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About this Course
Prospective teachers in Illinois will need to meet several requirements before acquiring a license. The Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) has a content-area test in political science that is required for aspiring social and political science teachers. This test measures your proficiency in the subject matter that you'll be teaching in the classroom. The ILTS Social Science: Political Science test has six available test dates throughout the year. This test is a partial-session test, and you can take it in a morning or afternoon test session. Both sessions offer five hours of test-taking time.
As with the other social science tests available, this test is only offered in paper form. If you need to take other content-area tests to meet teaching requirements, you can take up to two partial-session tests on the same day. The political science test has 125 questions in multiple-choice form. Our study guide includes all the material covered on the exam, including:
- Social science research and data evaluation methods
- Historical concepts
- Major events in U.S. and world history
- Common political science terms and theories
- Governmental systems
- Illinois government
This test has four different subareas that will assess your understanding of general social science and history concepts in addition to your knowledge of government and political science. In the broader categories of social science and history, you'll be asked about the functions of law and government, economic systems and structures, geography, human behavior and cultural studies. You'll also be tested on basic methods for teaching social science and government topics. You'll need a solid understanding of historical trends and figures critical to the development of the U.S. and countries throughout the world.
The subareas focused specifically on political science and government will ask you about the primary subjects studied in the field of political science, the characteristics of different governmental systems, political parties, U.S. citizenship and international relations. You'll also need to know about the development of the U.S. Constitution, the Illinois Constitution and the federal and Illinois government structures.
Preparing and Registering for the ILTS Social Science: Political Science
Use our study guide to get a refresher on the main topics covered on the exam. These videos offer engaging lessons on world civilizations, human development, the U.S. federal government, major political philosophers, the election process and public opinion. You'll also get details on the Illinois government's function and organization, responsibilities of citizenship and the historical development of government systems. After reviewing the lessons, you can take the self-assessment quizzes to test your knowledge of the subject matter. These quizzes are in the same format as the questions on the exam.
Registration is available online at any time, seven days a week. However, if you're registering on the deadline date, you'll need to submit your registration by 5pm central time. Deadlines are generally about six weeks before the test. You'll also find late and emergency deadlines closer to the test date, but these require additional fees. To register, you'll create an account and answer some background questions. You'll need to select your test, test date and location, in addition to selecting the schools and institutions that you want to receive your test scores. Once your registration is complete, you'll get a confirmation e-mail. ILTS will also send you an admission ticket via e-mail. You'll need to bring this ticket with you on the day of your test.
Scoring the ILTS Social Science: Political Science
Your score report will show a total test score and scores for the individual subareas. The total test score is on a scale from 100 to 300. To pass, you'll need at least a 240. The subarea scores are also on the same scale, but these scores are used to show you how well you did on each of the subareas. The score report will also indicate if you passed or didn't pass. You should be able to view your score report online about a month after you take the test.
Social Science Foundations
This subarea tests your knowledge of social science inquiry methods and source evaluation, along with general concepts in politics, economics, geography, human behavior and cultures. You'll be asked about the different types of data gathering methods and research questions that scientists in this field use. You should know about ethical methods in research and data interpretation, acceptable ways to organize and present data and useful strategies for teaching social sciences. You should be able to recognize the differences between facts and opinions and compare various sources of data. You'll also need to know how to use cause-and-effect relationships to evaluate research findings and be able to summarize the data you find in multiple source materials.
Questions in this subarea will also cover the methods used to study government, the reasons for government, the different types of political systems and the purpose of different international organizations. You should know common economic terms and be able to compare different economic systems. Be prepared to answer questions on the tools used for geographic inquiry and the theories that are used in the study of human behavior. You'll also need to know about how societies are organized and how social customs and norms affect human behavior.
History Common Core
In this subarea, you'll be tested on the concepts used in the study of history. You could be asked about the applications for chronological thinking or change and continuity, or you might need to describe how historical interpretation can change based on different perspectives. This section is also where you'll need to show your knowledge of historical events and figures. You might be asked about how North America was settled and what religious and political institutions were formed in the early United States. You'll need to describe reasons for different conflicts that took place and how technology has played a role in the changes that have occurred in the U.S. You should be able to describe changes in U.S. society and culture and be able to explain the impact of labor on the development of state and national economies.
Be prepared to discuss the changes that took place from pre-history through the 20th century on a global scale. You'll need to know about characteristics of global societies and early civilizations and might need to explain their rise and fall. You should be familiar with different religious traditions, political and industrial revolutions and ideologies of the 19th and 20th centuries. This section will also test your knowledge of major wars and the relationship between globalization and the world economy.
Political Science Concepts and Thought, Comparative Government and International Relations
This subarea will test your knowledge of major theories and concepts used in the study of political science. You should know about common subjects in this field, including constitutional law and political sociology. You'll need to be able to explain why government exists and how it affects humans at all levels, including nationally and internationally. You'll need to know about the different types of law and how the democratic republican government originated. You might have to assess various historical documents and historical events to explain their relationship to the development of law. You should also be familiar with major political philosophers like Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Mao Tse-tung.
You'll need to be able to compare and contrast historical and contemporary political systems and understand how constitutions work and what their role is in government systems. You'll be asked to compare the U.S. political system to other nations and analyze the executive, legislative and judicial arms of the government. Be prepared to look at the role of government throughout the world and analyze how diplomacy works on an international level and what purposes are served by different international organizations. You could be asked to explain how government policies are impacted by global environmental issues and economic challenges. You should also be familiar with what roles the president and congressional leaders play in foreign relations and how domestic political activity can affect the foreign policy decisions made by the U.S.
United States and Illinois Government
To do well in this subarea, you should know about the major political developments that led to the ratification of the U.S. constitution. Revolutionary period leaders and events that were a part of this process are included here. Be prepared to explain how concepts like checks and balances and popular sovereignty resulted from amendments and activities that occurred after the constitution was ratified. You'll also need to be able to explain in detail the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This could include questions on federalism and separation of powers.
This subarea also asks you about the Illinois constitution and how the Illinois government is organized. You might have to discuss the different branches of government and how responsibilities are shared and what limitations each branch has. You should be able to describe the legislative process and be familiar with the major steps in the process. You'll need to know how lobbyists and bureaucrats work with congressional staff and be able to explain how government agencies develop public policy.
This is also the section where you'll be asked to analyze fiscal and monetary policy and explain how federal regulatory agencies work. You'll need to explain characteristics associated with the different political parties and know about events and individuals who have played a role in political party development. You could be asked about elections, including primaries, general elections and national elections, and you might need to discuss voter registration and the outcomes of elections. You should also know how public policy can be influenced by citizens and interest groups and how public opinion can be manipulated.
You might be asked to describe how state and local governments are organized and what their responsibilities are. You should know about courts, including their purpose and their impact on different forms of government. Questions also cover how federal, state and local governments work together. You'll need to be familiar with the rights that are guaranteed by the U.S. constitution and other entities and historical events. Be prepared to discuss how people balance their rights and their responsibilities and how the constitution is used to expand individual rights. You should also know about major issues like abolitionism and women's suffrage.
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