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Education: Study Guides for WEST/NES

A general education resource guide for students at University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College

Finding & Using Study Guides

The Campus Library offers several online and print resources to help you study for the WEST-B, WEST-E, and NES exams. Each exam title links to the appropriate WEST/NES-sanctioned preparation materials. Suggested study guides available in the library are listed below, with additional study materials noted in the right sidebar. You can also find all our study materials as well as a variety of additional resources, both online and in the library, in UW Libraries Search.

For online titles, click on the Access Options link, then select ebrary. For print titles, click on the Availability & Request Options link, then note the UW Bothell/CCC Library location and call number to find the book on the shelf.

If you are a current UW or Cascadia College student, you may access any of the online titles from off-campus with your UW NetID. You may also check-out some of the print materials to take home, with the exception of materials that are library-use-only.

If you are not currently affiliated with UW or Cascadia, you may access online titles in the Campus Library by logging in to one of our four Guest Research Stations. You may also use any of the print materials in the library.

K-8 Teacher Certification

Required for admission (as of April 26, 2019--WEST-B required to take but not to pass):

WEST-B Reading (095), Writing (096), and Math (097) 

NES Elementary Education

If pursuing a Middle Level Endorsement:



Master of Education

Admission requirements for M.Ed. w/Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification

WEST-B: See K-8 Teacher Certification above



If pursuing Middle Level Endorsements



If pursuing Reading Endorsement

NES Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction (104)

If pursuing ELL Endorsement

WEST-E English Language Learners (051) 

  • No guide available via the library at this time

For Special Education

WEST-E Special Education (070) 

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Additional Study Materials

Writing Skills: Success in 20 Minutes a Day (print)

Practical Math: Success in 20 Minutes a Day (print)

Reading Smart (print)

Don't Know Much About series (print): various titles covering fundamentals of history, literature, geography, and more 

What Your First/Second/Third/etc. Grader Needs to Know series (print): various titles covering fundamentals for each grade level

Reference Tools: General and subject-specific online encyclopedias with entries on a wide variety of topics

Also, check out the the library's Topics, Writing (both on the 1st floor), ESL, and Curriculum collections (both on the 3rd floor) for more.