The state of Illinois uses the ICTS Elementary/Middle Grades Test to evaluate and certify teachers. The test adheres to the Illinois Content Area Standards for Educators in elementary and middle schools, and is a criterion-referenced, objective-based test with 125 multiple-choice questions. There are five subareas of information to consider when studying for the ICTS Elementary/Middle Grades Test: Language Arts and Literacy; Mathematics; Science; Social Sciences; and the Arts, Health, and Physical Education.
The five subareas are divided into 22 objectives. Passing the test requires basic understanding of the objectives and the ability to speak to the detailed descriptive statements within those 22 objectives. The total score covering all subareas must be 240 or higher in order to pass. Four weeks after the test is taken, the score for each subarea is reported along with the total score, which allows those who took the exam to identify areas of weakness as well as strength.
Last Updated: 06/26/2014