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
Elementary and special education students are required to take the RVE for licensure. The passing score of 157 is required for licensure. The testing codes are (5306) on the computer or (0306) paper version.
More information can be found at: www.ets.org/praxis/va/
(RVE) Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist Assessment is for our MEd in Reading students only. Passing scores on this assessment are 162. www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2011/151-11.shtml
To be admitted to the teacher preparation program, you must have a passing test score (see chart below) on the Praxis I: Math test; a combined test score of 532 on Praxis I: Reading, Writing, and Math; or an approved exemption based on SAT or ACT scores.
|Praxis I paper||Test Code||Passing Scores|
|PPST Composite score||532|
|Praxis I computerized||Test Code||Passing Scores|
|CPPST Composite score||532|
SAT scores as a substitute test for Praxis I
The SAT® may serve as a substitute test for Praxis I (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 I.
Please note that the SAT® was approved as a substitute test only for Praxis I; individuals also must meet the Praxis II (subject area assessment) for initial licensure.
ACT scores as a substitute test for Praxis I
The ACT may serve as a substitute test for Praxis I (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 I only; you must also meet the Praxis II (subject area assessment) for initial licensure..
Praxis II - Content Knowledge
Praxis II in the subject area is required for all licensure candidates except Special Education. Registration and test information, including schedules, is available at www.ets.org/praxis.
The following tests are required for the endorsement (teaching specialty) areas indicated. Praxis II test codes that are for required for Lynchburg College approved programs are:
|Test Code||Praxis II Content Knowledge Area||Passing Score|
|0041||English Language, Literature||172|
|0856||Health & Physical Education||151|
Praxis II: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge is now available as a computer-based test with the following test code (5014).
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: