Keys to Testing

The key to serving as a RTR resident is your testing. You will receive your testing vouchers at selection so plan your test prep and your test date around this date.

The other tidbit is that your testing is meaningful. You are satisfying most of your teacher licensure exams prior to starting the program. The only exception to this is the EE and SE Tracks where you will take one more licensure test during your spring semester of RTR.

So the key to testing? Invest in studying, take advantage of our test prep, plan out when to take your tests so you have room to re-take if needed, and tackle early. Even a little studying each day will move you further down the road.

Test Prep: Take advantage of the test prep programs that RTR provides. Click the Test Prep page for more info about current courses.

Testing Vouchers: We offer testing vouchers for all those candidates invited to Selection Day. You will receive your voucher at Selection.

For Fall Candidate Offers: All score reports MUST be uploaded into your application by March 15th. You will be sent the form that will allow you to provide this data after you submit your RTR application.

By Spring Candidate Offers: All test score reports MUST be uploaded into your application by April 15th. You will be send the form that will allow you to provide this data once you submit your RTR application.

VCU required test: Here are your VCU admission’s test by track.

  • Elementary Education M.T. — GRE
  • Elementary Education Post Bac Certificate — Not Required
  • Secondary M.T. — GRE
  • Special Education M. Ed. — GRE
  • Special Education Licensure Track for Instructional Assistants — Not Required

 

RTR required admission tests:  Your tests required for admission to RTR are all required to become a licensed teacher in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Here are your licensure tests by track.

Elementary Education M.T. Track
Praxis Subject Test: Elementary Education (5001)
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA/both parts)

Elementary Education:  Graduate Certificate in Teaching
Praxis Subject Test: Elementary Education (5001)
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA/both parts)

Secondary Education Track
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA/both parts)
Praxis Subject Test for your content area

Special Education M.Ed. Track
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA/both parts)

Special Education Licensure Track for IA’s

Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA/both parts)

Testing Ins and Outs

Request that your GRE score report be sent directly to the VCU Graduate School. Upload your scores to the form that is sent to you after you submit your RTR application.  For Cohort 10 — also send your GRE score report electronically to teachrtr@vcu.edu.

  • ETS offers monthly testing windows for most Praxis Subject Tests. Earth, Space Science, and Physics Praxis Subject Tests are only offered in September, November, January, March, and April. Make sure to plan ahead.
  • ETS may take scheduled test windows offline without advance notice – typically March. Inform the program if this occurs.
  • ETS requires that you register 21 days in advance of your test date. As a bonus, you will avoid late registration fees.
  • Request that official copies be sent directly to VCU School of Education as well as upload to your RTR application, and send an electronic copy to RTR.

You can take the Praxis once every 21 days, not including your initial test date. Even if you canceled your test, you still have to wait the 21 days.

  • You can take both parts of this test at the same time or at different times. The highest aggregate score will be used to meet this requirement.
  • Request that official score reports be sent to the Virginia Department of Education and VCU School of Education.
  • Upload your score report to your RTR application and send your unofficial score report to RTR at teachrtr@vcu.edu.

You can take the VCLA once every 30 days.

Yes, you can take them all at the same time or take them individually.

  • Order the maximum number of free score reports and save a copy to your hard drive and a hard copy for your files.
  • Expect to be asked to provide score report documentation at several times during your career.
  • That you pass all tests by April 1, 2020.
  • Schedule your tests now — it might take a time or two to reach threshold scores.
  • Study. Study. Study.
  • Consider participating in a study prep session.
  • Upload all score reports to your RTR and VCU applications by April 1, 2020.

For GRE and MAT

  • Upload all score reports to your VCU and your RTR applications. You will be sent a form to upload to your RTR materials after you submit your application.
  • Have your GRE sent directly to VCU Graduate School.

For VCLA and Praxis Tests

  • Select the Virginia Department of Education and VCU School of Education electronically when you sign-up for each test.
  • Upload all score reports to your RTR application.

Testing Links

All Tracks: You need the following plus the testing listed underneath your track area.

VCLA (Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment) ›

Elementary Track: Post-Bac Candidates
Praxis Subject Test: Elementary Education Multiple Subjects

Praxis Subject Test: Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

GRE or MAT

Elementary Track: M.T. Candidates
Praxis Subject Test: Elementary Education Multiple Subjects

Praxis Core (Math only) ›
Praxis Subject Test: Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

GRE or MAT

Secondary Track Candidates:
Praxis Subject Test in your content area

Special Education: M.Ed Candidates

Praxis Core (Math only) ›
GRE or MAT

Special Education: Post Bac Candidates

VCLA

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