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State of Illinois Testing Requirements

Teacher Candidates:

To be licensed by the State of Illinois, teacher candidates must receive passing scores on a minimum of three tests prepared by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ELIS).  It consists of three parts:

  1. Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) formerly known as the Basic Skills test (typically required at a time of admissions for teacher preparation)  Instructions for submitting proof of completion.
  2. Content-Area test in the major discipline:
    1. Required at the time of admission for MEd Secondary Education majors
    2. All other programs require the exam prior to student teaching
  3. An Assessment of Professional Teaching test, endorsement level specific (required prior to issuance of the license)
    1. Early Childhood - Birth to Grade 3
    2. Elementary - K-9
    3. Secondary - 6-12
    4. Special (Foreign Language and Special Education) - K-12

Special Education majors are required to pass a fourth test, the Special Education General Curriculum Test, prior to issuance of the license.

Foreign Language - Spanish, French, Italian - content areas must also pass the Oral Proficiency Interview.

Teacher candidates should consult their advisor for the appropriate time to take each test.

Advanced Licenses:

All programs require a Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) formerly known as Basic Skills (if not previously taken for an Illinois license) and a Content Exam by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ELIS).  Check with individual programs for testing requirements.

Out-of-State Licenses
The TAP test is required for all subsequent endorsements (early childhood, elementary, secondary, special education, principal, etc.) if you were issued an Illinois license based on passing another state's test of basic skills.  Section 25.720

Illinois Basic Skills Testing Requirement

ACT/SAT Scores Substitute for TAP

Candidates for admission to licensure programs may apply using the ACT/SAT scores that meet the following requirements:

Candidates who wish to apply the ACT/SAT scores must:

Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) Preparation

ICCB basic skills test preparation for TAP is managed by the Illinois Community College Board.

The BST-Prep's purpose is to assist education students in becoming familiar with the Illinois Learning Standards and to develop the competencies necessary to successfully pass the TAP test. This study guide is divided into 18 different lessons.  Each lesson provides users with detailed information about each standard and learning activities that will reinforce the concepts being presented.  In addition, there are learning reviews and a post test which closely resembles the TAP.

Other links provided by Western Illinois University:

Additional test preparation: