Test Requirements

All candidates seeking licensure are required to take a minimum of 3 tests.  The first test that must be passed before the candidate is allowed to Advance to Degree Candidacy and take 300 and 400 level courses is the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).  It consist of questions in reading comprehension, language arts (grammar and writing), and mathematics and a constructed-response writing assignment. A new ruling by the state now allows students who provide proof of an ACT Plus Writing composite score of at least 22 (and a minimum score of 19 on combined English/Writing portion) or an SAT (critical reading and mathematics) composite score of 1030 (and a minimum score of 450 on writing) to waive the TAP test. All scores must be from one test administration taken on the same date.  For more information on waiving the TAP, please contact Bradley's Clinical Certification Officer.

It is strongly recommended that candidates who are not able to waive the TAP with an ACT score either repeat the ACT Plus Writing or take the TAP during their freshman year in college. Furthermore, it’s strongly recommended that candidates take measures to prepare for the test in order to maximize their potential for success. Given the high stakes nature of this test and other required certification tests, we urge candidates to be prepared. Sitting repeatedly for a test will also require paying to take the tests multiple times, which will be costly.

Additional tests include a Content test appropriate to the content the candidate wishes to teach and the edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) which is completed during student teaching.

Important Considerations

There is a no longer a limit on the number of times that an individual can take the TAP or any other required test. The state will allow students to bank subtest (Writing, Math, Reading, Language Arts) scores that are passed beginning September 2010. In other words, if one passes some sections but not others, one may “bank” the passes in those sections and not retake them. Individuals not passing the test should not repeat the test without taking measures to remediate their areas of weakness.  Test scores older than 10 years are not accepted. The ACT test can be taken up to 12 times and can be taken by high school students, college students, and those not currently enrolled as students.

Effective Summer 2012, a ruling allows students who provide proof of an ACT Plus Writing composite score of at least 22 (and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing portion) or an SAT (critical reading and mathematics) composite score of 1030 (and a minimum score of 450 on writing) to waive the TAP test. For information on applying for the waiver, please contact Bradley's Clinical Certification Officer. 

Preparing and registering for Tests

Review the information on the Illinois Certification Testing System Web site

Please note that you cannot register for the test online if you are requesting alternative testing arrangements. All documents for alternative testing must be mailed and received by the regular registration deadline.  Please watch test registration and score report deadlines carefully. When registering for all tests please be sure to report Bradley University as a score recipient.