To be certified to teach psychology by the Illinois State Board of Education, one must pass the ICTS Social Science: Psychology Test. This and other social science tests include general social science content as well as content strictly related to psychology. The exam is a criterion-referenced, objective-based test of 125 multiple-choice questions. The ICTS Social Science: Psychology Test has four main subareas: Social Science Foundations; History Common Core; Human Development and Behavior; and Personality Theories, Mental Health, and Social Behavior.
The state requires a total score of 240 or above to pass, and scores are mailed four weeks after the test date. Test takers are informed of their total test scores and scores for the four subareas. The subareas of the ICTS Social Science: Psychology Test have 18 objective statements that broadly define the material. The objective statements are further divided into descriptive statements that determine the test taker's ability to recognize and apply the subject matter.
Last Updated: 06/26/2014