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Washington State University
College of Education

Content exam

*ATTENTION: Starting in early December 2023, the fees for taking the NES subject tests increased to $119.*

Content exam

Washington state requires that all prospective teachers show proficiency in their respective content area(s).

That proficiency is measured by either the Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsements (WEST-E), or the National Evaluation Series (NES) test, depending on the subject area. Candidates may register for either of these tests through the WEST website.

Additionally, those seeking an endorsement in a Designated World Language or bilingual education must also pass an oral- and language-proficiency exam administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Washington. Students needing to pass the ACTFL exam may register here.