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Assessment of Professional Teaching

The Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) is a computer-based test that 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.

​​​The APT test (188) is now COMPREHENSIVE and covers pre-K through grade 12. This comprehensive APT test (188) replaces the four levels of the previous APT: Birth to Grade 3 (101), Grades K-9 (102), Grades 6-12 (103), and Grades K-12 (104).

Students 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.

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.

Online Resources

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

For more information on upcoming test dates and test center locations, visit the ILTS Testing Website​.