North Central College - Naperville, IL

Testing Requirements

All teacher candidates must pass three tests and one performance based assessment in order to obtain a teaching license in Illinois.

  • Qualifying ACT Plus writing or the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
  • The Content Area Test
  • The Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test
  • The Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

The Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or Qualifying ACT Plus writing score:  Prior to Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Students must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) OR have an ACT Plus Writing composite score of 22 and a 19 or higher combined English/writing score before they can enroll in any education course following EDN 101,Teaching Today.

Preparing for the TAP

If you don't have a qualifying ACT Plus Writing score:

  1. Retake the ACT Plus Writing to try to earn the qualifying score; or
  2. Pass the TAP prior to enrolling in any education course following EDN 100, Teaching Today

The TAP consists of four independently scored subtests:

  1. Reading comprehension: 60 multiple choice questions
  2. Language arts (grammar and writing): 60 multiple choice questions
  3. Mathematics: 50 multiple choice questions
  4. Writing: 1 constructed-response assignment

Content Area Test:  Prior to Residency (Student Teaching)

Each content area test consists of 125 multiple choice questions.

You need to pass this test prior to the Residency (student teaching); students typically take it junior year.

The various content tests include: elementary education, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, history, English, PE, music, art, Spanish, German, and French.

Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT): Prior to Licensure

The APT assess your professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills.  The APT consists of 120 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response assignments. 

This test is taken during your final year of the program.

Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA): During Residency (Student Teaching)

The edTPA is a national assessment used in teacher education programs.

There are three tasks for each subject area:

Task 1:  Planning for Instruction and Assessment
Task 2:  Instructing and Engaging Students in Learning
Task 3:  Assessing Students’ Learning

You're required to submit the following materials for this assessment:

  • Plans for three to five lessons
  • Video clips of your teaching
  • Assessments utilized in the lessons
  • Samples of students’ work along with your feedback
  • Comprehensive commentary and analysis of your planning, instruction and assessment