State of Illinois Examination Requirements

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires all teacher licensure candidates to pass the (1) Test of Academic Proficiency (or submit minimum ACT/SAT (with writing) score, (2) Content Area test, and (3) EdTPA. The ICTS website posts registration information, test dates and study guides. You must register for all tests in advance and report Illinois Wesleyan University as a score recipient. Please review test registration and score report deadlines carefully in order to meet program deadlines for admission, student teaching, and licensure. 

See for more information about the Test of Academic Proficiency or minimum ACT/SAT (with writing).

Summary of State Test Requirements

Test of Academic Proficiency (400)  or minimum ACT/SAT (with writing)  requirements. No later than the end of fall term, sophomore year. Passing score is required by April 15th of the sophomore year. Required for admission to TEP and enrollment in upper level professional education coursework.
Content Test (choose one)
Elementary/Middle Grades (110)
Biology (105)
Chemistry (106)
Mathematics (115)
Physics (116)
English (111)
History (114)
French (127)
Spanish (135)
Spring term, Junior year. Foreign language candidates should test on February 7th, 2015. All other candidates should plan to test no later than April 5th, 2015 (earlier testing is recommended in case a re-take is required).  All tests except Foreign language are computer based only.  Required for student teaching acceptance.

Completed during the student teaching semester. Teacher candidates create and reflect upon a teaching portfolio which includes lesson plans, video clips, and student work samples. The portfolio will evidence the student teacher’s ability to plan for instruction and assessment, instruct and engage students in learning, and assess student learning. The EdTPA portfolio is delivered electronically to Pearson Assessment Co. via Taskstream, an electronic data managing system. Required for licensure in the state of Illinois.