Pre-Entrance Testing

  • All applicants are required to take TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Version VI in the subject areas of Reading, Math, and English.  The Science section of the TEAS test is not a required component for admission.  All candidates must achieve the minimum scores (posted below) on the TEAS to be eligible for consideration for admission to the practical nurse programs.  Entrance into the Bristol-Plymouth Practical Nurse Program is competitive.  Meeting the minimum score requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

    Bristol-Plymouth considers the following Adjusted Individual Scores as passing: 

    65% - Reading 
    60% - Math
    55% - English & Language

    Passing scores on the entrance test are determined by the Practical Nurse Program and are posted above.  It is highly recommended that you thoroughly prepare prior to taking the test as candidates are allowed only two attempts per enrollment period.  Test scores are valid for 2 enrollment cycles.

    Creating an ATI Account:  You must create an ATI account prior to testing for the first time.  Use this link to get started:  Create an Account at ATI. After you have created your account, a paper/pencil number will be displayed under Account Information.  Print or write this ID number down and bring with you to the test.  If you have previously tested with ATI, you will login using this link: Member Login to access your paper/pencil number.  Test score results will be available for your access on the ATI website when complete.

    Test Preparation:  The ATI TEAS Study Manual - Sixth Edition can be purchased at:  ATI Study Manual or most large bookstores.

    Day of the Test:  Test is held in the Practical Nurse Program building (detached from the main school).  "Check In" begins 15-20 minutes before the test begins. No one will be admitted late. Candidates must have the following requirements on test day:

    Requirements:  Photo ID- you will present a current government issued photo ID (driver's license, passport or green card)

                                ATI Paper/Pencil ID Number


    What not to bring on test day: food or drink; personal items including but not limited to purses, computer bags, backpacks, duffel bags; electronics including but not limited to cell phones, smart watches, beepers/pagers, calculators (will be provided); additional apparel including but not limited to jackets, coats, hats and sunglasses.  All apparel is subject to inspection by the proctor.

    Testing:  Our in-person TEAS pre-entrance exams have been completed for this enrollment period.  Please check back in the fall of 2021 for testing which will take place for the next full-time program beginning in September 2022.

    Candidates may also take the TEAS exam online through ATI (remote) or at a PSI National Testing Center (in person)or at any location allowing "outside testers".  System and internet requirements must be met as noted on the ATI website (  ATI test transcript must be forwarded to Bristol-Plymouth if exam is taken through ATI, PSI center or other location. Candidates may have to specify Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School when registering for a remote TEAS exam through ATI.

    Applicants requesting accommodations must notify the Director of the Program before scheduling a test date. Applicants may be asked to provide documentation from an appropriate professional (e.g.., physician, psychologist, or other qualified diagnostician) to demonstrate their current disability and the need for accommodations.  This documentation should:  (1) establish that the applicant has an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, including supporting information (e.g.., when and how the condition was identified, its likely duration): (2) describe in detail the applicant's functional limitations created by the impairment; and (3) indicate accommodations that are recommended for the applicant, along with explanations as to why they would be useful.  Decisions about accommodations are made by the Director of the Practical Nurse Program, in consultation with the Section 504 Coordinator and Pupil Services Administrator as needed.     

    If a candidate violates pre-admission testing policies, he/she will be ineligible to test again at Bristol-Plymouth and therefore will not be considered a candidate for nursing programs at Bristol-Plymouth.