Standards of Learning Testing
The Virginia State Board of Education requires students to earn a certain number of verified credits to graduate. A verified credit can be earned by passing an end-of-course SOL test, or an acceptable substitute. Students entering ninth grade prior to 2018 are required to earn 6 verified credits for a Standard Diploma and 9 verified credits for an Advanced Diploma. Students enrolling in 2018 and beyond will only have to earn 5 verified credits for either the Standard or Advanced Diplomas. Additionally, federal government guidelines require that all students be tested in high school at least once in reading, math, and science. As a state and federal requirement, there are no exemptions to taking Standards of Learning tests. Once a student has earned the required number of verified credits in a content area, they will NOT take additional SOL tests in that content area. Once a student earns a passing score, the student may not re-take the test to achieve a higher score. High school students have multiple opportunities to take Standards of Learning tests and earn the required verified credits needed for graduation.
High School Standards of Learning Tests
Students have the opportunity to earn the required verified credits through the following Standards of Learning tests upon completion of the courses listed in the following tables for Standard and Advanced Studies Diplomas:English 11All DiplomasHistoryStandardAdvanced StudiesReading, Literature/ ResearchGrade 11World History to 1500 AD; World GeographyGrade 9*Grade 9*WritingGrade 11World History from 1500 AD; World GeographyGrade 10*Grade 10*Virginia and US HistoryGrade 11Grade 11ScienceAll DiplomasMathematicsStandardAdvanced StudiesEarth ScienceGrade 9Algebra I;Algebra I Part IIGrade 9 or 10Grade 7, 8, or 9BiologyGrade 9 or 10Geometry; Geometry Part IIGrade 10 or 11Grade 8, 9, or 10ChemistryGrade 10 or 11Algebra IIGrade 11Grade 9, 10, or 11
* Standard Diploma students are required to take World History to 1500/World Geography or World History from 1500/World Geography. Advanced Studies Diploma students will take both World History/Geography courses.■ Students taking Algebra I Part I and Part II will take the Algebra I test upon completion of Algebra I Part II and will take the Geometry test upon completion of the course.
Graduation requirements for each diploma are listed in the following tables and VDOE information is available at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/index.shtml