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Illinois TAP Test Registration & Dates

Instructor: Bill Sands
The TAP is administered on a year-round basis and features a convenient online registration process. Keep reading for more information on when this exam is offered and how you can secure a seat.

TAP Test Dates

The Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) is available by appointment on a year-round basis. Exams are administered Monday through Saturday, with the exception of a few holidays. Candidates may choose their exact date during the registration process.

TAP Registration

Signing up for the TAP is a quick and simple affair that can be done entirely online at any time. You can start the registration process by creating an account on the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) website. You'll simply need to provide some basic background information (email address, name, etc.) as well as a user name and password. If you have already taken a different ILTS exam, you may use your pre-existing account.

After you create your account, you can log in and complete the relevant registration and payment steps for your desired exam. Once this process is finished, you can choose a test date by clicking the 'schedule' button. When it's all said and done, you should receive a confirmation e-mail from Pearson VUE (the company that administers the exam) containing information about your testing location, date, and time. The email should also include directions for reaching your testing center.

Registration Deadlines

Because TAP testing is conducted continuously on an appointment basis, there are no rigid registration deadlines like you might expect for other tests, such as the SAT or ACT. That being said, you should absolutely sign up for the test as soon as you know when you want to take it. Seats for test appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and if you wait too long you will be forced to choose a later date, which may disrupt your career plans.

What to Bring on Test Day

In addition to understanding the registration process, you may also benefit from knowing how test day works.

As with most tests, you won't be allowed to bring many items into the testing site. Food and drink, hats, handbags, cell phones, and other electronic devices are prohibited and must be left in a secure storage room for the duration of the testing period.

You will, however, need to bring a valid, government-issued form of identification (the original form, not a copy). Acceptable examples include a driver's license or passport. You will not be allowed to take a test without first proving your identity.

To reduce stress and ensure a smooth check-in, you should arrive at your testing site 30 minutes prior to the start of the test. You should wear soft-soled shoes to reduce noise, and you may want to dress in layers so that you can easily adjust to the temperature of the testing center.

Studying for the TAP

Another key element of the pre-test process is the act of actually studying. To help you get ready for test day, Study.com's Illinois TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency: Practice & Study Guide contains interactive quizzes and over 170 video lessons that provide you with a comprehensive review of essential content on the test.

You might also consider checking out this directory of ILTS Study Guides if you need help preparing for a subject area exam. Self-paced prep resources are available in subjects ranging from health education and biology to music, English language arts, and school counseling.

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