You must attempt 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 attempt the WEST-B and complete WEST-E/NES tests prior to being recommended for certification. See the Washington Educator Skills Tests site for registration, preparation materials, 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)
Aspiring teachers have three options for satisfying the Washington State basic skills assessment requirement: attempt the WEST-B, submit SAT scores, or submit ACT scores. The WEST-B has three sections: reading, writing, and math. You can take the sections separately or all together.
Washington Educator Skills Tests-Endorsements (WEST-E)
Washington State defines subject areas for teaching as areas of endorsement. Aspiring teachers take a multiple-choice test (WEST-E or NES) for each endorsement they choose.
A passing score for a WEST-E test is 240 and a passing score for a NES test is 220. Foreign language endorsements have additional testing requirements. (Learn more about endorsements.)
|Earth and Space Science||5–12||NES 307|
|Elementary Education||K–8||NES 102 & NES 103|
|English Language Arts||5–12||NES 301|
|English Language Learners||P–12||051|
|Middle Level Humanities||4–9||052 & 053|
|Middle Level Math||4–9||NES 203|
|Middle Level Science||4–9||NES 204|
|Visual Arts||P–12||NES 503|
|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 Washington Educator Skills Test website for locations and availability.
Washington State also allows certain substitutes, such as Praxis CORE and CSET, for the WEST-B if you live out of state at the time you apply for a MiT program, see the Professional Educator Standards Board website for a complete list.
You will need to take the WEST-E tests for your endorsement areas when you arrive in Washington, if not available in your area.