Nursing

TEAS Information

The TEAS® exam is required for all students who are applying to the Upper Division Nursing BSN Program.  Exams must be taken and submitted to the department by October 31st of the year PRIOR to admission to the Upper Division.  Thus, if you are applying for Summer 2018, your TEAS® score report is due by October 31, 2017.  Tests may be taken twice per cycle (January-October) with at least 30 days between attempts.  To register for the exam at UNCP, click here.  If you are unable to take the exam through UNCP, you may take it through PSI by clicking here.  All students should check with the Department of Nursing to ensure that their results have been received. 

IMPORTANT: All students must create an ATI account before taking the TEAS and bring their username and password to The Testing Center in order to take the TEAS exam.  Instructions for creating an account are available by clicking here.

ATI TEAS® Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ATI TEAS®?
What should I bring with me to the examination?
How can I prepare for the ATI TEAS®?
How do I register for the ATI TEAS®?
How do I send my TEAS® scores to UNCP's Department of Nursing?
How are the results of the ATI TEAS® used?
Can I take the ATI TEAS® more than one time?
When should I take the ATI TEAS®?

What is the ATI TEAS®?
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®), a product of Assessment Technologies Institute® (ATI), is a proctored multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage.  The reading portion comprises 31% of the exam and tests: key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas.  The mathematics portion comprises 22% of the exam and tests: numbers, algebra, measurement, and data.  The sciences portion comprises 31% of the exam and tests: human anatomy and physiology, life and physical sciences, and scientific reasoning.  The English language and usage portion comprises 16% of the exam and tests: conventions of standard English, knowledge of language, and vocabulary acquisition.

What should I bring with me to the examination?
Students taking the exam on campus need to bring their confirmation e-mail, their ATI account's username and password, and an unexpired driver's license, state ID card, or passport with photo and signature.  Students need to arrive at least 15 minutes early and may not bring in any electronic devices (including cell phones).

How can I prepare for the ATI TEAS®?
ATI provides TEAS® study preparation materials and practice online exams. These products can be purchased at the http://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/pre-program/TEAS/study-guide.aspx. If assistance is needed with product ordering, contact ATI toll-free at (800) 667-7531.

Additionally, a series of YouTube videos have been created by a third party to help students prepare for the TEAS.  They are available by clicking here.  We strongly encourage applicants to review this information in preparation for the TEAS® exam.

How do I register for the ATI TEAS®?
The TEAS exam is offered at UNC-Pembroke throughout the year.  Students will need to register with UNCP's Testing Center (located at COMTech) by clicking here.   Students taking the exam at a community college should contact that school for instructions.

How do I send my TEAS® scores to UNCP's Department of Nursing?
During the registration process, you may be asked to select a school to receive your score report.  You should choose "UNC Pembroke" to ensure the department receives your score.  You may also login to your ATI account, click on "My Results", and print a copy of the TEAS report.  Bring this report to the Department of Nursing.

How are the results of the ATI TEAS® used?
You must achieve a minimum ATI Academic Preparedness Level of Proficient in order to receive an application for the pre-licensure BSN program.  If you achieve a level of proficient or higher, the TEAS® score will be used as another indicator for acceptance into the nursing program, along with your collegiate grade point average in all pre-requisite math/science coursework, overall collegiate grade point average in all required pre-requisite general education coursework, and previous experiences in health care.

Can I take the ATI TEAS® more than one time?
Our policy is for students to take the exam a maximum of two times in a 12-month period.  There must be at least 30 days between attempts.  If you elect to retake the exam in an attempt to improve your score, an alternate version must be taken.  ATI makes available two versions of the exam, referred to as "Schedule A" and "Schedule B".  For example, if "Schedule A" was previously taken, the repeat exam will need to be "Schedule B".

When should I take the ATI TEAS®?
The Department of Nursing requires that you take the TEAS® exam between January 1 and October 31 prior to the year of admission and, if possible, while enrolled in the pre-requisite math/science courses. All TEAS® exam scores are due to the Department of Nursing by October 31. Scores for the TEAS®  taken after this date will not be valid and means your application is not complete; therefore, you will not be considered for the nursing program during the current application cycle.