Instructions for Substituting an ACT Plus Writing or SAT Score for TAP

Procedures to substitute ACT/SAT scores for the Illinois Basic Skills Test (#96 or 300)/Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP #400) for full admission to the Department of Education

The substituted scores must meet the following requirements:

  • Composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22 and ACT Plus Writing tests taken before September 2015 will be required to have a minimum score of 19 on the combined English/Writing; tests taken between September 2015 and September 2016 will be required to have a composite score of at least 22 and minimum score of 16 on the Writing portion; tests taken after September 2016 will be required to have a composite score of at least 22 and minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion;
  • Or a composite (math and critical reading) SAT score of at least 1030 and a minimum 450 in writing if the test was taken before March 5, 2016; or a composite SAT with Essay score of 1110 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language Test if the test was taken after March 5, 2016;
  • If you have acceptable minimum scores on writing or composites from different testing dates, be sure to submit both test scores to ISBE (however, scores must both be from the ACT or both from the SAT).
  • Or a passing score on an out of state basic skills/praxis test if licensure was earned in another state.

Applicants who wish to apply for admission to a Teacher Education program at Elmhurst College using an ACT/SAT score that meets the stated requirements must:

  • Be admitted to Elmhurst College.
  • Complete all components of the application to the Department of Education. Mr. Slodki, Director of Admissions for the Department of Education, will assist students in determining any missing materials.
  • Submit the following testing information to the Department of Education.
    • If a Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) has been attempted but not all subtests have been passed, submit a copy of the latest score report.
    • Submit an official ACT Plus Writing or SAT score report to Elmhurst College.
      • If you submitted an official score report with College admission materials, you do not have to submit a new one. ACT or SAT scores on high school transcripts are not acceptable.
      • If you have never submitted a score report to Elmhurst College, you must either
        • have an official score report sent you and you bring it UNOPENED to the Admissions Director, Mr. Slodki, in the Department of Education (the preferred and quicker option) OR
        • request that ACT or SAT send an official score report to the College using the College’s code (ACT code is 1020). (This option will result in delay because the Department of Education will need to find those scores in the Admission Office.)
  • You must create and access an Educator Licensure System (ELIS) account. To do this, go to www.isbe.net and access ELIS from the “System Quick Links” near the top of the homepage. Then click “Educator Access”. Next, click “Create an Account.” Follow the instructions. Print the “homepage” of your account which shows your name and your IEIN (Illinois Educator Identification Number) in the upper left. Submit this printed “screenshot” with your application materials.
  • Request that an official ACT Plus Writing or SAT score report be sent to the Illinois Board of Education. ISBE will only accept official score reports sent directly from ACT or SAT. Follow directions at www.actstudent.org or sat.collegeboard.org. Individuals who wish to use a qualifying ACT score in lieu of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) must use code 3001 to send an official score report to ISBE. (This code is unpublished; you will not find it at the ACT website.) Individuals who wish to use a qualifying SAT score in lieu of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) must use code 6773 to send an official score report to ISBE. ISBE will not return official score reports. ISBE will only accept official score reports directly from ACT or SAT. Official score reports sent to you and then forwarded to ISBE will not be accepted. Only after the candidate creates an ELIS account (see 4 above) should s/he request that an ACT Plus Writing or SAT score be sent to ISBE. ISBE will only maintain unmatched score reports for 30 days; after that time, if an ELIS account has not been created, ISBE will shred the score report.

Reminders: Do not send a score report to ISBE unless you are sure that the composite and writing scores are acceptable or the scores will be shredded.

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