DATE: June 30, 2017
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Qualifying Score on the New SAT® as a Substitute Test for the Praxis Core Assessment for Entry into a Teacher Preparation Program

The SAT test was redesigned and introduced by the College Board in March 2016.  The scoring of the assessment changed; therefore, new qualifying scores were approved allowing the SAT to continue as a substitute test for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test for entry into approved education programs.

On June 22, 2017, the Board of Education approved the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure’s recommendation that the following qualifying scores on the new SAT serve as a substitute test for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test: 

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 On or After April 1, 1995 and Prior to March 1, 2016 – a score of 1100 with at least 530 on the verbal and 530 on the mathematics tests;      

SAT Taken On or after March 1, 2016 – a total score of 1170 with at least 580 on Evidence-based Reading and Writing Section and 560 on the Math Section.

For more information, please refer to the Board of Education meeting agenda at the following link:  Additionally, information on all Board of Education prescribed entry assessments to Virginia approved programs may be accessed on the following website:

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Joan Johnson, Director of Teacher Education, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure, at (804) 371-2475 or email:


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