Content Test Resource Site

Testing Policy

According to WAC 181-78A-232, you may not begin your full-time student teaching before you have attempted at least one qualifying endorsement content test. Woodring teacher candidates must attempt a qualifying endorsement content test* prior to entering their full-time student teaching internship. If official scores are not available to us prior to the start of the full-time internship, candidates must provide evidence of attempting a content test in the form of an unofficial score report to cert@wwu.edu.

*For Elementary Education, this requirement includes both NES subtests. 

Washington State Content Tests: WEST-E, NES, ACTFL

Washington State requires teacher candidates and teachers adding endorsements to pass the content test(s) for each endorsement to be earned. The content tests are:

  • Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-E)*
  • National Evaluation Series (NES) tests*
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) oral and written proficiency tests for candidates seeking a foreign language or bilingual endorsement, see below

* Note: Tests for some endorsements are NES tests and some are West-E. Which you take depends on what endorsement(s) you are earning.

To view the list of content tests and determine which test(s) you should take, please visit the test vendor site at this link: Content Knowledge Test Listing. Please contact the Woodring Certification Office for questions about testing: cert@wwu.edu, 360-650-3388.

Registration and Preparation

When registering for a content knowledge test you must designate WWU as a score recipient for each test. Please review "Make Sure Your Test Scores Get to Western". Please see the Washington Educator Skills Tests (WEST) website for WEST-E and NES test preparation materials and registration information.

Test Accommodations

If you receive accomodations through the Disability Access Center (DAC), you may be able to receive accomodations for the NES/West-E test. You will need to select this option when registering. Please register early and contact the DAC well before you need to register. Visit west.nesinc.com for more information.

West-E/NES Test Vouchers

Vouchers are awarded on a first come first serve basis. Some vouchers are reserved for those with an EFC below the maximum for Pell Grant eligibility.

WEST-E/NES Test Voucher - A limited number of test fee vouchers are available through Woodring College of Education to cover the cost of a WEST-E or NES test. Voucher applicants must be enrolled and in good standing in a WCE teacher education or endorsement program. To request a voucher, email cert@wwu.edu; include your name, W#, endorsement, and approximate testing date. Only one voucher will be awarded per eligible student per academic year. New vouchers are available in September of each year.

  • No vouchers or waivers are offered for ACTFL tests.

American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Test Resources

Bilingual Endorsement: Candidates must take the Bilingual Education WEST-E test and pass the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test at the Advanced Mid-Level or higher.

French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish Endorsements: Candidates must take the World Languages WEST-E test and pass the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test at the Advanced Low-level or higher.

Registration: Schedule to take the ACTFL at least 4 weeks prior to the start of your full-time internship quarter. Visit Language Testing International to register for the test. See ACTFL Registration Instructions.

ACTFL Test Preparation and Content Remediation: Access test preparation materials through the Test Vendor's website after you create your account.