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Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)


The Virginia Department of Education has contracted with the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson to create and administer the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment® (VCLA™), which measures the communication and literacy skills necessary for Virginia educators. Learn more.

Who Is Required to Take the Test?

For information about VCLA testing requirements and exemption criteria, please refer to the Virginia Department of Education website, Link opens in a new window.

Test Information

Computer-based test (CBT)
  • Reading subtest (091): approximately 40 multiple-choice items
  • Writing subtest (092): approximately 40 multiple-choice items, 3 short-answer items, 1 written summary assignment, and 1 written composition assignment
4 hours and 15 minutes total appointment time
  • 15 minutes for CBT tutorial and nondisclosure agreement
  • 4 hours testing time
Test Dates
By appointment year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays).
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Test Sites
Located in Virginia and nationwide. Locate a test center link opens in a new window.
Passing Score
Single subtest: 235
Both subtests: 470
Single subtest: $40
Both subtests: $80
Registration processing fee: $50
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Score Reporting
Scores are released within 10 business days of testing.
Testing Policies
When you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies.
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Tests may include test questions that are being evaluated for future administrations and that do not affect a candidate's score.