Washington has two testing requirements: basic skills and content area testing, as described below. The testing requirements must be successfully completed within one calendar year of issuance of the first residency teacher temporary permit for first-time, out-of-state candidates.
Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic (WEST-B). Must successfully complete each subtest for reading, writing and mathematics. Use report code #399 to have your test score sent to OSPI electronically. Test information and registration is
In lieu of the WEST-B, candidates from outside the state may submit an official score report verifying successful completion of one of the following:
- CBEST (used in California and Oregon), or
- NES Essential Academic Skills Test (used in Oregon), or
- Praxis I (PPST) - Must complete each subtest for reading, writing and mathematics with minimum passing scores of 177 (or 325
on the computer-based test) for reading, 174 (or 321 CBT) for writing, and 176 (or 321 CBT) for mathematics, or
- NBPTS - Individuals who hold a valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certificate are exempt from the WEST-B.
Please note that we cannot accept mix-and-match scores
from Praxis I or CBEST. If completing the WEST-B, use
report code #399 to have your score sent to OSPI. Do not
call OSPI or ESD offices for test information.
Applicants may substitute a passing score on one or more sections of the SAT or ACT for the equivalent passing scores on the WEST-B. The adopted passing scores for SAT and ACT are listed below.
Cut Score Comparison Table
**Individuals will not only need to complete the WEST-E test in the designated world language but will also need to complete the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview at the Advanced-Low level in a world language area.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certificate exemptions.
Individuals who hold a valid NBPTS certificate in a subject area or grade level comparable to one of the Washington endorsement areas are exempt from testing requirements for that endorsement area. (See NBPTS Exemption).
Additional information regarding basic skills and endorsement test information click here: