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WEST-B and WEST-E Testing Information FAQ's

What is the WEST-B?

  Admission to any residency teacher-preparation program requires that you pass the WEST-B (Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic).

For information and to register for the WEST-B, go to WEST Testing: www.west.nesinc.com.

What is the WEST-E?
  All candidates seeking teacher certification and/or additional endorsements are required to pass a subject knowledge test for each area in which they are seeking an endorsement. Washington state requires a candidate to pass the WEST-E (Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements).  WEST-E tests may also be used to meet the Highly Qualified Teacher definition under No Child Left Behind.  Please contact Cathy Stephens for more information.
When should the WEST-E be taken?
  Whitworth requires that teacher candidates pass the WEST-E in elementary education or his or her secondary education content area prior to student-teaching.  All other WEST-E tests (special education, English language learners, reading, etc.) can be taken later, but should be taken before graduation. 
What additional testing is required for designated world languages?
  All candidates seeking designated world language endorsements in Spanish, German or French must take the WEST-E Designated Languages Test and the oral and written ACTFL proficiency tests for their specific language.  For information and to register, go to ACTFL Testing.
How do I register?
  To register, go to WEST Testing.  You must create an account in order to register.  After making payment, you will receive an e-mail with an Authorization to Test.  Use this e-mail to select your test sit and, date, and to make an appointment.  To view test dates, go to Test Dates.  To view test fees, go to Test Fees.   
How do I check seat availability?
  It is possible to check appointment times for computer-based testing before registering? Appointment times are shown at Seat Availablity
  • Select the test you will be taking. (Tip: If you're taking the WEST-E Elementary Subtest 1 and 2 together, select exam code WA 701** instead of selecting both subtests separately. This will allow you to take both subtests in a continuous block of time.)
  • Find the nearest test centers by entering a city or ZIP code, and select up to four to find appointment dates and times.
  • Select the month you wish to test, and the calendar will display dates with open appointments.

NOTE: Open appointments shown are not displayed in real time — they may not actually be available when you are booking your appointment.  Have several appointment times available in case your first choice is full.

How are scores reported?
  At the conclusion of computer-based testing, you will receive unofficial results.  Each testing window for computer-based testing has a designated official Score Report Date. On that date, a list is made available to Whitworth with the scores of all test takers who requested that their scores be reported to Whitworth.  To ensure that Whitworth receives your scores, use the Whitworth recipient code, 253.  Score reports will be made available to individuals on the WEST-E website, and these can be requested by e-mail, as well. 

NOTE: Save your score reports!  Treat your score reports the same as you would treat a transcript or your teaching certificate: Whitworth does not receive individual score reports and cannot provide copies if yours is lost. Score reports are available for only 45 days.

How can I prepare?
  Study guides are available on the WEST website.  Choose the “Prepare” link at the top of the page.  On this page, you will find a variety of test preparation help, including sample questions and a test-preparation tutorial.  There are also links to practice tests and testing information located on the Whitworth website:  Preparing for the WEST-E.
Important Tips for Testing
  • Leave items such as large jewelry (bracelets, watches, necklaces, etc.) and bulky sweatshirts and jackets at home or in your car. You will be asked to remove them before you begin testing.
  • Empty your pockets prior to entering the testing center. You will be asked to turn your pockets inside out, and this will speed up the check-in process.
  • If you are unsure about a question during testing, flag it to come back to and check your answer.  It will be displayed again at the end of the test.
  • Leave yourself 10-15 minutes at the end of the test to double-check your answers.
  Other Questions?
Contact Director of Educational Certification and Career Services Cathy Stephens at
cstephens@whitworth.edu or 509.777.4405.