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Section 3: Test Summary and Framework
WEST–E Agriculture Education (037)

The Washington Educator Skills Tests–Endorsements (WEST–E) are designed to measure a candidate's knowledge of the subject-area content contained in the test framework for each field. All WEST–E tests are fully aligned with the state's teacher endorsement competencies and, as applicable, the Essential Academic Learning Requirements.

Test Summary

This test summary describes general testing information as well as the approximate percentage of the total test score derived from each content domain. The test framework, organized by content domain, contains the objectives that define the content for the test.

Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions Approximately 110 multiple-choice questions
Test Session 2 hours and 15 minutes (does not include 15-minute tutorial)
Passing Score 240 (scores are calculated in a range from 100 to 300)
Test Code 037
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.
Table outlining sample test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective
Key Approximate
Percentage of Test
Content Domain Range of Objectives
I 19% Foundations of Agricultural Education 0001 to 0004
II 19% Animal Science 0005 to 0008
III 24% Plant and Soil Science 0009 to 0013
IV 10% Agricultural Technology 0014 to 0015
V 14% Natural Resources and Environmental Science 0016 to 0018
VI 14% Agricultural Business 0019 to 0021

Test Framework

Foundations of Agricultural Education

Objective 0001: Demonstrate an understanding of the Career and Technical Education program.

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Objective 0002: Demonstrate an understanding of the integrated program approach and career development in agricultural education.

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Objective 0003: Demonstrate an understanding of the history of agricultural science and FFA, and the role of FFA in agricultural education.

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Objective 0004: Demonstrate an understanding of procedures for ensuring safety in the agricultural classroom, laboratory, SAE, and FFA.

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Animal Science

Objective 0005: Demonstrate an understanding of the classification, anatomy, and physiology of animals.

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Objective 0006: Demonstrate an understanding of animal production and management.

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Objective 0007: Demonstrate an understanding of animal genetics and reproduction and principles of genetic engineering and biotechnology.

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Objective 0008: Demonstrate an understanding of environmental and facilities management in animal production systems.

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Plant and Soil Science

Objective 0009: Demonstrate an understanding of soil science.

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Objective 0010: Demonstrate an understanding of the classification, anatomy, and physiology of plants.

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Objective 0011: Demonstrate an understanding of plant genetics, reproduction, and propagation.

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Objective 0012: Demonstrate an understanding of crop production and management.

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Objective 0013: Demonstrate an understanding of horticultural practices, principles, and methods of greenhouse, nursery, and landscape management, and principles of landscape design.

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Agricultural Technology

Objective 0014: Demonstrate an understanding of operation and maintenance of power equipment and engines used in agriculture.

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Objective 0015: Demonstrate an understanding of materials and techniques used in agricultural metal fabrication, construction, and water control systems.

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Natural Resources and Environmental Science

Objective 0016: Demonstrate an understanding of ecological principles and their relationship to agriculture and the environment.

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Objective 0017: Demonstrate an understanding of relationships between agriculture and the environment.

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Objective 0018: Demonstrate an understanding of natural resource management.

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Agricultural Business

Objective 0019: Demonstrate an understanding of agricultural business management and entrepreneurship.

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Objective 0020: Demonstrate an understanding of principles of economics and their role in agricultural business.

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Objective 0021: Demonstrate knowledge of agricultural marketing and sales.

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