Nursing Tests

Thank you for visiting our Nursing Tests information page! The deadline for testing and application into the Nursing program is March 1stfor Fall admission and November 1st for spring admission. Please read this information carefully contact us at testingservices@sunyocc.edu if you have any questions.  

There are three main testing prerequisites that must be met in order to be eligible for acceptance into OCC's nursing program:

  • You must have college level math placement. This requirement can be met through course completion or placement testing and placement must be no older than 2 years at the time of your admission into the program.
  • You must have college level English and reading placement. This requirement can be met through course completion or placement testing.
  • You must attain a passing score (65% or higher) on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).

Placement testing for Math, English and reading can be completed during our walk-in hours. Photo ID is required.

The Test of Essential Academic Skills is available by appointment only on OCC's main campus.  There are specific days and start times for the TEAS so you are encouraged to register as far in advance as possible. Walk-in testing for TEAS is not available. Government issued photo ID that includes photo, signature and current address is required for taking the TEAS.

  • Go to www.atitesting.com and create an account and register or Sign In to your existing ATI account and register.
    Select the program type "TEAS for Nursing Students" (even if you are an SGC applicant), Country- USA, State- NY, City- Syracuse.
  • You will see all of the dates available for testing at OCC.  Click "Learn More" to see all of the details for OCC's test site and all testing requirements.Click "Register" to register for a specific date and time. As noted multiple times on the ATI site: Fees paid are non-refundable. If you are unable to make a test appointment or need to change dates, you will need to complete this procedure again and will not be refunded for your first exam.  
  • The fee for the TEAS is $85 and is paid by credit or debit at the time of registration.  Fees paid to ATI are non-refundable.
  • Walk-in testing is not available.

FAQ’s:

Q: What if all of the seats are full for testing?

A: Testing Services makes every effort to have ample seats available for test takers.  Despite this, there will be instances when dates for testing fill.  You will need to then select a date with open seats.  With this in mind, it is recommended that you make every effort to schedule your exam well in advance. 

Q: Do I need to meet testing prerequisites if I already have a degree? 

A: Yes, at the minimum you will have to take the TEAS. If you have taken a math course more than two years ago you will need to take and pass the math placement test prior to being eligible for TEAS.

Q: Can I retake the math placement test if I fail it the first time?

A: Only after completed mandatory remediation can you retake the math test.  Options are Math Booster (complete a minimum of 2 strands) or a math workshop.

Q: Can I retake the TEAS?

A: You may take the TEAS a maximum of two times during each admission period.

Q: What if I have passed the TEAS but want a higher score, may I take it again?

A: You may take it again but unless you significantly improve your score (10+ points), it will not affect your chances for acceptance into the program.

Q: Can I use a calculator?

A: For both the placement test and the TEAS, you can only use the calculator embedded online within the test environment. 

Q: What if I have a disability and need accommodations?

A: You will need to make arrangements ahead of time so that you are accommodated.  Please contact us at 315-498-2507 or testingservices@sunyocc.edu and we will discuss this with you directly.

Q: I have successfully completed my testing prerequisites! What do I do now?

A: You must meet with an advisor to complete your application.  Advising is located on the first floor of the Gordon Student Center, phone: 315-498-2904.

Q: I am not local to Syracuse; can I take the tests remotely? 

A: You may take the placement test off campus with a proctor. See our Off Campus testing page for details.  You may take the TEAS off campus only if you are able to make arrangements at an institution that already administers the TEAS. You can find available institutions at www.atitesting.com

Q: I am a transfer student but OCC has not received my transcripts yet. What tests should I take?

A: You may take the placement test to insure that you have met all of the testing prerequisites while we wait for your transcripts.  Alternatively, you may take only the TEAS with the awareness that your application can not be processed until your transcripts are received and evaluated.

Q: When is testing available? Where is testing available? What are the hours for Testing Services? 

A: Please see above. TEAS is only available on the main campus by appointment. 

Q: How can I pay for the TEAS?

A: You must have a debit or credit card to pay for the TEAS. You will pay your fees at the time you make your appointment.

Q: What else do I need in order to take the test?

A: Photo ID is required for all testing. Government issued ID with photo, signature and current address is required for the TEAS. Even if you are here for a re-test and are working with the same proctor who helped you previously, you must still have photo ID.

General Testing Information and other helpful information:

  • You must bring valid photo ID - No Exceptions
  • Review for all placement tests can be found by clicking on the Placement Testing tab on the upper left of this screen.
  • Bring your ATI Username and Password with you on the day you take TEAS
  • Hand held calculator use is prohibited
  • Purchase TEAS study guides and practice tests
  • More info on Onondaga’s Nursing program


Nursing Tests- Current Students

Nursing Theory tests and ATI proctored tests are offered during walk-in hours listed on the testing schedule. You may reserve a seat ahead of time for testing through RegisterBlast.

Photo ID is required.

You will not be allowed to bring any items with you into the exam room (phone, notebook, hats, jacket etc).  You must keep valuables in the lockers provided in the Testing Services waiting area or in your lockers in the nursing department. Testing Services Office is not responsible for lost or stolen items and we will not hold on to your belongings in our offices.