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TAP or ACT - Making the Choice



TAP or ACT – Making the Choice

In accordance with state law, all teacher education candidates must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or document an ACT Composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus Writing (English/Writing 19 combined) taken within 10 years of application to teacher education in order to be admitted to teacher education. Candidates taking the ACT after September 2015 must earn a 16 on the Writing section (there is no longer a combined English/Writing score). 

Candidates who have met the ACT composite requirement should refer to the document SUBSTITUTING ACT COMPOSITE SCORE OF 22 (SAT of 1030) FOR TEST OF ACADEMIC PROFICIENCY (TAP) for additional information. This document along with the required forms can be found on the teacher education website .



Candidates who are trying to decide which testing options best meets their needs might find the following information useful:





Testing Schedule

Offered 6 times a year on specific test dates with test results available approximately 8 weeks after the test date.

Offered Monday thru Saturday throughout the year at select Pearson Vue Test Centers with test results available within 4 weeks.

Test Registration

Test registration is required (web registration) prior to the test. To register visit

Registration is required (web registration) and is based on availability. To register visit

Testing Format

Paper and pencil

Computer based




Test Setting

Classroom/Auditorium Setting primarily with juniors and seniors in high school

Computer testing lab 

Content of Test

English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning, and Writing

Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Writing

Score Requirement

Composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus Writing (English/Writing 19 combined - before Sept. 2015). After Sept. 2015, candidates must earn a 16 on the Writing section. Scores on versions without writing cannot be considered and scores cannot be combined across administrations.

Each test area (Reading, Language Arts, etc) is scored separately with a score of 240 or higher (approximately 80% of items correct) required to pass. All 4 test areas must be passed to pass the test as a whole. Results can be combined across administrations.


Limit of 12 attempts on regular ACT test dates. Must take entire test on each administration.

Unlimited attempts. Must wait a minimum of 60 days between test attempts. Need only retake tests previously not passed.


Click here to register for the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), and here to register for the ACT.

If you still need help choosing which test best fits your needs or have registration difficulties, visit the Teacher Assessment Support Center in Buzzard Room 2303 or our Information/Registration page here.