Overview of SOL Testing Program:Introduction
The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to demonstrate 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. SOL ensure that students across the state are taught the same content at nearly the same time. Cumulative, annual assessments – SOL tests and alternative assessments – provide information on individual student achievement. For additional information on testing, accommodations, or score reports 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:
Standards of Learning Tests
- 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
The table below lists various SOL tests by grade level. This information has been updated to reflect recent changes in legislation.
End of Course
Civics & Economics
World History I
World History II
VA & US History
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 SchedulesPlease note that each school selects their own test administration dates within the division window.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