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The ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) is one of the most important tests on the road to obtaining an Illinois certificate to work in a K-12 setting. In order to help you achieve your goals, NLU offers a series of TAP workshops in critical content areas. All workshops are FREE to NLU applicants and students and open to everyone else for a fee.*

NLU's TAP workshops may improve your chances of passing all sections of the TAP, as suggested by test results of past NLU workshop attendees. Get fully prepared for the TAP and register for a workshop today!


TAP Workshop Series Schedule



We will be offering TAP Courses at the Lisle and Chicago campuses during this time. Registration for these courses must go through the advising department, which can be reached at 888-658-8632 or by emialing advising@nl.edu.


OCTOBER 2014: North Shore Campus

Tuesday, October 7th

      Reading 6-8 pm

Thursday, October 9th

      Math Basics 6-9 pm

Tuesday, October 14th

      Grammar 6-8 pm

Wednesday, October 15th

      Usage & Writing 6-8 pm

Thursday, October 16th

      Math Content 6-9 pm


TAP Workshop Series Description

A workshop series consists of a workshop in each of the following areas:

This review workshop will refresh students' knowledge of basic grammar. The workshop will begin with an overview of the different parts of speech and then go into the standards of grammar such as subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, and pronoun usage. At the end, there will be time set aside to review questions from the practice test and discuss test-taking strategies.

Usage and Writing
This workshop will review the skills needed to pass both the language arts and writing sections of the TAP. It will begin by reviewing proper sentence structure and punctuation rules, then conclude with a review of the standards of academic writing. At the end, there will be time set aside to review questions from the practice test and discuss test-taking strategies.

Language Arts
This workshop will include a combination of basic grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation review. There will be practice exercises led by a facilitator meant to refresh students’ knowledge of language arts and writing. The review will also include the writing section of the TAP. At the end of the 3 hour session, there will be time set aside to review questions from the practice test and discuss test-taking strategies.

In this  workshop, students will review the six standards covered in the reading section of the TAP and review reading strategies. During this review, students are encouraged to answer practice questions and perform exercises that will simulate the questions seen on the test.

Math Basics
This math basics workshop is offered as a chance to brush up on math fundamentals. This workshop will review topics such as  fractions, decimals, percentages, graphing, and equations. It is a great warm-up to the math content workshop. Please note, the math basics workshop will not delve into content; content will be introduced in the math content workshop.

Math Content
This workshop will review concepts and formulas needed for the TAP math section. Some concepts covered are geometry, probability, and problem-solving.  Students will complete a review packet designed to emulate questions as seen on the test. 

TAP Workshop Registration

Registration Process:

Email the following information to workshop@nl.edu: 

  • your first and last name
  • telephone number
  • workshop dates and campus
  • NLU status (applicant / student / non-NLU student)
  • NLU ID Number or Social Security number

Within two to three business days, you will receive a confirmation email.


Workshop FEE:

  • FREE for NLU students and applicants*
  • $20.00 for an individual workshop
  • $65.00 for a complete workshop series 
  • Non-NLU students will be sent a payment form and instructions upon registration comfimation
  • Payment in the form of check or money order is required prior to workshop. Cash and credit/debit card payments are not accepted

For additional prep resources, go to Test Prep for IL Teacher Certification.

If you have additional questions about TAP workshops or the registration process, please contact Mandy Bendle at 312-261-3187.


  • Be advised that the workshops are not classes but are designed to review the state standards of each sub-area and help you to identify any further need of study.  If a course is needed to enable students to be at the level where they can pass the Test of Academic Proficiency, please contact advising@nl.edu.
  • There will be a limit of 25 attendees for each workshop in the series. Once the maximum number of registration requests have been submitted, the workshop will be closed. Those interested in attending should submit their registration email as soon as possible.

*You must be an applicant or student at the time of registration for the workshops to be free. If you pay for a workshop and become an applicant afterward, we can’t provide a refund.


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