The state of Illinois uses the ICTS Family and Consumer Sciences Test as part of its certification process for teaching family and consumer sciences. This criterion-referenced, objective-based test adheres to the guidelines of the Illinois Content Area Standards for Educators. It is a multiple-choice test of 125 questions. The questions are divided into five unique subareas: Integrative Nature of Family and Consumer Sciences; Human Development; Parenting, Family, and Interpersonal Relationships; Consumer and Resource Management; and Career and Educational Skills.
The ICTS Family and Consumer Sciences Test requires a score of 240 or higher to pass. Scores are mailed out four weeks after the test and include the total test score that determines certification as well as a score for each subarea. Each subarea for the ICTS Family and Consumer Sciences Test has 18 objectives. The test measures understanding of these objectives and ability to apply more detailed skills in the descriptive statements.
Last Updated: 06/26/2014