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Assessments Required

Praxis, VCLA & licensure requirements

The table below describes the tests that are required of Bridgewater College Teacher Education Program candidates. For more information, including how to register, test dates, etc., visit:

TestCostWho should take?Minimum Passing ScoreRequirementRecommended time to take
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)Paper test registration fee: $40 Computer test registration fee: $50 Reading subtest: $40 Writing subtest: $40All Teacher Education Program applicantsA total test score at or above 470Must pass prior to being admitted to the BC Teacher Education ProgramAs early as possible.
Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5733)$90All Teacher Education Program applicants150; May be exempted with a cumulative SAT score of at least 1100 with a minimum math AND verbal SAT score of at least 530 or an ACT composite score of at least 24 with a minimum math score of at least 22 AND ACT English plus reading score no less than 46Must pass prior to being admitted to the BC Teacher Education ProgramAs early as possible.
Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) [if you do not pass one of the subject area tests, can retake as a standalone test (Reading and Language Arts: 5002; Mathematics: 5003; Social Studies: 5004; Science: 5005)]$170 for Multiple Subjects Test; $60 for each standalone testAll TEP candidates seeking licensure with a PreK-6 endorsementYou must receive a passing score on each subtest.
Reading 157;
Math 157;
Social Studies 155; Science 159
Must take prior to student teaching; must pass all subtests in order to obtain licensure with a PreK-6 endorsementPrior to your senior year at BC (transfer students during 3rd semester)
Praxis Series Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) (Paper—0306; Computer—5306)Paper – $80; Computer – $130All TEP candidates seeking licensure with a PreK-6 endorsementScaled score 157Must take prior to student teaching; must pass in order to obtain licensure with a PreK-6 endorsementAfter completing EDUC 330 and EDUC 332
Praxis Middle School Content Knowledge [tests vary with content—click on link above for information on DOE website]Varies: Generally $115All TEP candidates seeking licensure with an endorsement in certain Middle Education content topicsVaries by contentMust take prior to student teaching; must pass in order to obtain licensure with an endorsement in a 6-8 content areaPrior to your senior year at BC (transfer students during 3rd semester)
Praxis Secondary Content Knowledge (tests vary with content—click on link above for information on DOE websiteVaries: Generally $115All TEP candidates seeking licensure with an endorsement in a content area for Secondary Education (6-12 or PreK-12)Varies by contentMust take prior to student teaching; must pass in order to obtain licensure with an endorsement in a 6-12 or PreK-12 content areaPrior to your senior year at BC (transfer students during 3rd semester)