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The Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) is a series of exams administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) designed to assess the knowledge and skills of individuals seeking certification as educators in the state of Illinois.

These tests cover a wide range of subjects and grade levels, as well as various specialized areas such as special education and school counseling.

Free ILTS Practice Tests

Use the free ILTS practice test questions below to get a better understanding of the ILTS exam.


What’s on an ILTS Exam?

The majority of the ILTS exams contain multiple-choice questions, and there are generally about 100 questions per exam. Some the exams also include written questions with short essay-style answers, and other exams have spoken-response questions.

Each exam has a set time limit, generally 3 hours and 15 minutes.

ILTS Exam Registration

To register for an exam, you must first create an ILTS/ISBE account. Once your account has been created, you will need to log in and select the specific exam you wish to register for. From there, you can register for the exam, pay the testing fee, and schedule your testing appointment.

The testing fee for an ILTS exam is usually between $115 and $122.

How an ILTS Exam is Scored

ILTS exams are scored using a scaled scoring system. This system takes your raw score, which is the total of how many questions you answered correctly, and converts it into a numerical score on a scale from 100 to 300. You will need a minimum score of 240 to pass the exam.

This scoring system is used because there are different versions of the exam given to each group of test-takers. Since different testers are given different questions, raw scores do not always represent fair comparisons between the different exams. Scaled scoring allows the variability in difficulty to be considered so candidates have an equal opportunity no matter what version of the exam they are given.

Retaking an ILTS Exam

If you do not pass your exam on your first attempt, you may retake the exam after completing the full registration process. There is a mandatory waiting period between attempts, which will differ depending on the exam.

ExamWaiting Period
Content-Area Exams (except Gifted Education)14 days
Chief School Business Official
Director of Special Education
Gifted Education30 days
Foreign/World Language Content-Area Exams
Language Proficiency Exams
Learning Behavior Specialist Exams
Principal as Instructional Leader60 days




How many ILTS exams are there?


There are 100 exams that cover materials that a wide range of educators must know according to the grade level they will be instructing in, and if they have a specialty subject they will teach.


Can I cancel or reschedule my ILTS exam?


Yes, you may cancel or reschedule your test appointment, as long as you do so no later than 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.


How long does it take to get my ILTS score?


You should receive your final exams scores within 2 to 6 weeks after testing.


Which ILTS exams include constructed-response questions?


These are the exams that contain constructed-response questions:

  • Target Language Proficiency exams
  • Foreign Language Content Area exams
  • Principal as Instructional Leader exam
  • Learning Behavior Specialist II
  • Superintendent


What is the passing score for an ILTS exam?


To pass your exam, you must achieve a scaled score of at least 240.

By Eric Richter

Eric is the Product Development Manager responsible for developing and updating the Mometrix Teacher Certification and K-12 products. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s of education in Teaching ESOL.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: October 31, 2023