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
    5001* Elementary Education Multiple Subject
    5002 Reading & Language Arts 157
    5003 Mathematics 157
    5004 Social Studies 155
    5005 Science 159
    5134 Art 158
    5235 Biology 155
    5245 Chemistry 153
    5571 Earth Science 156
    5038 English Language Arts 167
    5174 French 163
    5857 Health & Physical Education 160
    5161 Mathematics 160
    5113 Music 160
    5265 Physics 147
    5081 Social Studies 161
    5195 Spanish 168

    *Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001): *This test is required in Virginia on and after 7/1/2015. 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 standalone test. [Score reports for individuals who took the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) prior to July 1, 2015, will be accepted provided the candidate met the passing score effective at the time the test was taken.]

    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: