I know exactly how you feel. But don't give up. I failed at least 9-10 times and when I finally passed I thought they were joking. I too, was missing it by a few points. 5-6 points.
Reading First academy (http://www.readingfirst.virginia.edu/
) has some really cool stuff about reading instruction and terminolgy.
Google "Vocabulary quiz, Virginia reading assessment". You'll get some links to practice quizzes, some by Quia, which I use in my classroom to practice for SOLs. Helpful for brushing up on terminology.
The Cognitive Foundations of Learning to Read: A Framework, http://www.sedl.org/reading/framework/
Put Reading First, from the US Department of Education, is a thorough and accessible overview of reading instruction from first steps in print awareness through phonics, comprehension, and fluency: http://www.nifl.gov/partnershipforre...ng_first1.html
Annenberg Media, http://www.learner.org
, offers video on demand in reading, writing, literature, and more for grades K-12. You'll need broadband.
Carl’s Corner, http://www.carlscorner.us.com/
, is a Web site chock full of lesson plans and other goodies in language arts from a veteran teacher.
distributes its lesson plans among three sections: Learning Language, Learning About Language, and Learning Through Language.