RICA Test Dates

Below is a current listing of the 2024 RICA test dates.

When selecting your RICA test date, ensure you have enough time to prepare. Start by viewing our free RICA Study Guide for a list of the topics that appear on your exam. Then take a free RICA Practice Test, which includes a diagnostic breakdown of your strengths and weaknesses in each topic area. This will help you determine how much preparation you need.

If you decide to take a RICA Prep Course, you'll ideally want to schedule your exam a short time after your last class session, so the information you've learned is fresh in your mind. (View upcoming RICA prep course schedules here.)

Once you've chosen a test date, visit our RICA Registration Info page to find a testing center location near you and learn how to sign up for the exam.

2024 RICA Test Dates

The RICA Written Exam is available only as a computer-based test. If you wish to take the RICA at a testing center, testing is available year-round by appointment, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays), on a first-come, first-served basis. Alternatively, online-proctored testing is offered remotely and is available by appointment during one-week testing windows each month.

Not all testing centers are open on all dates and registration policies may apply. All test-takers should visit the official RICA testing service website (www.ctcexams.nesinc.com) to confirm test dates, registration procedures and testing requirements.

RICA Test Dates

RICA Test Dates - Computer-Based Results Release Date
2/19/24-3/3/24 3/13/24
3/4/24-3/17/24 3/27/24
3/18/24-3/31/24 4/10/24
4/1/24-4/14/24 4/24/24
4/15/24-4/28/24 5/8/24
4/29/24-5/12/24 5/22/24
5/13/24-5/26/24 6/5/24
5/27/24-6/9/24 6/20/24
6/10/24-6/23/24 7/3/24
6/24/24-7/7/24 7/17/24
7/8/24-7/21/24 7/31/24
7/22/24-8/4/24 8/14/24
8/5/24-8/18/24 8/28/24
8/19/24-9/1/24 9/11/24
9/2/24-9/15/24 9/25/24


RICA Test Dates - Online Proctored Results Release Date
Week of February 26, 2024 March 13, 2024
Week of March 25, 2024 April 10, 2024
Week of April 22, 2024 May 8, 2024
Week of May 20, 2024 June 5, 2024
Week of June 17, 2024 July 3, 2024
Week of July 15, 2024 July 31, 2024


Candidates also have the option of completing a video performance assessment instead of the written exam. Please confirm all registration information and submission dates with the official testing service.

RICA Video Submission Deadline Results Release Date
3/7/24 3/29/24
6/13/24 7/5/24

Choosing Your Test Date

Passing the RICA is one of the main ways prospective teachers meet the reading instruction requirements for a California credential. When choosing your test date, you should consider how you plan to prepare. If you intend to take a prep class, ensure that all sessions are before your exam date. Most students find that taking a class 1-2 weeks before their test works best, so the information is still fresh in their minds.

Make sure you also allow time to retake the test if you don't pass on your first attempt. You can retake the exam as many times as you need, but must wait 45 calendar days between attempts.

Plan to take the exam as early as possible, while still giving yourself sufficient time to prepare. To work out how much study time you need, view our free RICA Study Guide to see what content is covered on your exam. Then take our free RICA Practice Test under testing conditions to see how you’ll perform and identify any areas where you need to improve.

Our Core Plus Online Prep Programs feature: 

  • instructional videos that teach you the exact content you need to pass
  • interactive practice tests that replicate the real exam
  • virtual tutoring videos that guide you through every practice question
  • advanced diagnostics that offer in-depth insights into your strengths and weaknesses
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