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Washington Educator Skills Tests (WEST)

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Understanding Your Test Results

NES Tests

For each test or subtest, examinee performance is evaluated against an established standard.

The total test or subtest score is based on the number of raw score points earned on each section (multiple-choice section and, for some tests, constructed-response section); the proportion accounted for by each section, if applicable; and the scaling of that score. Raw scores are converted to a scale of 100 to 300.

WEST Tests

An individual's performance on a WEST test is evaluated against an established standard. That standard, or the passing score for each test and subtest, was established by the PESB and was based on the professional judgments and recommendations of Washington educators.

To report test scores in a consistent way for all test fields and all test administrations, the scores for all tests and subtests are converted to a common scale. Test results are calculated as scaled scores in a range from 100 to 300, with a score of 240 representing the minimum passing score. If your total test scaled score is 240 or above, you have passed the test or subtest.

Your total test score is based on your performance on all sections of the test or subtest.

To pass the WEST–B, the Elementary Education test, or the Middle Level Humanities test, you must pass each of the test's subtests. You may take one or more subtests at a given administration. You do not have to pass all subtests at a single test administration.

For the WEST–B Writing subtest, the Computer Science test, and the Designated World Languages: Latin test, your score on the multiple-choice section and your score on the constructed-response assignment section are combined to obtain your total test score, and performance on one section can compensate for performance on the other section.

Scoring Constructed Responses

Information about the scoring of constructed responses, including performance characteristics and the score scale, is available in the preparation materials. The following tests include constructed-response assignments; select a test to access the preparation materials.

How to Read Your Score Report

Your score report is provided to you with information about how to read your score report. You can also review that information here; select a test type below.

NES (National Evaluation Series) Tests

Examinees who take a NES test to meet Washington requirements will receive two score reports: a NES score report with diagnostic information and a Washington score report that indicates whether the examinee has met the Washington standard for that test.

WEST Tests