Virginia Test Requirements
All official and passing test scores must be submitted and in the Mason system by the application deadline. Please allow a minimum of six weeks for processing of your official test scores.
Effective July 1, 2019, the VDOE no longer mandates entry assessments to state-approved initial teacher licensure programs. However, to comply with CAEP accreditation, candidates must attempt and report official scores for Praxis Core Math 5732 or 5733, SAT Math or ACT Math to CEHD Admissions. Praxis Core Math 5733 can be found under Educator Preparation Program Requirements. Please do not take Praxis Test 5161. This test will not be accepted for accreditation requirements.
Students must request that official test score reports be sent directly to George Mason University, CEHD Admissions, 4400 University Dr., MS: 4D1, Fairfax, VA 22030.
In addition to sending official score reports to CEHD Admissions, please ensure that you either request an official score report for your own records, or save the PDF score report available to you after taking the assessment. As required by the Virginia Department of Education, students MUST submit photocopies or original test score reports when applying for licensure. The Licensure Coordinator cannot obtain these scores from ANY GMU records.
Praxis Core Math, SAT Math or ACT Math
Praxis Core Math, SAT Math or ACT Math scores are required to be attempted prior to applying for internship.
For CAEP accreditation purposes, GMU must provide Reading, Writing and Math scores for all initial teacher licensure candidates. Candidates meet the Reading and Writing requirement by taking the VCLA (required for licensure in VA). The Math test score requirement can be met with Praxis Core Math (5732 or 5733), SAT Math or ACT Math (taken after October 27, 1989), or Praxis I Math (taken prior to January 1, 2014). Math test scores must be officially reported to GMU prior to internship application submission.
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) must be passed prior to internship application submission for all initial teacher licensure programs. A composite score of at least 470 must be achieved to meet the VCLA requirement.
Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education (ETS)
The Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Elementary and Special Education assessment is only required for students enrolled in one of the following state-approved initial licensure programs: Early Childhood PreK-3, Elementary Education PreK-6, Special Education-General Curriculum and Special Education-Visual Impairments. Students must achieve a test score of at least 157 to meet the RVE: Elementary and Special Education requirement. Please check with you program advisor for information on when the test must be passed for your specific program.
Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II) (ETS)
Praxis Subject Assessments tests must be passed prior to internship application submission for most initial licensure programs. Visit https://www.ets.org/praxis/va/requirements for a listing of prescribed Praxis Subject Assessments for applicable endorsement areas (Elementary Education, Biology, English, Visual Arts, etc…). Praxis workshops are available at GMU.
Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist (ETS)
The Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Reading Specialist assessment is only required for students enrolled in one of our state-approved Reading Specialist programs. The RVE: Reading Specialist must be passed prior to the last session of the EDRD 635 course. Students must achieve a test score of at least 162 to meet the RVE: Reading Specialist requirement.
School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS – School Leadership Series)
The School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) is the licensure assessment required by the State of VA for students enrolled in one of our state-approved Administration and Supervision (Education Leadership) programs. Effective January 1, 2020, the SLLA 6990 is the version of the assessment students must pass to be eligible for an Administration and Supervision PreK-12 endorsement.
Students must achieve a test score of at least 146 (6990) to meet the SLLA requirement. Students must pass the SLLA to receive a Satisfactory passing grade for EDLE 791: Internship in Educational Leadership, whether or not individuals intend to work as school administrators.