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The ILTS exams are your gateway to teaching in Illinois. As you prepare, you need to know the relative difficulty of the ILTS and what score you need to pass. It is also important to know where you can find the best resources and study guides to help you prepare. And once you have found the right study guide, you need to know how to use it and when to study. This article will cover everything you need to know about preparing for an ILTS exam.
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The ILTS exams cover many different topics. Each test has its own passing rate, which you can check out here. This table will give you an idea of how hard your test will be, but no matter how hard it is, the best approach is to be well prepared. Giving yourself at least two to three months to study is the best-case scenario. You don’t want to be cramming right before the exam. It will cause stress and anxiety, so it’s best to avoid that. However, if you find yourself in a time crunch, Dr. Kristy Mulkey has some great tips on effective cramming.
In order to pass an ILTS exam, you must earn a scaled score of 240 out of 300. Each question is weighted differently, so you do not need to get a full 80% of the questions correct. Aim for at least 75% and you should be good to go!
The best way to pass the ILTS exam is to prepare. Invest in a study guide that is aligned with your ILTS exam. It will also save you time because you don’t need to gather all the information. And because it is aligned to your specific test, you can study confidently knowing that everything is covered in the study guide. 240 Tutoring has study guides for the most popular ILTS exams and you can find them here.
You will find all kinds of resources for the ILTS online. Some of them are better than others, so look at what they offer. You will want at least one resource that can help you understand the testing software. The ILTS website has a computer-based test tutorial that is worth checking out before you take an ILTS exam. This will help you be more efficient on your testing day because you won’t have to waste any time familiarizing yourself with the testing software.
Then you need another resource that covers the test material. This resource should include a pretest, study guide, and practice questions. Study resources should also fit your personal situation. Dr. Kristy Mulkey can help you find the best resources for you.
The best resources for an ILTS exam come from the ILTS testing website and 240 Tutoring. To prepare for the ILTS exam, check out 240 Tutoring. We offer a practice test, study guide, flashcards, videos, and tons of practice questions to help you prepare. The study guides and practice tests at 240 Tutoring are aligned with each test and are frequently updated.
The best study guides are found online. These often come with videos and the practice questions are interactive. A good quality study guide will be aligned with the test and be written by experts in the field. You should also look to see whether the study guide includes free resources so you can check out the material before buying. If you use 240 Tutoring, our pretest will help you determine your strengths and weaknesses. This can guide your studying and maximize how you use your time.
The best way to use a study guide is to begin with a diagnostic test. Once you know what areas you need to work on, you can begin focusing on these topics. Give yourself plenty of time to study before the exam. Most people suggest starting at least two to three months before the exam date. Be sure to study both the study guide and flashcards. Break the study guide up into sections and make a study plan.
Once you have registered for and scheduled your ILTS exam, start studying immediately. Take a diagnostic or practice test to find your weakest areas and then devise a study plan. The best way to study for the exam is to divide the topics into manageable chunks. Then use the study guide to learn the material and review the flashcards. Once you feel confident in the material, complete the practice questions. Here are some tips on how long you should study for an ILTS exam.
When you study for the ILTS exam doesn’t matter as much as how long you study. Plan to study for two to three months prior to your exam. Spending an hour each day allows you to fully absorb the material without being overwhelmed. Each week, set aside one day to review all of the material that you have already studied. If there are areas that you struggle with on practice tests, spend a little more time on those sections. The final week before your exam should be only review. All of the material should be combined when you review.
The amount of time spent studying depends on how much you already know. This is the best reason to jump over to 240 Tutoring and take our free practice test. This will allow you to plan out your study time. Spend at least the last week of your study time reviewing all of the material. Invest in a great study guide so you can begin studying immediately.
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