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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.

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.

When do I take the TEAS?

You must complete the TEAS with a minimum total score to be eligible to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Sonography, and Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs. The minimum total score required to apply to each program varies and is found on each program’s curriculum sheet. 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 minimum prerequisite courses.

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 $82.00. The testing fee is paid when registering for the TEAS.

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, register, and pay for the TEAS?

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 completing the registration process. Your registration ticket name and spelling must match your picture ID.

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.”
  • Search by School Name and find Pitt Community College.
  • Select a testing date and time.
  • Read the disclosures carefully and complete the registration process.
  • You will be prompted to pay and set up an ATI account when you check out. Remember to use the exact name and spelling that is provided on your picture ID to create your account.

Will I need my ATI login and registration confirmation to test?

Yes. 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 and it will include your assessment ID. Your assessment ID is unique to you and you must have it to test. 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 assessment ID. 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 registration fee.

Is the testing fee refundable?

All testing fees are non-refundable. Students who miss their scheduled test date and time will not receive a refund. Testing fees are charged and collected by ATI. PCC has no control of testing fees or the ability to authorize a refund.

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 registration confirmation must match the name on your picture ID. You will also need your ATI login credentials and 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.

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 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.

Are there any COVID-19 safety protocols I must follow in the PCC Testing Center?

PCC Testing Center staff will conduct required COVID-19 screenings on anyone entering the PCC Testing Center and ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained. You will be asked to use hand sanitizer (provided) when you enter and exit the PCC Testing Center. A properly fitted mask that covers your nose and mouth is also required.

Please contact the PCC Testing Center by calling 252-493-7561 or 252-493-7562 prior to your testing date and time if you have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or you are experiencing any of the symptoms below so that your test may be rescheduled. Do not report to campus.

  • Fever of 100°F or above
  • Runny nose, cough, sore throat (unrelated to allergies)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea

How can I prepare for the TEAS?

Preparation for the TEAS is strongly recommended and there are a variety of resources available.

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 tasc@my.pittcc.edu to make an appointment with a tutor.

ATI offers a variety of resources that are available for a fee on the ATI website and PCC offers TEAS Prep 1 and TEAS Prep 2 in partnership with Ed2Go.

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?

You may access your TEAS scores after completing the test via the ATI portal. Login to your ATI account and click on the “My Results” tab. PCC Test Center staff are unable to provide you a copy of your results.

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. For PCC to access your scores, 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.

What do I do if I need special accommodations during my test?

If you have a need for disability-related accommodations, you must notify the PCC Testing Center 30 days in advance of your test date and time by calling 252-493-7561 or 252-493-7562. PCC Testing Center staff must receive confirmation of your testing accommodations from PCC’s Office of Accessibility Services prior to your test date and time. For questions about disability-related accommodations, please contact PCC’s Office of Accessibility Services at (252) 493-7595.