Finding Illinois TAP Testing Centers

Instructor: Bill Sands
The Test of Advanced Proficiency (TAP) is a computer-based test that is used to gain acceptance into a teacher education program. Read on for more information on how to find test sites and secure a seat at the location closest to you.

How to Find a TAP Test Site

The Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) is offered at multiple locations across the state including college campuses and educational departments. The TAP is administered by Pearson Education, and this company's website features a helpful search engine that you can use to find the nearest site. The search engine operates using zip codes and city names, so simply enter your address, and you should be able to find locations near you.

If you are a member of the armed forces, you may also search for testing sites located on military bases. These sites are only open to authorized personnel and citizens who don't have permission to enter the base will be prohibited from entering the testing site. You will also be marked as a 'No Show' on your test report, and your test fee will not be refunded.

Once you've found a suitable location, you can reserve a seat by completing the registration process.

TAP Registration

The registration process begins when you open an account with the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS). All you'll need to provide is your email address, a password, a security question and answer, and standard biographical information such as your name and address. If you have previously taken an ILTS exam and already possess an account, you can use this account a second time instead of creating a new one.

After you create your account, you may then log in and select the 'schedule' button to set a date for your exam. It is during this stage that you can select your testing site. Assuming your payment is successfully processed, you will be registered for the exam. You will receive a confirmation email to remind you of your testing location, date, and time.

Though there are no rigid registration deadlines, you should register for the TAP as soon as you know you intend to sit for it. Seats might fill up quickly, and if you wait too long, the closest testing site may become unavailable, and you will have to either choose a different (and more distant) testing location or push your test date back to a later time.

Studying for the TAP

Once you've chosen a location for your TAP, you'll need to focus on studying for the assessment itself. has several advanced-level courses that can help you get ready. These courses include engaging activities such as interactive quizzes and video lessons.

This Illinois TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency: Practice & Study Guide is an excellent starting point. This guide includes over 170 lessons and covers a wide range of topics found on the exam. also has several other courses that, while not directly related to the TAP exam, will help you brush up on essential skills. For example, these Math Flashcards focus on many of the same mathematical concepts that appear on the TAP such as algebra and geometry.

Since all of courses are mobile-friendly, instead of using a computer, you can also access our resources on your tablet or smartphone.