Testing Requirements

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Basic Skills

What is the basic skills test?

All Washington teacher candidates are required to take the Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic (WEST-B) or approved alternatives for admission into a teacher preparation program.

The assessment includes three sub-tests: reading, writing, mathematics.

To register for the test and for more information please go to: www.west.nesinc.com. When you register for the WEST-B designate Gonzaga to receive your score report.  The School Code is 215.

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.

Admission to the teacher preparation program will not be considered if the applicant does not have an attempt on all three sections of the basic skills (reading, writing, and mathematics).

WEST-E/NES (Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements)

Teacher candidates seeking a Residency teacher certificate and all certificated teachers wishing to add an endorsement are required to pass a content test in each chosen endorsement area. The test is the WEST-E/NES To register for the test and for more information please go to: http://www.west.nesinc.com/.When you register for the WEST-E/NES designate Gonzaga to receive your score report.  The School Code is 215.