TEAS Testing Centers

5 Things to Remember when You Decide TEAS Testing Centers

The TEAS 5.0 test is an entry level assessment test for many undergraduate nursing programs such as Registered Nursing (RN) and Practitioner Nursing (PN) programs in the U.S. It was instituted by ATI Nursing Education, an educational and testing services institution. Many nursing colleges require their pre-nursing students to appear for the TEAS test, while others don't. Therefore, undergraduate-nursing program applicants must check with the colleges of their interest, if it is mandatory for them to take the TEAS test. After ascertaining that the college(s) does require the TEAS 5.0 test, an applicant must thereafter, look for TEAS testing centers. At the same time, while looking for a suitable test center, an applicant must try and find answers for the following key questions:

  1. Does the college of your choice itself have a TEAS testing center?

    If the answer is 'yes', then the applicant may take the test in that particular college itself. This is assuming that the college is in the same state or locality of the applicant. The applicant must contact the college administration to find out information about admission deadlines, test rules and requirements, etc.

    If the answer to the above question is 'no', then the applicant may visit the ATI website to choose one of the nearest TEAS testing centers available in his or her state.

  2. Are you applying to more than one nursing college?

    If yes, then the applicant may take the test in a TEAS testing center hosted in one of those colleges, based on the convenience of location. The applicant, may thereafter, request ATI to send the score transcripts to the rest of the colleges. If none of the colleges administer the test, then the applicant may visit the ATI website to select a suitable test center.

  3. Are you applying to nursing colleges outside your state?

    If you are applying to an out-of-state college, then check with the concerned college if you can take the test at your location and mail the transcripts to them.

  4. Do you want to take the paper-based or computerized test?

    If you are comfortable with only a particular test format - paper or computer, then check with your college, on whether they offer that particular format. If not, explain your reservations to them and check if you could take the test elsewhere.

  5. What is the schedule, cost or requirements at the test centers of your choice?

    If the schedule, cost or requirements of the TEAS testing centers of your choice are inconvenient to you, then select a test center that matches your convenience. Many testing centers offer the test only during certain dates of a particular month. For example, if you are a full time employee and cannot take the test during certain days or certain times of the day, then check for those TEAS testing centers that have a flexible testing calendar. Also if your college has a certain admission deadline date and the testing center nearest to you does not have a testing date within that deadline, then you must select a center that best allows you to meet the admission deadline.

If all applicants try and find answers to the above key questions, they will be able to pick the right test centers.

A full listing of authorized TEAS testing centers, along with the cost specifications and other requirements is available at this ATI link - http://www.atitesting.com/ati_next_gen/customecom/SessionCityStateSelection.aspx?stf=6&stype=1&prev=1. This website requests details about the state and city, where the applicant would like to take the test. Thereafter, the website lists all the TEAS testing centers within that particular city. Each testing center comes with a web-link that provides complete details about the schedule, cost and requirements of that test center. After reviewing all the TEAS testing centers of his or her choice, an applicant may register for a particular test center. Thereafter, the applicant may create an ATI account. On registration, ATI sends further information to the applicant about the test.

In conclusion, there is a lot of research that goes into selecting an appropriate TEAS test center. So, do your research and make the right choice! For more information, you may visit your college website and the ATI website (www.atitesting.com).

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