The School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) is part of the licensing process for school superintendents, principals, and school leaders. The testing requirements vary by state, so it’s important to know the rules in your area. There are a lot of questions about the test, what it entails, and what to expect on testing day, and this guide is meant to help you get the information you need.

What does the test assess?

The assessment measures whether beginning education leaders have the skills necessary to competently practice their craft.

Are all tests the same?

No. Each state sets its own requirements, so you’ll need to confirm those requirements before taking the test.

When is the test available?

You can take the test during a number of different test “windows” throughout the year, so there’s plenty of opportunity to take the exam.

How do I take the test?

All tests are taken at a test center via computer.

Is there a fee for the test?

Yes. The test costs $425. Other testing fees may be incurred.

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How can I register for the test?

You can register online, via mail, or over the phone.

Can I change my test center or the date I take the test?

Yes. If you want to change the test center, test date, or test time, you must do so at least three days before your original test date. There’s a $40 fee to make appointment changes.

What happens if I need to cancel my test?

If you have to cancel, you must do so three days before your scheduled test (not including the test day itself.) If you follow the cancellation policy, you may be eligible for a refund of 50% of your test fees. Refunds could take as much as 10 weeks to process.

What can I expect on test day?

You should arrive at your testing center at least 30 minutes before your test time. When you do, you’ll be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, sign the test center log, undergo identification verification, and more. If you wear eyeglasses, they may be inspected to ensure they don’t contain a camera that can copy the exam materials. You may be asked to empty your pockets for inspection.

What should I bring on test day?

You’ll need to bring a photo ID and your admission ticket to the testing center.

Am I allowed to bring personal items into the testing room?

No. There’s a long list of items not allowed in the testing room, including, but not limited to, cell phones, electronic tablets, smartwatches, and any other electronic device. Anyone seen using any of these items will have the item inspected and/or confiscated. You also can’t bring in any jewelry (except for a wedding or engagement ring).

What if I need to leave the room?

All test takers are required to stay in the test center. You must get permission to leave from the test administrator if you have to leave to, for example, use the restroom.

Can I access my phone during breaks?

No. You can’t check text messages of make calls.

What about clothes? Is there anything I shouldn’t wear?

There’s a long list of items you should avoid wearing to the test center, including hats, scarves, jackets, tie clips, headbands, neckties, bowties, and the like. You may be prohibited from wearing them into the test room, and all such items are subject to inspection.

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How long does the School Leaders Licensure Assessment take?

A total of four hours.

How long will I be at the testing center?

About five hours. That includes check in, the test time, and practice tutorials.

How many questions are on the test?

The test has two areas, one with selected response and one with constructed response. There are 100 selected response questions in five categories:

  • Vision and goals (18 questions)
  • Teaching and learning (25 questions)
  • Managing Organizational Systems and Safety (15 questions)
  • Collaborating with key stakeholders (21 questions)
  • Ethics and Integrity (21 questions)

There are another seven constructed response questions, given as a case study, that covers the educational system (two questions), vision and goals, (two questions) and teaching and learning (three questions).

Test takers have 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete the selected response questions, and 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete the constructed response portion.

What’s the passing grade?

Each state has its own criteria, so you’ll need to check with your area assessment center.

When will I know my test score?

About two to three weeks after you take the test.

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: November 3, 2022