One of the prerequisites for admission into the professional phase of some of the health science programs is the ATI Test Of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The ATI TEAS should not be scheduled until the semester prior to applying for admission to the professional program and following completion of all basic studies requirements. It is recommended that students complete program science requirements prior to testing for an enhanced degree of success.

Each student must pay the testing fee ($70) online at https://bookstore.southark.edu/category/test-fees and schedule a testing day and time with the Testing Center by calling (870) 864-7196 or emailing Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.The Testing Center will give each student a copy of their scores upon completion of the test and review these scores with the student. This score report will be signed, dated, and stamped by the Testing Center.

ATI TEAS Version 7 includes these types of questions.

  • Multiple Choice: has four answer options with only one correct answer.
  • Multiple Select: has four or more answer options where more than 1 may be correct.
  • Supply Answer: the answer needs to be typed.
  • Hot Spot: an image is provided with clickable areas and the correct response must be given about those areas of the image.
  • Ordered Response: a set of response options must be placed in the correct order.


  • An ATI TEAS Study Manual is available at the Testing Center, Library, and Health Science dean’s office - which are to be used only on campus.
  • This Study Manual can also be purchased on the E-Campus Bookstore website https://southark.eccampus.com (ISBN#: 978-1-56533-239-3).
  • It is recommended to review, practice, and take each section’s quiz to best determine areas of strengths and weaknesses.
  • Also, a handout with additional test prep information can be found on the ATI TEAS FAQ

Each Health Science program has different minimum scores and other requirements for the exam. See below for this information. Only the programs which require ATI TEAS are listed.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Even though the student must attain the minimum scores listed below to qualify for program admission, most students who are selected for these programs score well above the minimum requirements listed.

LPN (Practical Nursing)
Minimum Reading Score  45 
Minimum Composite Score 40 (calculated using super scores from the 4 attempts)
Super Score Utilized? (The highest scores for each section from all TEAS results are utilized) Yes
Maximum Attempts Allowed Maximum: 4 attempts within 18 months prior to application deadline; If the TEAS is taken more than 4 times, ONLY the first 4 results will be considered.
Program Selection Criteria Pre-requisite GPA + cumulative GPA + TEAS scores from all 4 sections
Requirements At least one of the TEAS exam results must meet or exceed the minimum score of 45 on the Reading section AND the combination of the super scores from all exams must meet or exceed the minimum recalculated Composite score of 40.
How are the TEAS results obtained by the program?  The student will be given a copy of their TEAS results by the Testing Center and the student will submit those results to the Nursing Office (HSC 203) before the application deadline.