Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)

All teacher candidates are required to pass the four subareas of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or  submit verification of minimum ACT/SAT scores  for admission to Teacher Education and enrollment in upper level coursework.

Test of Academic Proficiency

Students who do not meet ACT/SAT requirements should plan to:

Retake the ACT Plus Writing ($54.50) and earn an overall score of 22 or higher and a score of 19 on combined english/writing OR retake the SAT and earn a score of 1030 or higher.


Take the TAP ($125.00) no later than the end of the fall semester, sophomore year. Notification of a passing score must be received by April 15 of your sophomore year for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and enrollment in upper level coursework.

The TAP consists of the subtests below; each is scored independently. A passing score must be achieved in each area to complete the requirement. Register for all four subtests; the total fee is $125.

The first time you test you should sign up for each of the following subareas.

  • ICTS TAP: Reading Comprehension (401)
  • ICTS TAP: Language Arts (402)
  • ICTS TAP: Mathematics (403)
  • ICTS TAP: Writing (404)

The TAP is available online at Pearson Vue Centers by appointment year round on a first-come first-served basis.  See "Test Dates"  for more information.

Given the high-stakes nature of the TAP and other required certification tests, you are strongly advised to take measures to prepare for the test by utilizing the resources listed below.  Retaking state tests is costly and may delay your admission to the program.  If you fail one or more subareas of the exam you must retake it at your personal expense. The cost to retake one subarea is $75.00 and requires a wait of 60 days from the date of the failed test to retake the same test. There is a five-time total test attempt limit. This means that if you take one subtest in a single subtest session, that single subtest session counts toward the five-time total test attempt limit. You will not have five attempts for each subtest if you register for separate subtest sessions. You are not required to complete any subtests you have already passed.

The following materials are available for examinees preparing for the TAP on the ILTS Web site: by selecting "Prepare". Visit the ILTS webpage for more information about the TAP, or contact Colleen Herald

Free study guide

Test Framework. The framework provides information on the content covered on the tests in the areas of Reading Comprehension, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Writing. The framework is a great starting point for preparing for the test.

Interactive practice test. $17.95 for individual practice tests, $29.95 for the bundle of all three practice tests (Reading Comprehension, Language Arts/Writing, and Mathematics).

Expanded study guide. $19.95.

Utilize websites. Some of the following sites may assist you in preparing for the test: 

    1. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
    2. http://mathpower.com/
    3. http://mathforum.org/