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Course SummaryPrepare for the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) School Counselor exam with this engaging course and study guide. Use our online video lessons and quizzes to test your knowledge of the subjects you'll find on the exam and to focus your study where it's needed.
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About the Course
Requirements for becoming a school counselor in Illinois include passing a subject matter exam offered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS). Designed to assess your knowledge of this specific content area, the ILTS School Counselor exam consists of 125 multiple choice questions. Our study guide can be used to refresh your knowledge of content that you can expect to see on the exam. The exam has four main subareas:
- Student development across domains
- Assessment, instruction and services
- The school environment and counseling program
- The school counseling profession
Each subarea is further broken down into categories requiring you to demonstrate your in-depth knowledge of specific theories, principles and practices associated with school counseling. You might be tested on your understanding of human growth and development, developmental needs of school-age students, assessment and evaluation instruments, crisis intervention methods and diversity and cultural differences.
The exam also focuses on the entire education system and its relationship to the school counseling program, consultation models, methods for creating effective counseling programs, research and evaluation techniques and the use of technology in school counseling. You could be asked to showcase your knowledge of historical and current trends in school counseling, how technology is used for assessment and evaluation, school counseling standards, best practices and counseling theories and methods.
ILTS School Counselor Exam Preparation and Registration
You'll find plenty of useful information in this study guide that corresponds to the topics covered on the exam. Each video lesson outlines counseling theories and practical applications of school counseling concepts. Quizzes accompany each lesson, and you can use these quizzes to check your understanding of the content after watching the lessons or to determine what topics you need to study up on.
The video lessons cover students' cognitive and social development, the learning process, student behavior theories, cognitive and emotional development, individual counseling strategies and diversity. You can also refresh your knowledge of consultation methods, collaborative relationships, research methods, best practices in school counseling and ethical guidelines for school counselors.
The ILTS school counselor exam is a paper-based test that is offered six times throughout the year. You can take your exam at 14 testing sites, including several in the Chicago area. To register, you'll create an online account and include some personal information. You'll make your payment at this time and be asked to choose your test, your test date and your testing site. You can also select which schools or organizations you want to receive your test scores. Within about 24 hours of registration, you'll get a confirmation e-mail, and after your registration is processed, you'll get an admission ticket that you need to take to your testing site on the day of your test.
Registration deadlines vary depending on the test date you've selected. Deadlines are generally between two and five weeks before the exam. You can also utilize the late and emergency registration options, but these require additional fees.
When you show up for the test, you'll need to bring your admission ticket, a few #2 pencils and one form of photo identification.
ILTS School Counselor Exam Scoring
The scoring range for this test is 100 to 300, and you'll need to score at least a 240 to pass. The scoring report will show both your total overall score and individual scores for each subarea. You can access your score report online about a month after you take the test. You'll also get an explanation of your score report when you access your scores.
Student Development Across Domains
In this subarea, test questions will cover basic theories utilized in school counseling, along with career development theories and methods for helping students with self-assessments, goal setting and decision making. You'll need to be familiar with individual and family development theories and learning theories, personality development and student development theories. You'll also be expected to understand student development stages and determine which interventions and approaches are appropriate at different stages of development.
Test questions measure your understanding of academic development standards, the relationship between academic progress and social and family concerns, career development planning and methods for easing a student's transition into other schools or the workforce. You should have a firm grasp on practical applications of counseling theories to aid in students' development and be able to use assessment tools to help students decide on career and educational plans.
You'll want to be aware of disabilities that can impact a student's school life and the services that are available to help students improve academically. Your knowledge of academic program planning methods, interventions that help students improve their learning styles and tests that assess students' abilities will also be tested.
Assessment, Instruction and Services
To succeed on this part of the test, you'll need to showcase your knowledge of statistical methods like scales of measurement and measures of central tendency. You'll need to be able to define assessment and explain its purpose, while demonstrating your understanding of the relationship between assessment and characteristics like economic background and ethnicity.
Knowledge of classroom management techniques, team counseling structures, positive mental health promotion and developmental counseling programs are all addressed on the exam. You should be able to identify appropriate crisis response and intervention methods, understand how to develop school-wide crisis plans and demonstrate proper intervention techniques for students who endanger themselves.
This subarea also tests your knowledge of when to use brief counseling strategies or responsive services, how to counsel students on career decisions or personal issues and when to refer students to other professionals. You could be asked about your knowledge of resources for gifted students or at-risk students or how to work with students who have been referred to you by their family or friends. You might want to brush up on your understanding of group dynamics, including developmental stage theories and group process components. Group leadership styles, professional standards for working as a group and group counseling methods are also covered in this section.
The School Environment and Counseling Program
In this subarea, you'll be asked about the impact of cultural and social differences on student development, the developmental approach to school counseling, the counselor's role, consulting models and research methods. You should have a general understanding of how your background and experiences may play a role in your values and beliefs; you'll also want to have knowledge of methods for working with diverse groups of students and using culturally sensitive and gender equitable strategies in your counseling sessions.
You'll need to showcase your ability to create activities that familiarize school staff with your counseling programs, design a curriculum aligned with the developmental needs of students, work with parents and the community and utilize time management skills.
You'll be tested on your knowledge of the use of data in predicting learning problems, creating developmental counseling programs and identifying school problems. Other topics in this subarea include prevention measures, data interpretation and planning skills. You should have a solid grasp on qualitative, quantitative and outcome-based research methods, needs assessment, program evaluations and research designs. You may also be asked about ethical issues in research and how research can be used to show accountability.
The School Counseling Profession
It's in this subarea that you'll be asked to describe the history of school counseling and identify current trends in the field. You should be familiar with the counselor's role and how a counselor functions in relation to teachers and administrators within a school. You should be aware of what makes a school different from other environments and what barriers stand in the way of students' achievements. You'll also be able to demonstrate your familiarity with various technologies used in research, program evaluation, student assessment, career planning and data analysis.
This subarea is also where you'll be tested on your understanding of the licensure and certification requirements for school counselors in Illinois. Your familiarity with multicultural and traditional counseling models, interventions and family theories will be tested in this subarea. You'll be asked about methods for forming therapeutic relationships with students, ways to adapt your techniques to meet the needs of students and methods for developing short- and long-term interventions.
You'll need to know about Illinois school codes and mental health codes, federal regulations, professional standards and privacy safeguards. Awareness of counseling limitations, ethical codes and confidentiality may also be asked about here.
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