Required Tests

You must pass a basic skills assessment and one or more content area assessments to be admitted to the Master in Teaching program.

Washington state requires that you complete the WEST-B and WEST-E tests. See the Washington Educator Skills Tests site for testing sites, approved calculators, study guides, and more details. There are restrictions on how often you can take the tests and how often scores are reported, so plan ahead.

Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B)

The WEST-B has three sections: reading, writing, and math. You can take the sections separately or all together. You must pass each section with a score of at least 240 out of 300.

You may be able to use your SAT or ACT scores instead of taking the WEST-B. See the chart below for minimum scores.

Subject SAT score/dates ACT score/dates
Math 515 22 (1995-present)
Reading 500 (use verbal score 1996-2004) 22 (1995-present)
Writing 490 (2004-present) 8 (2005-present)

Washington Educator Skills Tests-Endorsements (WEST-E)

You must pass a multiple-choice test for each endorsement you choose. You must pass each test with a score of at least 240 out of 300.

Some endorsements use the National Educator Series (NES) test. Foreign language endorsements have additional testing requirements. (Learn more about endorsements.)

Endorsement Level WEST-E Code
Biology 5–12 022
Chemistry 5–12 023
Earth and Space Science 5–12 024
Elementary Education K–8 NES 102 & NES 103
English Language Arts 5–12 NES 301
English Language Learners P–12 051
History 5–12 027
Mathematics 5–12 NES 304
Middle Level Humanities 4–9 010 & 011
Middle Level Math 4–9 NES 203
Middle Level Science 4–9 013
Physics 5–12
Reading P–12 NES 104
Science 5–12 021
Social Studies 5–12 028
Theatre Arts P–12 032
Visual Arts P–12 033
World Languages: French, Japanese, or Spanish P–12 100*

* Foreign language endorsements also require the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or computerized interview (OPIC) and the Written Proficiency Test (WPT) from Language Testing International. These proficiencies must be passed at the advanced low level.

Out of State Applicants

If you are currently living outside of Washington state, you may be able to take the WEST tests in your area. See the Pearson website for locations and availability.

Washington state allows the following substitutes for the WEST-B test if you live out of state at the time you apply for a teaching program.

Test Math Reading Writing
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators 142 156 158
CBEST (composite score minimum 123) 37 37 37
National Evaluation Series - Essential Academic Skills 22 22 22

You will need to take the WEST-E tests for your endorsement areas when you arrive in Washington.