Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS)
Teacher, School Service Personnel and Administrator Licensure Testing
Five-Time ILTS Test Limit Eliminated
The five-time test limit on all Illinois Licensure Tests (ILTS) has been eliminated. Illinois Administrative Rule 25.720 no longer makes reference to a limit on licensure tests. Examinees may take an ILTS test as many times as necessary to pass. The ILTS website is being updated to reflect the rule change. Beginning June 12, 2014, examinees who have failed a particular ILTS test five times may register to take the test again.
ISBE may accept ACT Plus Writing score reports (minimum composite score of 22 and minimum combined English/Writing score of 19) and SAT score reports (minimum composite on the critical reading + mathematics of 1030 and minimum score on the writing of 450) that are up to 10 years old. The official score report can be no older than 10 years old at the time of submission to ISBE and must include a writing component. Please review the following for more information:
- Administrators (except Principal) and School Support Personnel (10/14)
- Individuals Trained Out of State or Out of Country (10/14)
- Principals (10/14)
- Teachers (10/14)
In addition, Basic Skills (096 and 300) and Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400) scores are also valid for 10 years. The 10-year validity period is determined by the date the test was passed and the date that the fees are processed for the requested certificate or endorsement. The following rules apply:
- If the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400) or the previous Basic Skills test (300 or 096) was required for entry into an approved Illinois preparation program, those scores will be honored beyond the 10 years.
- For individuals not yet enrolled in an approved Illinois preparation program, the score on the BS 300/TAP/ACT/SAT can be no more than 10 years old at the time a candidate begins student teaching or the second semester of internship.
- For individuals prepared out-of-state or out-of-country, the BS 300/TAP/ACT/SAT score can be no more than 10 years old at the time of application for an Illinois license.
- Individuals who previously passed the Illinois Basic Skills test or TAP and who were issued an Illinois certificate are not required to pass the TAP for any subsequent license or endorsement.
- Please note: Individuals may not receive their ILTS test scores if an incorrect social security number was used when registering for an ILTS test.
- Fact Sheet about the Assessment of Professional Teaching - APT Test (Updated 1/13)
- Fact Sheet about the Special Education General Curriculum Test (SEGC) (Updated 1/13)
- Policy for Composition of Passing Score Panels for Educator Certification/Licensure Exams
- The Relationship between Illinois Basic Skills test results and ACT scores: Updated Analysis (May, 2012)
- Timeline and Requirements for Educator Testing (August, 2014)
Test Registration Information
Information About the Content of Tests
- Test Frameworks and Preparation Materials for Illinois Licensure Tests
- Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Preparation Resources (1/13)
- Study Guides
- Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (formerly known as the Test of Basic Skills)
- Basic Skills Testing Data - Testing Results (PDF Format)
- General Assembly Report: ICTS Basic Skills and Content Area Test Pass Rate Summary: Initial and Cumulative
- Cumulative Pass Rate Summary on the Basic Skills Test by Ethnicity
- Institutional Pass Rate Summary of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
- Institutional Pass Rate Summary on the Basic Skills Test
- ICTS Summary of Aggregate Examinee Performance (PDF format)
- Title II State and Institution Report Cards