Academic Proficiency

ACT/SAT in Lieu of Test of Academic Proficiency

ACT plus Writing/SAT Scores can be used in lieu of a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).  

Step One:  Create an account on the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) at

Step Two:  Confirm that your score report meets the composite score requirements:

  • ACT Plus Writing:

             Prior to 9/1/15 - Composite score of 22 or higher AND a minimum score of 19 on the
             Combined English/Writing portion       
             9/1/15 to 9/9/16 - Composite score of 22 or higher AND a minimum score of 16 on Writing portion
             9/10/16 and later - Composite score of 22 or higher AND a minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion

  • SAT: 

             Prior to 3/5/16 - 1030 composite score (critical reading + mathematics) and a minimum 450 in writing
             3/5/16  and later - Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or
             higher AND a minimum score of 26 on writing and language

  • All scores must be from one test administration taken on the same date.

Step Three:  Request that your scores be sent to ISBE directly from ACT or SAT.

  • The score report must arrive in a sealed envelope addressed to ISBE from ACT or SAT.
  • If requesting an ACT Plus Writing score report, use ACT code 3001 when ordering.  for SAT.  If requesting an SAT score: use SAT code 6773 when ordering

Step Four:  Check your ELIS account to verify that your ACT/SAT score report has been accepted in lieu of TAP.  Please allow 60 days for this information to be added to your ELIS account.   Score reports that are received prior to the establishment of an ELIS account will be held for 30 days.  After 30 days, the report may not be credited to your account.

Special Note:  ISBE will not return official score reports that reflect a score less than listed above, lack a writing component or are more than ten years old at the time of application.  Such score reports will be shredded and therefore, cannot be used to apply for an Illinois license or endorsement.


Effective May 6, 2014, changes to the Illinois Administrative Rule 25.720 eliminated the five-time limit for testing.  All statements that referenced the five-time limit were removed from 25.720.  Any individual who failed an Illinois Licensure Test (ILTS) five times may retake that test.  There is now no limit on the number of test attempts for the same ILTS test.

Because the new rules are now in effect, the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson Education has initiated the process of updating the registration website to allow affected individuals to register for additional testing.  The ILTS website should be able to accommodate registration for individuals who have reached the five-time limit by June 12, 2014.