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Student Services & Certification

Washington Educator Skills Test - Basic (WEST-B)

Evidence of basic skills is a requirement for all prospective teachers in Washington.  Beginning September 1, 2013, prospective teachers may use SAT, ACT or WEST-B scores to meet the basic skills requirement for Washington teacher certification.  Any combination may be used, as long as passing scores are achieved in each area: reading, writing, and mathematics.  Basic skills proficiency is required in all three areas prior to admission to any of Washington State University’s teacher preparation programs (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or Master in Teaching). 


Passing scores are defined as:

ACT
Reading – 22
Math – 22
Writing – 8

SAT
Reading – 500
Math – 515
Writing – 490

WEST-B
Reading – 240
Math – 240
Writing – 240

Additional information can be found on the Professional Educator Standards Board’s (PESB) website.

Washington Educator Skills Test - Endorsement (WEST-E)

Beginning September 1, 2005, all candidates applying for initial certification or teachers applying to add an endorsement to their current Washington teacher certificate must pass a content area exam know as the WEST-E.

Until September 1, 2008, the Praxis II series was used to meet the WEST-E requirement.  Effective January 1, 2010, the Praxis is no longer accepted and all applicants must pass the appropriate WEST-E.

Washington State University requires all students to pass the WEST-E prior to student teaching.  To avoid delaying your student teaching it is advised that you take the WEST-E no later than the semester prior to student teaching.

Special Note to Designated World Language and Bilingual Candidates:  In addition to completing the WEST-E, students completing endorsements in Designated World Languages after September 1, 2010, must pass the oral (interview or computerized version accepted) and written portions of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) exam at the advance low level.  Bilingual candidates completing their program after September 1, 2009, must pass the ACTFL exam at the advance mid level in addition to the WEST-E. 

For additional information review WSU’s WEST-E Frequently Asked Questions, the WEST or the Professional Educator Standards Board’s (PESB) website.

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