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If you're considering a career teaching geography to students in Illinois, you'll need to test your knowledge of the subject matter with a content area exam, which is available from the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS). This exam is just one of the requirements you'll need to fulfill in order to earn your teaching license in this state. The social science geography test is considered a partial-session test and you'll have the option of completing the test in a morning or afternoon session; either way, you'll have five hours of test-taking time. This paper-based test is offered six times throughout the year and has 125 multiple-choice questions that you'll be expected to answer.
Refresh your knowledge of the concepts addressed on the test using this study guide. The study guide has video lessons and quizzes that cover all of the main topics on the test, including:
- Social science definitions and main concepts
- Historical trends
- Major historical events and figures
- World geography
- Geography's influence on contemporary issues
This test has three main areas that cover these important concepts necessary for teaching geography and social sciences to students. You'll be tested on the foundations of social science, including inquiry methods, data sources and analysis, political concepts, government systems, economic theories and human behavior concepts. Foundational questions will also cover cultural studies and general geographical concepts. Solid core knowledge of history is also needed to teach this subject, so prepare to be tested on common historical terms and how history is interpreted. You should also be familiar with major turning points and ideas that dominate U.S. history along with the individuals and trends that characterize world history.
You'll see questions on your specific topic of geography, including geographic vocabulary and methods. You should know about physical features of the earth, cultural patterns and human characteristics that dominate different regions of the globe, population distribution and the earth's relationship with humans. Resource distribution patterns and usage, global interdependence and political issues associated with world geography will also be tested here.
Preparing and Registering for the ILTS Social Science - Geography
Utilize the tools available in our study guide to get ready for this test. The guide's video lessons and self assessment quizzes offer complete coverage of topics like the five themes of geography, components of the earth's physical systems, human characteristics of places, regional population distribution and ecosystems. You'll find all the details you need to succeed on this test, including engaging lessons in the concentration of natural resources, how natural hazards affect humans, resource policy decisions and population growth theories.
ILTS offers online registration for this test. You'll create an account, provide the required personal information and make your payment. You'll then choose the test you plan to take and select your test date and location. Be sure you've made a decision about which schools you want to see your scores, since this is the time when you'll include that information. Within about 24 hours of registration, you'll get a confirmation of registration, but your admission ticket won't be available until your registration is processed. The deadlines for registering for your test are about six weeks from the test date, so be sure to confirm the deadline before you register. If you miss the regular deadline, you can register late or during the emergency registration period for an additional fee.
Scoring the ILTS Social Science - Geography
All content area tests, including this geography test, have a scoring range of 100 to 300. To pass, you'll need a 240 or higher. The test score you receive is based on the number of questions that you were able to answer correctly.
Social Science Foundations
This subarea has seven different categories of questions related to the foundations of social science. You'll want to have knowledge of how source materials are used by scientists during the inquiry process and what the correct methods are for arranging gathered research. You could be asked to show how you would outline your research findings and what formats are used when presenting this data. Of course, you'll also need to be familiar with appropriate methods for teaching social science. You should be able to identify primary and secondary sources of data and the most appropriate methods for checking the credibility of these sources. Your ability to analyze different points of view and find the main question in a written work will also be tested.
You'll need to be familiar with common government features and able to explain how different levels of government are organized. You might be asked about economic characteristics common in global and U.S. economies and the different types of economic systems that function worldwide. This section will test you on methods for learning about different environments and regions across the globe and how people in various global regions are perceived by individuals in different cultures. You'll want to have knowledge of human behavior theories, factors that influence behavior and personality theories. Finally, you could be asked about common methods for studying cultures and the organization of societies.
History Common Core
As a teacher, you'll need to be familiar with common historical terms and methods for comparison, which you'll be tested on here. Be prepared to explain concepts like chronological thinking and historical interpretation and how local historical events are compared to bigger themes in history. In addition to being able to discuss major historical events in the U.S., you'll need to describe important figures in U.S. history, political and socioeconomic institutions, reasons for different conflicts and changing labor roles in this country. You'll also need to be able to discuss economic development and the creation of political systems in Illinois.
World history is a critical element of this subarea, so you'll need knowledge of prominent leaders and rulers around the world, how civilizations transformed throughout different periods and characteristics of various global societies. This section tests your knowledge of the beliefs that characterize major world philosophies, the effects of imperialism and decolonization, various ideologies of the 19th and 20th centuries and reasons for the two world wars.
World Geography and Its Influence on Contemporary Issues
This subarea is where you'll be tested on critical geographic methods and features. You'll need to be able to use maps, charts and newer technologies to answer questions on population distributions and systems of the earth. You'll have to explain key concepts, like spatial behavior and patterns, and describe how various regional systems are connected. You should know about the earth's physical features like landmasses and major bodies of water. You might be asked about climate types, the earth's physical systems and the Earth-sun relationship. Cultural patterns and the influence of culture on humans in different regions will also be covered here. You'll need to answer questions on how regions are characterized by social and cultural influences and how those influences can affect a person's perception of specific regions.
Population distributions across the globe and in smaller regions are also topics for this subarea. You should know about human migration and the reasons it takes place, how migration affects the earth and why spatial variations occur. You could be asked to describe different settlements and cities and explain the effects of urbanization. Be prepared to analyze different ecosystems, including what characterizes them and how they are distributed. You'll need to be able to discuss ecosystems in relation to environmental concerns and what role human activity plays on changes in physical environments. Environmental issues and natural hazards are also covered here.
You'll be asked about resource distribution and what factors are responsible for the location of different resources. You should know what role resource distribution played in colonization and settlement of global regions and be able to assess the reasons for resource demand in the U.S. and globally. Be prepared to discuss policy decisions as they relate to global resources and how land development and use is related to political and economic factors. You should also know about contemporary concerns related to the use of resources. You'll be asked to classify different economic systems and explain how geography has affected global trade, and you'll need to be familiar with the concepts of economic interdependence and self-sufficiency. You'll also be tested on geopolitical developments, territory divisions that are based on politics, regional alliances, and formation of new states. This section will test your understanding of the distribution of resources and how it can cause conflict.
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