Educator Licensure TAP - NIU - Testing Services

Student Testing and Exams

Educator Licensure Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)

If you are planning to enroll in any NIU initial teacher licensure program you are required to take and pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to program admission.

The TAP measures basic proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, language arts, and mathematics. If you are a first-year student entering NIU we recommended you take the practice test online by the end of your first semester. If you are a transfer student you should also take the practice test online, and then test before your first semester of attendance at NIU.

Workshops and other services are available if you wish to prepare for the test. Learn more about Educator Licensure and Preparation.

Information about ILTS registration, test dates, study guides, practice tests, and cost of testing is explained on the Illinois Licensure Testing System website.

If you are a prospective student you may use one of the following to substitute for the TAP:


Date Taken

Required Minimum Scores


Prior to 9/1/15

Composite 22; English/Writing 19


9/1/15 – 9/9/16

Composite 22; Writing 16


After 9/9/16

Composite 22; Writing 6


Prior to 3/5/16

Critical Reading and Math 1030; Writing 450


On or after 3/5/16

Evidence-based reading, writing, and math 1110; Writing and language. 26

TAP registration and test materials are available online through the Illinois Licensure Testing System. More information including a suggested study plan and practice guides are available through NIU's Educator Licensure and Preparation program in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. TAP workshops and tutoring are available through NIU's Educator Licensure and Preparation Unit.