Praxis Subject Assessment Exam

Everything you need to know about the Virginia Praxis Exam

Praxis Subject Assessment(s) Tests

The Virginia Department of Education requires each teacher candidate to pass the Praxis Subject Assessment Exam (content tests) for the appropriate certification area.

Certification Areas

Praxis Testing

Our Advisors play an important role in helping you select the certification area that complement your skills and interests.

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers will take the Virginia Praxis Subject Assessment prior to admission:

  • ESOL | Test 5362

Middle school teachers (Grades 4-8) will take the Virginia Praxis Subject Assessment prior to admission for the content-specific area below:

  • English Language Arts | Test 5047
  • General Science | Test 5440
  • Mathematics | Test 5169

Secondary school teachers (Grades 6-12) will take the Virginia Praxis Subject Assessment prior to admission for the content-specific area below:

  • Biology | Test 5235
  • Chemistry | Test 5245
  • English Language Arts | Test 5038
  • General Science | Test 5435
  • Mathematics | Test 5161
  • Geometry | Test 5163
  • Physics | Test 5265

Praxis Testing


Teachers seeking certification in Virginia are required to take the Subject Assessment Exam prior to admission into the Virginia Teachers of Tomorrow certification approach. You must take and submit passing scores before gaining enrollment eligibility. The test you take depends on the certification area and grade level you are intending to teach.

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