ILTS Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) (305)

The Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) requires candidates seeking Illinois teaching licensure to sit for and pass certification examinations in their teaching area. This version of the Elementary Education exam became effective on March 16, 2020.

What’s the difference between tests (197-200) and (305)?

The Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) (305) is an updated version of the Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) (197-200) and became available as a test for certification in March 2020. While the content and objectives of the two exams are similar, the defining difference between the two exams is that the new version of the exam (305) is one test. In contrast, the earlier version consists of four subtests. Until March 13, 2022, both exams are valid for certification.

The Basics

The Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) (305) is a computer-delivered exam with 150 multiple-choice 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.

Timing and Fees

The test fee is $122.00. 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.

Four hours and 15 minutes are allotted for the exam, 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 is 240. After your testing appointment, a preliminary test report is provided at the testing site. Your official score report is delivered to your ILTS account according to the posted schedule, 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

The Elementary Education exam is divided into six subareas, and each subarea is broken into objectives. While the exam contains 150 questions, only 120 questions count towards your score. You will not know which question is scored and which is not, so do your best to answer each question.

Subarea I: Language and Literacy

The 39 multiple-choice questions in this subarea make up 26% of your score.

The six objectives in Language and Literacy include 1) the foundations of research-based literacy instruction, assessment, and emergent literacy development; and 2) language decoding and fluency development; 3) development of vocabulary, academic language, and reading comprehension; 4) skills and approaches to develop reading comprehension through analysis of literary and informational texts; 5) the writing development and the writing process; and 6) the development of speaking and listening skills.

Subarea II: Mathematics

There are 39 multiple-choice questions in the mathematics subarea that make up 26% of your score.

The six objectives include 1) college algebra and statistics; 2) strategies for teaching counting and cardinality, numbers, and operations in base ten; 3) the properties of numbers and operations involving fractions and strategies for teaching the concepts; 4) operations and algebraic thinking and strategies for teaching the concepts; 5) measurement and data and strategy for introducing the concepts; and 6) geometry and teaching geometry concepts

Subarea III: Science

Thirteen percent of your score comes from 19 multiple-choice questions.

The three objectives in the Science subarea are 1) the interrelationships among science, technology, and society; 2) scientific investigations, inquiry, principles and procedures, scientific investigations, and safety procedures; 3) the fundamental concepts, principles, and interconnections of the life sciences, the physical sciences, and Earth and space sciences.

Subarea IV: Social Science

Nineteen multiple-choice questions cover three objectives. The subarea constitutes 13% of your score.

The objectives include 1) structure and function of government; the rights and responsibilities of US citizenship; and civic participation; 2) economic and political principles, concepts, and systems and their relationship to historical and contemporary developments in Illinois, the United States, and the world; and 3) principles, concepts, and phenomena of geography, sociology, and culture and the relationship between people and their environment.

Subarea V: Fine Arts

Nine percent of your score comes from 13 multiple-choice questions.

The two objectives in Fine Arts are 1) historical, cultural, and societal contexts for visual arts, music, drama, and dance, and their interrelationships; and 2) concepts, techniques, and materials of the visual arts, music, drama, and dance; provide learning opportunities for students that encourage self-expression through the arts.

Subarea VI: Physical Development and Health

Nineteen multiple-choice questions are 13% of your total score.

There are three objectives: 1) fundamental concepts, principles, practices, and the role of physical activity in promoting social, personal, and cognitive development; 2) systems of the human body; health and fitness components, concepts, and practices; and the relationship between fitness and body systems; and 3) personal, family, and community health and safety, and methods to develop healthy attitudes and decisions.


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