ILTS Principal as Instructional Leader Practice Test (195 & 196)

The Principal as Instructional Leader Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) examination is a Content-Area Test designed to ensure educators meet the needs and requirements to obtain licensure as per the standards set forth by the state of Illinois. The test helps identify candidates who can demonstrate the level of knowledge necessary to perform in their specialization for licensure. These requirements are tested through a combination of Subtests and their respective objectives to determine whether the prospective educator has achieved mastery of the concepts.

Subtest 1

Subarea I: Planning, Change and Accountability

This Subarea will test whether you understand how to lead change, engage in collaborative planning and decision making and use assessment and accountability systems.

Subarea II: Instructional Improvement

This Subarea will test whether you understand how to establish and sustain a school culture and learning environment, provide instructional leadership focused on effective teaching and learning and professional development.

Subtest 2

Subarea I: Visionary Leadership, Collaboration and Contexts of Education

This Subarea will test whether you understand: the collaborative development and implementation of a shared vision; how to communicate and collaborate with students, faculty and staff, families and members of the community; how to respond to diverse community interests and needs; how to mobilize community resources; the political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts of education.

Subarea II: School Management and Legal/Ethical Guidelines

This Subarea will test whether you understand organizational and operational management, fiscal and human resource management and legal and ethical guidelines related to the educational system.

Each Subtest contains 56 multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response assignments. You have a total of three hours and 45 minutes to complete each Subtest. For examples of questions you may encounter on the exam, try our ILTS Principal as Instructional Leader Subject Practice Test.


The ILTS Principal as Instructional Leader test is criterion referenced and objective based. This means it measures a candidate’s knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard. Your performance will not be scored in relation to the performance of other candidates.

Your score is reported on a scale of 100 to 300, with a minimum of 240 required to successfully pass the test. You final score is determined based on the number of correctly answered multiple-choice questions and the scores you receive on the constructed-response assignments, with each section representing 60 and 40 percent of your total score, respectively.

Scores can either be sent to you via e-mail or through the mail about three weeks following successful completion of the examination.

Registration Information

Registration for the ILTS Principal as Instructional Leader test is by appointment, year round Monday through Saturday with the exclusion of some holidays. When you go to register for the exam, you will be given available dates to choose from for your selected testing location.

Testing locations are available throughout the state of Illinois and nationwide. The registration cost is $162 per subtest. Upon registration, you agree to adhere to all testing rules and policies.