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.
(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 educator 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.
- Exempt if you have SAT or ACT approved substitution scores.
Registration information is available at www.ets.org/praxis.
|Praxis Core||Test Code||Passing Scores|
SAT scores as a substitute test for Praxis Core
The SAT® may serve as a substitute test for Praxis Core (Math) required for initial licensure.
The Board of Education approved 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 and if SAT taken on or after March 1, 2016, a total of 1170 with at least 580 on Evidence-based Reading and Writing Section and 560 on the Math Section, as a substitute for the Praxis Math Core.
Please note that the SAT® was approved as a substitute test only for the Praxis Math 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 Math Core 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 Math 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|
|5038||English Language Arts||167|
|5857||Health & Physical Education||160|
*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: