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    WEST-B

    ISBN-10: 0738609560
    ISBN-13: 9780738609560
    Author(s): Research and Education Association Editors
    Description: Fully aligned with the Washington academic and professional standards for teacher certifi cation, this comprehensive test prep contains a detailed review of all statedefi ned areas and key educational concepts in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.  More...
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    Edition: 2nd
    Publisher: Research & Education Association
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 37356180
    Size: 8.25" wide x 11.00" long
    Weight: 1.474
    Language: English

    Fully aligned with the Washington academic and professional standards for teacher certifi cation, this comprehensive test prep contains a detailed review of all statedefi ned areas and key educational concepts in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Book features a full-length practice test based on offi cial WEST-B exam questions. The practice test covers every type of question tested on the exam, allowing teacher candidates to assess their skills and gauge their test-readiness. TestWare #xAE; edition includes the book#x19;s practice test on CD in a timed format with instant scoring, diagnostic feedback, and on-screen explanations of answers. For Windows.

    With this book in hand, you���ve taken an important step toward becoming a certified teacher in the state of Washington. REA���s 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 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 WEST Program, Pearson Education Inc. at (800) 784-4999. Online registration is available at 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 (PESB) 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 Pearson Education, 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 seven times a year. Test session reporting time is 8:00 A.M. The session ends at approximately 1:30 P.M. The actual testing time is five hours. To receive more information, consult the WEST���B registration bulletin
    Additional information is available from the Washington Office of Public Education, to which Pearson Education Inc. is under contract. The department can be contacted as follows: Washington Office of Public Education Old Capitol Building P.O. Box 47200 Olympia, WA 98504-7200 Phone: (360) 725-6000 TTY: (360) 664-3631 Website: www.k12.wa.us/certification/default.aspx
    Is there a registration fee?
    Yes. In fact, there are several fees. There is a nonrefundable registration processing fee, a Reading Subtest fee, a Mathematics Subtest fee, and a Writing Subtest fee. Additional service fees are added for late registration, emergency registration, and changes in registration. Check with NES for fees and payment options
    How To Use This Book And TestWare�“
    What do I study first?
    We recommend taking the practice test on CD-ROM as a diagnostic exam. Then turn to the comprehensive chapter reviews. It is important to read over each review, noting crucial test-taking suggestions and insights. By studying each review thoroughly, you will reinforce basic skills that are vital to performing well on the WEST���B
    The subject reviews in this book are designed purposefully to provide you critical insight into the content and form of the WEST���B. For smarter study, we break down this part of test preparation into more manageable �ǣchunks.�Ǡ Before you begin reviewing, it is important to note that your own schooling experience has taught you most of what is needed to answer the questions on the actual WEST���B. Our review is written to help you fit and shape information acquired over the years into a context ideally suited for taking the WEST���B
    After reviewing, re-take the practice test, this time—in the book. This will familiarize you with the actual exam���s format, procedures, and level of difficulty. An added bonus to taking the practice test is knowing what to expect on exam day
    Apart from the book itself, wisely scheduling your study time is also a key component to your success on the WEST���B. To best utilize your study time, follow our flexible WEST���B study schedule found at the end of this chapter. The schedule is based ideally on a seven-week program, but can be condensed if needed
    You may also be taking test preparation classes for the WEST���B or have purchased other study guides and textbooks. Reviewing class notes and textbooks along with our subject reviews will provide you with an even better foundation for passing the WEST���B
    When should I start studying for the WEST���B test?
    It is never too early to start studying for your WEST���B test. Time is your ally here. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills and focus your efforts. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you enough time to learn what will be required of you. It takes time to learn the tested areas and test format. Make the most of your time while you have it. Use it well to master the essentials necessary to pass
    Format Of The WEST���B TEST
    What is the basic format of the WEST���B?
    The WEST���B contains three separate subtests: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. The Reading and Mathematics Subtests each consist of approximately 60 multiple-choice questions. The Writing Subtest consists of approximately 50 multiple-choice questions and two writing prompts
    Retaking the WEST���B
    Candidates who wish to retake the WEST���B may do so at any regularly scheduled administration by submitting a new registration and payment. And finally, if you do not do well on test day, don���t panic! The test can be taken again, so you can work on improving your score on your next WEST���B. A score on the WEST���B that does not match your expectations does not mean you should change your plans about teaching
    Test-Taking Strategies
    Although you may not be familiar with tests like the WEST���B, this book will help acquaint you with this type of exam and help alleviate test-taking anxieties. Here are the key ways you can more easily get into an WEST���B state of mind
    Become comfortable with the format of the WEST���B. Practice tests are the best way to learn the format of the WEST���B. When you take a practice test, try to simulate the environmental conditions of the actual testing facility. Remember, you are in training for the WEST���B, and simulated testing conditions will only help you perform better. Stay calm and pace yourself. After simulating a test even once, you boost your chances of doing well, and you will be able to sit down for the actual WEST���B with much more confidence
    Read all the possible answers. Examine each answer choice to ensure that you are not making a mistake. Jumping to conclusions without considering all the answers is a common test-taking error
    Use the process of elimination. GUESS if you do not know. If you do not know the answer immediately after reading the answer choices, try to eliminate as many of the answers as possible. Eliminating just one or two answer choices gives you a far better chance of selecting the right answer
    Do not leave an answer blank. There is no penalty for wrong answers, and you might even get it right if you had to guess at the answer
    Familiarize yourself with the test���s directions and content. Familiarizing yourself with the directions and content of the WEST���B not only saves you valuable time, but can also aid in reducing anxiety before the test. Many mistakes are caused by anxiety. It���s simply better to go in knowing what you will face
    Score it right! Be sure that the answer oval you mark corresponds to the appropriate number in the test booklet. The test is multiple-choice and is graded by machine. Marking just one answer in the wrong place can throw off the rest of the test. Correcting an error like this can take away many minutes of precious test time

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