Applicants requesting initial teaching licensure are required to achieve passing scores on professional teacher's assessments as prescribed by the board of education unless exemption on the basis of prior teaching experience is applicable.
The following tests are required for licensure:
- RVE (for elementary licensure)
- Praxis I (or approved substitute)
- Praxis II
Individuals who have completed a minimum of two years of full-time, successful teaching experience in an accredited public or nonpublic school (Kindergarten through grade 12) in a state other than Virginia are exempted from the assessment requirement. Experience as a substitute teacher or as a teacher's aide is not acceptable experience to meet this exemption.
The Sweet Briar education department requires passing Praxis I scores (or approved substitute) for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program, which typically occurs in January of the second year. The RVE (for elementary candidates), VCLA and Praxis II must be successfully completed by the fall of the senior year in order to apply to the M.A.T. program by February of the senior year.
The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) is an assessment that measures basic communication and literacy skills for those individuals wanting to pursue teacher licensure through the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is required of all teaching licensure candidates. The VCLA is composed of two area subtests, a Reading Subtest (091) and a Writing Subtest (092). The scaled composite passing score for the VCLA assessment (Reading and Writing combined) is a 470.
For more information about this assessment, as well as registration information, click here.
For practice tests, click here.
The Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) is a test that measures a candidate's knowledge of teaching reading to children. This assessment is required of all elementary teacher licensure candidates. The test code for the RVE is 5306. The passing score on the RVE is 157.
For more information about this assessment, as well as registration information, go to the www.ets.org website.
Praxis I and II
Please click here for registration information (how to register, test centers and dates, fees, registration changes, code lists and information for individuals with disabilities).
Praxis I Test Codes and Passing Scores
As of July 1, 1996, passing scores for Praxis I: Academic Skills Assessments became the professional teacher's assessment for initial licensure in Virginia. In addition to Praxis I, applicants must present a passing score for a specialty area test (Praxis II). Please refer to the following information for a listing of the required tests and passing scores.
Individuals may now meet the Praxis I assessment requirement by achieving the scores established by the board of education on Oct. 26, 1995 for each of the three Praxis I tests — mathematics, reading and writing — OR by achieving the established composite scores on all three tests.
Combining PPST and CBT scores to achieve the composite will not be accepted. A minimum score on each of the tests is not required, provided the composite score is achieved. The SAT and ACT have been approved as alternate assessments for Praxis I.
|Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)|
Please click here for detailed information regarding these tests.
|Paper and Pencil|
|Praxis I Computer-Based Test (CBT)|
These tests were discontinued December 31, 2001;
however, scores will continue to be accepted.
|Test Code||Passing Score|
Individuals may meet the Praxis I assessment requirement by achieving the scores established by the Board of Education on each of the three Praxis I tests individually or by achieving the established composite score on all three tests combined. A minimum score on each test is not required as long as the composite score is achieved.
Praxis II Test Codes and Passing Scores
The following tests are required for the endorsement (teaching specialty) areas indicated. Individuals are required to satisfy the specialty area test(s) requirement for only one endorsement area, but it must match an endorsement area in which initial licensure is granted. The specialty area tests are listed under Praxis II tests in The Praxis Series registration bulletin. Note that there is no Praxis II test for theatre licensure.
Praxis II Specialty Area Test
Please click here for detailed information regarding these tests
|Art: Content Knowledge||Studio Art (PreK-12)||0134||158|
|Biology: Content Knowledge||Biology (Secondary Education, 6-12)||0235||155|
|Chemistry: Content Knowledge||Chemistry (Secondary Education, 6-12)||0245||153|
|Elementary Education: Content Knowledge||Elementary Education (PreK-6)|
Praxis English Language Arts:
|English (Secondary Education, 6-12)||5038||167|
|French: World Language||French (PreK-12)||5174||163|
|German: World Language||German (PreK-12)||5183||163|
|Praxis Mathematics: Content Knowledge||Mathematics (Secondary Education, 6-12)||5161||160|
|Music: Content Knowledge||Vocal Music (PreK-12)||0113||160|
|Physics: Content Knowledge||Physics (Secondary Education||0265||147|
|Social Studies: Content Knowledge||History(Secondary Education, 6-12) |
and Social Science
|Spanish: World Language||Spanish (Pre-K-12)||5195||168|
|Praxis II for Elementary Licensure Candidates Effective July 1, 2014|
Praxis Elementary Education:Multiple Subjects (5031): Reading and Language Arts (5032)
Praxis Elementary Education:
|Praxis Elementary Education:|
Multiple Subjects (5031): Social Studies (5034)
|Praxis Elementary Education:|
Multiple Subjects (5031): Science (5035)
Effective July 1, 2014, the Virginia Board of Education's prescribed assessment for elementary licensure will be the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031). This new assessment, unlike the Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014/5014) assessment, requires a passing score for each of the four subtests. There is not a composite passing score for the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) assessment. Individuals must register for 5031 and take all four subtests in one sitting. If a passing score is not obtained on each subtest, a subtest may be retaken as a stand alone test.
Note: Test codes that begin with "5" or "6" are delivered in computer format; codes that begin with "0" or "1" are delivered on paper. All tests are paper delivered unless otherwise noted.