Test of Essential Academic Skills (also called ATI-TEAS)

TEAS Testing with SVCC will resume in August 2021.

ATI-TEAS Nursing Pre-Entrance Exam -General Information          

  • The TEAS test is a widely-used pre-entrance exam for nursing programs, created and administered by ATI, Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC.
  • Topics covered on the TEAS test include Reading Comprehension, Math, Science, and English/Language Usage.
  • Required minimum TEAS scores for consideration for admission to Nursing programs at SVCC:
    • Associate Degree in Nursing - Minimum of 64% of questions correct overall and 65.6% of math questions correct
    • Practical Nursing -  Minimum of 55% of questions correct overall and 53% of math questions correct.
  • Students register for the TEAS online at www.atitesting.com.
    • When registering for a test with SVCC, choose "Register for TEAS" (not "at ATI" or "at PSI" - though both are viable options. You will just need to have your transcript sent to SVCC if  you choose one of those.)
    • Registration fee is paid directly to ATI Testing when registering. Cost: $87 as of January 2021
    • Registration closes when test is full or 24 hours before the test begins. 
    • The TEAS test may be taken up to 3 times in the admission cycle. Testing sooner than 2 weeks after a previous test attempt is not recommended. See resources on the link below for assistance in preparation and remediation.


Be sure of your date before you register as refunds or reschedules are not allowed by ATI. Tests administered through SVCC are only for SVCC students planning to apply to our nursing programs. 

For questions, contact our Health Sciences Counselor, Rebecca Laben, at Rebecca.laben@southside.edu or 434-736-2214.


We plan to resume testing in late summer 2021 in anticipation of our next PN application deadline (September 30, 2021).

Important! Rules on coming to campus during COVID - You will be asked if you completed your Health Check. If you are not feeling well on test day, DO NOT COME! Contact rebecca.laben@southside.edu to talk about reschedule. We will strive to accommodate and find an alternative option for you.

Alberta, VA - Christanna Campus

Testing resuming August 2021
Keysville, VA - John H. Daniel Campus
Testing resuming August 2021
South Boston, VA - Southern VA Higher Ed Center
Testing resuming August 2021

Remote-Proctored Tests None currently scheduled directly with SVCC. Students may register for TEAS at ATI and have their score report sent by ATI to SVCC.

Students test remotely from home and must make sure they meet the technology requirements for Remote-Proctored Tests specified on www.atitesting.com website. After choosing the test date you prefer, click "Learn More" for details on remote-proctored test technical requirements PRIOR to registering and paying as ATI does not allow refunds! More details available in the extra resources that are part of the Nursing Information Session.