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Washington Educator Skills Tests (WEST)

What Tests Do I Need to Take?

Meeting minimum passing scores on NES or the WEST–E is required for:

  • Candidates adding an endorsement to a new or existing Washington State teaching certificate

Meeting minimum passing scores on the WEST–B is required for:

  • Candidates applying for admission to state-approved educator preparation programs
  • Applicants certified out of state who are applying for a Washington State teaching certificate

Applicants who have completed an educator preparation program outside Washington may apply for a teaching permit that will grant them an additional calendar year to meet the WEST–B and WEST–E or NES requirements.

Exemptions for NES or WEST–E

Individuals who can provide documentation of the following are exempt from taking the NES or WEST–E:

  • A National Board Certificate if there is a direct equivalency between endorsement and the National Board Certificate, as approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) and published by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Exemptions for WEST–B

Candidates who can provide documentation of one of the following are exempt from taking the WEST–B:

  • A National Board Teaching Certificate
  • Washington passing scores on all three tests (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing) of the Praxis I
  • A passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test™ (CBEST®)
  • A passing score on the NES Essential Academic Skills Test

Candidates entering a Washington approved educator preparation program may substitute a passing score on one or more sections of the SAT or ACT for the equivalent passing scores on the WEST–B. The adopted passing scores for SAT and ACT can be found on the PESB website link opens in a new window. The basic skills requirement cannot be fulfilled or waived by combining subtest scores from two or more of these tests: WEST–B, Praxis I, and/or CBEST®.

For more information about certification requirements please visit the website for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) at www.k12.wa.us link opens in a new window or call the OSPI at (360) 725-6400.

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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 the Washington state requirement. link opens in a new window