Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment

The Virginia
Communication and Literacy Assessment is computer-based and consists of 40 multiple-choice
questions for the Reading Subtest, and 40 multiple-choice questions, 3
short-answer items, 1 written summary assignment, and 1 written composition
assignment for the Writing Subtest. You will have a total of 4 hours to
complete both subtests.

If you are a
nursing mother or have a condition covered under the Americans with
Disabilities Act that requires special accommodations, be sure to submit this
request in writing. Supporting documentation will also be required. Once you
receive confirmation that your request has been approved, you can then schedule
your testing appointment.

Some of the
arrangements that can be accommodated include extended testing time and the use
of a medical device in the testing room.

Examples of
comfort aids you can use in the testing room, that do not require prior
approval, include bandages, eye drops, glucose tablets, hearing aids, inhaler,
nasal drops, pillow, and wheelchair.

What topics are covered on each subtest of the exam?

Subtest 1 will focus on reading comprehension and analysis. The topics that will be covered include:

  • Comprehending the meaning of words and phrases.
  • Comprehending the main idea and supporting details in written material
  • Evaluating the relationship between ideas in written form
  • Utilizing critical reasoning to explore written material
  • Using skills to visually represent written material, as well as decoding information in graphic form

Subtest 2 will focus on writing knowledge and proficiency. The topics that will be covered include:

  • Comprehending how purpose and audience affect written communication
  • Utilizing unity, focus and development when it comes to writing
  • Using organization when it comes to writing
  • Employing the construction of sentences and paragraphs to writing
  • Correctly using Standard English
  • Using mechanical conventions in Standard English
  • Improving ineffective writing
  • Summarizing an informational or persuasive writing passage
  • Developing a composition

What is the most convenient way to register for this exam?


What is the cost of the exam?

If you are taking one subtest, the cost is $40. Both subtests will cost $80. In addition, a registration processing fee of $50 will apply. All fees must be paid via a VISA/MasterCard credit card, or VISA/MasterCard debit card. If you do not have a credit or debit card, you can request instructions on how to submit payment using a check.

What are the testing dates and locations?

This exam is administered throughout the year, Monday – Saturday (with the exclusion of some holidays). You can choose from various testing sites in Virginia. There are also locations in other states within the country.

What should I do the day of the exam?

Report to the testing site at least 15 minutes early. If you arrive late, you may be prohibited from taking the exam. You will not receive a refund or credit if this occurs.

A valid form of identification is necessary in order for you to take the test. This ID must be in English, and include your name, signature, and recent photo, and should not be temporary or expired. Examples of acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license, state identification card, passport, U.S. military card, or alien registration card.

Keep in mind there are many items not allowed in the testing area. Some of these are food/drink, cell phone, calculator, study materials, purse, and unauthorized medical devices. Do not bring these items into the testing area, as doing so may cause you to be dismissed from the exam, and your scores voided.

Can I take a break during the exam?

Although there is no break scheduled into this exam, you may take a restroom break, if necessary. The time you are away for break, will be deducted from your available time for completing the test.

What happens after I take the exam?

Your score(s) will be released within 10 days of you testing.

What is the passing score of this exam?

The minimum passing score of one subtest is 235. The minimum passing score for both subtests is 470.

What happens if I don’t pass the exam?

Before re-taking the test, you must wait 30 days. You will go through the registration process again, which includes paying the test fee.

How Can I Prepare for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment Test?

That’s a great question.  We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.

  1. Do yourself a favor and study.  Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try.  Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
  2. Take care of yourself.  Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping.  All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance.  If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
  3. Get a study guide or set of flashcards.  Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them.  We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!

Study Guide



Last Updated: November 9, 2023