Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) -
Teacher, School Service Personnel and Administrator Licensure Testing
- Update to Experience Required to Waive edTPA
(Effective 8/9/16 - Posted 8/30/16)
Effective August 9, 2016, the 3 year teaching experience requirement used to waive the edTPA has been reduced to 1 year. If you meet this requirement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217.557.6763 to request your evaluation be updated.
(Effective 3/10/16 - Updated 8/26/16)
Effective March 10, 2016, all educators who have completed student teaching prior to August 31, 2015 are eligible to complete either the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT 188) or the edTPA. Download the following for more information:
Testing Requirements (9/27/16)
Also refer to the Announcements Section of the Educator Licensure Home Page for our most current information.
- Timeline and Requirements for Educator Testing (9/20/16)
- ACT Plus Writing or SAT Score in Lieu of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) - Effective May 6, 2014 (9/20/16)
- If you are seeking licensure as a(n):
Testing Fact Sheets and Resources
Test Registration and Content Information
- Test Registration
(All in PDF Format)
- General Assembly Report: ICTS Basic Skills and Content Area Test Pass Rate Summary: Initial and Cumulative
- Cumulative Pass Rate Summary on the Basic Skills Test by Ethnicity
- Institutional Pass Rate Summary of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
- Institutional Pass Rate Summary on the Basic Skills Test
- Title II State and Institution Report Cards
- Important Instructions Regarding the Use of ACT Plus Writing and SAT in Lieu of the TAP (Effective May 6, 2014 - Updated October 1, 2014)
ISBE may accept ACT Plus Writing score reports (minimum composite score of 22 and minimum combined English/Writing score of 19) and SAT score reports (minimum composite on the critical reading + mathematics of 1030 and minimum score on the writing of 450) that are up to 10 years old. The official score report can be no older than 10 years old at the time of submission to ISBE and must include a writing component. Open the Testing Requirements tab for more detailed information.
- Five-Time ILTS Test Limit Eliminated (Effective May 6, 2014)
The five-time test limit on all Illinois Licensure Tests (ILTS) has been eliminated. Illinois Administrative Rule 25.720 no longer makes reference to a limit on licensure tests. Examinees may take an ILTS test as many times as necessary to pass. The ILTS website is being updated to reflect the rule change. Beginning June 12, 2014, examinees who have failed a particular ILTS test five times may register to take the test again.
In addition, Basic Skills (096 and 300) and Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400) scores are also valid for 10 years. The 10-year validity period is determined by the date the test was passed and the date that the fees are processed for the requested certificate or endorsement. The following rules apply:
(Effective October 5, 2015 - Updated November 20, 2015)
For candidates prepared at an Illinois institution who completed student teaching by August 31, 2015, the APT is required; otherwise, edTPA is required. The edTPA is required for applicants who completed an out-of-state preparation program beginning with applications received July 1, 2015 and after. Open the Testing Fact Sheets and Resources tab for more detailed information.