Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)

The Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly the Basic Skills Test) consists of 170 multiple-choice questions in reading comprehension, language arts (grammar and writing), and mathematics; and a written essay assignment. Given the high stakes nature of this test, we urge you to be prepared. Sitting repeatedly for a test will be costly.

Required for Advanced Standing. Students cannot take Advanced Standing courses without passing this test, so take it as soon as possible:

Undergraduate Freshmen During 1st year at DePaul
Undergraduate Transfers During 1st quarter at DePaul
Graduate Students During 1st quarter at DePaul

Unlimited Attempts. Students can take this test up to ten years prior to the issuance of a teaching certificate. Effective May 6, 2014, there will be no limit to the number of attempts for the same ILTS test. If you pass some sections but not others, you may “bank” the passes in those sections and not retake them. Do not repeat the test without taking measures to remediate the areas of weakness.

For more details about each section of the test and additional resources and practice tests, use the links below:

ACT/SAT in Lieu of TAP

Applicants seeking admission to an approved Illinois educator preparation program can submit official ACT/SAT score reports in lieu of a passing score on the TAP.


If you wish to apply for admission to the DePaul College of Education using an ACT/SAT score, you must complete the steps indicated below for your intended program of study: Can't find what you are looking for? For more information, you can visit the ISBE Licensure Site.

Prepare for the TAP

Review the Test Framework. Start with the ILTS web site. The TAP Test Framework provides information on the content covered on the basic skills test in the areas of Reading Comprehension, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Writing. The framework is a great starting point to prepare for the test.

Take the Online Diagnostic Practice Test. The practice test web page also includes a tutorial on how to navigate through the practice test, how the test is scored, and correct answer explanations for the multiple-choice questions.

Use the Basic Skills Preparation Online System.  An interactive, web-based curriculum that contains content, examples, and questions for reading comprehension, language arts, and mathematics. It helps you identify your areas of strength and those in which you still need work.

Use the Longsdale ICTS Online Course and Practice Tests. This online course contains instruction and practice tests for the three subareas of the TAP: Reading, Language Arts, and Mathematics. Instructions for registering for this course and practice test are available from the ASC in SAC 303.

Use mymath.com. This math-specific online program offers a basic skill pretest, along with video tutorials to review weak areas, and a basic skills post test.

Online Resources

Do you need more practice? Check out this more extensive list of online study guides and practice tests.

ASC Workshops & Tutoring

Workshops. Multiple workshops are offered for each test area. See our calendar of dates and times or pick one up in person at 2247 N Halsted, Room 270.

Tutoring. Individual assistance is available and free for students who have attended workshops and/or completed the Longsdale ICTS online course. Current DePaul students can make appointments by calling the ASC at 773-325-1652 or emailing asc@depaul.edu.