Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education Exam

The Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education (RVEESE) exam is designed to test participants on their understanding of entry-level elementary and special education teaching. It is designed to ensure that primary and special needs children in the state of Virginia receive instruction only from those with the necessary abilities, skills and knowledge to lead it appropriately.

Obtaining a passing score on the RVEESE exam is a requirement for those who wish to become a special education teacher in Virginia, in addition to completing a course of study at a state-approved program that offers special education teacher preparation courses.

How Do I Schedule My Appointment to Take the RVEESE Exam?

The RVEESE exam is a Praxis test, one in a series of American teacher certification exams administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The ETS offers the RVEESE exam in various testing windows throughout the year at testing locations throughout Virginia and the rest of the country.

Prospective participants can schedule their testing appointment at the location most convenient to them through the ETS website.

How Is This Elementary and Special Education Exam Administered?

Like many standardized teaching tests, the RVEESE exam is administered via computer. Upon logging into their designated computer terminal on test day, participants will be guided through a series of untimed instructions to familiarize themselves with the digital layout of the exam. Following that, the timed RVEESE exam will begin.

Participants are not allowed to bring a calculator to the RVEESE exam. They are also prohibited from having handbags, water bottles or study materials with them.

Participants are expected to bring acceptable and valid photo identification with them. They are permitted to bring and utilize a piece of scrap paper and pencil during the exam.

How Is the Content on the RVEESE Exam Divided?

The RVEESE exam is divided into two primary sections and participants are given two and a half hours total to complete the full exam. The first consists of selected-response questions, includes about 100 total items and makes up 80 percent of the total exam. The second part of the RVEESE exam consists of constructed-response questions, with three total items making up 20 percent of the full exam.

ETS recommends that participants spend about 105 minutes of the total exam time on the first section and about 45 minutes of the total exam time on the second section.

What Specific Content Is Covered in the First Section of the RVEESE Exam?

Part A of the RVEESE exam has four primary subsections, each of which contain questions on different topics and make up a different total percentage of the full exam. The specific content covered is as follows, per ETS:

  • Assessment and Diagnostic Teaching (19 questions, 15 percent of full exam)
    • Characteristics and uses of assessment and screening measures to evaluate language proficiency and reading skills
    • Assessment data to plan reading instruction
  • Oral Language and Oral Communication (19 questions, 15 percent of full exam)
    • Development of oral language and communication skills
    • Development of phonological awareness
  • Reading Development (43 questions, 35 percent of full exam)
    • Promoting student understanding of concepts of print and basic phonetic principles
    • Explicit, systematic phonics instruction
    • Word analysis skills and vocabulary development
    • Development of reading fluency and reading comprehension
    • Reading comprehension strategies for fiction and poetry
    • Reading comprehension strategies for nonfiction
  • Writing and Research (19 questions, 15 percent of full exam)
    • Writing skills and processes
    • Promoting student knowledge of correct spelling
    • Writing and reading as tools for inquiry and research

What Specific Content Is Covered in the Second Section of the RVEESE Exam?

Part B of the RVEESE exam consists of three questions, each of which covers a different specific topic and makes up a small portion of the full exam. The specific content covered is as follows, per ETS:

  • Analysis of Assessment and Diagnostic Teaching (1 question, 6.66 percent of full exam)
  • Application of Reading Development Knowledge (1 question, 6.66 percent of full exam)
  • Analysis and Application of Writing and Research (1 question, 6.66 percent of full exam)

How Can I Get a Passing Score on Virginia’s Elementary and Special Education Exam?

Those planning to take the RVEESE exam should develop a study plan that includes a comprehensive review of all relevant material as outlined above. Because the score is based only on the number of correct answers, it is encouraged that participants do their best to at least guess on every question, rather than leave any blank.

Because the RVEESE exam mixes both selected-response and constructed-response questions, many participants find it helpful to leverage the combination of a study guide and a set of flashcards. Mometrix Test Preparation provides both such a study guide and flashcard set that has helped many RVEESE exam participants achieve passing scores and continue their careers in elementary and special education.

RVEESE Study Guide

Mometrix has your back when it comes to preparing for the Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education Exam. We have developed a Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education Study Guide with all of the content you’ll need to know for the exam, as well as some tips to help you overcome any anxiety that may come with taking the exam.

Our RVEESE Flashcards are the perfect complement to your test preparation materials, to ensure your success.

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: November 8, 2019