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Licensure Tests

You are required to take different licensure tests depending on which license you are pursuing and which program you are in. This chart will help you to determine which tests you are required to take for your program and license.

Early Childhood Education TAP, Early Childhood test (#107), APT Pre-K-12  (#188)
Elementary Education TAP, Elementary test (#110), APT Pre-K-12 (#188)​​
Secondary Education TAP, Content test in your subject area (biology,  English, history, math, social science, etc), Pre-K-12 APT (#188)
Physical Education TAP, PE test (#144), Pre-K-12 APT (#188)
Special Education (LBS1)
TAP, LBS1 (Learning and Behavior Specialist 1) test (#155), Special Ed General Curriculum test (#163), Pre-K-12 APT (#188)
World Language Education (WLE)
TAP, Content test in your subject area, Pre-K-12 APT (#188), Oral Proficiency Interview
Special & Elementary Education (SEE)
TAP, LBS1 ( Learning and Behavioral Specialist 1) test (#155), Elementary test (#110), Special Ed General Curriculum test (#163), Pre-K-12 APT (#188)
School Counseling
TAP, School Counselor Test (#181)
Reading Specialist
TAP, Reading Specialist test (176), Pre-K-12 APT (#188)
TAP, Principal Instructional Leader Test (#195 & #196)
TAP, Superintendent Test (#187)

Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)

The TAP (400) consists of four independently scored subtests:

  • Reading Comprehension (401): 60 multiple choice questions
  • Language Arts (grammar and writing) (402): 60 multiple choice questions 
  • Mathematics (403): 50 multiple choice questions
  • Writing (404): 1 constructed response writing assignment

Registration: The TAP (400) is administered only as a computer-based test. You may register for all four subtests in one test session or for each subtest independently. If you are retaking a subtest, you can register for just that one subtest and do not have to retake the entire exam.

Passing the test: A passing score on each subtest is required to pass the TAP. Passing subtest scores will be banked, such that candidates will only need to complete subtests they have not yet passed.

Attempts: Each attempt of one or more TAP subtests counts toward the ILTS Test Attempt Limit Policy of five attempts per test to retake the test regardless of when the test was taken. More information on the TAP can be found at

Students who have passed the Illinois Basic Skills Test do not have to take the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Please contact your advisor if you have any questions.

ACT Plus Writing/ SAT in lieu of TAP

ISBE may accept official ACT plus writing and SAT score reports in lieu of the TAP if they meet the following requirements.


  • ACT plus Writing score reports: 
    • Prior to 9/1/15 - Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing  portion
    • 9/1/15 and later - Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 on the Writing portion.
  • SAT score reports:
    • Composite score of 1030 (critical reading + mathematics = 1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on writing. 
    • All score must be from one test administration taken on the same date.
  • The writing subtest must have been taken for each test; however, the writing score is not included in the composite score requirement for either test. Official score reports that reflect a score less than listed above or lack a writing component cannot be used for issuance of an Illinois license or endorsement.

If you want to use your ACT plus writing or SAT score reports in lieu of taking the TAP you must follow the instructions located on the ISBE website. Click here for the instructions. 

Secondary Science & Social Science Tests 

The tests for all secondary science majors have two parts: general science (consisting of questions on biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and space science) and a more in-depth test on your specific major. This is taken as one single test with two parts.

Secondary majors in all areas of the social sciences must take a two-part test: general social sciences (consisting of history, geography, political science, economics, anthropology, sociology and psychology) and a more in-depth test on your specific major. All social science majors must take the social science- history test to qualify for the license. ( Social Science- History test #114) ​