Master in Teaching

State Required Admissions Tests

Required Admissions Tests: WEST-B and WEST-E

Passing a basic-skills assessment (reading, writing and mathematics) and passing one or more specific content area assessments is required for completion of all Washington-approved teacher preparation programs and admission to MiT. In Washington, these assessments are the WEST-B and WEST-E, administered by the Evaluations Systems Group of Pearson Education, Inc. Information on how to prepare for the tests, register and pay can be found at the Washington Educator Skills Tests website at www.west.nesinc.com. To check seat availability throughout the U.S. and internationally, see www.pearsonvue.com/es/sa; to locate a test center see www.pearsonvue.com/es/locate/. Local sites include Lacey, Tacoma, Renton and Seattle. Tests are available year-round in computerized format only. Scores are reported once or twice a month, so please plan accordingly. Retakes are not allowed for 45 days. Test early so your scores arrive by application deadlines.

WEST-B: The Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic is comprised of three subtests on reading, writing and mathematics required for admission to teacher preparation programs in Washington. The minimum passing score is 240 out of 300 points on each section. Applicants must pass all three subtests to be admitted to the MiT program. All sections do not have to be taken on the same test date.

WEST-B Alternatives: Candidates entering a Washington approved teaching preparation program after September 1, 2013 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 of Passing Minimum Scores

Subject WEST-B SAT ACT
Math 240 515 22 (1995-present)
Reading 240 500 (use verbal score 1996-2004) 22 (1995-present)
Writing 240 490 (2004-present) 8 (2/05-present)

Official score reports are required from the company. Former and current Evergreen students with official SAT and/or ACT scores reported to the college for undergraduate admissions should notify MiT advisor Maggie Foran so she can check if the test date and actual scores are acceptable and to provide a copy of the scores to Admissions from Evergreen’s electronic records.

WEST-E: The Washington Educator Skills Tests-Endorsements are multiple choice tests of content knowledge required for each endor sement for Washington teaching certificates. Minimum passing score is 240. As of September 2014, the National Evaluation Series (NES) computerized tests for Elementary Education, English Language arts, Mathematics, Middle Level Mathematics and Reading replace the former WEST-E tests in these areas, see www.nestest.com for information and study materials. Minimum passing score for NES tests is 220. If WEST-E tests for these endorsements were taken prior to 9/1/14, they will be honored.

French, Spanish and Japanese candidates for fall 2015 will take the Designated World Languages WEST-E in addition to the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or computerized interview (OPIC) and the Written Proficiency Test (WPT) from www.languagetesting.com. These proficiencies must be passed at the advanced low level.

Contact www.west.nesinc.com or (800) 784-4999 for registration windows, information, bulletins, a list of acceptable calculators and study guides for the WEST-B and WEST-E tests. You are welcome to review study materials at the Teacher Education Programs Resource room on the Evergreen Campus.

WEST-E Subject Assessments for fall 2015 MiT Applicants

Endorsement/test name and test code offered by www.west.nesinc.com unless noted:

  • Biology (022)
  • Chemistry (023)
  • Earth and Space Science (024)
  • Elementary Education
    Subtest 1: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Reading (NES 102)
    Subtest 2: Mathematics, Science, Health and Fitness, the Arts (NES 103)
  • English Language Arts (NES 301)
  • English Language Learners (051)
  • French - Designated World Language WEST-E (100) and ACTFL OPI or OPIc and WPT from www.languagetesting.com
  • German - Designated World Language WEST-E (100) and ACTFL OPI or OPIc and WPT from www.languagetesting.com
  • History (027)
  • Japanese – Designated World Language WEST-E (100) and ACTFL OPI or OPIc and WPT from www.languagetesting.com
  • Mathematics (NES 304)
  • Middle Level Humanities
    Subtest 1: English Language Arts (010)
    Subtest 2: Social Studies (011)
  • Middle Grades Mathematics (NES 203)
  • Middle Level Science (013)
  • Reading (NES 104)
  • Science (021)
  • Social Studies (028)
  • Spanish - Designated World Language WEST-E (100) and ACTFL OPI or OPIc and WPT from www.languagetesting.com
  • Theatre Arts (032)
  • Visual Arts (033)
  • Those applicants desiring to meet the early admissions deadline will need to take tests no later than mid-December. Plan to test no later than mid-March to meet the fall 2015 application deadline. Applicants with only a WEST-B or a WEST-E score may occasionally be conditionally admitted after the application deadline on a space available basis, with the requirement of passing the remaining tests before program start.

    Out of State Applicants

    Applicants residing outside Washington State are encouraged to take the WEST tests at one of the Pearson testing locations around the U.S., or international sites. Please see www.pearsonvue.com/es/sa/ to check seat availability and test locations. The state also allows as a WEST B substitute if you live outside Washington at time of application the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) tests from the Educational Testing Service, the CBEST, or the National Evaluation Series Essential Academic Skills Tests (NES-EAS). Passing scores for the CORE are 156 for reading, 142 for math and 158 for writing. CBEST scores must be at least 37 for reading, math and writing, and a composite score of 123 or better. NES-EAS scores must be at least 22 on each section.