Washington Tests

Welcome to the Washington tests page, with resources on tests and testing services in Washington in such areas as academic tests, professional licensing exams and driving tests.

Academic Tests

Smarter Balanced Assessments - Washington uses the Smarter Balanced Assessments to measure student progress in English language arts and math for grades 3-8 and 10.

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) - Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 take this assessment in science. The exams ensure students are keeping up with Washington State Science Learning Standards, which are based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

Professional Tests

Washington Electrician Licensing Exam - Find out how to become a licensed electrician in Washington.

Washington Nursing Assistant and Nurse Aide Guide - Find information on the qualifications to work as a nursing assistant or nurse aide in Washington.

Washington Medical Assistant Certification Exam - Find information on how to become certified or registered as a medical assistant in Washington.

Washington Professional Counselor Licensing Exam - Find information on the qualifications to become a licensed professional counselor in Washington, with NCE exam details.

Washington Nurse Licensing Exam - Find information on the qualifications to become a registered nurse in Washington.

Washington Massage Therapist Exam and Licensing - Find information on how to become a licensed massage therapist in Washington state.

Washington Life and Health Insurance Agent Exam - Find information on what is required to become a licensed life and health insurance sales agent in Washington.

Washington Plumbing Exams and Licensure - Find information on testing and licensing requirements to become a plumber in Washington state.

Washington Appraisers Tests and Licensing - Certified General Appraisers and Certified Residential Appraisers in Washington both have to pass the state's licensing exam. There is a nonrefundable fee for the computerized test. It is administered Monday through Saturday, by appointment only, at eight different testing centers. Both exams are multiple-choice and consist of 150 questions.

Washington Brokers Exam and Licensure - Anyone who wishes to be a broker in Washington must first pass the state's broker licensing exam. All candidates must have completed the 60-hour Real Estate Fundamentals Course and the 30-hour Real Estate Practices course before taking the multiple-choice test.

Washington Private Investigators Tests and Licensing - Washington requires all private investigators to pass an exam during the licensing process. The exam covers state laws, federal laws, the court system, legal procedures and definitions, and other sources of public information. Armed private investigators must also pass firearms training and obtain a concealed carry permit. 

Washington Cosmetologists Exams and Licensing - Cosmetologists in Washington must pass both a practical and a written exam after they graduate. The fee for both tests is $160. The written test can be taken in English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese, but the practical is only available in English. Retakes are allowed.

Driver's Tests

Washington Driving Tests - Unlicensed adults in Washington must first pass a vision and medical screening before they can take the other tests to become licensed. The second test they must pass is a knowledge test. Once they have passed that test, they can schedule a driving test. Teenagers must take a traffic safety education course.

Washington Commercial Driving Tests - All CDL applicants in the state of Washington have to first pass the general CDL knowledge test. A sample test is available online. Once an applicant has passed the knowledge test, he or she may take the two hour CDL skills test. A medical exam is also required.

Washington Motorcycle Tests - The state of Washington requires all motorcyclists to pass a multiple-choice knowledge test on basic motorcycle skills. A separate knowledge test is required for trike and sidecar riders. All applicants must also get a satisfactory score on the riding test to be licensed. Some stations require appointments for the riding test.   

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