The legislature requires Washington teacher candidates to pass the basic skills test for an admission to teacher preparation programs. The Professional Educator Standards Board established the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B) as a PESB-approved teacher preparation program requirement. All three sub-tests (reading, writing, mathematics) must be passed to meet the requirement. The WEST-B webpage provides information regarding test prep materials, registration, test policies, test framework, test fees, and vouchers. The testing resource hub provides resources for programs and candidates to increase access to test related materials across the state.
Passing the WEST-B is also required of persons from out-of-state seeking a Washington State residency teaching certificate. Individuals applying for a Washington State teaching certificate who have completed a teacher preparation program in another state or country may be eligible for an extension.
Individuals seeking admission to a state approved educator preparation program may submit evidence of a score on an assessment deemed of equal rigor by PESB, such as the SAT or ACT, in lieu of the WEST-B (WAC 181-01-0025). The WEST-B alternatives page provides information about SAT and ACT and passing score.
Out-of-state candidates may seek an exemption from the WEST-B requirement under certain circumstances (WAC 181-01-002). See the WEST-B exemptions page for more details about the eligibility and equivalent tests for exemptions.
Each program is allocated a certain number of vouchers for the WEST-B test takers. Programs may purchase vouchers to provide candidates with full or partial credit toward fees for test registration and preparation resources.
- For programs: purchase additional WEST-B / WEST-E / NES vouchers