Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) Test Retake Policy

Can You Retake the RICA Exam?

Many aspiring teachers in California must pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) to receive their teacher certification.

If you did not earn the minimum passing score of 220 on the written or video test, you can retake it. You must register and pay to take the test again. Instructions for completing this process are included on your score report.

Are There Any Retake Restrictions?

You can retake a RICA exam as many times as you need to. The only condition on retakes is that you are required to wait a full 45 days from your original test date before you can take the test again.

Can You Change Test Formats?

Individuals who took the written test can opt to take the written test again or switch to the video exam format. If a test-taker completed the video exam and needs to retake the test, he/she can attempt another video exam or register to take the written test. Once individuals have attempted the test in one format, they are not limited to that format for retakes.

How Can You Improve Your Chances of Passing?

If you didn't pass your RICA exam on your first attempt, you might be relieved to learn that only 46.7% of individuals who took the RICA video exam from 2010 to 2015 passed on their first attempt, while approximately 70% of those who took the written test passed the first time. When results from all test attempts are considered, the pass rate rises to 53.6% for the video test and 90.7% for the written test.

To make sure you're among the percentage of test-takers who pass their test, there are several things that you can do to prepare for your retake.

Consult Your Score Report

Score reports for the written and video tests provide examinees with feedback on their performance in each of the exam's five content domains. You can use this information to pinpoint the areas where you need improvement.

Take Advantage of Study Materials

To prepare for your RICA exam, consider using a reputable study resource such as this RICA Exam: Test Prep & Practice program. This course contains around 120 lessons that are designed to ensure test-takers review the appropriate material covered on the RICA test. Because these resources are self-paced, they might also prove useful if you want to focus on a particular area of the test.

The CTC website also provides a written practice test and information about how both the written and video RICA exams are evaluated (

Schedule Study Time

One of the mistakes individuals can make is to assume that they will have enough time to study. Using a calendar or day planner to schedule times to review material can help you determine if you have enough time to thoroughly prepare before your RICA exam.

Join a Study Group

Some people need a support system to stay motivated to study for their exams. Since individuals are typically still completing their postsecondary training when taking RICA exams, they will likely have classmates who are also preparing for the RICA test. Joining with others to form a study group or finding a study partner who motivates you to study regularly can help ensure that you prioritize your exam preparation.

California offers educators and prospective educators two RICA assessment options. Read on for study and preparation tips to help you pass whichever RICA assessment you plan to take.

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