Department ofEducation


The purpose of the Washington Educator Skills Tests (WEST) is to assess the basic skills and content knowledge of prospective Washington educators. There are two types of WEST tests: the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic, which measures basic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing, and the Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements (WEST-E), which measure the content knowledge required for endorsement for Washington teaching certificates.


ACTFL currently offers a number of options for assessing speaking and writing. ACTFL assessments determine functional language ability as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

ACTFL proficiency tests are currently being used worldwide by academic institutions, government agencies, and private corporations for purposes such as: academic placement, student assessment, program evaluation, professional certification, hiring, and promotional qualification. Teacher certification boards in some states require evidence of spoken and written language competency as demonstrated through official ACTFL ratings. More than 12,000 ACTFL tests are conducted yearly through the ACTFL Testing Program.