Content knowledge testing
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.