For Prospective Students Only: Required tests for admission into the School Social Work Concentration.

To practice as a school social worker in an elementary, middle, or secondary school in Illinois, MSW students must obtain the Professional Educator License (PEL) with a school social work endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education. Consistent with that requirement, the college requires students who are interested in the career of school social worker to submit a copy of the ACT plus Writing, SAT, or Test of Academic Proficiency. A student may be conditionally admitted into the school concentration prior to passing one of the three required tests. This policy applies to students in three of the four program options (Full-Time, PM-Extended Study, and Transfer). Advanced Standing students cannot be admitted conditionally due to the timeframe of their program.

The ACT Plus Writing exam must result in a composite score of 22 or higher, plus Writing test score of 19 or higher. The SAT score must entail critical reading + mathematics and equal a score of 1030 or higher, with a writing score of at least 450.  Students who take the Test of Academic Proficiency must have a passing score on all subtests of the TAP.  Information about the Test of Academic Proficiency can be obtained from the Illinois Certification Testing System at 800-239-8107 or www.icts.nesinc.com. Students must request an official score report and then forward that report to The Jane Addams College of Social Work. Do not request ICTS to send the report electronically to the College. The College cannot receive electronic reports.

Applicant Specifications

Advanced Standing Applicants

Persons applying for concentration year enrollment must submit to the College an ACT Plus Writing test composite score of 22 or higher, plus Writing test score of 19 or higher, or a SAT score of 1030 or higher, or a passing TAP score by March 15th.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer Program Option applicants transferring in as foundation year students may be admitted conditionally into the School Concentration if they do not have a passing TAP or acceptable ACT or SAT test score. They have until the end of December of their foundation year to submit a passing TAP score, or a SAT score of 1030 or higher, or a ACT- composite score of 22 or higher, plus Writing test score of 19 or higher.

Full-Time and PM-Extended Study Applicants

Persons applying to the Full-Time Program Option or the PM-Extended Study Program Option may be admitted conditionally into the School Concentration if they do not have a passing TAP, or acceptable ACT, or SAT score. Students must submit passing test scores by March 15th. Yet if students do not have a passing score at this date, they have until December of their foundation year to submit a passing TAP, or a SAT test score of 1030 or higher, or a ACT-Plus Writing test composite score of 22 or higher, plus Writing test score of 19 or higher.

School Social Work Content Examination

This Examination is taken only after you are enrolled in the School Concentration, and after completing your first semester of school-based field experience and coursework in the concentration.  Upon passing this examination students can work in an elementary, middle, or secondary school as a school social worker.

Mailing Instructions

Please mail a Sealed STUDENT COPY of your ACT form or a copy of your TAP scores to:

Jane Addams College of Social Work

Office of Admission

1040 W. Harrison M/C 309

Chicago, IL 60607

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