(This may have been covered before, so feel free to point me to the thread...I couldn't find anything when searching) Getting flight following and flying VFR, I asked for a practice ILS 36 and the controller said "Cleared ILS 36, proceed direct ABCDE" (the IAF). What am I "cleared" for exactly ? I wasn't requesting IFR clearance, , he didn't even ask if airplane and pilot IFR qualified. Is he providing separation services ? No change in distance I must maintain from clouds ...??? Note: weather was VFR.