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Washington has two testing requirements: basic skills and content area testing, as described below. The testing requirements must be successfully completed within one calendar year of issuance of the first residency teacher temporary permit for first-time, out-of-state candidates.

Basic Skills Test Requirement (WEST-B)

Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic (WEST-B). Must successfully complete each subtest for reading, writing and mathematics. Use report code #399 to have your test score sent to OSPI electronically. Test information and registration is available online.

In lieu of the WEST-B, candidates from outside the state may submit an official score report verifying successful completion of one of the following:

  • CBEST (used in California and Oregon), or
  • NES Essential Academic Skills Test (used in Oregon), or
  • Praxis I (PPST) - Must complete each subtest for reading, writing and mathematics with minimum passing scores of 177 (or 325 on the computer-based test) for reading, 174 (or 321 CBT) for writing, and 176 (or 321 CBT) for mathematics, or
  • NBPTS - Individuals who hold a valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certificate are exempt from the WEST-B.

If completing the WEST-B, use report code #399 to have your score sent to OSPI. Do not call OSPI or ESD offices for test information.

Applicants 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 are listed below.

Cut Score Comparison Table
Subject WEST-B SAT ACT
Math PASS 515 22
Reading PASS 500 22
Writing PASS 490 8

WEST-E test
The following endorsement areas require completion of the WEST-E test. Test information and registration is available online.

  • Agriculture Education
  • Bilingual Education*
  • Biology
  • Business and Marketing Education
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English Language Arts
  • English Language Learner
  • Family Consumer Science Education
  • Health/Fitness
  • History
  • Latin Language
  • Library Media
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Level Humanities
  • Middle Level Math
  • Middle Level Science
  • Music: Choral
  • Music: General (neither Choral nor Instrumental)
  • Music: Instrumental
  • Physics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Technology Education
  • Theatre Arts
  • Traffic Safety Education
  • Visual Arts
  • World Languages**
  • World Language Latin

*Individuals will not only need to complete the WEST-E test in bilingual education but will also need to complete the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview at the Advanced-Mid level in a world language area. ACTFL does not administer tests for Latin. For Latin, a candidate must take the new WEST-E: DWL and the WEST-E: Latin.  http://www.languagetesting.com/

**Individuals will not only need to complete the WEST-E test in the designated world language but will also need to complete the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview at the Advanced-Low level in a world language area.  http://www.languagetesting.com/

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certificate exemptions.

Individuals who hold a valid NBPTS certificate in a subject area or grade level comparable to one of the Washington endorsement areas are exempt from testing requirements for that endorsement area. (See NBPTS Exemption).

Additional information regarding basic skills and endorsement test information click here: http://assessment.pesb.wa.gov/

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