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Assessment of Professional Teaching

The Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) consists of 120 multiple choice questions and two written essays. The content covered by the APT is organized into six subareas:
  • Human Development, Characteristics of Learners, Diversity, and Assessment
  • Planning and Delivering Instruction
  • Managing the Learning Environment
  • Collaboration, Communication, and Professionalism
  • Language Arts
  • Educational Technology

If you have any questions regarding the APT test, please email with "APT" in the subject line.

Test Versions. The APT is offered in four versions. Each version has the same format, but is adapted for the age/grade range covered by the certificate. Be sure to register for the version of the test that is appropriate for the type of certificate being earned:

  • Early Childhood #101
  • Elementary #102
  • Secondary # 103
  • K-12 # 104 (Dual Certification, Physical Education, World Languages)

Preparing for the Test. The best study material for the APT is your clinical observation in the classroom. Take note of how situations are handled involving discipline, adapting lesson plans for special needs students, keeping classroom order, and strategies for teaching, learning, and collaborative grouping. The written essay prompts usually supply a specific Illinois Learning Goal or classroom scenario and ask you to what you would teach/do, how you would teach/do it, and why. Below are two samples that exemplify the qualities APT graders are looking for in essays.

Important Test Update

Beginning September 1, 2014 ISBE is planning to combine all APT tests into a single test that will cover grade ranges Pre-K through 12. All individuals taking the APT after September 1st will be required to take this new version of the test, regardless of when they began their program.

The new test will only be offered as a computer based test. The paper based test that is divided into specific grade ranges will last be offered July 12, 2014. Individuals can take the APT test at any time during their program; however, it is recommended that they take it just prior to student teaching as education courses prepare students with the material covered on the test.

For more information on upcoming test dates, visit the ILTS Testing Website.

Online Resources

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