Educator Licensure TAP - NIU - Testing Services

Student Testing & Exams

NIU Testing Services

Adams Hall 128
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

815-753-1203
815-753-3701 (fax)
testing@niu.edu

Regular Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- noon
1- 4:30 p.m.

Finals Week Office Hours

Monday, December 11 -Thursday, December 14
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
(open during lunch)

Friday, December 15
8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
(open during lunch)

Educator Licensure Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)

All students planning to enroll in any NIU initial teacher licensure program are required to take and pass the Illinois Licensure Testing Stystem (ILTS) Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to program admission. 

Prospective students may use one of the following to substitute for the TAP:

  • For ACT tests taken prior to September 1, 2015, candidates must provide documented ACT Plus Writing score (minimum composite score of 22 and minimum combined English/Writing score of 19)
  • For ACT tests taken on or after September 1, 2015, candidates must provide documented ACT Plus Writing Score (minimum composite score of 22 and minimum writing score of 16).
  • Documented SAT score (minimum on the critical reading + mathematics of 1030 and minimum score on the writing of 450).

TAP registration and test materials are available online through the Illinois Licensure Testing System. More information including a suggested study plan and practice guides are available through NIU's Educator Licensure and Preparation program in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. TAP workshops and tutoring are available through NIU's Educator Licensure and Preparation Unit.