Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS)

The ATI TEAS is a required test for students applying to Nursing and Dental Hygiene. The test measures basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The exam is computerized and comprised of four timed sections:

  • Reading:  53 questions – 64 minutes
  • Math:  36 questions – 54 minutes
  • Science:  53 questions – 63 minutes

English and Language Usage:  28 questions – 28 minutes

Scheduling an Exam

Applicants must attend a mandatory health science information session before registering for the TEAS exam. 

TEAS at BCC is administered September through January. To register for the TEAS test, visit the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) testing site and create an account.

  • For registration assistance, contact ATI at 1.800.667.7531.
  • The fee is $80 and non-refundable. Payment is made online directly to ATI at the time of scheduling.

To request testing accommodations due to a documented disability, contact your BCC learning specialist in advance of the exam. If you are not a current BCC student, register with the Office of Disability Services by contacting 774.357.2295 or odsaccess@bristolcc.edu.

Prepare/Take the Test

Review test preparation materials and tips on the ATI website.

TEAS exams are administered in the Testing Center located on the Fall River campus in the Commonwealth College Center (G building), Room 218.

Test Results/Retests


  • Examinees must achieve a total score of 50% or higher. 
  • Sixty (60) days must elapse between the original test date and the retake. Please note: Effective for Fall 2019 applicants, 14 days must elapse between test date and the retake.
  • Test results that are more than three (3) years old from the test date will not be accepted.

Additional Information

1. If you took the test prior to August 31, and need to re-test, use the following study materials:

Because of the content updates that occurred for the ATI TEAS, the TEAS V preparation materials will not provide the tester with a comprehensive overview of the topics assessed. Individuals preparing for the ATI TEAS will want to purchase the ATI TEAS preparation materials.

2. If you are testing on or after August 31, 2016 you will study for the ATI TEAS.

3. There are two different TEAS tests. Here are the differences:

The ATI TEAS will be similar in difficulty level to the previous version of the TEAS. Content updates were made to align with current education standards deemed important for entry level health science applicants to possess.

4. Calculator use is permitted, but you cannot bring your own:

The ATI TEAS, being released August 31, 2016, will allow for the use of a four function calculator. Please do not bring your own calculator as a calculator will be embedded within the online version of the exam.