Application Testing Requirements
We believe in a holistic admissions process that includes a review of academic and professional background, references, interviews and standardized testing. Please review your future program’s page to identify the required tests for your application and use the resources below as you prepare your best application packet.
Please provide information about the tests you have taken or plan to take. You may add or update this information at any time prior to submission. Once you have submitted, you will be able to add additional tests as well as update the ones marked 'plan to take', but you will not be able to update or delete completed tests.
If you have taken the same test more than once, and your highest section scores are from different dates, enter the full information from each testing date. Scroll to the bottom to add additional results for the same test.
Graduate Degree Program Testing
The School of Education does not require a specific score on required examinations as they are one component in our holistic admissions application review process.
The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most Graduate Schools in the United States. The GRE has three main components: Verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.
We do not have an official cut-off score for our graduate programs, yet we suggest students to aim for a combined score of 300 and above a 4 on the analytical writing. If you score below this, that does not guarantee you will not be offered admission.
GRE scores must be within five (5) years for your application. Please submit official scores if your scores are nearing the five-year mark.
There are several online courses and resources available for students to use. The GRE site and Kaplan Test Prep Online are two key places to start your test preparation. Additional resources include the following.
The VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education offers courses for GRE prep. Please review the website and upcoming session dates and times.
Similar to the GMAT Club, the GRE Prep Club provides useful information for students who are preparing for their exam, such as strategies, practice tests and discussion questions, online courses reviews, success stories and more.
There are many apps available online that could help you prepare for the exam. Some examples are Magoosh, Varsity Tutors, Manhattan Prep, GRE Prep by Ready4 and others, depending on the area you choose to focus (verbal, math or both).
This problem based analogies test is designed to reflect student’s analytical thinking around various subjects. For registration, testing center, and preparation information please visit the official MAT testing site through Pearson Assessments.
We do not have an official cut-off score for our graduate programs, yet we suggest students to aim for 389 MAT score. If you score below this, that does not guarantee you will not be offered admission.
If you have not taken or received scores for the GRE or MAT prior to the graduate application deadline, you can still submit yet your application will be put on hold until all components are received. We can accept scores that have been completed within five years of when you will start your future program.
The school code for admissions testing is 5570.
International applicants must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing Language System (IELTS) as part of their application. The minimum scores required are:
- Paper-based TOEFL - 550
- Internet-based TOEFL - 80
- IELTS - 6.5
The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions. For additional information on testing requirements, please visit our Graduate Admissions website.
Teacher Preparation Testing
Praxis Core Prep Classes through VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education.
The ETS website has test preparation resources for students.
NEW Spring 2019: There will be a full suite for Praxis Core on Khan Academy that is FREE. It will include diagnostics and tutorials. Read the news release.
ETS has also linked the test blueprint knowledge statements for the Core Math assessment to tutorials on the free Khan Academy site. View the online PDF here.
For information regarding registration, test administration, fees, the policy for testing individuals with disabilities, please review the Praxis website.
- Math (5732) — a score of 150
- Reading (5712) — a score of 156
- Writing (5722) — a score of 162
Composite scores for tests taken prior to January 1, 2014, will be accepted. Effective January 1, 2014, applicants must achieve the passing score on each subtest as composite scores will no longer be allowed.
Scores from the SAT or ACT may satisfy the Praxis requirement for admission to teacher preparation as follows:
- SAT taken prior to April 1, 1995 — a score of 1000 with at least 450 on the verbal and 510 on the mathematics tests
- SAT taken after April 1, 1995 — a score of 1100 with at least 530 on the verbal and 530 on the mathematics tests
- ACT taken prior to April 1, 1995 — a composite score of 21, with the ACT mathematics score no less than 21, and an ACT English plus reading score no less than 37
- ACT taken after April 1, 1995 — a composite score of 24, with the ACT mathematics score no less than 22, and an ACT English plus reading score no less than 46
The Virginia Department of Education has contracted with the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson to create and administer the VCLA exam to measure the communication and literacy skills necessary for Virginia educators. It is a four hour, computer-based exam that covers reading and writing. To learn more about the VCLA, passing score levels, and to schedule your exam, please visit their website.