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TAP or ACT - Making the Choice


TAP or ACT/SAT – Making the Choice

In accordance with state law, and in order to be admitted to teacher education at EIU, all teacher education candidates must pass the Basic Skills/Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or document an ACT Composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus Writing with a Writing score of 16 or higher (if test was taken prior to September 2015, must have a combined English/Writing score of 19 or higher) or a SAT Composite score of 1110 and a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language Test (Prior to March, 2016, a composite score of 1030 and a minimum score of 450 on Writing). Candidates who have met the ACT or SAT requirements should refer to the document “Process for Substituting ACT/SAT Composite Score for TAP” for additional information.  This 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. 

*As of 2017, EIU will now take ACT/SAT superscores. Superscoring is a combination of your best individual section scores. These scores are averaged to create a new composite score. For more information contact the Teacher Assessment Support Center. 




Testing Schedule

Offered 5-6 times a year   on specific test dates with test results available approximately a month   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) approximately 5 weeks 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   generally with other college students and adults

Content of Test

ACT: English, Math, Reading, Science   Reasoning, Writing

New SAT: Reading, Writing &   Language, Math

Reading, Language Arts,   Mathematics, and Writing

Score Requirements

ACT: Composite score of 22 or   higher and a minimum of 16 on the Writing portion (ACT plus Writing taken   prior to Sept 2015, requires an English/Writing Combined score of 19, with 22   composite score).

SAT: Composite score of 1110   and a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language Test.

SAT taken before March 2016: Composite Score of 1030   with a minimum writing score of 450.   


Scores from the ACT test   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.


Must take on a regular   test date and must take the entire test on each administration.

Must wait a minimum of 30   days between test attempts.  Need only   retake tests previously not passed.