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Frequently Asked Questions


The Assessment Technologies Institute Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) is a computerized test administered by College of The Albemarle (COA) at the COA – Elizabeth City Owens Center for most of the health science programs. The objectives assessed on ATI TEAS are those which are relevant to measure entry-level skills and abilities of health science program applicants in reading, math, science, and English and language usage.
ATI TEAS Resource/Study Guide

The course work you have already completed is probably the best preparation for this test. However, if you’d like additional preparation, you can purchase the study manual from the COA bookstore or online at ATI Testing, or check it out from the COA – Elizabeth City or COA – Dare libraries. In addition, two copies of the ATI TEAS study manual are available for review at the COA – Elizabeth City Owens Center or the admissions office at COA – Dare. However, you won’t be allowed to take the study manuals out of the facility.

You must complete the pre-admission requirements for the health science program(s) you wish to apply for before you can request to take the ATI TEAS. Verification of completed pre-admission criteria is done through a TEAS V Validation form with Annette Roberson, Registration and Records Technician at COA – Elizabeth City, office AE 117, 252-335-0821 ext. 2221.

You’ll need to take the form to the business office and pay for the test and bring the form back to Ms. Roberson with your payment receipt to verify payment. Your file will then be forwarded to the Owens Center for review of pre-admission requirements. You may call 252-335-0821 ext. 2304 or stop by the Owens Center (office 107 or 102) after completing the validation form to schedule a date and time for testing.

Photo identification (student identification badge or driver’s license) is required for testing.

Pencils, scrap paper and a computer-based calculator will be provided.

The timed test will be taken on a computer in the Owens Center and will last approximately four hours. Results will be available immediately after completing the test.
The most recent ATI TEAS test score is used for qualification. You must score the minimal required scores for your program(s) of interest in math, reading and composite scores within a single ATI TEAS test. The composite percentage score(s) are also used as 40 percent of the competitive ranking process. If you don’t score at the minimal scores, the test will give you feedback on your strengths and weaknesses so you can work to improve these areas or consider other career options.
A $70 fee will be charged for each opportunity to take the ATI TEAS and is due at the time of validation of pre-admission criteria, with a copy of the receipt from the business office attached to the validation form.
You may take the test once and then are allowed one retake within a 365-day period, as long as 28 days have lapsed from the previous attempt. The 365-day period is calculated from the first test date. Retakes aren’t permitted once minimum scores for a program of interest have been met. If an applicant schedules but doesn’t show for the ATI TEAS test, it’ll be considered as one of the applicant’s testing opportunities.
Once passing minimum scores have been achieved for all three sections within a single ATI TEAS assessment, the scores are good for three years from the test date. You should be aware that if you score lower on an ATI TEAS retake, that lower score will be used as the most recent score for qualification and ranking consideration.
If you’re seeking reasonable accommodations for the ATI TEAS, please see the Director of Disability Support Services in COA – Elizabeth City room AE 138 or call 252-335-0821 ext. 2277 at least two weeks prior to testing.


  • Robertson, Christopher

  • Instructor, Simulation; Director, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs Admissions/Advisement

  • COA – Elizabeth City: OC 107

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2304