Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires students in grades 3-12 to take the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments each year.  Certain tests are required by all students each year, and others are required only at specific grade levels.  Additionally, with the removal of some SOL tests in recent years, the VDOE assigned the responsibility of the creation and administration of alternate, performance-based assessments on local divisions.  While these assessments are developed and administered locally, they are a requirement of the VDOE.  Virginia SOL tests are given in reading, writing, math, history, and science.  The scores from these tests determine a school’s and the division’s state accreditation and measures progress toward meeting federal targets.

SOL tests are generally given online unless a student has an identified and documented need to be assessed using paper/pencil format.  The test question format is typically multiple choice, and each test contains some technology enhanced items.  Students will receive online practice at school, but links to practice tests can be found below so that students and parents can familiarize themselves with an SOL test on their own.

Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) Information:
View the Computer Adaptive Testing FAQ (pdf)

Expedited Retake Information:
View the SOL Expedited Retakes Parent FAQ (pdf)

SOL Testing Dates for 2019-2020

Elementary Schools:
May 15-June 5  (grades 3-5)

Middle Schools:
March 16-27  (writing grade 8)
May 15-June 5  (non-writing grades 6-8)

High Schools:
Semester 1:
October 21-November 1  (writing online testing)
October 22-23  (writing paper/pencil testing)
December 9-13  (retesters)
December 16-January 21  (non-writing testing)

Semester 2:
March 2 and 4  (writing paper/pencil testing)
March 16-27  (writing online testing)
May 6-13  (retesters)
May 14-June 8  (non-writing testing)

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
Division of Assessment and Reporting Links:

VA Standards of Accreditation

Information for Students and Families

SOL Participation and Inclusion

SOL Currently in Effect for VA Public Schools

SOL Released Tests

SOL Test Scoring

SOL Practice Links:

Jefferson Lab: VA State SOL Practice Tests

SOL Practice Items

Kwizopia SOL  (iTunes app – free download)

SOL Assessments for 2019-2020

Elementary Middle High
Grade 3
Grade 6
Civics & Economics
End-of-Course English 11 Reading English 11 Writing Algebra I
Algebra II
World History I
World History II
VA & US History
Earth Science
Grade 4
Grade 7
Grade 5
VA Studies
Grade 8



Revised 10/10/2019