.
What do I do if I need to reschedule my TEAS test?
Rescheduling your TEAS test is only permitted when emergency circumstances arise. If you are unable to attend your scheduled testing appointment, you must notify the PCC Testing Center by calling 252-493-7561 or 252-493-7562 in advance of your scheduled testing appointment. Students will be allowed to reschedule one time only. When calling to reschedule your testing appointment, please provide your full name, PCC student ID number, valid phone number, original test date, and the date you would like to reschedule your appointment.
What if I am late or miss my testing appointment?
You will not be allowed to test if you are late or miss your testing appointment. You will be required to register again and pay another testing fee.
Is the testing fee refundable?
All testing fees are non-refundable.
What do I need to have with me on test day? What do I not need?
You will need your valid, government-issued picture ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. The name on your ATI account must match the name on your picture ID. You will also need your ATI login credentials and registration confirmation or test voucher and receipt. Cell phones are not permitted in the PCC Testing Center and you will not be able to use your cell phone to access your ATI login credentials or registration confirmation. Please bring a printed copy with you when you come to test.
An on-screen calculator will be available for some questions. Hand-held calculators are not permitted without an approved accommodation. Electronic devices and other personal items are not permitted in PCC’s Testing Center. Food and drink are not permitted, unless medically necessary. Documentation from the Office of Accessibility Services indicating medical necessity must be provided to the PCC Testing Center staff prior to your test date and time. Earplugs and scratch paper will be provided for those testing in the PCC Testing Center. If you are testing online, you may have one blank sheet of paper to use for scratch paper and you should destroy it after the test.
How can I prepare for the TEAS?
Preparation for the TEAS is strongly recommended and there are a variety of resources available.
The Health Sciences division sponsors a TEAS Boot Camp each semester to help students prepare for the TEAS. The course is taught by PCC Faculty and Staff one evening a week over five weeks. Each evening covers a different TEAS topic as well as study skills and test taking strategies. The fee includes the official ATI TEAS Study Manual and other review materials. Contact Kristi Walters at email@example.com or 252-493-7261 for registration information.
The PCC Library has TEAS Study Guides available for check out and on reserve for campus review. TEAS practice tests are also available online through the PCC Library’s PrepSTEP database and may be accessed from off campus with regular myPittCC sign-in credentials (when in the PrepSTEP database, type TEAS in the search bar). Users must create their own accounts for PrepSTEP to access tests, save their progress, etc.
PCC’s Tutorial and Academic Success Center (TASC) can assist currently enrolled PCC students with preparing for standardized testing. Contact TASC at 252-493-7258 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment with a tutor.
ATI offers a variety of resources that are available for a fee on the ATI website.
Additional resources students may find useful are below.
What are the technical requirements to test online?
You must provide your own technology resources (i.e., fully charged computer, webcam, microphone, Internet speed, etc.) to test online and these resources must be adequate to support administration of the test. The newest version of Google Chrome is the required browser needed and you must install the Proctorio Chrome Extension on your device. Proctorio is the proctoring platform that allows PCC Testing Center staff to proctor your test.
PCC Testing Center staff are not able to troubleshoot your technology resources. Outdated technology and software, missing components, slow internet speeds, the wrong internet browser, etc. will negatively impact your ability to test. Please ensure you have adequate technology resources to support online testing before you register for this option. Visit https://atitesting.com/technical-requirements for a complete listing of the technical requirements for online testing.
How will I receive my TEAS scores?
Must I send my TEAS scores to PCC?
If you take the TEAS in-person or online with the PCC Testing Center, you do not have to submit your scores. PCC will be granted access to your scores by ATI.
How long are my TEAS scores valid?
At PCC, TEAS scores are valid for three years counting back from the date of enrollment in a health sciences program.
I have taken TEAS with another testing center. Can PCC use those scores to determine my eligibility to a health sciences program?
If your TEAS scores are less than 3 years old counting back from the date you plan to enroll in a program, you may use those scores and are not required to retest. If you took the TEAS in-person or online with the PCC Testing Center, you do not have to submit your scores. PCC already has your scores on file. If you took TEAS elsewhere, you will need to request your ATI transcript be sent to PCC. To request an ATI transcript, visit https://www.atitesting.com/teas/ati-teas-transcript Transcripts are sent to PCC electronically. PCC does not accept printed copies of your scores. Any fee charged by ATI to send your transcript to PCC is your responsibility.
Which TEAS test version does PCC accept?
PCC accepts scores from TEAS Version 6 and TEAS Version 7.