This page provides access to all the key info you need as a RICA test-taker, including 2023 exam dates, testing center locations, fees, registration info, and prep resources.

You can also view our free RICA Study Guides for a concise, bullet-pointed listing of exactly which topics appear on your exam. Then take our free RICA Practice Tests to see your current likelihood of passing and a breakdown of your individual strengths and weaknesses.

When you’re ready to sign up for the exam, please visit the official RICA testing service website at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.

  • Subtest 1: Word Analysis and Fluency. Subtest 2: Vocabulary, Academic Language and Background Knowledge; Comprehension. Subtest 3: Planning, Organization, and Managing Reading Instruction Based on Ongoing Assessment.
  • Subtests 1 and 2: 35 multiple-choice and 2 constructed response questions per subtest; Subtest 3: 25 multiple-choice and 1 case study
  • Subtests 1 and 2: 1 hour and 15 minutes per subtest; Subtest 3: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 220 per subtest (scaled score)

RICA Overview

The Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) is designed to ensure that candidates for the California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and Education Specialist Instruction Credential possess the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective reading instruction.

The written exam is comprised of 3 subtests. Subtest 1 covers the domains Word Analysis and Fluency. Subtest 2 covers Vocabulary, Academic Language, and Background Knowledge, as well as Comprehension. Subtest 3 covers just one domain: Planning, Organizing, and Managing Reading Instruction Based on Ongoing Assessment.

The RICA Written exam is currently available in computer-based and online-proctored format. The computer-based exam must be taken in a testing center. The online-proctored exam can be taken remotely.

Instead of completing the written exam, candidates may choose to take the RICA Video Performance Assessment. This allows them to be evaluated based on classroom performance and involves them creating and submitting videos of themselves teaching reading.

RICA Testing Costs

2023 RICA Testing Costs*

Below is an overview of the 2023 RICA testing fees.

RICA Service Fees
Registration for RICA Written Examination $57 per subtest
Registration for RICA Video Performance Assessment $171
Change of registration No fee
Additional copy of test results  $10 per copy
Score verification for constructed-response section $50 per subtest
Fee to clear an account $20


RICA Test Dates

2023 RICA Test Dates*

Computer-based testing for the RICA Written exam is available at testing centers year-round by appointment, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays), on a first-come, first-served basis during the testing windows listed below.

RICA Test Dates - Computer-Based Results Release Date
12/12/22-12/25/22 1/4/23
12/26/22-1/8/23 1/18/23
1/9/23-1/22/23 2/1/23
1/23/23-2/5/23 2/15/23
2/6/23-2/19/23 3/1/23
2/20/23-3/5/23 3/15/23
3/6/23-3/19/23 3/29/23
3/20/23-4/2/23 4/12/23
4/3/23-4/16/23 4/26/23
4/17/23-4/30/23 5/10/23
5/1/23-5/14/23 5/24/23
5/15/23-5/28/23 6/7/23
5/29/23-6/11/23 6/21/23
6/12/23-6/25/23 7/5/23
6/26/23-7/9/23 7/19/23
7/10/23-7/23/23 8/2/23
7/24/23-8/6/23 8/16/23
8/7/23-8/20/23 8/30/23
8/21/23-9/3/23 9/13/23
9/4/23-9/17/23 9/27/23


Online-proctored testing is available by appointment during one-week testing windows each month. Testing windows are listed below.

RICA Test Dates - Online-Proctored Results Release Date
Week of January 2, 2023 January 18, 2023
Week of January 30, 2023 February 15, 2023
Week of February 27, 2023 March 15, 2023
Week of March 27, 2023 April 12, 2023
Week of April 24, 2023 May 10, 2023
Week of May 22, 2023 June 7, 2023
Week of June 19, 2023 July 5, 2023
Week of July 17, 2023 August 2, 2023


For the RICA Video Performance Assessment, completed video packets and payment must be received by the deadline for results to be mailed out on the corresponding release date.

RICA Video Submission Deadline Results Release Date
3/9/23 3/31/23
6/15/23 7/10/23


*This information is subject to change. All test-takers should visit the official RICA website at https://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com to confirm fees, registration, and testing requirements before enrolling.

Not sure how you’ll perform on the exam? Start by viewing our free RICA Study Guide to get a concise overview of exactly what subject matter will appear on your exam. Then take our free, full-length RICA Practice Test with diagnostics to see your overall likelihood of passing and identify any areas in which you may need to improve.

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