Testing Requirements

General Testing Requirements for Admission
Students must pass the Praxis Core test or a qualifying substitute in order to be formally admitted to the initial teacher licensure programs at the University of Mary Washington. These scores should be submitted during the application process. If the student does not have passing scores he/she may be considered for provisional admission.

Five-Year Programs – Testing Requirements
Students can be provisionally admitted without these test scores and are limited to nine education course credits (including EDUC 203 or 204) until the submit passing scores.

Post-Baccalaureate Programs – Testing Requirements
The student will be limited to 6 credit hours of UMW coursework if they have not submitted their passing scores for the Praxis Core, or passing scores for the VCLA plus a passing score on the Math Praxis Core, SAT or ACT.


Four Paths for Meeting Testing Requirements for Formal Admission into the College of Education 

First, check your SAT and ACT scores. Are you exempt from taking any entrance tests?

Option #1: SAT as a Substitute Test for Praxis Core

  • SAT Taken Prior to April 1, 1995 – a score of 1000 with at least 450 on the verbal and 510 on the mathematics tests;
  • SAT Taken On or After April 1, 1995 and Prior to March 1, 2016 – a score of 1100 with at least 530 on the verbal and 530 on the mathematics tests;
  • SAT Taken On or after March 1, 2016 – a total score of 1170 with at least 580 on Evidence-based Reading and Writing Section and 560 on the Math Section.

Option #2: ACT as a Substitute Test for Praxis Core

  • ACT taken October 28, 1989 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. (Due to VDOE regulations, ACT taken before October 28, 1989 will not be accepted).
  • 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

Second, if you do not have the passing scores from SAT and ACT, do you have the passing Math score from one of them? If so, you can just take the Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA). If you do not, you can take the VCLA and Math Praxis Core only. See below.

Option #3: VCLA plus Math as a Substitute Test for Praxis Core
A composite VCLA score of 470 (reading and writing) may be substituted for Praxis Core reading and writing exams. Math proficiency must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Praxis Core math score greater than or equal to 150
  • SAT math score greater than or equal to 510 (prior to April 1, 1995)
  • SAT math score greater than or equal to 530 (after April 1, 1995 and before March 1, 2016)
  • SAT math score greater than or equal to 560 on the Math Section (after March 1, 2016)
  • ACT math score greater than or equal to 21 (prior to April 1, 1995)
  • ACT math score greater than or equal to 22 (after April 1, 1995)

Third, if you do not have any passing scores, you can take the Praxis Core but we don’t recommend it. VCLA is required for all programs before completion. By taking the VCLA + Math Praxis Core, you are saving money.

Option # 4: Praxis Core
Students may pass Praxis Core by earning a score at or above on each of the following subtests:

  • Math 150
  • Reading 156
  • Writing 162

If students have passed a previous PRAXIS I subtest(s) they just need to take the new missing PRAXIS Core subtest(s). Any passing score on a PRAXIS I subtest taken before December 31, 2013 is a substitute for its equivalent subject Core Academic Skills test after January 1, 2014.


What Test am I required to Take?

Check out your program’s required tests


Where to Sign Up for Tests

Praxis Core
Required for formal admission into the College of Education. 
Link: Sign Up for Praxis Core
Link: Watch the  Praxis™ Test Preparation Webinar Video (Flash, 11 min, 49 sec.) for teacher candidates preparing to take a Praxis test. This on-demand video gives candidates a perfect starting place for their test preparation and can be viewed online at their own convenience

Praxis II
Praxis II subject area tests must be passed prior to the internship for specific endorsement areas.
Link: Sign Up for Praxis II

Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) must be passed prior to the internship for all initial teacher licensure programs. The passing score required is 470 (a minimum score of 235 in each Reading and Writing section).
Link: Sign Up for the VCLA

Reading for Virginia Educators Elementary and Special Education (RVE)
The RVE must be passed prior to the internship for individuals seeking licensure in Elementary Education P-6 or Special Education: General Curriculum. The passing score requirement is 157.
Link: Sign Up for the RVE

Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training
Individuals must complete training in child abuse recognition and intervention training prior to placement for field experiences.
Link: Complete the Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training

Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module
Link: Complete the Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module

Dyslexia Awareness Module
Link: Complete Dyslexia Awareness Module


Testing Tutoring Recommendations

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732)
Tutoring offered through the COE
Free tutoring offered through the Math Department
ETS Test Preparation Materials
Professor Diana Yesbeck’s (Randolph-Macon College) Making Math Magic
Professor Dr. Madeleine “Lynn” Gardner (George Mason University)* Core Math Made Easy
* Dr. Gardner also has weekend workshops at GMU

Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
VCLA Online Course and Practice Tests
Make an Appointment with the UMW Writing Center