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About the Course
To work as a public school earth and space science teacher in Illinois, you need to pursue certification through the Illinois State Board of Education. Part of this process includes passing the 125 multiple-choice-question Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Science - Earth and Space Science content area test. Some of the questions on this test require that you use a scientific calculator; however, you are not permitted to bring your own to the test site. Instead, one will be provided for you.
We have produced this earth and space science study guide to help you prepare for the ILTS Science - Earth and Space Science content area test. In addition to learning about scientific inquiry and ways to apply scientific knowledge, you'll explore cell structure, fundamentals of thermodynamics and humans' impact on Earth. You'll also examine the periodic table of elements and get an introduction to nuclear chemistry. Other topics covered in this study guide include the following:
- Heredity and evolution
- Characteristics and life functions of organisms
- The atom and matter
- Chemical bonds and reactions
- Weather and storms
- Historical evolution of Earth
- Renewable resources
- Stars, galaxies and the universe
- Astronomy and space exploration
The questions on this content area test focus on six subareas: science and technology, life science, physical science, Earth systems and the universe, the Earth and atmosphere, and astronomy. Additionally, you'll have to answer core knowledge questions that cover all science fields.
ILTS Science - Earth and Space Science Preparation and Registration
Professional educators with experience in earth and space science have developed this study guide. You can watch our brief video presentations and read through the accompanying transcripts as you prepare for the ILTS Science - Earth and Space Science content area test. To make sure you fully comprehend the information presented, take the self-assessment quizzes that complement each lesson.
The earth and space science content area test is only given in a paper-based format; therefore, testing dates are limited. As of 2013-2014, the test was offered in morning and afternoon sessions on a select Saturday in February, April, June, July, September and November. Regular registration must be completed online, and it closes approximately six weeks before your test date. Late and emergency registration are available for an added fee.
ILTS Science - Earth and Space Science Scoring
Scores for the ILTS Science - Earth and Space Science content area test will be available online approximately four weeks after your test date. Your score will automatically be sent to the Illinois State Board of Education. During the registration process, you also can request that it be sent to school districts or other institutions, such as your alma mater.
ILTS content area tests are scored on a scale of 100 to 300, with 240 being the minimum to qualify for certification. Your test report will include your total score, as well as a breakdown of how you performed in each of the following subareas:
Science and Technology
This section of the test measures your knowledge of scientific inquiry, including the appropriate processes and tools. Questions also might surround your understanding of technological design; accepted scientific practices, such as hypotheses, laws and theories; and unifying concepts of the sciences, like organization, systems and constancy. Additionally, you might be asked about the relationship between science and technology and society.
Topics covered in this section might include cell structure and function, heredity and biological evolution, and characteristics of organisms. Questions also might focus on ways organisms interact, both with other organisms and within their environment.
In this section of the test, you'll be asked about the characteristics and nature of various forms of energy, including acoustical, chemical, electrical, nuclear and thermal, among others. You'll also need to know about the structure of matter, including parts of an atom. Other topics that might be addressed in this subarea include the forces and motion of electricity, magnetism and waves.
Earth Systems and the Universe
Questions in this subarea revolve around Earth's systems, including atmospheric, land and water. You'll need to know about dynamic forces that affect these systems and understand the motion of universal objects, including the moon, planets, sun and stars. You also might face questions about the big bang theory and other theories related to the universe's origin.
The Earth and Atmosphere
This subarea comprises questions on Earth's geologic processes, including earthquakes and thermal convection, and the evolution of Earth's features and creatures. You might be asked about energy transfer in the atmospheric, land and water systems, as well as atmospheric and hydrospheric processes. Additional questions might focus on the relationship between humans and the Earth.
Questions about the planets and other objects in the solar system make up this subarea. Other topics that might be covered include tools and technologies used to explore space, types of stars and stages of stellar evolution.
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