Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) -
Teacher, School Service Personnel and Administrator Licensure Testing
(Effective 3/10/16 - Updated 4/4/16)
Effective March 10, 2016, all educators who have completed student teaching prior to August 31, 2015 are eligible to complete either the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT 188) or the edTPA. Download the following for more information:
(Effective12/15/15 - Posted 12/14/15)
Effective December 15, 2015, candidates who register to re-take an Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) test will be able to schedule a test appointment 30 days after their previous attempt (as opposed to the previous 60 day wait period.)
Candidates who register to re-take a test before December 15 will need to wait 60 days before retaking the test. If candidates who registered before December 15 wish to take advantage of the change in retake policy, they may withdraw their registration on the ILTS website for a full refund, then re-register for the the test on or after December 15 and select an upcoming appointment. Candidates who have already scheduled a test appointment must first cancel their appointment on the ILTS website before withdrawing their registration.
Note that some ILTS tests are offered during a limited number of testing windows per year and are not available year-round (e.g. Foreign language tests, target language proficiency tests, learning behavior specialist II tests.) Candidates may reake a test that is not offered year-round at the next available testing window, assuming the next windoe occurs no less than 30 days after their previous attempt on the test. If candidates re-take an ILTS test before receivng their score report for the previous attempt, they assume full responsbility for all applicable fees for both attempts, even if they subsequently learn they passed the test on the earlier attempt. No refunds will be made on the basis of passing performance on the earlier attempt. If you have any questions about registering, scheduling, or withdrawing from an ILTS test, please contact the ILTS program at 1-800-239-8107.
*Defined as the TAP, ACT Plus Writing, SAT, or OOS test of basic skills used for licensure in another state.
(Effective 10/5/15 - Updated 11/20/15)
The 10 year validity period of a test of basic skills* has been removed; a test of basic skills* has no expiration per HB2657. Open the Testing Requirements tab for more detailed information.
(Effective 7/1/15 – Updated 11/20/15)
An out of state test of basic skills may be used in lieu of the test of basic skills (if the educator passed the test of basic skills resulting in initial licensure in another state). Completion of the 80-02or 80-03 form is necessary for verification of completion. A passing score of the test of basic skills is valid indefinitely.
Testing Requirements (8/19/16)
Also refer to the Announcements Section of the Educator Licensure Home Page for our most current information.
- Timeline and Requirements for Educator Testing (6/20/16)
- ACT Plus Writing or SAT Score in Lieu of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) - Effective May 6, 2014 (8/19/16)
- If you are seeking licensure as a(n):
Testing Fact Sheets and Resources (3/18/16)
Test Registration and Content Information
- Test Registration
(All in PDF Format)
- General Assembly Report: ICTS Basic Skills and Content Area Test Pass Rate Summary: Initial and Cumulative
- Cumulative Pass Rate Summary on the Basic Skills Test by Ethnicity
- Institutional Pass Rate Summary of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
- Institutional Pass Rate Summary on the Basic Skills Test
- Title II State and Institution Report Cards
- Important Instructions Regarding the Use of ACT Plus Writing and SAT in Lieu of the TAP (Effective May 6, 2014 - Updated October 1, 2014)
ISBE may accept ACT Plus Writing score reports (minimum composite score of 22 and minimum combined English/Writing score of 19) and SAT score reports (minimum composite on the critical reading + mathematics of 1030 and minimum score on the writing of 450) that are up to 10 years old. The official score report can be no older than 10 years old at the time of submission to ISBE and must include a writing component. Open the Testing Requirements tab for more detailed information.
- Five-Time ILTS Test Limit Eliminated (Effective May 6, 2014)
The five-time test limit on all Illinois Licensure Tests (ILTS) has been eliminated. Illinois Administrative Rule 25.720 no longer makes reference to a limit on licensure tests. Examinees may take an ILTS test as many times as necessary to pass. The ILTS website is being updated to reflect the rule change. Beginning June 12, 2014, examinees who have failed a particular ILTS test five times may register to take the test again.
In addition, Basic Skills (096 and 300) and Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400) scores are also valid for 10 years. The 10-year validity period is determined by the date the test was passed and the date that the fees are processed for the requested certificate or endorsement. The following rules apply:
(Effective October 5, 2015 - Updated November 20, 2015)
For candidates prepared at an Illinois institution who completed student teaching by August 31, 2015, the APT is required; otherwise, edTPA is required. The edTPA is required for applicants who completed an out-of-state preparation program beginning with applications received July 1, 2015 and after. Open the Testing Fact Sheets and Resources tab for more detailed information.