TAP Preparation Options at NLU

Teacher Prep Degree Programs

As Chicagoland’s premiere “teacher of teachers,” NLU also offers a wide range of M.A.T. and B.A. education degree options.

To learn more about our teacher-preparation programs, click here or Apply Now.

The ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) is one of the most important tests on the road to becoming a teacher. Find out more about the TAP here.

NLU offers a number of flexible options that can prepare you to take and pass the TAP:

  • Intensive TAP Preparation Courses: This new series of courses for NLU students and applicants focuses on three critical areas of the TAP: Math, Reading Comprehension and Language Arts. Students take practice tests to assess their skills and receive a personalized learning plan. Learn More >>

  • TAP Workshops: This series of TAP workshops focuses on a range of TAP content areas: Math Basics, Math Content, Reading, Grammar and Usage, and Writing. All workshops are free to NLU applicants and students and open to everyone else for a fee. Learn More >>

  • Online Practice Tests: This free online course contains instruction and practice tests for the Reading, Language Arts and Mathematics areas of the TAP. Please contact Library and Learning Support to obtain the School Number and School Key needed in order to create an account: 800.443.5522 x3374 or learn@nl.edu.
  • TAP Resource Guide: This guide provides additional, free materials in preparation for the Test of Academic Proficiency including print materials, pdf and word packets relating to each TAP standard, videos, practice tests, test-taking strategies, and much more.

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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