Overview of SOL Testing Program:
Annual assessments – including SOL tests and alternative assessments – provide information on individual student achievement including those with special needs. For additional information on SOL testing, please contact your school's School Test Coordinator.
Increased Rigor for Tests
Building on the success of the SOL program and to better prepare students to compete in today’s global economy, more rigorous English, math and science standards and expectations are being implemented that meet national and international benchmarks for college-and-career readiness.
Online is now the primary delivery mode for all SOL assessments, although SOL tests continue to be available in paper-and-pencil format for students with a documented need. The benefits of online testing for students and schools include:
Virginia’s online assessment program is made possible by the General Assembly through Virginia’s SOL Technology Initiative, which provides funding for school divisions to secure and update hardware and infrastructure resources. During 2012-2013, more than 3 million assessments were administered online.
Standards of Learning Tests
The table below lists various SOL tests by grade level. This information has been updated to reflect recent changes in legislation.
The SOL tests contain multiple-choice questions with four answer options for each question, as well as questions that require student generated responses. The SOL tests are untimed and students are permitted to work until the end of the school day.
Standards of Learning (SOL) Division Test Schedules
Please note that each school will select their own administration dates within the division's window.
The 2014-15 Division Test Schedule has not yet been determined.
Standards of Learning and Diploma Options
To graduate with a Standard Diploma, a student must earn at least 22 standard units of credit by passing required courses and electives, and earn at least six verified credits by passing end-of-course SOL tests or other assessments approved by the Board of Education.
Last Modified on August 7, 2014