About

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, www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/prof_teacher_assessment.pdf Link opens in a new window.

Test Information

Format
Computer-based test (CBT) and online-proctored test
  • 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
Time
Computer-Based Testing
4 hours and 15 minutes total appointment time, for one or both subtests
  • 15 minutes for CBT tutorial and nondisclosure agreement
  • 4 hours testing time, for one or both subtests
Online Proctoring
Tutorial and nondisclosure agreement: 15 minutes
  • Reading subtest only: 2 hours
  • Writing subtest only: 3 hours
  • Both subtests combined: 2 hours 30 minutes for the Writing subtest; 15 minute break; then 1 hour 30 minutes for the Reading subtest
Breaks
Computer-Based Testing
You may take restroom breaks during testing. Time taken for breaks is considered part of the available testing time.
Online Proctoring
Test Dates
Computer-Based Testing
By appointment year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays).
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Online Proctoring
By appointment with an online proctor during one-week testing windows each month.
Test Sites
Computer-Based Testing
Located in Virginia and nationwide. Locate a test center link opens in a new window.
Online Proctoring
You may test remotely, including from home. Review system and testing environment requirements PDF Document.
Passing Score
Single subtest: 235
Both subtests: 470
Fees
Single subtest: $40
Both subtests: $80
Registration processing fee: $50
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Score Reporting
Computer-Based Testing
Scores are released within 10 business days of testing.
Candidates will receive a receipt of completion at the conclusion of their test center appointment.
Online Proctoring
Scores are released within 10 business days of testing.
Score reports may be delayed for up to 2 weeks for candidates taking the Writing subtest or the full exam via online proctoring.
Examinees taking an online-proctored test will not receive a receipt of completion when their test ends.
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.