Alternative Testing Options for the Communication and Literacy Skills Test

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved the use of additional tests as alternative assessments to the Communication and Literacy Skills test. Click the name of each assessment option in the table below to learn more about each test.

Alternative Assessment Options Subtests* Administration Options Availability
CASA CASA—Reading subtest
CASA—Writing subtest
Online proctoring only** Starting November 8, 2021
MoGEA MoGEA: Reading Comprehension and Interpretation subtest
MoGEA: Writing subtest
Online proctoring only** Starting September 13, 2021
NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading
Essential Academic Skills Subtest II: Writing
Computer-based testing
Online proctoring
Starting August 2, 2021
WEST–B WEST–B: Reading subtest
WEST–B: Writing subtest
Online proctoring only** Starting September 13, 2021

* Candidates must pass both subtests of the same Communication and Literacy Skills alternative assessment to meet the Communication and Literacy Skills testing requirement for licensure.

**If online proctoring is not an option for you or you would prefer to test at a test center, you may take the Communication and Literacy Skills subtests OR Essential Academic Skills subtests to meet the Communication and Literacy Skills testing requirement for licensure.


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