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Mandatory Assessments

Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)

The test assess reading, writing, and mathematical skills.

Passing scores on the CASE are required for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program at VSU. Please note that all pre-candidates must be accepted into the Teacher Education program prior to registering for Professional Studies Courses.

Waive CASE with SAT Scores

Approved by the Virginia Board of Education on 3/24/2004...You can be waived from taking the CASE tests if your SAT® scores meet certain minimums:

For SAT® tests taken after April 1, 1995: 1100 total with at least

  • 530 on the verbal test and
  • 530 on the mathematics test

For SAT® tests taken before April 1, 1995: 1000 total with at least

  • 450 on the verbal test and
  • 510 on the mathematics test


Passing scores on the PRAXIS II: Specialty Area Subject Assessment Tests are a prerequisite for student teaching. The Virginia Board of Education has adopted new specialty area tests and new minimum scores for many of the teacher licensure areas. Changes in specialty area test requirements may occur over the next several years. Please make sure that you have the most current requirements before registering for a specialty area test.

Tests at a Glance (TAAG)

It is important to review subject content prior to taking the Praxis II tests. Download the Tests at a Glance booklet for your subject area. TAGG provides information on the design and content of each test, as well as sample items.

Be sure to have your scores sent to VSU. The VSU test code is RA5860.

Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE)

The Reading Instructional Assessment is in addition to CASE (reading, writing, and mathematics) and Praxis II (Subject Area Test) and is required for Elementary and Special Education endorsement areas.

For RVE program information, registration bulletin, Internet registration, and study guide, click here. The RVE cut score is 157 and above.

Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment

The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment became effective January 1, 2006, for initial licensure unless an individual meets the exemption criteria. Refer to the following Web site for more information about the test content, test dates, costs, accommodations for individuals with disabilities, and registration:

On March 22, 2006, the Board of Education approved cut scores for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).

  • Writing Sub Test: 235
  • Reading Sub Test: 235
  • Composite Score: 470
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