FAQs: For Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) Examinees
What is the Test of Academic Proficiency? What happened to the Illinois Basic Skills test?
The Test of Academic Proficiency is the new Illinois test of basic skills. It is administered exclusively as a computer-based test and is not offered at paper-based test administrations.
The test consists of the following subtests:
- Reading Comprehension (401)
- Language Arts (402)
- Mathematics (403)
- Writing (404)
The ILTS Basic Skills test has been replaced with the ILTS TAP.
Do not confuse the Test of Academic Proficiency with the Assessment of Professional Teaching tests, which are the ILTS pedagogy tests. The Assessment of Professional Teaching tests are not available as computer-based examinations; they are only offered at paper-based test administrations.
It is the individual's responsibility to take the appropriate test(s). Review the guidelines in "Who Is Required to Take the Tests?". If you have questions about which test(s) you are required to take, contact your college advisor, your licensure officer, or the regional office of education through which you are applying for licensure.
What if I have already taken and passed one of the ILTS Basic Skills subtests?
If an examinee has previously passed one or more Basic Skills (300) subtests, the passing score(s) will automatically be applied toward the passing of the TAP. However, test scores from the previous ILTS Basic Skills test model (096) (administered prior to September 11, 2010) cannot be applied to fulfill passing requirements for the TAP.
For example, a passing score on the Basic Skills Reading Comprehension subtest (301) will be applied to the TAP Reading Comprehension Subtest (401).
Each attempt of one or more TAP subtests counts toward the ILTS Test Attempt Limit Policy of five attempts per test. However, previous Basic Skills (300) attempts do not count toward TAP (400) attempts, even if an examinee passed one or more Basic Skills (300) subtests.
How does the ILTS Test Attempt Limit policy of five attempts per test apply to the Test of Academic Proficiency?
Although the TAP consists of four subtests, the TAP is considered one test under the ILTS Test Attempt Limit policy. Each attempt of all or part of the TAP counts toward the five-time total test attempt limit for that test. However, if you have previously taken one or more Basic Skills subtests and are now taking the TAP, your Basic Skills attempts do not count toward your TAP attempts, even if you passed one or more Basic Skills subtests and those scores are being applied to the TAP.
What is the best strategy for maximizing my five test attempts?
The best strategy to maximize your five attempts is to always select all four subtests together when you register, unless you have only one more subtest to pass. This will allow you to take all four, or any combination of two or three, subtests in one session and be charged only one attempt toward the five-attempt limit. Under this scenario, if you have already passed one or two subtests you can skip over those subtests at the test session and focus on the subtests you have yet to pass. There is no penalty for omitting a subtest.
You cannot register for two or three subtests at the same time for a single session. If you register for one subtest and subsequently register for a second subtest, whether or not you are able to schedule them on the same day, you will still be charged two attempts toward the test attempt limit of five.
Examinees will not be required to complete subtests they have already passed. Remember, though, that if you take one subtest in a single subtest session that single subtest session counts toward the five-time total test attempt limit. You will not have five attempts for each subtest if you register for separate subtest sessions.
When will I receive my score report?
Scores for the Test of Academic Proficiency are reported within 2 to 4 weeks of your test date. See "Score Reporting" on the ILTS website for a list of score report dates. Unofficial test results for the multiple-choice subtests will be available at the test center immediately after testing.
Can I register for and take each subtest separately?
Examinees taking the Test of Academic Proficiency can register for all four subtests in one test session or for each subtest independently. If you register for only one subtest, you will receive an Authorization to Test for a one-subtest session. The one-subtest session includes two hours and thirty minutes of testing time. If you take one subtest in a single subtest session that single subtest session counts toward the five-time total test attempt limit. You will not have five attempts for each subtest if you register for separate subtest sessions.
How much does the Test of Academic Proficiency cost?
Examinees can register for all four subtests in one test session or for each subtest independently. The total fee for registering for all four subtests is $125, and the total fee for registering for one subtest is $75.
What study materials are available for the Test of Academic Proficiency?
In addition to a free study guide and the test frameworks, the following materials are available for examinees preparing for the Test of Academic Proficiency (select "Prepare" on the ILTS website):
Interactive practice test. $17.95 for individual practice tests, $29.95 for the bundle of all three practice tests (Reading Comprehension, Language Arts and Writing, and Mathematics). The practice test includes:
- Convenient, online access to a full-length practice test
- Comprehensive feedback on your performance
- Interactive, diagnostic score report
- Rationales explaining the correct response to each sample multiple-choice question
- Sample strong and weak responses to a sample written assignment
Expanded study guide. $19.95. The expanded study guide features instructional content and review exercises. The expanded study guide includes:
- A diagnostic test to help you pinpoint areas to focus your study
- Sample test questions with explanations for each correct answer
- In-depth coverage of each test objective/standard
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