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Illinois Licensure Testing System

Please note the information below regarding the Illinois Licensure Testing System:


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:
  • If the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400) or the previous Basic Skills test (300 or 096) was required for entry into an approved Illinois preparation program, those scores will be honored beyond the 10 years.
  • For individuals not yet enrolled in an approved Illinois preparation program, the score on the BS 300/TAP/ACT/SAT can be no more than 10 years old at the time a candidate begins student teaching or the second semester of internship.
  • For individuals prepared out-of-state or out-of-country, the BS 300/TAP/ACT/SAT score can be no more than 10 years old at the time of application for an Illinois license.
  • Individuals who previously passed the Illinois Basic Skills test or TAP and who were issued an Illinois certificate are not required to pass the TAP for any subsequent license or endorsement.
  • Please note: Individuals may not receive their ILTS test scores if an incorrect social security number was used when registering for an ILTS test.