Illinois Licensure Testing System
All initial teacher candidates must pass the Basic Skills or the Test of Academic Proficiency prior to entering any teacher education program in Illinois.
The TAP consists of the following subtests:
- Reading Comprehension (401)
- Language Arts (402)
- Mathematics (403)
- Writing (404)
Teacher Candidates with ACT with writing composite scores of 22 or higher or with SAT scores of 1030 or higher may apply to the Illinois State Board of Education to use their ACT or SAT scores in lieu of the TAP test. The full ACT test must be taken including the writing component. The ACT or SAT must be passed within ten years of applying to enter a program.
ISBE Guidelines for ACT/SAT in Lieu of TAP
Our program advisors will be able to answer more detailed questions on this topic.