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.
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:
- Praxis Core: Math score of 150 required and pass VCLA.
- Praxis Core: Reading, Writing, Math. Students who choose option b. may postpone VCLA to later date but it is still required for licensing.
- 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
|Praxis Core paper||Test Code||Passing Scores|
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|
|0856 or 5856||Health & Physical Education||151|
|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: