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.

VCLA Bulletin

(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. 

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 scores of 1100 (combined verbal and math) and at least 530 in both math and verbal sections or ACT minimum scores

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

Praxis Core paper 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
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
5038 English Language Arts 167
5174 French 163
0856 or 5856 Health & Physical Education 151
5161 Mathematics 160
0113 or 5113 Music 160
0265 or 5265 Physics 147
0081 or 5081 Social Studies 161
5195 Spanish 168

Information on Virginia Testing Changes for next year

Lynchburg College information on testing changes coming for 2014




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: