ILTS Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) (197–200)

The Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) requires candidates seeking Illinois teaching licensure to sit for and pass certification examinations in their teaching area. The Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) exam described in this article pertains to the test valid through March 13, 2022.

The Basics

The Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) (197-200) is a computer-delivered 230 multiple-choice exam divided into four subtests. Subtest I – III consists of 60 questions, and subtest IV has 50 questions. The exam is designed to assess your knowledge of content in Elementary Education, grades one through six. Each question is based on current and relevant expectations defined by the Illinois Content Area Standards for Educators.


You can take subtests individually or all at once. Individually the test fee for Subtests I, III, and IV is $60.00, and the test fee for Subtest II is $73.00. The test fee for completing all Subtests in one appointment is $153.00.

Payment is accepted by Visa, MasterCard, or Debit Card (with the Visa or MasterCard logo and without a PIN). Arrangements can be made to pay the test fee by personal check if you don’t have a Visa or MasterCard.


If taken individually, Subtests I, III, IV have a testing time of one hour and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute tutorial. Subtest II’s testing time is two hours and 15 minutes, which includes a 15-minute tutorial. All four Subtests in a single session have a testing time of six hours and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute tutorial.


Register for the exam through the portal on ILTS website. The test is delivered at Pearson-Vue testing centers located throughout Illinois and nationwide. The exam is offered Monday through Saturday, holidays excepted. Your registration is valid for one year. If you do not schedule your appointment within the year, your test fee(s) is forfeited.


The passing score for each Subtest is 240. After your testing appointment, preliminary test reports are provided at the testing site. According to the posted score-reporting schedule, official results are posted to your ILTS account, usually within two weeks.

You can retake the exam, if necessary, after 14 days. You have to register and pay the test fee each time – there is no reduction in the fee for retakes.

The Details

Subtest I: Language and Literacy (197)

The 60 multiple-choice questions focus on six content areas.

These areas are 1) the foundations of research-based literacy instruction and assessment, and emergent literacy development; 2) knowledge of language and literacy decoding and fluency development; 3) the development of vocabulary, academic language, and reading comprehension; 4) the skills and approaches to develop comprehension and analysis of literary and informational texts; 5) the knowledge of writing development and the writing process; and 6) knowledge of the development of speaking and listening skills.

Subtest II: Mathematics

Sixty multiple-choice questions are divided between six content areas.

These areas are 1) college algebra and statistics; 2) knowledge of mathematics curriculum and strategies for teaching counting and cardinality, numbers, and operations in base ten; 3) properties of numbers and operations involving fractions and the strategies for teaching the concepts to students; 4) operations and algebraic thinking and the strategies for teaching the concepts to students; 5) measurement and data and the strategies for teaching the concepts to students; and 6) geometry and the strategies for teaching geometry concepts to students.

Subtest III: Science and Social Science

Sixty multiple-choice questions evaluate your understanding and knowledge in six content areas.

These areas are 1) interrelationships between science, technology, and society; 2) scientific investigations and inquiry skills, principles and procedures, and design and implementation of scientific investigations; 3) the fundamental concepts, principles, and interconnections of the life sciences, physical sciences, and Earth and space sciences; 4) the structure and functions of government, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and participation in civic life; 5) the interrelationships of economic and political principles, concepts, and systems, and their relationship to historical and contemporary developments in Illinois, the United States, and the world; 6) the principles, concepts, and phenomena of geography, sociology, and culture and the interrelationships between people and their environment.

Subtest IV: Fine Arts, Physical Development, and Health

There are 50 multiple-choice questions divided between four content areas:

The areas are 1) the historical, cultural, and societal contexts of the arts (visual, music, drama, and dance) and the interrelationships; 2) concepts, techniques, and materials used for learning opportunities to encourage self-expression through the visual arts, music, drama, and dance; 3) concepts, principles, and practices related to movement, sports, and team-building skills and the role of physical activity in promoting students’ personal, social, and cognitive development; and 4) systems of the human body, components, concepts and practices of fitness, and the interrelationships between fitness and the body.


You have a lot riding on your exam—without a passing score, you cannot become a teacher in Illinois. Knowing that your success is dependent on a certification test can add pressure and stress. It doesn’t have to, though. Mometrix Test Preparation has study guides and flashcards that take the guesswork out of figuring out what to study and how to do it, helping you study stress-free and effectively.


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by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: February 16, 2022