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Washington Educator Skills Tests (WEST)


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As of January 1, 2014, edTPA® is a requirement for graduates of Washington educator preparation programs to earn state certification. Learn more about edTPA. link opens in a new window

What tests do I need to take? Read about which tests are required for teacher certification in Washington.

Information about each test. Get specific information about a test, including when and where you can take the test, and access preparation materials by selecting the test from the following table.

National Evaluation Series™ (NES®) Tests

The following NES tests may be used to fulfill the requirement for candidates applying for endorsements on Washington residency teaching certificates.

Test CodeTest
101Early Childhood Education
307Earth and Space Science
102/103Elementary Education (Subtests I and II)
301English Language Arts
104Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction
311General Science
204Middle Grades General Science
203Middle Grades Mathematics

Washington Educator Skills Test–Basic® (WEST–B®)

Test CodeTest
095/096/097WEST–B: Reading, Writing, Mathematics

Washington Educator Skills Tests–Endorsements™ (WEST–E™)

Test CodeTest
037Agriculture Education
050Bilingual Education
038Business and Marketing Education
073Computer Science
072Deaf Education
100Designated World Languages
101Designated World Languages: Latin
071Early Childhood Special Education
051English Language Learners
041Family and Consumer Sciences Education
042Library Media
052/053Middle Level Humanities Subtests 1 and 2 (English Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies)
056Music: Choral
057Music: Instrumental
028Social Studies
070Special Education
040Technology Education
055Theatre Arts
043Traffic Safety