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Basic skills testing

Basic skills testing

Washington state requires that all prospective teachers show evidence of basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. That means basic skills proficiency is required in all three areas prior to admission to any of our teacher preparation programs (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or Master in Teaching).

Beginning in September, 2013, prospective teachers have had the option of using 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 of reading, writing, and mathematics.

Those students who need to take the WEST-B exam may register here.

Free WEST-B preparation can be found here.

Passing scores are defined as follows:

ACT
Current passing score9/2015-8/20162/2005 to 8/2015
Reading22
Math22
Writing8238
SAT
Current passing scorePrior to 03/2016
Reading27500
Math27.5515
Writing28490
WEST-B
Current passing score
Reading240
Math240
Writing240

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

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