The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is one of the requirements for admission to the GC basic licensure professional nursing program. The test measures the academic background of students in reading, math, science and English and language usage. 

The TEAS test may be taken for admission into the Georgia College nursing program only two times in two years and the test dates cannot be less than 14 days apart. The online format of Version V  is offered at Georgia College. Students who have taken TEAS Version V (either online or paper/pencil) at another institution within the past two years should contact Assessment Technologies Institute to order an official TEAS transcript. Only official test results from ATI will be accepted. Test results must be received by the School of Nursing prior to the application deadline in order for the application to be considered for admission to the program. 

TEAS has four parts that ask you to answer multiple-choice questions covering the following:

  • Reading – paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension and inferences/conclusions (48 items, 58 minutes)
  • Math – whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages and ratio/proportion (34 items, 51 minutes)
  • Science –science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, basic physical principles and general science (54 items, 66 minutes)
  • English and Language Usage – punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words and spelling (34 items, 34 minutes)

Total test time is 3 hours, 29 minutes, not including the check-in process and exam instructions.

A TEAS Study Manual and an online practice assessment may be purchased from ATI  at http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/TEAS-Products.aspx.


The TEAS is offered only at certain times of the year to correspond with the application periods for the program. For the Spring 2016 cohort, the testing period is May 11 through August 6, 2015.

The tests are given on computer by appointment when our testing lab is open, usually 2 or 3 afternoons a week. All tests begin at 1 p.m. You will register and pay the $72.50 test fee online, with payment options of Visa or MasterCard. To register online, click here and follow the instructions. 

If you need special accommodations due to a disability or medical condition, they must be arranged in advance with the Director of Testing. Appropriate documentation will be required.


If you do not already have an account with ATI, go to the ATI website ( www.atitesting.com) and in the Secure Sign On box on the right side of the page, click on Create New Account. (This account is different from the online test registration account.) On the User Information page, you are required to complete the fields in blue. The other information is voluntary and used only for ATI demographic research to ensure that their assessments are not biased for or against any group.  You will use your username and password when you log in for the test, so make them something you can remember. The username may contain the @ symbol or a dot (.). You might want to use your email address. The password cannot be longer than 16 characters. After completing this page, press ENTER. 

If you have an existing account but cannot remember your username and/or password, click on "Forgot or need help with your ID?" in the Secure Sign On box. This will access a wizard that will help you access your existing account.


All tests will be administered in Center for Testing computer lab, 140 Lanier Hall. Allow about 3-1/2 hours for the test.

You will need your ATI username and password (you do not need the ATI paper pencil ID number) and valid, unexpired government-issued photo identification. Examples of appropriate identification include driver's license, government ID card, passport, military ID or alien residency (green) card (not student ID). You may not take calculators (including watch calculators), books, papers, notes, pagers, cellular phones or any other electronic devices, reference materials, food or beverages into the testing room. We recommend that you not bring these items to your test session because storage space is very limited.

You may print an individual score report at the end of your test or you may log in to the ATI site later to view or print your report. The GC Nursing program will have access to your score online. You may request additional copies of your score report to send to other schools through ATI.   

RESCHEDULE/REFUND POLICY: You may reschedule a test session without additional charge one time if you contact the testing office at 478-445-5016 at least one week before your original session. If you find that you will be unable to attend or if you miss your test session, you may request a partial refund of $36. We must receive your request in writing (letter or email) within 30 days. Please let us know as soon as you can if you do not plan to attend your test session so we can release your seat to another examinee. 

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