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Overview of SOL Testing Program:

The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health/physical education and driver education.

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.

Technology-Enhanced Tests

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:

  • Faster return of student scores
  • Increased instructional and remediation time due to timely return of student results
  • Improved efficiency of data collection and management
  • Increased accuracy of student data
  • Increased security of test content and student data
  • Reduced administrative burdens on school and division staff
  • The ability to include "technology-enhanced" items that allow students to indicate their responses in ways other than multiple choice that also may demonstrate critical-thinking skills

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 list below shows the various SOL tests at each grade level.   

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7 

Grade 8

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Algebra I
Algebra II
History and
Social Science



Civics &
World History I
World History II
VA & US History
World Geography







Earth Science
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.

To graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma, a student must earn at least 24 or 26 standard units of credit, depending on when he or she entered ninth grade, and at least nine verified units of credit.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Diploma Options

Last Modified on July 17, 2014