Elementary Education 1-6: Subtest 1
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What’s on the Elementary Education 1-6: Subtest 1 Exam?
Taking the ILTS Elementary Education Subtest 1: Language and Literacy exam can be a daunting task. Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground.
The ILTS Elementary Education Subtest 1: Language and Literacy exam is a required exam that ensures candidates have sufficient knowledge in all relevant subject areas to teach elementary school.
Taking the ILTS Elementary Education Subtest 1: Language and Literacy exam can be a daunting task. Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground. This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare. Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test. In order to cover everything, subtest 1 is broken down into 6 objectives.
What to Expect
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You will have a total of 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete subtest 1.
The ILTS Elementary Education Subtest 1 exam in its entirety consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. The test is administered via computer. Because of this, there can be a variety in the style of questions that are asked. You should expect to see three main types of questions: single-answer, stimulus-based, and cluster. You should expect most questions to require you simply to click an oval next to the correct answer. However, there may be questions that utilize the technology more. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on check boxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.
A passing score for every ILTS subtest is 240.
When do I get Scores?
A score report will be emailed to the email address you provided upon registration as soon as it is available, so it is important to keep your registration information up to date. You can also access a PDF version of your score report 45 days after the test date by logging in and following the prompts. You can also find your results, when they become available, here.
Understanding Your Score Report
Your Score Report will include the date of the exam, your total test score out of 300, and a pass or fail status. In order to help testers understand their strengths and weaknesses in testing areas, subarea scores are provided. You do not need to pass every subarea in order to pass the exam, but do need an overall score of 240 or higher. Your subarea scores are for your information only and should be used to identify weaknesses in specific subareas.
The ILTS Exams are required for certification in Illinois. In some cases, alternate state exams can replace the ILTS. For up to date information on specific requirements please visit the Illinois State Board of Education.
Beginning to Prepare
Beginning to Prepare
After you have determined which exam you need to take, have registered and paid the exam fee, it is time to begin preparing for the ILTS. The most effective way to prepare for the ILTS Exam series is to develop a study plan. Your study plan should include understanding the standards, the structure of the ILTS, what study materials are available, practice or diagnostic assessments, studying strategies, how to write a CRQ response (if applicable), and developing a study schedule as discussed below.
Understanding The Standards
The ILTS was designed to align with Illinois state learning standards and content standards for teachers. The Professional and Subject Knowledge exams will measure proficiency in their respective fields based on the Illinois standards for that field. You can find information about these standards on the Illinois Department of Education Website.
Structure of the ILTS
Each ILTS exam consists of a unique format and time allotment. Please visit ILTS Frameworks and select the “Desired Test” for more information.
The edTPA consists of a portfolio, similar to the process used for National Board Certification, in order to display proficiency in five key competencies. These competencies are planning, assessment, instruction, reflection, and academic language. Specific items reflecting the competencies must be present in the portfolio including video recordings of the student teacher interacting with students in the classroom, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning, planning and assessment documentation, and reflective commentaries. For more information about the edTPA, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education website.
Don’t Forget to Study Testing Strategies
How to Write a CRQ
CRQ’s or Constructed Response Questions are an important part of the ILTS. If your exam includes CRQ’s, you will need to know how to write one effectively. Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for the CRQ portion of your exam.