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Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS)

Guiding Candidate Test Preparation

The information available here can help faculty members who are assisting candidates in preparing to take the ILTS tests.

An academic advisor might suggest to a candidate that he or she take the following steps in preparing to take the ILTS tests:

  1. Begin by completing the Test Preparation Worksheet, where candidates record their academic background, reason for testing, licensure requirements, and testing history, and complete a checklist of preparation steps for testing.
  2. Complete the mapping the test framework to courses taken activity for the test the candidate will be taking. This activity involves having candidates review the test framework and their coursework to date, and record on a worksheet whether their studies have covered the knowledge and skills described by each test objective.
  3. Meet with his or her academic advisor to review the completed worksheets and test preparation steps taken to date, and to obtain assistance in evaluating his or her readiness to test.

When meeting with a candidate to review the completed materials listed above, an academic advisor may wish to take the following steps:

  1. Review pages 1 and 2 of the completed Test Preparation Worksheet to learn the candidate's academic background, reason for testing, licensure requirements, and testing history.
  2. Review the completed worksheet for mapping the test framework to the courses the candidate has taken to determine if he or she has completed sufficient coursework to take the test. If there are objectives for which the candidate has not studied the knowledge and skills being assessed, the advisor may wish to recommend that the candidate take additional courses before testing.
  3. Review pages 3 and 4 of the completed Test Preparation Worksheet to guide the candidate in gathering and using ILTS test preparation materials and, if needed, learning or reviewing test content and test-taking strategies.

Preparation Materials for Candidates

In addition to the processes described above, advisors may wish to review with candidates the official preparation materials that are provided on this website. These materials include general test-taking strategies and sample test questions for every test in the Illinois Licensure Testing System.

For some test fields, full-length practice tests are also available. Candidates may purchase practice tests for themselves directly on this website.