ICTS Exam Requirements

ICTS Exam Requirements

SLMP students who seek licensure in the State of Illinois must pass examinations at prescribed times during the education program:

  1. Test of Academic Proficiency (Code 400)*
    Must be completed prior to admittance into the SLMP Program
    *Scroll down to learn how you might use your ACT or SAT score in lieu of taking the Test of Academic Proficiency.
  2. Content-Area Test for Library Information Specialist (Code 175)
    Must be completed prior to Internship or Student Teaching

Visit www.icts.nesinc.com for more information regarding these exams, including test dates, study guides, and online registration.

Need study guide materials?

The Rebecca Crown Library at Dominican University has study guides for the tests listed above. Including:

  • ICTS Assessment of Professional Teaching (101-104) Exam
    Call Number: LB 1772 .I3 137 2014
  • Illinois TAP Math/Test of Academic Proficiency and Math Preparation
    Call Number: LB 1772.I3 .S747 2014
  • ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (400)
    Call Number:  LB 1772.I3 C36 2014
  • ICTS Assessment of Professional Teaching Practice Questions
    Call Number: LB 1772.I3 I2877 2013

The SLMP office, Crown 300, has and is collecting donated study guide materials for these tests as well.

Have study guide materials?

Do you have study guide materials for any of the tests needed to become a certified school librarian in the State of Illinois?

Donate study materials you no longer need for the Test of Academic Proficiency (Code 400) or Content-Area Test for Library Information Specialist (Code 175). We can lend out those materials to students who are studying for those exams.

Drop off any materials to the SOIS office, Crown 300, and indicate the materials are for the School Library Media Program.


ACT / SAT In Lieu of TAP

ACT PLUS WRITING/SAT SCORES CAN BE USED IN LIEU OF A PASSING SCORE ON THE TEST OF ACADEMIC PROFICIENCY (TAP) FOR STUDENT TEACHING.

STEP 1 IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, CREATE AN ACCOUNT ON THE EDUCATOR LICENSURE INFORMATION SYSTEM (ELIS).

STEP 2 CONFIRM YOUR SCORE REPORT MEETS THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

  • ACT:
    • Prior to 9/1/15 – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing portion
    • 9/1/15 to 9/9/16 – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 on the Writing portion
    • 9/10/16 and later – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion
  • SAT:
    • Prior to 3/5/16 – Composite score of 1030 (critical reading + mathematics = 1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on writing
    • 3/5/16 and later – Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language

 

STEP 3 REQUEST YOUR SCORES BE SENT TO ISBE DIRECTLY FROM ACT OR SAT. The score report must arrive in a sealed envelope addressed to ISBE from ACT or SAT. If requesting an ACT Plus Writing score report: use ACT code 3001 when ordering If requesting an SAT score: use SAT code 6773 when ordering.

STEP 4 CHECK YOUR ELIS ACCOUNT TO VERIFY YOUR ACT/SAT SCORE REPORT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF THE TAP. Please allow 60 days for this information to be added to your ELIS account.

NOTES: Score reports that are received prior to the establishment of an ELIS account will be held for 30 days. After 30 days, the report may not be credited to your account. Official score reports that reflect a score less than listed above or lack a writing component cannot be used for issuance of an Illinois license or endorsement.


ELIMINATION OF THE FIVE-TIME TEST LIMIT
Effective May 6, 2014, changes to Illinois Administrative Rule 25.720 eliminated the five-time limit for testing. All statements that referenced the five-time limit were removed from 25.720. Any individual who failed an Illinois Licensure Test (ILTS) five times may retake that test. There is now no limit on the number of test attempts for the same ILTS test.

Because the new rules are now in effect, Evaluation Systems group of Pearson initiated the process of updating the registration website to allow affected individuals to register for additional testing. The ILTS website should be able to accommodate registration for individuals who have reached the five-time limit by June 12, 2014.