Illinois Licensure Tests


Illinois Licensure Testing System

Students with a composite score of 22 on the ACT with an English Writing score of 19 (English Writing score of 16 if the ACT was taken September 1, 2015 or later) or 1030 on the SAT with a writing score of 450 (or a score of 1110 with Writing/Language score of 26 if taken after March 4, 2016) may request a waiver in lieu of the required Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Details on obtaining this waiver are at the bottom of this webpage.

Note that some subject-matter tests can be taken at remote locations throughout the semester, namely for Subject-Matter Knowledge tests for Elementary/Middle Grades, English/Language Arts, and Mathematics.

See below for the timetable as to when these tests are required for the Wheaton Teacher Education Program (WheTEP).

You may register on line at the Illinois Licensure Testing Service >> or by phone (800) 239-8107.

When do I take these tests?

Note the sequence of these three tests for those seeking an Illinois Teaching License through Wheaton College.

  1. The TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency) or its ACT/SAT equivalent must be passed prior to acceptance into the Wheaton Teacher Education Program (WheTEP). The TAP is offered exclusively on line but only through designated test sites. The closest one to Wheaton is the Pearson Testing Center in Oakbrook, IL.
  2. The Subject-Matter Knowledge exam must be passed prior to student teaching.
  3. The Assessment of Professional Teaching must be passed prior to certification and is typically taken during one's final semester at Wheaton.

Study guides >> are also available and recommended in preparation for each test.

Waiver Information

Those qualifying for a waiver instead of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) due to a composite ACT (22) and English Writing score of 16 or SAT (1030) score, including the writing subtest score of 450, must complete these two steps.

  1. Download these instructions and follow the four steps. The first step involves creating an account with the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). Click on Educator Access and then choose the left menu option to Sign Up Now. Your SSN will be required. Secondly, confirm your SAT or ACT score qualifies for the waiver.
  2. Step three requires you to contact ACT >> or SAT >> to request that your official score be sent to the Illinois State Board of Education, Licensure Division, 100 North First Street, S-306, Springfield, IL 62777. Be prepared for a nominal fee that is usually charged for sending an official score. Step four is to ensure the score report has been accepted.

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