Thanks for answering my question ( I posted a long time ago, and read the response just a few days ago Will anyone tell me what subject-matter exams compose of? I'm not from Illinois, and I only have a CBEST results from long long time ago. I don't work with kids anymore, so I can't get the information I need because I don't know any teachers. I looked into the IL website regarding test related info, but still I'm unsure of what to study for. What are the study guide/books do people use? Is the exam different than upper elementary (?) teaching certificate? For special ed for preschool, do you still take the same pre k to 3rd grade exam?