State Testing Requirements

2012 Update

Effective February 1, 2012, the Illinois Basic Skills Test changed to the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).  You may use ACT Plus Writing or SAT composite scores in lieu of passing the TAP.


  • Receive a composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22 OR

  • Receive a composite SAT score of 1030 AND

  • You cannot have failed the TAP five times AND

  • The official score report cannot be more than five (5) years old

Read more about using the requirements and the process of submitting your ACT Plus Writing or SAT.

What you need to know

  • The test consists of four subareas: Reading Comprehension, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Writing.
  • Most students need multiple attempts to pass all subareas.
  • The test can be taken as many as five times.
  • Once a subarea is passed, the score is "banked." Only the subareas not passed must be repeated.
  • The current paper and pencil test will be offered through April 2012. After April 2012, the paper and pencil option will no longer be available.
  • Test results are good for five years.