Three Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) tests are required and must be passed in order to progress in your program. Click the links below to learn more about each test.
Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) - Required for Advanced Standing
Content Area Tests - Required for Student Teaching
Assessment of Professional Teaching - Required for Graduation
Registration: Register for each test at least six weeks prior to the test date. Follow this link to the ILTS registration page. If you have any trouble, you can get help by stopping by or calling the Academic Success Center at (773) 325-1652.
Test Sessions: There are two 5-hour test sessions on each test date. The morning session begins at 7:15 a.m. and lasts until approximately 1 p.m. The afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. and lasts until approximately 7:15 p.m. You will be assigned to either one or both test sessions according to the number and type of tests for which you register. Computer-based tests are administered by appointment. All tests, aside from the Test of Academic Proficiency, are 3 hours and 45 minutes long. The TAP is 2 hours and 30 minutes for one subtest or 5 hours for all four subtests.
Paper-Based or Computer-Based Testing: Students may elect to take the paper exam for the Assessment of Professional Teaching and Content Area tests. Computer-based testing is available for the Early Childhood Education (107), Elementary/Middle Grades (110), English Language Arts (111), Learning Behavior Specialist I (155), Mathematics (115), Special Education General Curriculum (163) and Test of Academic Proficiency (400) exams. The TAP is only available as a computer-based test. The computer sessions are great for students who prefer to type the essay portion of their exams, excel when presented with only one question at a time, are more comfortable with a computer or wish to take the exam on a day when paper testing is not offered.
Test Dates: Test dates are available here. Test dates are for the paper exams only. Computer-based testing is available year-round by appointment
Cost per Test: Test fees range from $30 to $99. A registration processing fee of $26 is assessed for each test administered. Computer-based content-area tests cost an additional $84 per test. There is no additional fee for the computer-based Test of Academic Proficiency. The ILTS Fees page lists updated information on fees and payment policies.
On the testing date think about the following:
- Be sure to get to sleep early the night before. Most tests take place early in the morning, and you want to be well rested.
- Allow plenty of time to arrive and park at the test site.
- If you have pockets or a purse, bring water and a small snack. The testing period is long, and its best not to be worried about hunger or thirst.
- You have 5 hours, so do not feel like you have to rush.
- Cell phones will be confiscated. Leave it in your car or at home.
- Bring a jacket or sweatshirt. Testing rooms are often chilly.
- Go in with a strategy. Decide which sections of your test you will complete first, and the best plan of attack.
Khan Academy: An excellent resource that covers a variety of specific topics, including math. It includes videos to learn the material and then practice questions. It also includes test preparation materials for several exams, including the SAT. Click here to visit Khan Academy.
Brain Pop: A useful resource when studying for the elementary content test. Click here to visit Brain Pop.
Longsdale Publishing: A great resource when studying for the TAP. It includes full length tests for the math, language arts, and reading sections of the TAP. After the tests are completed, basic explanations of the questions are provided as well as a score breakdown for each subarea. Click here to visit Longsdale Publishing.
Note: In order to access Brain Pop and Longsdale Publishing a password is required in order to log in. The password is available to DePaul students by calling the ASC at (773) 325-1652 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 us at email@example.com.