About Online Proctoring

Online Proctoring Is Now Available: Test Remotely, Including from Home!

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) is pleased to announce the availability of online proctoring for select tests in the WEST program. Online proctoring allows you to take your test securely from your home, school, or business. With just a simple check-in process—involving ID verification, face-matching technology, and a live greeter—you can test without having to travel to a test center.

Phased Rollout of Online Proctoring Availability

The following select WEST tests* will become available for online proctoring, in addition to continuing to be available via computer-based testing at test centers.

* Note: Due to technical requirements, certain WEST tests may not be offered via online proctoring and will continue to be available via computer-based testing only. For example, tests that require the use of a scanner and tests that include an audio component cannot be administered via online proctoring.

Phase 1 tests: Registration opens December 1, 2020

  • NES Elementary Education (Subtests I and II) (102/103)
  • WEST–B: Reading, Writing, Mathematics (095/096/097)

Phase 2 tests: Registration opens January 4, 2021

  • NES Early Childhood Education (101)
  • NES English Language Arts (301)
  • WEST–E Health/Fitness (029)
  • WEST–E Library Media (042)
  • WEST–E Social Studies (028)
  • WEST–E Special Education (070)

Phase 3 tests: Registration opens January 19, 2021

  • NES Art (503)
  • NES Biology (305)
  • NES Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction (104)
  • NES Middle Grades General Science (204)
  • WEST–E Designated World Languages (100)
  • WEST–E History (027)
  • WEST–E Middle Level Humanities Subtests 1 and 2 (English Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies) (052/053)

Phase 4 tests: Registration opens March 2, 2021

  • NES Business Education (309)
  • NES Chemistry (306)
  • NES Computer Science (315)
  • NES Earth and Space Science (307)
  • NES General Science (311)
  • NES Physics (308)
  • WEST–E Agriculture Education (037)
  • WEST–E Bilingual Education (050)
  • WEST–E Early Childhood Special Education (071)
  • WEST–E English Language Learners (051)
  • WEST–E Family and Consumer Sciences Education (041)
  • WEST–E Theatre Arts (055)

Phase 5 tests: Registration opens April 27, 2021

  • WEST–E Dance (054)
  • WEST–E Deaf Education (072)
  • WEST–E Technology Education (040)
  • WEST–E Traffic Safety (043)

Can I Test Remotely?

Many candidates are eligible for remote testing. Review the following steps to determine if online proctoring is right for you.

Step #1: Make Sure You Have the Right Equipment

You provide your own equipment for testing. You must have access to the following:

  • Required—a desktop or a laptop; tablets and touch screens cannot be used for your test
  • Required—a single monitor; extra monitors are not allowed; you need to remove them from the testing room, if possible, or unplug them
  • Required if using an external monitor with a laptop—you must have an external mouse, keyboard, and webcam and the lid of your laptop must be closed
  • Recommended—a personal computer rather than a work computer, which may have additional security that can interfere with your testing session

Review the complete system and testing environment requirements PDF Document

Step #2: Take the System Test

Take the system test before you register link opens in a new window. This will determine if your equipment is eligible for online proctoring.

Step #3: Review the Policies and Guidelines

Review the testing policies and what to expect on the day of the test on this website. If you are able to comply with these policies and guidelines, you may register for online proctoring.

Registration Is Now Open

If you passed the system test, you may now register to test via online proctoring. Select your test for detailed scheduling information.