Teach... Inspire... Lead... With this book in hand, you've taken an important step toward becoming a certified teacher in the state of Washington. REA's all-new WEST-B teacher certification test prep is designed to help you get into a Washington classroom. The instructive chapters in this book provide complete coverage of the WEST-B with in-depth reviews of every topic and area you can expect to encounter on exam day. A full-length practice test carefully modeled after the actual WEST-B exam will hone your test-taking skills. All practice test questions are explained in thorough detail to provide you with a greater understanding of the exam's content and difficulty. When you finish preparing with this book, you will be well equipped with all the knowledge, practice, and strategies needed to succeed on this important exam. About the Tests What is the WEST-B used for? The WEST-B, or Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic, is one part of the teacher certification process in Washington state. Passing the WEST-B alone is not sufficient to earn a teaching certificate in the Evergreen State. You must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and you are required to complete a teacher preparation program. You must also pass a background check conducted by the Washington State Patrol and the FBI. Once the Washington State Certification Office verifies that you have met all these requirements, you will be issued your teaching certificate. The WEST-B is aligned with standards established by the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). Teachers in public and private schools in Washington state are required to hold a teaching certificate. Information about who must be tested and which tests must be taken can be found in the WEST-B Registration Bulletin, located online at http://www.west.nesinc.com. The registration bulletin and website also contain test dates and information that can assist you in determining which tests must be successfully completed. Am I required to take this test if I hold a teaching certificate from another state? If applying from out of state for a residency certificate, applicants must pass a basic skills test within 12 months of receiving their first temporary permit. Those who have a passing score on the CBEST, Praxis I: PPST, or computerized Praxis I: PPST may submit official score reports in lieu of the WEST-B. For information on test registration and administration, contact National Evaluation Systems at (800) 784-4999. Online registration is available at http://www.west.nesinc.com. How is the test content determined? The WEST-B is criterion referenced and objective based. A criterion-referenced test is designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard, rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The explicit purpose of the WEST-B is to help identify those candidates with the required level of basic skills to perform successfully in an educator preparation program or as a teacher in a public school classroom. Washington state legislation authorizes the Professional Educator Standards Board to set the passing score on the assessments for prospective teachers. The PESB established a standards-setting process to get recommendations from Washington educators regarding an appropriate passing score. Through this process, educators examined the content of the test, the difficulty of the questions, and the examinees' performance to determine the level of performance needed to pass the basic skills test. Who administers the WEST-B? The WEST-B is administered by National Evaluation Systems, Inc., a private testing group. When is the WEST-B test offered? How long is the testing time? The WEST-B test is offered up to six times a year. Test session reporting time is 8:30 A.M. The sessionResearch Education Association Staff is the author of 'Best Teachers' Test Preparation For The West-B Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic', published 2005 under ISBN 9780738601502 and ISBN 0738601500.