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What are the room requirements for a remote (at-home) TEAS Exam?

Follow these guidelines for setting up your exam environment in order to take the remote (at-home) version of the ATI TEAS Exam.

Here are some suggestions on setting up your room/testing environment for the remote (at-home) version of the ATI TEAS Exam. 

Before taking the remote (at-home) version of the ATI TEAS Exam, it is important to make sure that your exam environment is set up for success. The following tips will allow you to go through your exam with as few technical difficulties and distractions as possible:

● Approach your online exam like you would any in-person exam on campus.
● Complete your DRY RUN to ensure all of your hardware, the lockdown browser, and your internet connection are working properly before your actual test day.  Be sure to take the dry run in the exact location where you plan to take the proctored version of the TEAS Exam.
● Try sitting at a kitchen, coffee, or dining table with suitable natural or artificial light and a blank wall behind you.
● If your camera is having trouble picking up your image, it is likely a lighting or a background issue.

  • Try adjusting the height or angle of your webcam, lowering your webcam or raising it, or possibly turning it from one side to another to find the perfect lighting.
  • Adjust your distance from the webcam by moving closer or further away. Sitting too close or too far can cause difficulties for the webcam and system in capturing your features accurately.
  • Consider locating a new area to complete your exam that features a less cluttered background. A busy backdrop with posters, pictures, or vibrant colors can make it challenging for the system to distinguish your features and properly identify you.
  • Imagine you are posing for a selfie. If there is excessive light in front of you (like from a lamp) or behind you (such as from open windows), it may obscure some of your facial features.

You must remain on-camera and be in total view of the webcam for the entirety of the test outside of scheduled breaks, or your test attempt may be considered invalid.   This is the number one reason testers may get flagged for review.  Testers should be centered on camera with their entire testing area in view throughout the entire test. 

If you wear glasses, you may experience glare from the reflection and the system may have difficulty picking up your image.

  • To address this issue, try tilting your head slightly and concentrating on looking at the screen rather than directly at the webcam.
  • Another option is to adjust the brightness settings on your computer to minimize the glare on your glasses.
  • If you encounter difficulties during the identity verification process, consider removing your glasses temporarily so that the webcam and system can capture your image accurately. Once the verification is complete, you can put your glasses back on and continue with your exam.

Any non-testing accessories (tissue, drink, etc.) or objects other than scratch paper should not be present in the testing area unless absolutely necessary. Any use of these accessories may be reported as an irregularity. Questions about scratch paper?  Click this link

The use of headphones or headsets is only allowed as an approved testing accommodation.  For more information about accommodations, please follow this link

You will need to have a physical copy of your government-issued ID (e.g., a current and valid U.S. Passport, Driver’s License, or State ID Card) present and available at the time of testing (including remote and in-person testing).  Note:  Foreign passports will not be accepted for ATI TEAS exams.

Note:  You may take a break following the math section of the proctored TEAS exam to use the restroom, get a drink, etc.  This break is available for both at-home exams and in-person exams. For an at-home exam, you must leave your camera on with a view of your testing area, even during a break.


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