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Our practice tests simulate the real thing in a number of key ways:

  1. Topics covered
    • Theoretical and Research Foundations
    • Literate Environment
    • Reading Assessment
    • Reading Instruction
    • Professional Responsibilities, Leadership, and Learning
  2. Level of difficulty
  3. Number of questions (100 per practice test)
  4. Timed exam, proportional to the number of questions (or untimed if you prefer)
  5. Navigation
  6. The feel of the real test
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    • Explanation
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We offer 20 online practice exams with 2,000 unique questions. Our world-class practice certification tests are designed to give you the knowledge you need to pass your ILTS Reading Specialist certification exam. We do this by delivering realistic practice tests that thoroughly prepare you for the ILTS Reading Specialist exam. Taking our ILTS Reading Specialist practice tests will give you the psychological advantage needed to walk into your test day with confidence.

You are interested in becoming an educator in the state of Illinois and discover that ILTS exams are necessary.

Exactly what are ILTS?

The Illinois State Board for Educator Licensure designed the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) exams to determine a candidate's potential to perform as an entry-level educator in the Illinois public school system.

The ILTS exams are administered on paper and, for selected tests, on computer by the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson. The tests are criterion referenced and objective based. The ILTS exams consist of three tests: the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT), and Content Area Tests.

The Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) assesses knowledge of fundamental skills in reading comprehension, language arts, math, and writing. The four subtests can be taken at a single session of 5 hours or one subject at a single session for 2 ½ hours. The Reading Comprehension subtest and the Language Arts (grammar and writing) subtest each consist of 60 multiple-choice questions. The Math subtest is made up of 50 multiple-choice items, while the Writing subtest is one constructed-response assignment. A candidate must pass all subtests in order to pass the TAP.

The Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) assesses professional and pedagogical knowledge. Four hours and 15 minutes are given for 120 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response assignments.

The Content Area Tests assess knowledge of content in the specific field in which licensure is desired. Most Content Area Tests are 3 hours and 15 minutes with 100 multiple-choice questions or 3 hours and 45 minutes with 125 multiple-choice questions. Exceptions can be found at the ILTS website at along with more specific content frameworks for each of the exams.

ILTS scores are available on the ILTS website on the specified score report dates or by email if requested during online registration. All scores are scaled in the 100 – 300 range with a minimum score of 240 required to pass.

We have ten great reasons why is the #1 source on the internet for preparing for the ILTS Reading Specialist test.

  • was created to focus solely on the ILTS Reading Specialist test. All practice test questions parallel the topics covered on the real test, are in the right proportion, as outlined in Pearson Education, Inc's published ILTS Reading Specialist test guidelines.

  • Our practice tests are designed to make you familiar with the real test. Our exams simulate the pressure of the real exam, by setting the per question time limit to be the same as the real exam. So when you take the actual test, you will feel comfortable with the requirements of the real exam.

  • We offer 700 online pratice exams with 65,815 unique questions to help you prepare for your ILTS Reading Specialist exam.

  • The low cost! The cost of ordering 5 practice tests is less than the cost of taking the real ILTS Reading Specialist test. In other words, it would cost you less money to order 5 practice tests, than if you failed the real test and had to retake it. Now that is a bargain!

  • If you have to stop while taking one of our tests, you can continue right where you left off. When you continue the test, you will start exactly where you were, and with the same amount of time you had remaining.

  • After you complete a test, we provide your raw score (how many you answered correctly) and our estimate of the ILTS score you would receive if you were taking the real test.

  • As you complete your practice tests, we show you which questions you answered correctly, which ones you answered incorrectly, and provide detailed step-by-step explanations for every single question on the test!

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  • Because the tests are web-based, there is no software to install. Our practice tests are available to you 24-hours a day. No matter where you are, you can take our practice tests on any computer with access to the internet.

  • If you need additional help, we offer specialized tutoring. Our tutors are highly qualified.

To pass the ILTS Reading Specialist test you need a score of 240.

The range of possible scores is 100 to 300.

At, we go to great pains to make sure that our tests are as realistic as possible. Our practice tests  help you prepare for the real test in several key ways:

  • Topics covered
    • Theoretical and Research Foundations
    • Literate Environment
    • Reading Assessment
    • Reading Instruction
    • Professional Responsibilities, Leadership, and Learning

  • Level of difficulty
  • Number of questions (100 per practice test)
  • Time-limit (or you can customize it)
  • Navigation
  • The feel of the real exam

We have a team of professional writers that create the questions based on the official test breakdown by topic. We are continually updating our exams to keep them in sync with the most current version of the actual certification exam.

Yes! We offer 47 subjects with 700 different exams utilizing 65,815 unique questions
* Evey subject has a free sample test

Test Name
ILTS Content-Area Tests
  ILTS Science: Biology (221)
  ILTS Blind or Visually Impaired (221)
  ILTS Business, Marketing, and Computer Education (221)
  ILTS Chief School Business Office (221)
  ILTS Deaf or Hard of Hearing (221)
  ILTS Director of Special Education (221)
  ILTS Early Childhood Education (221)
  ILTS Early Childhood Special Education (221)
  ILTS Science: Earth and Space Science (221)
  ILTS Social Science: Economics (221)
  ILTS Elementary/Middle Grades (221)
  ILTS English Language Arts (221)
  ILTS English Language Proficiency (221)
  ILTS English as a New Language (221)
  ILTS Family and Consumer Sciences (221)
  ILTS Social Science: Geography (221)
  ILTS Health Education (221)
  ILTS Learning Behavior Specialist I (221)
  ILTS Library Information Specialist (221)
  ILTS Mathematics (221)
  ILTS Middle Grades (5–8) Science (221)
  ILTS Physical Education (221)
  ILTS Social Science: Political Science (221)
  ILTS Principal as Instructional Leader (221)
  ILTS Social Science: Psychology (221)
  ILTS Reading Specialist (221)
  ILTS Reading Teacher (221)
  ILTS School Counselor (221)
  ILTS School Psychologist (221)
  ILTS School Social Worker (221)
  ILTS Science: Chemistry (221)
  ILTS Science: Physics (221)
  ILTS Social Science: History (221)
  ILTS Social Science: Sociology and Anthropology (221)
  ILTS Special Education General Curriculum (221)
  ILTS Speech Nonteaching (221)
  ILTS Speech Teaching (221)
  ILTS Superintendent (221)
  ILTS Visual Arts (221)
ILTS Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) Tests
  ILTS Professional Teaching K-12 (221)
ILTS Foreign Language Content-Area Tests
  ILTS Foreign Language: Spanish (221)
ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency
  ILTS Basic Skills Language Arts (221)
  ILTS Basic Skills Mathematics (221)
  ILTS Basic Skills Reading (221)
  ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency Language Arts (221)
  ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency Math (221)
  ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency Reading (221)

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For information regarding  ILTS Reading Specialist Certifications exam,

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