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Course SummaryLearn more about the topics you'll find on the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) English Language Arts exam with this comprehensive course. Our study materials include video lessons, quizzes and chapter tests you can use to measure your understanding of this material and see where you might need to focus additional study in order to get the best possible score on this exam.
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About the Course
Interested teaching candidates in Illinois are asked to take a content area exam as part of the requirements for licensure in this state. These exams are offered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) and assess your knowledge of the subject area in which you want to teach. Most content area tests, including the English language arts exam, have 125 multiple choice questions.
The English language arts test is offered as both a paper-based and a computer-based test. The computer-based test offers flexibility since it can be scheduled at any time Monday-Saturday on a year-round basis and can be taken at any test site throughout the U.S. If you'd like to take the paper-based test, you can choose from six different test dates offered each year at 14 different test areas in Illinois. The video lessons and quizzes in this study guide cover the main concepts and objectives that will be on the test and include:
- Interpreting literature
- Reading development
- Literary terms
- Library resources
- Instructional materials
- Student assessments
- Writing conventions
- Communication and presentation
Questions on these topics fall under four subareas on the test: reading; writing and research; speaking and listening; and literature. As you work your way through these different subareas, you'll see questions about the importance of reading, oral reading strategies and student reading comprehension. You'll be tested on your knowledge of writing processes, rhetorical strategies, composition, editing and proofreading. This exam will also ask you about methods for evaluating source data and synthesizing the info found in the sources. You'll answer questions on oral communication and what factors influence communication. You should also be prepared to discuss literary genres, recurrent themes, literary elements and methods for reading literature.
Preparing and Registering for the ILTS English Language Arts Test
To prepare for this exam, you can use our study guide, which offers engaging video lessons and useful quizzes. You can watch the videos to refresh your knowledge of the subject matter and then take the quizzes to see how well you retained the info you learned. You can also use the quizzes to get familiar with the types of questions asked on the ILTS exam.
Online registration is available for the computer-based test at any time up to three days before your selected test date. The paper-based tests have regular registration deadlines that range from two to five weeks before the test date. Late and emergency registration deadlines are also available for an extra fee.
To register for either version of the test, you'll need to create an account and provide some personal information. You'll also pay for your test at this time and choose the test you want to take. Be sure to select which schools or organizations you want to receive your test scores when you register. Paper-based test takers can select a test date and testing site at this time. For the paper-based test, you will get a confirmation e-mail within about 24 hours of registration and an admission ticket once your registration is processed. For the computer-based version, you'll get an authorization to test e-mail after you register, which you will use to schedule your test.
Scoring the ILTS English Language Arts Test
You'll receive a scaled score for your test with a scoring range of 100 to 300. You'll need to score at least a 240 to pass this test. This score is determined by the total number of questions you answer correctly. You'll also get a score for each subarea, but this information is only used to provide you with an assessment of your performance in those areas. Score reports can be accessed online about a month after you take the test.
In this subarea of the test, you'll be asked how reading is used to construct meaning and what role the reader's knowledge plays into this construction. You'll need to know about language development and cognition, the reasons that people read and how linguistic diversity relates to the development of reading skills. You should also be familiar with phonemic, morphemic, semantic, syntactic and other language components. Knowledge of how reading relates to writing and speaking and how teaching methods can improve these relationships will be tested. This subarea includes questions about life experiences that could impact reading development and materials you can use to teach reading, such as works of fiction.
You should be able to use reading assessments in various forms and create reading instruction procedures that help students learn to read independently. You'll be tested on methods for encouraging parents to participate in their child's education and your ability to see when reading problems will require additional outside help. This test will ask you about methods to teach students how to spell and create word patterns and what methods are available to teach vocabulary. You'll also be asked about how oral reading plays a role in a student's developmental path, the similarities between oral and written language learning and the relationship between oral and silent reading. You should know how to gauge reading comprehension and help students find patterns for recalling text.
Writing and Research
To be successful in this subarea, you'll need to know about rhetorical strategies and their role in the writing process. This means being familiar with the different writing genres, write-to-discover strategies, pre-writing strategies and use of prompts to generate ideas. Other key processes tested in this subarea include drafting, sentence construction, spelling, parts of speech usage, modifiers, transitions and organization of paragraphs.
You should be familiar with all aspects of revising and editing documents, including the use of common English conventions, revisions strategies, self-editing and peer editing. Resource evaluation and analysis is a critical part of this subarea, so be prepared to answer questions on ways to obtain information, types of sources, methods used to evaluate sources and organizational strategies needed when researching. You should also be able to apply this info to a thesis statement and be able to discuss the ethics involved in responsible research and use. Citations are also covered here.
Speaking and Listening
Do you know what the components are for oral communication? This will be covered in this subarea, and you'll want to know about the nonlinear communication process, verbal and nonverbal communication, the purpose of oral presentations, organizational formats for oral presentations, delivery types and audience analysis methods. You might be asked about supportive and nonsupportive audiences, ways to clarify a presentation and how to create presentations that are sensitive to listeners.
You'll need to be familiar with the listener's role and appropriate listening responses, skills used in listening and various listening types. You should also know how to analyze spoken messages to determine meaning and be able to evaluate the content of oral messages. Be prepared to discuss listening barriers, conditions that affect listening, methods involved in interviewing and gathering data and how communication influences people. Communication anxiety and how you get it, small group communication and problem-solving strategies used in groups are also covered here. You should know about freedom of speech, ethical communication and the different communication processes.
The final component of this exam tests your knowledge of literary genres. You'll be asked to compare and contrast themes, analyze the style and point of view and discuss the content and purpose of various works of literature. You'll need to be able to identify literary elements like character, setting, conflict, climax and mood. You should know about techniques such as figurative language, foreshadowing, characterization and symbolism. You'll be asked about the methods authors use to get a response from the reader and how meaning is conveyed in various forms of literature.
The questions in this subarea will also test your ability to choose appropriate works for the age level that you plan to teach. You should know how to incorporate literary materials into your curriculum and have knowledge of the importance of reading aloud and using literature as a method for discussing values. You'll also want to know how to relate literary works to everyday life or use literature to understand historical events.
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