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Test Requirements

Teacher Education

All candidates seeking licensure are required to take a minimum of three assessments.  The first assessment, i.e., the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), is a test that must be passed no later than the semester prior to student teaching. The TAP consists of questions in reading comprehension, language arts, mathematics and writing (constructed-response assignment). The TAP can be waived if the candidate has met the passing requirements of the ACT or SAT. It is recommended to take the ACT/SAT instead of TAP due to the TAP's high failure rate across the state. ACT/SAT can be repeated to meet the score requirements, and your composite score or writing portion can be banked, so one does not have to achieve the required score for each during the same ACT/SAT administration.

It is strongly recommended to pass/waive TAP well in advance of the semester prior to student teaching. Furthermore, it's strongly recommended that candidates take measures to prepare for the test in order to maximize their potential for success. We urge candidates to be prepared as re-taking a test will become costly.

The second assessment is a Content Area Test (CAT) appropriate to the candidate's teaching field. The CAT will also need to be passed no later than the semester prior to student teaching.  Listed below are the appropriate Content Area Tests for the respective teacher education programs:

MajorTest CodeTest
K-12 Art Education 145 Visual Arts
K-12 Music Education 143 Music
Early Childhood w/ESL Endorsement (Birth through Grade 2) 107 Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education w/ESL Endorsement (Grades 1-6) 197-200 Elementary (Grades 1-6)
High School Education (Grades 9-12): Biology 105 Science: Biology
High School Education (Grades 9-12): Chemistry 106 Science: Chemistry
High School Education (Grades 9-12): English 111 English Language Arts
High School Education (Grades 9-12): Family and Consumer Sciences 172 Family and Consumer Sciences
High School Education (Grades 9-12): History/Social Studies 114 Social Science: History
High School Education (Grades 9-12): Mathematics 115 Mathematics
High School Education (Grades 9-12): Physics 116 Science: Physics
Learning Behavior Specialist I w/ESL Endorsement 155/163 Learning Behavior Specialist I (155); Special Education General Curriculum Test (163)
Middle School Education w/ESL Endorsement (Grades 5-8): English/Language Arts 201 Language Arts
Middle School Education w/ESL Endorsement (Grades 5-8): Mathematics 202 Mathematics
Middle School Education w/ESL Endorsement (Grades 5-8): Science 203 Science
Middle School Education w/ESL Endorsement (Grades 5-8): Social Studies 204 Social Science

The third assessment is the edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) Portfolio evaluation, which is completed during student teaching.

Important Considerations

Beginning September 2010, the state will allow candidates to bank passed subtest scores (reading comprehension, language arts, mathematics or writing) for TAP. In other words, if a candidate passes a section of the test but not another, the candidate can “bank” the passed section and not have to retake it. Candidates should take measures to remediate their areas of weakness before re-taking the test. The TAP scores are valid indefinitely. The content area test and the edTPA are valid for 10 years.

Preparing and Registering for Tests

Please review the information on the Illinois Licensure Testing System website.

Also 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 and provide your Social Security Number accurately. For information about the re-take policy, please visit the testing site.