Resources for the Test of Academic Proficiency
Lewis University Resources
Test of Academic Proficiency Review Sessions
The College of Education will be offering review sessions in Language Arts and Math during the fall 2013 semester to assist those planning to take the Test of Academic Proficiency. If you are taking your TAP test before that time, please be sure to utilize the resources below.
- The College of Education has purchased the ILTS Online Course and Practice Tests from Longsdale Publishing. To access this resource, please locate the following URL with your web browser: http://www.longsdalepub.com/ilts/. This URL will direct you to a Web page welcoming you to the ILTS Online Course and Practice Tests. Click on the “Register NEW Account” button. You will need to register using the following information.
School Number - 27633
School Key - ewicts
After entering this information, the next screen to appear will require you to enter an e-mail address and your first and last name into the spaces provided. The ID Number field is optional. When you have completed the registration process, you will be issued a user name and password. Since you will be asked to enter your user name and password each time you login, it is important that you keep a copy in a safe place. You are required to complete these practice tests if you plan to participate in the Math Review Sessions.
- The College of Education will be offering review sessions in Language Arts and Math in Fall 2013 to assist those planning to take the Test of Academic Proficiency. The dates of these review sessions are listed below. Please contact Mrs. Jean Lucas at (815) 836-5847 if you have any questions.
- The Language Arts/ Writing Review Sessions will be held on two Tuesdays, November 5 and November 19. Before taking either of the Language Arts Review Sessions, participants are required to take the ILTS Online Course and Practice Tests mentioned in #3 of this letter, print out your results and bring them with you to the review session(s). The topics on November 5 will be Writing and Reading Comprehension. On November 19, the session will focus on the rules of grammar. Both sessions are scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be held in LR343 in the Learning Resource Center. One or both sessions may be taken and pre-registration is required. To register for either session, please contact Ms. Jean Lucas at (815) 836-5847 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Before taking any of the Math Review Sessions, participants are required to complete an assessment of their math skills. First, take the ILTS Online Course and Practice Tests mentioned in #3 of this letter, and print out your results. Next, contact Ms. Lucas (815) 836-5847 or at email@example.com to schedule a time to come in and take the College of Education Math Assessment. Bring the ILTS Online Course and Practice Tests results with you when you do the assessment. There is a one hour time limit for the assessment. The results of the assessment will determine how many math review sessions are recommended for each participant. The Math Review Sessions will be offered on seven Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. in De La Salle Hall as follows:
|September 26, 2013
|October 3, 2013
||Decimals and Percent
|October 17, 2013
||Scientific Notation, Exponents, Order of Operations, Algebraic Equations, Expressions, and Inequalities
|October 24, 2013
|November 7, 2013
||Statistics and Probability
|November 14, 2013
|November 21, 2013
||Interpreting Graphs, Test-taking Strategies
Those who are not Lewis University students must pay a $25 fee for the Language Arts Review Sessions and $25 for the Math Review Sessions regardless of how many sessions are attended. Lewis University students may attend all sessions free of charge.
- Leckrone Academic Resource Center (LARC)
LARC offers help to students to improve academic performance through advising, tutoring, and innovative academic programs. This also includes their hosting of the Writing Center, which offers writing tutors to help students at any stage of the writing process.
Other resources to help you prepare for the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency:
- Test of Academic Proficiency-Prep
The College of Education at Lewis University has provided access to an online study guide created by the Illinois Community College Board. The guide includes a lesson for each of the Illinois Learning Standards that are addressed in these Tests. These lessons provide explanations of the major concepts for each of the learning standards. There is also a practice test called a Learning Survey that will help you identify areas for further study for the real test.
For access to this online study guide, please click on the following link:
- Click on "Register Student."
- In the next window click on "Register Student" again.
- Enter Lewis’ candidate passcode: FV8YF5HKSX (NOTE: all caps).
- Complete the information in the next window and click "Submit."
Other State Basic Skills Exam Study Guides
There are a variety of online resources for Basic Skills-type tests that are required in other states. It may be helpful for you to take some of their practice tests as well. See below for links to their sites.
Study Guides and Strategies
- How To Study Website
This website has a variety of resources for study skills, which are listed both by the process of studying and by topic. Each topic then has a list of handouts, prioritized by importance and interest. Topics include: Getting Ready, Taking in Information, Processing Information, Output, How to Study, and How to Write.
- Study Guides and Strategies
This website has an extensive list of resources, and can even be translated into multiple languages. Topics are as varied as Time Management, Learning with Others, Classroom Participation, Reading, Writing Basics, Test Preparation, and Test Taking.
- Enhance My Writing
This website claims to have “a complete collection of indispensable writing resources.” There are four major categories of information on the site: Writing Resources, Writing Library, Writing Workshop, and Awards and Honors. This site is more like a clearinghouse for other resources on the web than an actual tutorial site.
This site is geared specifically for college students and offers ways to “manage college, work, and fun.” Because of the flexibility of college students’ schedules, as well as the myriad demands on their time and attention, college can be a tough juggling act for students. This site offers ways to set goals, manage stress, and use your time more effectively.
Other Universities' Test of Academic Proficiency Resources
A very brief guide to some resources on preparing for the Basic Skills test.