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Test of Essential Academic Skills Information

All students making application for admission to the Southwest Mississippi Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program (SMCC ADN) must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to application deadline as part of the admission process. The SMCC Proctor Center will offer the TEAS test on the dates listed below. There are limited seats available for each date so it is recommended students register early. For students who cannot come to the SMCC campus, they can schedule to take the TEAS at a PSI Test Center.

TEAS Testing Dates:

Spring 2015:

Wednesday January 7 9:00 a.m. 10 seats
Friday January 9 8:30 a.m. 10 seats
Tuesday January 13 9:00 a.m. 10 seats
Thursday January 15 2:00 p.m. 10 seats
Tuesday January 20 9:00 a.m. 10 seats
Thursday January 22 2:00 p.m. 10 seats
Friday January 23 8:30 a.m. 10 seats
Monday January 26 9:00 a.m. 10 seats
Thursday January 29 2:00 p.m. 10 seats
Tuesday February 3 9:00 a.m. 10 seats
Friday February 6 8:30 a.m. 10 seats
Thursday February 12 2:00 p.m. 10 seats
Tuesday February 17 9:00 a.m. 10 seats

To register for TEAS testing at SMCC, go to www.atitesting.com and scroll down on the right side of the page to click on "Register for TEAS."

The proctor center is in Kenna Hall, room 211, on the top floor. Please email CLOAKING or fill out the proctored exam form at least 24 hours in advance.

The proctors will be working in other offices when not testing. They will meet you in Kenna 211 if they receive your emailed request.

You will need to bring a photo ID.

Note: Any forms or emails submitted to the test proctors after the testing hours for the day have ended will not be answered until the next day.

To complete the proctor exam from go to www.smcc.edu. On the home page, scroll down to “Quick Links,” and click “Proctor Exams.” Complete the form and submit as instructed.

To register for TEAS testing at a PSI Test Center, go to www.atitesting.com and scroll down on the right side of the page and click on “Register for TEAS with PSI.”

What is the TEAS Test?

TEAS is a four-part, web-based test consisting of 170 multiple-choice questions that assesses a student's academic skills for Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English/Language Usage.






50 Minutes



56 Minutes



38 Minutes

English and Language Usage


65 Minutes



209 Minutes

Why do I need to take the TEAS Test?

The TEAS test was developed by the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) specifically for nursing programs to measure essential skills that are the foundation for nursing programs. The test identifies entry level skills deemed important by a panel of nursing program curriculum experts. The student has an opportunity to take steps to improve academic skills if needed before applying to nursing school.

What should I score in order to be considered academically ready?

A score of 60% or greater in each of these areas is recommended. The higher the score, the greater amount of admission criteria points awarded.

If I score greater than 60% in all 4 subjects, does that guarantee I will get in the program?

No, the TEAS test is just one part of the admission criteria.

When should I take the TEAS?

Scheduled dates for each semester will be posted at www.smcc.edu. The dates, times, and locations are posted on the ATI testing website. The student is responsible for scheduling the test through www.atitesting.com and the SMCC proctoring center, if taking at SMCC.

How many times can I take the TEAS?

There is no limit to the number of times you can retake the TEAS. To retake the TEAS test, the student will need to repeat the scheduling process. Students are responsible for attaching the TEAS score they want reviewed for admission to their ADN application.

What version of TEAS is given at SMCC?

SMCC offers the TEAS Version V.

How should I prepare for the TEAS test?

ATI (www.atitesting.com or 1.800.667.7531) has an online store that offers a study package or just online practice tests that you can purchase with a credit or debit card.

  1. Go to the ATI website,
  2. Click on the Online Store,
  3. Scroll down the page and click on “Shop by TEAS Products,”
  4. Review and order any of the following:
    1. Version V: ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) Study Package. This study package is a great refresher for those students who’ve been out of school for a long period of time. It is also a good way to preview the types of materials and questions that will be asked on the TEAS Version V Test.
    2. Version V: ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V)Online Practice Assessment
      Form A.
    3. Version V: ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V)Online Practice Assessment
      Form B.

What is the cost of the ATI registration and the TEAS test?

The cost of registration for the TEAS test is $45 payable online to ATI via credit card. The registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The cost of registration for the TEAS test at a PSI Testing Center is $110 and is payable online. Please review PSI’s policies for refunding registration fees in the event that you must cancel a TEAS test and sending a TEAS transcript to another institution.

Will you accept my TEAS scores from another college?

TEAS scores are accepted from other colleges as long as it is the TEAS V and has been taken within the last three years.

I've registered for the TEAS test, what do I need to know about the testing day?

On the day of the test:

  1. Bring a valid picture ID in order to be allowed to test.
  2. Arrive at testing site 15 minutes before test is scheduled to begin. Students will not be allowed to enter once the test has started.
  3. Students will receive their test results before they leave the test.
  4. Calculators are not permitted for use during the test.
  5. Paper and pencils will be provided and collected at the completion of the test.
  6. Cell phones, IPods, pagers, and other electronic devices are prohibited during the test.
  7. The use of study guide material is prohibited during the test.
  8. When necessary, test dates are subject to change due to bad weather, power outages, or other emergencies. SMCC ADN reserves the right to cancel or reschedule testing days in these situations. In the event of cancelled or rescheduled dates, registration will be honored.
  9. The test takes up to 3 ½ hours.

What should I do if there is bad weather, ice storm, disaster, etc. occurring on the day I’m scheduled for TEAS?

As part of the ATI registration process, you will be required to enter a phone number and email address. The faculty at the SMCC ADN Program will have this information and will make every effort to call the number you’ve listed, as well as, sending you an email telling you the plans for the testing day. The faculty will alert you as soon as the SMCC Administration announces a decision regarding opening or closing the campus for classes and testing.