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Illinois Licensure Testing System (ICTS)
In 1985 the Illinois legislature enacted Section 21-1a of the School Code, which established a testing program as part of the state's teacher certification requirements.
Examinees may now register online http://www.il.nesinc.com/ for teacher, school service personnel and administrative certification tests; view and download study guides; and access their test results. This new service will provide certification candidates with easy access to teacher certification testing materials and registration activities.
However, examinees needing to request special accommodations, must apply by mail and complete the Alternative Arrangements Request form and submit proper supporting documentation.
Test of Academic Proficienty: The Test of Academic Proficiency (400) is a separate test that measures basic skills in reading comprehension, language arts (grammar and writing), and mathematics. Passing the ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency (400) is a requirement for candidates seeking admittance to WIU's Teacher Education Program (TEP). Testing dates and study guide and practice tests are available online http://www.il.nesinc.com/
Candidates should take the Test of Academic Proficiency (400) during the first semester of their sophomore year. Registration information, study guides and sample test are available onlinehttp://www.il.nesinc.com/
Candidates need to confirm that the passing results of the Test of Academic Proficiency (400) are on file in the CPEP/Advising Center (HH91).
Candidates can also use scores from the ACT Plus writing (www.actstudent.org) or the SAT (http://sat.collegeboard.org/hom) in lieu of the TAP test. Students need a composite score of 22 on the ACT or a composite score of 1030 on the mathematics and critical reasoning sections of the SAT.
CONTENT AREA TEST: The required content-area tests corresponds to the individual's major field of study in an approved teacher education program in the State of Illinois.
Registration and study guides for the content-area tests are available onlinehttp://www.il.nesinc.com/
SPECIAL EDUCATION GENERAL CURRICULUM TEST In addition to the LBS1 #155 (content-area) test, Special Education majors must also successfully pass the Special Education General Curriculum Test (#163) This test will assess candidates on the General Curricular Standards for special education teachers. Candidates need to confirm that the passing results are on file with CPEP for student teaching clearance. Candidates will not be allowed to student teach without this verification.
TARGET LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST: Candidates for the transitional bilingual certificate must demonstrate proficiency in English and in the target language (Spanish). All bilingual majors must take and pass the Target Language Proficiency - Spanish test. This test is only offered in the Chicago area. Candidates need to confirm that the passing results of the Subject Matter test are on file with CPEP for student teaching clearance. Candidates will not be allowed to student teach without this verification. [Bilingual majors must also take and pass the Elementary/Middle Grade content-area test.]
ASSESSMENT OF PROFESSIONAL TEACHING
All candidates are required to pass the APT (Assessment of Professional Teaching) exam prior to program completion/graduation. The exam covers the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, the Core Language Arts Standards for all teachers, the Computer Technology Standards, and the new Special Education Standards for the regular classroom teacher. There are different exams for the different certificates. In other words, there is an exam for the K-12 level, secondary level, elementary level and early childhood level. Candidates planning to student teach are required to take and pass this test prior to or during the student teaching semester. Candidates need to confirm that the passing results of the APT test are on file with CPEP for graduation and certification clearance.
Check ICTS website http://www.il.nesinc.com/ for test dates, study guides and registration information.