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About the Course
A passing score on an ILTS (Illinois Licensure Testing System) content area exam is one of the prerequisites for a physics teacher license in Illinois. This physics test is paper-based and contains 125 multiple-choice questions. You can use this study guide to prepare for the exam by reviewing the following topics:
- Science and technology
- Life science
- Physical science
- Earth systems and the universe
- Physics skills, motion, forces, and waves
- Heat, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics
These six subareas address topics ranging from experiment design and types of lab equipment to theories of relativity and quantum mechanics. To pass the exam, you'll need the ability to read scientific charts and graphs. You'll also be tested on your knowledge of cell structure, heredity, and the evolutionary history of plants and animals. Ecosystems and biomes, energy types, atomic structure, chemistry, and electromagnetism are also among the topics covered in the exam. You should also be familiar with the Earth's atmospheric, water, and soil systems. Additionally, you'll want to develop the math skills necessary to solve equations associated with planar motion.
ILTS Science - Physics Exam Preparation and Registration
You can prepare for the ILTS physics exam by watching our video lessons. Instructors outline the same topics covered on the exam, and the quizzes allow you to review the material. These resources could help you study areas you're unfamiliar with and give you an idea of what the multiple-choice questions look like on the exam.
Register for the exam by creating an online account containing your contact and personal information. You'll also be asked to select a statement that best describes your education background. After providing this information, you can select a test, exam date, and location as well as the agencies you'd like to receive your scores. You'll need to confirm your registration before this process is complete. You should also receive an admission ticket to take with you on test day.
The ILTS paper-based exams are given six times a year. Regular registration deadlines vary, though they frequently range from just shy of two weeks to around a month and a half before the exam date. Late and emergency registration deadlines are available if you're willing to pay the additional fees. Applicants who choose emergency registration have the added option of being able to phone in their information up to four days prior to the test.
ILTS Science - Physics Exam Scoring
You can access your exam scores around one month after the test. They'll be available through your online account for up to 45 days, during which time you can print or save the results. Points are awarded for correct answers, and you'll need a score of 240 out of a possible 300 points to qualify for licensure in Illinois.
Science and Technology
To successfully answer questions in this subarea, you'll need to be familiar with the steps required to conduct and defend a scientific investigation. You should be able to develop a hypothesis, identify biases in scientific research, and evaluate scientific claims presented by the media. The processes involved in scientific breakthroughs and ways this new information affects society are also covered.
Some of the questions in the life science subarea ask you to identify the function of structures found in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. You'll also want to brush up on your knowledge of gene expression, Mendel's laws, and the scientific evidence supporting evolutionary theory. Questions about the human body's various tissues and organ systems are also included on this part of the exam. Factors influencing an ecosystem's biodiversity and the ways in which humans interact with the environment are discussed as well.
Physical science questions will test your knowledge of the characteristics of radiant, nuclear, thermal, and electrical energies - to name a few. The roles atomic structure play in chemical reactions are also covered, along with kinetic theory and concepts like force and inertia. You'll also need to be able to recognize properties of electric and electromagnetic forces and the characteristics of waves.
Earth Systems and the Universe
Answering questions in this subarea requires an awareness of how the components making up the Earth's structure are affected by earthquakes, climate shifts, and other natural phenomena. This part of the exam also asks you to be familiar with planetary orbits and the properties of asteroids, comets, and black holes. You should also be able to recall the theories and scientific evidence that explain the origin of the universe.
Physics Skills, Motion, Forces, and Waves
Some of these questions are used to determine if you know how to safely use lab equipment when designing and conducting experiments in the classroom. A large part of exam questions in this subarea also assess your ability to use calculus, statistics, and algebra to determine rectilinear and angular displacement, acceleration, velocity, and other mathematical problems concerning planar motion. You should also be ready to apply laws of universal gravitation and describe how characteristics, like frequency and wavelength, can be used to predict the behavior of sound, light, and electromagnetic waves.
Heat, Electricity, Magnetism, and Modern Physics
Questions in this last subarea will ask you to use kinetic-molecular theory and the laws of thermodynamics to discuss the thermal properties of various states of matter. You should also be able to read electric field diagrams and circuit diagrams, analyze alternating and direct current circuits, and recognize the ways electric charges and magnetic fields interact. The quantum mechanics used to describe the atomic structure of radioactive materials and their relationships with matter are also covered by these types of exam questions.
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