Keys to Testing

The key to matriculating in RTR is to complete your testing early. Passing your tests is a foundational piece of your future teacher’s license in the Commonwealth of Virginia, along with completing your residency graduate program.

Periodically, RTR will offer study groups for the VCLA, Praxis Core Math and the Elementary Education Praxis Subject Test. Check back here for dates and times.

We offer a $500 testing reimbursement for all Cohort residents which is disbursed with your first stipend payment in the summer. If you can not afford the testing fees, please apply for a RTR Testing Scholarship.

By April 1, you will need passing score reports uploaded to your applications for both your RTR application and your VCU application.

Here are your required VCU admissions tests for each track:

  • Elementary Education M.T. — GRE or MAT
  • Elementary Education Post Bac Certificate — Not Required
  • Secondary M.T. — GRE or MAT or Praxis Subject Test
  • Special Education M. Ed — GRE or MAT
  • Special Education Post Bac Certificate — Not Required

Here are your required licensure tests for each track for admission to RTR:

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

Elementary Education Post Bac Certificate
Praxis Subject Test: Elementary Education (5001)
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA/both parts)

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

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

Special Education Post Bac Certificate Track
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA/both parts)

So the key to testing? Invest in studying and tackle these tests early. We want you to succeed.

Testing Ins and Outs

For those of you who need to take the GRE or MAT for VCU admission, choose the test that best suits your strengths.

  • The GRE will remind you of the SAT with a mathematical section and the MAT will remind you of your 11th Grade English class with numerous vocabulary analogies. Choose the admissions test that favors your strengths. If math is second nature to you, then consider taking the GRE. But, if you enjoy words puzzles, then consider taking the MAT.
  • The GRE is only offered a limited number of times during the year.
  • The MAT is offered continuously at most testing centers. Be sure to Google your closest options.

Request that your GRE or MAT score report be sent directly to the VCU Graduate School. Upload your score report to your RTR application and send along to RTR at 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.
  • Have your GRE or MAT 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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