The Illinois State Board of Education allows AUSL applicants to use their ACT/SAT score in lieu of passing the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) for admission.


Please Note: This option is only allowed for candidates who have an existing ACT/SAT score that meets the criteria listed below. You will also still need to take and pass the appropriate content area tests. The information below is based on emergency rules and can be changed or cancelled at any time. The waiver can only be processed if and when you are accepted into the program.


The following criteria must be met:

ACT: 
  • Prior to 9/1/2015 – Composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22 and a minimum 19 Combined English/Writing score
  • 9/1/2015–9/9/2016 – Composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22 and a minimum 16 Writing score
  • 9/10/2016 or later – Composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22 and a minimum 6 Writing score
(The ACT Plus Writing must be taken at the same time you receive a score of 22 or higher.)

SAT: 
  • Prior to 3/5/2016 – Composite (Mathematics & Critical Reading) SAT score of at least 1030 and a minimum 450 Writing score 
  • After 3/5/2016 – Composite (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing + Mathematics) SAT score of at least 1110 and a minimum 26 Writing and Language score
ACT & SAT: AUSL must receive your test scores by May 1, 2017 and ISBE Waiver by June 1, 2017.

 

Prospective candidates who wish to use their ACT/SAT score in lieu of the TAP must complete the following:


Step 1: Request ACT or SAT scores. Scan and upload a copy of your scores to the appropriate section of your online application.



STOP: Only complete steps 2-5 if and when you are accepted into the program.



Step 2: Create an Educator License Information System (ELIS) account.


Step 3: Request ACT or SAT send an official score report to ISBE. (ISBE must receive the score reports directly from ACT/SAT.) For ACT, use institution code 3001; for SAT, use institution code 6773.


Step 4: Check your ELIS account regularly to check the status of your waiver request.


Step 5: Notify AUSL Admissions at admissions@auslchicago.org once ISBE has accepted your waiver. This must be completed by June 1, 2017 for the late June start.


Instructions for calculating your combined English/writing score