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Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS)

Frequently Asked Questions by Faculty and Educator Preparation Programs

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General Program Information

What is the Illinois Licensure Testing System?

Visit the About the Tests page on this website for information about the Illinois Licensure Testing System.

How were the tests developed?
Visit the About the Tests page on this website for information on the test development process.
Are the ILTS tests aligned to national standards?
Where applicable, national standards are used.
Which ILTS tests include constructed-response assignments?
  1. Test of Academic Proficiency
  2. Assessment of Professional Teaching PreK–12
  3. Target Language Proficiency tests
  4. Foreign Language Content Area tests
  5. Principal as Instructional Leader Subtests 1 and 2
  6. Learning Behavior Specialist II tests

For more information about tests with constructed-response assignments, select the test.

Test Registration and Administration

How does a candidate determine which tests to take?
Information about what tests candidates must take is available on the What Tests Do I Need to Take? page on this website.
How often are the ILTS tests offered?
Most tests are available year round, by appointment. The foreign language content area tests, Target Language Proficiency (TLP) tests, and Learning Behavior Specialist II tests are available during specified testing periods.
Where are the ILTS tests offered?
The ILTS tests are administered at computer-based test sites throughout Illinois and nationwide.
Can someone in another state take the ILTS tests?
Yes, the ILTS tests are administered at computer-based test sites throughout Illinois and nationwide.
What provisions are made for candidates who might need alternative testing arrangements?
Candidates may request special testing accommodations during test registration. Evaluation Systems considers requests on a case-by-case basis to meet the particular needs of the test taker.
How many times can someone retake an ILTS test?
There is currently no maximum number of attempts to pass a test. Candidates must wait 30 days before retaking a test.
What kind of ID is needed to be admitted to take a test?

For complete information about acceptable forms of identification for ILTS tests, visit the ID Policy page on this website.

Scoring and Reporting

What is the passing score for the ILTS tests?
The scaled passing score is 240.
When are candidate scores reported?

Scores are reported to candidates within 4 to 6 weeks after the test administration.

How are the constructed-response assignments scored?
Constructed-response assignments are scored by qualified and trained individuals according to standardized procedures. Each constructed-response assignment is scored by at least two individuals. The performance characteristics and the score scale(s) for each ILTS test are available on the preparation materials page for that test.
Who receives candidate scores?
Scores are provided to the candidate, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the educator preparation program(s) that the candidate selected during test registration.

Preparation Materials

What preparation materials are available for the ILTS tests?
A variety of free and fee-based preparation materials are available for the tests. Candidates can access the preparation materials from the Prepare page on this website.
Are printed copies of the study guides available?
All study guides must be accessed online. Study guides are available from the Study Guides page on this website.
Are printed copies of the fee-based practice tests available?
All practice tests must be accessed online. Visit the Practice Tests page on this website for more information.