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Course SummaryReview topics in world history, human development, cognition and learning and more with this Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Social Science - Psychology exam study guide course. Our interesting video lessons and self-assessment quizzes cover all the topics you'd expect to find on the test and can be accessed on any mobile device at any time to help you prepare.
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About the Course
One of the requirements for becoming a psychology teacher in Illinois is passing a subject matter exam offered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS). You'll see 125 multiple choice questions on this exam, which assesses your knowledge of the larger area of social science and your specific content area, psychology. Before you take the test, you'll want to brush up on the main concepts and objectives that will be covered. Use the video lessons and quizzes in our study guide to help you prepare for this exam. Concepts addressed in the lessons are the same as those on the test and include:
- Social science theory
- U.S. government and politics
- World history
- Religions of the world
- U.S. history from 1800 to the 21st century
- Illinois state history
- Human development
- Biology and behavior
- Individual differences
- Cognition and learning
- Psychological disorders and treatments
- Social psychology
Divided into four subareas, the test uses the first two subareas to cover the basics of social science research and history. These concepts are required for all aspiring teachers heading into the social science field. In the first subarea, you'll be tested on the common tools and methods used in research and inquiry, along with questions on teaching methodologies, analysis of research findings, political and economic concepts and geographic inquiry.
As you head into the second subarea, you'll see questions on historical events, perspectives and terms. Questions will cover major U.S. and global historical trends. The third subarea focuses on human development and behavior, covering developmental and psychological theories. You'll also be tested on such concepts as sensation, perception, learning and thinking. In the final subarea, you'll answer questions about personality, states of consciousness, psychological disorders and social psychology.
ILTS Social Science - Psychology Preparation and Registration
As you begin your preparations for the exam, you'll find useful tools in this study guide. Video lessons cover all the topics you'll find on the exam. These engaging lessons are each accompanied by a quiz. Watch the videos and check your knowledge of the subject matter with the quizzes, or use the quizzes to get familiar with the types of questions asked on the ILTS exam.
The psychology exam is only available as a paper-based exam, and you'll be able to choose from six different test dates offered each year. The regular registration deadline varies from two to five weeks before the test date, but you can also find late and emergency registration deadlines for an extra fee. Tests can be taken at 14 different test areas. Registration takes place online, where you'll create an account and provide some personal information, including your social security number. Payment is due at registration, when you'll also be asked to choose the test you want to take, your test date and your testing site. This is also the time to select which schools or organizations you want to receive your test scores. You'll get a confirmation e-mail within about 24 hours of registration and an admission ticket once your registration is processed.
On the day of the test, you'll need to bring your printed admission ticket and one form of photo identification. Be sure to bring plenty of #2 pencils, since the site doesn't hand them out to test takers.
ILTS Social Science - Psychology Exam Scoring
You'll receive a scaled score for your test with a scoring range of 100 to 300. A score of at least 240 is required to pass this test. This score is determined by the total number of questions you answer correctly. You'll also get a score for each subarea, but this information is only used to provide you with an assessment of your performance in those areas. You can access your score report online about a month after you take the test.
Social Science Foundations
The test questions in this subarea cover materials and methods used by social scientists. Questions on the gathering of social science data and research procedures are also found here. You'll be asked how behavioral sciences, economics, history and political science are connected and how to present research findings. You should be familiar with primary and secondary sources of information and be able to determine their credibility. You'll also need to know how to contrast different points of view and evaluate materials like maps, charts and tables.
You may also be tested on concepts like political socialization, government functions, international organizations, public policy, economic theories and systems and U.S. and global economies. You should know about the tools used to gather information on people and places and be able to analyze the effect of culture on human perceptions. The impact of science and technology on the physical world and global interdependence are also covered, along with cultural theories, social interactions and social organizations. You might be asked about some general aspects of human development and behavior in this section, such as cognition and development, theories of learning and motivation and personality theory.
History Common Core
In this section of the exam, you'll be asked to demonstrate your knowledge of major historical events in the U.S. and the world; you'll also need to be able to define key historical terms. You should know about the different perspectives and interpretations of historical events and be able to explain words like chronological thinking, periodization and historical context.
You'll want a refresher on North American migrations, settlements in North America and U.S. political and religious institutions. You might be asked about social and economic tensions and resulting conflicts in the U.S., reasons for the creation of a 2-party system and constitutional government and primary Illinois political institutions. You should be aware of how the U.S. is involved in world affairs, how technological changes have impacted U.S. society and the reasons for major events and policy changes in the U.S. Of course, you'll also want to know about the development of Illinois economies and how the role of labor has changed within the state and the country.
World history is also covered in this subarea, with questions on societal progression and evolution of Asian, American and African societies. The change from hunter-gatherer societies to agricultural societies, the rise and fall of ancient civilizations and the political and economic characteristics of medieval societies are all covered here. You'll need to be familiar with major religious traditions of the world and be prepared to answer questions on the religious, scientific, political and industrial revolutions that took place from 1450 to 1850. The test covers major events, developments and ideologies of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as liberalism, Marxism, communism, the Holocaust and world wars. Consequences of economic development, technology's impact on the environment, cultural legacies and globalization are also covered in this subarea.
Human Development and Behavior
This subarea focuses on your chosen subject area, and you'll be tested on major concepts like cognitive, emotional and social development theories, the connections between these major theories and the relationship between biological and environmental factors and human development. You'll be asked to explain how psychological theories are analyzed and what impact personal and environmental factors have on individual differences. The exam will test your knowledge of the components and functions of the nervous system and endocrine system, and you'll need to be familiar with brain anatomy and the relationships between memory, perception and behavior.
You should be comfortable explaining how humans respond to sensory stimuli, the differences between sensation and perception and how the brain creates meaning. The exam questions might ask about alternate learning views, operant and classical conditioning principles, cognitive learning types, decision making strategies and problem solving methods. You should know about language and thought relationships, language acquisition methods and what roles biology and culture play in learning.
Personality Theories, Mental Health and Social Behavior
In this subarea, you'll be asked about personality theories like psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioral theories. You should know about the tools used to assess personality and understand how family and peer influences affect an individual's identity development. Theories on motivation and the factors that affect motivation are also tested here. You'll want to be familiar with emotions and how emotions affect behavior and cognition. Stress and coping is also addressed here, with questions on stress stages, psychological reactions to stress, methods for handling stress and coping behaviors.
You might be asked about states of consciousness, hypnosis and meditation, sleep stages and dream theories. This subarea will test your knowledge of psychoactive drugs, abnormal behavior characteristics, treatments for psychological disorders and ethical guidelines for treatments. You'll also need a thorough understanding of social psychology, including familiarity with key terms like altruism, competition, attitude formation and aggression. The test covers group behavior, formal and informal groups and the relationship between individuals and groups.
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