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 Important: Testing Updates (4/18/16)

  • APT/edTPA
    (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:
  • edTPA OptionsPDF format
  • Retake Wait Period for ILTS Tests
    (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.

  • Test of Basic Skills Validity Period
    (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.
  • Out of State Test of Basic Skills
    (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.

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 Testing Requirements (4/18/16)

Also refer to the Announcements Section of the Educator Licensure Home Page for our most current information.

  •  Timeline and Requirements for Educator Testing PDF format (4/4/16)
  • ACT Plus Writing or SAT Score in Lieu of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) - Effective May 6, 2014 PDF format (Updated 1/26/16)
  • If you are seeking licensure as a(n):
  • Administrator and School Support Personnel
  • You must pass the test of basic skills*
  • Appropriate content area test(s)
  • Teacher
    You must pass the following tests/assessments: the test of basic skills*, the appropriate content area test(s), and the appropriate Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test or edTPa (depending on completion date of student teaching for in-state program completers or date applicationw as submitted for out-of-state program completers).
  • In addition to the tests listed above, the Special Education General Curriculum test will also be required for all individuals who apply for the following Pre K-Age 21 endorsements on or after July 1, 2013:
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I
  • Teacher of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
  • Teacher of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Speech-Language Pathologist: Teaching
  • *Defined as the TAP, ACT Plus Writing, SAT, or OOS test of basic skills used for licensure in another state.

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 Test Registration and Content Information

  • Test Registration
  • Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) website
  • Test Content Information and Preparation Resources
  • Test Frameworks and Preparation Materials for Illinois Licensure Tests
    The test frameworks illustrate the alignment of State Board of Education adopted content-area standards with the Illinois Licensure Testing System's (ILTS) licensure tests. The frameworks provide a set of objectives upon which the tests are based and also represent the content knowledge that is assessed on the Illinois Licensure tests. These frameworks are helpful for educator licensure candidates and also faculty members who are involved in the preparation of educator licensure candidates. Study guides, practice tests, computer-based testing (CBT) tutorials, and other materials are also available.
  • Study Guides
  • Please note: Individuals may not receive their ILTS test scores if an incorrect social security number was used when registering for an ILTS test.

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 Testing Reports (4/27/16)

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Archived Updates

  • 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:
  • If the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400) or the previous Basic Skills test (300 or 096) was required for entry into an approved Illinois preparation program, those scores will be honored beyond the 10 years.
  • For individuals not yet enrolled in an approved Illinois preparation program, the score on the BS 300/TAP/ACT/SAT can be no more than 10 years old at the time a candidate begins student teaching or the second semester of internship.
  • For individuals prepared out-of-state or out-of-country, the BS 300/TAP/ACT/SAT score can be no more than 10 years old at the time of application for an Illinois license.
  • Individuals who previously passed the Illinois Basic Skills test or TAP and who were issued an Illinois certificate are not required to pass the TAP for any subsequent license or endorsement.
  • The Relationship between Illinois Basic Skills test results and ACT scores: Updated Analysis (5/12)
  • APT/edTPA
    (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.