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Praxis/Substitutions

SAT and ACT Scores as a Substitute for Praxis I

SAT as a Substitute for Praxis I - On March 24, 2004, the Virginia Board of Education approved the use of the SAT as a substitute test for Praxis I (reading, writing, and mathematics) required for initial licensure.

The board approved the following scores:

SAT Taken AFTER April 1, 1995 - a combined score of 1100 on the math and reading sections with at least 530 on the reading and 530 on the mathematics tests as a substitute for Praxis I.

SAT Taken PRIOR TO April 1, 1995 - a combined score of 1000 on the math and reading sections with at least 450 on the reading and 510 on the mathematics tests as a substitute for Praxis I.

* Please note that the SAT was approved as a substitute test for ONLY Praxis I. Individuals also must meet the Praxis II (subject area assessment) for initial licensure as well as VCLA and the VRA (elementary).

ACT as a Substitute for Praxis I

On Sept. 22, 2004, the Virginia Board of Education approved the use of the ACT as a substitute test for Praxis I (reading, writing, and mathematics) required for initial licensure. The board approved the following scores:

ACT Taken AFTER April 1, 1995 - a composite score of 24, with the ACT mathematics score no less than 22, and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 46.

ACT Taken PRIOR TO April 1, 1995 - a composite score of 21, with the ACT mathematics score no less than 21, and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 37.

* Please note that the ACT was approved as a substitute test for ONLY Praxis I. Individuals also must meet the Praxis II (subject area assessment) for initial licensure as well as VCLA and the RVE (elementary).

VCLA as a Substitute for Praxis I Reading and Writing Subtests

On March 18, 2010, the Board of Education approved a recommendation of the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure to allow the use of the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (Reading and Writing) as an optional test for the Praxis I Reading and Writing tests for individuals seeking entry into a teacher preparation program. This action of the Board does not impact the licensure assessments required for individuals seeking a teaching license.

The Board of Education will continue to allow the use of a composite score of the Praxis Reading, Writing, and Mathematics tests to meet the Praxis I assessment requirement and the use of SAT and ACT as substitute tests for Praxis I (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) for individuals seeking admission into a teacher preparation program. An individual choosing to use the VCLA (Reading and Writing) as an optional assessment for the Praxis I Reading and Writing tests will be required to meet the Praxis I Mathematics assessment (or equivalent SAT or ACT test scores). The cut scores for the VCLA prescribed by the Board of Education are as follows:

Writing Subtest: 235

Reading Subtest: 235

Composite Score: 470