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
For MEd in Reading students only. Passing scores on this assessment are 162. The testing codes are 5304 for computer-based or 0304 for paper version.
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.
These test codes - scores only correct until December 31, 2013.
|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
|Test Codes||Praxis II Content Knowledge Area||Passing Score|
|0014 or 5014||Elementary Education||143|
|0134 or 5134||Art||158|
|0235 or 5235||Biology||155|
|0245 or 5245||Chemistry||153|
|0571 or 5571||Earth Science||156|
|0041 or 5041||English Language, Literature||172|
|0856 or 5856||Health & Physical Education||151|
|0061 or 5061||Mathematics||147|
|0113 or 5113||Music||160|
|0265 or 5265||Physics||147|
|0081 or 5081||Social Studies||161|
Information on Virginia Testing Changes for next year
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: