Testing Information

The Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as many other states, requires passing scores on a nationally standardized test. The Virginia Board of Education has established the following requirements:

(VCLA) Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment

The writing and reading portions of the VCLA are required for all licensure candidates. The passing score of 235 in reading and writing is required.

The VCLA is also available on the computer by appointment at Pearson Testing Centers but requires advanced registration at www.va.nesinc.com.

(RVE) Reading for Virginia Educators – Elementary and Special Education Assessment – Test Code 5306

Elementary and special education students are required to take the RVE for licensure. The passing score of 157 is required for licensure.

More information can be found at: www.ets.org/praxis/va/

(RVE) Reading for Virginia Educators – Reading Specialist Assessment – Test Code 5304

For MEd in Reading students only. Passing scores on this assessment are 162.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

To be admitted to the teacher preparation program, you must take/pass one of the following options a, b, or c:

  1. Praxis Core: Math score of 150 required and pass VCLA.
  2. Praxis Core: Reading, Writing, Math. Students who choose option b. may postpone VCLA to later date but it is still required for licensing.
  3. Exempt if you have SAT or ACT approved substitution scores

Registration information is available via the ETS praxis flyer and bulletin, and also at www.ets.org/praxis.

Praxis Core Test Code Passing Scores
Mathematics 5732 150
Reading 5712 156
Writing 5722 162

SAT scores as a substitute test for Praxis Core

The SAT® may serve as a substitute test for Praxis Core (Reading, Writing, and Math) required for initial licensure.

The Board of Education approved a score of 1000 on the SAT®, taken prior to April 1, 1995, with at least 450 on the verbal and 510 on the mathematics tests or a score of 1100 on the SAT, taken after April 1, 1995, with at least 530 on the verbal and 530 on the mathematics tests as a substitute for Praxis Core.

Please note that the SAT® was approved as a substitute test only for Praxis Core; individuals also must meet the Praxis II (subject area assessment) for initial licensure.

ACT scores as a substitute test for Praxis Core

The ACT may serve as a substitute test for Praxis Core (Reading, Writing, and Math) required for initial licensure. For the ACT taken after April 1, 1995, a composite ACT score of 24 and ACT mathematics score of 22 and a combined score of 46 on English plus Reading is required.

The ACT is approved as a substitute for Praxis Core only; you must also meet the Praxis II (subject area assessment) for initial licensure.

Praxis II – Content Knowledge

Test Codes Praxis II Content Knowledge Area Passing Score
5031* Elementary Education Multiple Subject
5032 Reading & Language Arts 165
5033 Mathematics 164
5034 Social Studies 155
5035 Science 159
5134 Art 158
5235 Biology 155
5245 Chemistry 153
5571 Earth Science 156
5038 English Language Arts 167
5174 French 163
5856 Health & Physical Education 151
5161 Mathematics 160
5113 Music 160
5265 Physics 147
5081 Social Studies 161
5195 Spanish 168

*Individuals must register for 5031 and take all four subtests in one sitting. A passing score on each subtest is required. If a passing score is not obtained on each subtest, a subtest may be retaken as a stand-alone test.

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Test Preparation Resources

Several test prep books are on reserve in the library and academic services.

Sample test and study classes are available on several websites: