About ILTS Exams
Administered by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois License Testing System (ILTS) exams are used for a variety of teacher certification purposes in the state. These assessments measure the instructional abilities, academic skills and subject-matter knowledge that are needed to teach professionally. Teachers who are seeking initial licensure in Illinois are required to pass ILTS exams, including the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) exam (if they don't meet minimum SAT/ACT score requirements), the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) and one Content Area exam. Academic professionals who are pursuing subject-specific endorsements can do so with the ILTS Content Area exams, which are available in over 40 different subject areas, including school counseling, early childhood education, music, technology education and school psychology. Be sure to check the official ILTS website for specific information regarding licensure requirements that pertain to your academic and professional situation.
The TAP exam contains four subtests (Reading Comprehension, Language Arts, Mathematics and Writing), which can be taken individually or taken together in a 5-hour-long testing session. The Reading Comprehension and Language Arts subtests each contain 60 questions, while the Mathematics section contains a total of 50 questions. The Writing subtest evaluates your writing skills based on one constructed response assignment. A score of 240 is required for each subtest. The APT exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response assignments; you'll have 4 hours and 15 minutes to complete the exam. Note that you may need to take an edTPA assessment instead of the APT depending on when you've completed your educational teaching requirements. The Content Area exam lengths and question amounts can vary between subjects, and you can find specific info about the tests you want to take on the ILTS website.
ILTS exams are delivered in a computer-based format, and you can expect to answer mostly multiple-choice questions. The assessments are offered throughout the year at official testing centers in Illinois and other states. For most ILTS exams, you'll need to achieve a score of 240 or higher in order to pass. These exams are scored on a 100-300 point scale.
We currently offer the following ILTS test preparation courses:
- ILTS Business, Marketing, and Computer Education: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Early Childhood Education: Practice & Study Guide
- ILTS Elementary Education (Grades 1-6): Practice & Study Guide
- ILTS Elementary/Middle Grades: Practice & Study Guide
- ILTS English as a New Language: Practice & Study Guide
- ILTS English Language Arts: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Health Education: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Mathematics: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Music: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Reading Specialist: Practice & Study Guide
- ILTS Reading Teacher: Practice & Study Guide
- ILTS School Counselor: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS School Psychologist: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Science - Biology: Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Science - Chemistry: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Science - Earth and Space Science: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Science - Environmental Science: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Science - Physics: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Social Science - Economics: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Social Science - Geography: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Social Science - History: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Social Science - Political Science: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Social Science - Psychology: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Social Science - Sociology and Anthropology: Test Practice and Study Guide
- ILTS Special Education General Curriculum Test: Practice & Study Guide
- ILTS TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency: Practice & Study Guide
About Study.com ILTS Courses
Our ILTS courses are designed to correspond to the academic subjects and instructional topics that you'll likely encounter on your exams. Our expert instructors have crafted their lessons to tailor to the knowledge you'll need to demonstrate for specific ILTS assessments. As you work through our courses, you'll study short and engaging video lessons that illustrate essential academic terms and concepts. You can watch the lessons on your computer or the Study.com mobile app. When you're finished with a lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to reinforce your understanding of the information. These quizzes can help you identify the concepts you've grasped and the topics you need to review again. If you get a question wrong, your quiz will direct you back to the point in the video lesson where you can find the correct answer.
In addition to the lessons and quizzes, we offer personalized tutoring to help you master the ILTS information. Our Ask the Expert feature allows you to submit any questions you may have. You'll also be able to take our fully dimensional ILTS practice exams, which can help you see how well you understand the concepts you've studied. The practice exams help you get comfortable with the types of questions, difficulty level and content areas on the actual ILTS assessments.
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