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Frequently Asked Questions about Testing for Education Majors

What tests do I need to take during my time as an education major?
When should I take my tests?
How much will these tests cost?
How should I prepare for my tests?
What are some test taking tips I should know?
Are there accommodations available?

What tests do I need to take during my time as an education major?

  • All candidates need to take the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).
  • Candidates also need to take the Praxis Core: Mathematics test unless exempt from this using ACT or SAT scores.
  • All students take a Praxis Subject Assessment for each licensure area.
  • PreK-3 and PreK-6 candidates take the Teaching Reading: Elementary assessment.

All required tests, codes, and registration info is found online or in the teacher education handbook.

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When should I take my tests?

  • Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) – as soon as possible in program. Take this during your first year.
  • Praxis Core: Mathematics (if not SAT or ACT exempt) – as soon as possible in program. Take this during your first year.
  • Praxis Subject Assessment – these tests assess your content knowledge for your specific major. You are required to take your assessment before you can student teach, and to pass your assessment before you complete your program. Plan to take your assessment after completing all or most of your content area courses.
  • Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary – PreK-3 and PreK-6 candidates must take this before student teaching, and must pass this before completing program. Literacy Block prepares you for success on this assessment, so plan to take it at the end of or after you take Literacy Block.

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How much will these tests cost?

Praxis Core: Mathematics $90
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) $130 total
Teaching Reading: Elementary Test $130
Spanish: World Language Test $160
6-12 and other PreK-12 subject assessments (content knowledge tests) $120
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test* $170

*Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test includes 4 subtests. Subtests taken separately are $60 each.

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How should I prepare for my tests?

There are various resources available to help candidates prepare for success on required assessments. Here are some we encourage you to consider:

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What are some test taking tips I should know?

  • Take practice tests from Khan Academy, then work with a tutor to talk about items that were missed or were confusing.
  • Check in with your advisor or a tutor to review test taking strategies, and get some support before heading to your test.
  • Get plenty of sleep before test day.
  • Don’t spend too much time on any one question, and be sure to answer every question (even if you have to guess)!

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Are accommodations available?

If you are a test taker whose primary language is not English, or if you have documented disability or a health-related need, you may be eligible for extended testing time or alternative testing arrangements. Plan ahead as it takes time to apply and receive approval! Visit these sites for more information:

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