What is the basic skills test?
All Washington teacher candidates are required to take the Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic (WEST-B) for admission into a teacher preparation program. The assessment includes three sub-tests: reading, writing, mathematics.
During the 2019 legislative session, passing requirements for the basic skills assessment changed. See our FAQ regarding these new changes.
Out-of-state teacher information
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 exemption.
- Visit the WEST-B website for information on test preparation 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.
What are the WEST-B alternatives?
Individuals seeking admission to an educator preparation program may submit evidence of taking an assessment deemed of equal rigor, such as the SAT or ACT, in lieu of the WEST-B. Candidates may substitute one or more sections of the SAT or ACT for the equivalent subsection on the WEST-B.
What are the WEST-B equivalencies?
Individuals seeking admission to an educator preparation program may submit evidence of taking an equivalent national or out-of-state basic skills assessment approved by the Board, in lieu of the WEST-B. See the WEST-B equivalent assessment page for more details about the equivalent tests.
Are vouchers available?
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