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CTECS is excited to start the new 2020-2021 school year with you and accommodate your Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment (WRA) and your Technical Skills Assessment (TSA) needs. CTECS has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing you with flexible options that will allow you to instruct and assess in some of the most uncertain times we have ever experienced. What you should first know is that we will continue to offer traditional in-school testing (IST) at no increased costs. If you cannot test in school, we are offering Fully Automated Testing (FAT), all information of which is linked in the left column menu. If you need help deciding or have questions, as always, we are here for you. 

What's New for SY 2020-21

  1. Fully Automated Testing (FAT) is available, which means you can test remotely from home on all test forms. 

  2. WRA Pre-tests and Retakes are now available--paid by districts.

  3. The fall Pre-tests window for TSA and WRA testing is extended through October 16. 

  4. TSA and WRA Pre-tests reopen during January 4-29, 2021, for qualifying students.  

  5. Junior concentrators can now take the WRA, not just seniors (plus, as always, senior concentrators and seniors in 2nd CTE course).  

For WRA instructional modules:

Reminders for SY2020-21

  • Returning test site administrators have access to student testing data from previous school years. Just log into E-SESS and follow instructions to "Change Organizations." Forgot your password? Request a password reset from or
  • When new test site administrators are added to E-SESS, they are sent an email message from with a temp password and instructions to create a new one.
  • For Idaho/CTECS testing, refer to the information on this page for 2020-21 testing. CTECS is working with Idaho CTE leadership to enroll teachers as test site administrators and to pre-load student test takers into the E-SESS online testing program. The cost of the tests are linked to registration and some tests are paid for by the state as well. A Purchaser's Agreement is only necessary for retakes and WRA pre-tests. A calendar has been set for the WRA (Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment) and TSAs (technical skills assessments with Pre-tests), see below.
  • Please refer to the Educator Portal for the FAQs for Idaho-specific information.
  • Menu options in the left column provide additional important details. Preparation for the administration of testing is a multi-step experience and requires processing time.
  • Idaho CTE is your primary point-of-contact for Assessment and Student Registration Questions: Stephanie Low, 208-429-5538 or Heather Luchte, 208-429-5512,
  • You should only contact CTECS with E-SESS technical issues.

CTECS Technical Support Contacts

Calendar for Critical Assessment SY2020-21

Assessments: Fully Automated Testing (FAT is CTECS remote testing) is available for an additional $5 per assessment due to COVID  
Type Date Paid By Test Tickets Created by

Test Site Administrators

Register early for communication n/a n/a

Pre-tests (TSA/WRA)

TSA: intended for capstone students


WRA**:for qualifying seniors or capstone juniors

Aug. 17 - Oct. 16

Jan. 4 - Jan. 29*

*Pretests reopen in January and there is a 10-day waiting period between tests.



$7 - ICTE



$7 - District



Nov. 2 - May 14 $10 - ICTE School

TSA Semesters

Nov. 2 - May 14

$8 - ICTE

ICTE using ISEE data (Oct/Nov/Mar)

TSA Trimesters

Nov. 2 - May 14

$8 - ICTE

School: Approved trimesters upload students via CTECS.

 TSA / WRA Retakes

>14 days after TSA

(May 28 is last day)

$8 - District

$10 WRA - District

  Postsecondary Assessments

May - June

Dates vary by technical college

$ ICTE Watch for registration details in January.
ICTE uses ISEE to identify students and populate test tickets and rosters. Make sure ISEE data is accurate.
**The WRA is now open to junior capstone students in addition to senior capstones and seniors in their 2nd CTE course between grades 9-12.

Types of tests that CTECS offers Idaho

All tests currently available have been listed below with descriptions and prices. Tests for all programs are not yet available.

Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment (WRS/WRA) Idaho Technical Skills Assessments (TSA) Tests in Pilot State

Pre-Test: $7 (paid by district) or $12 if using Fully Automated Testing

Post-Test: Free (paid by ICTE)

Retake: $10 (paid by district) or $15 if using Fully Automated Testing

Cost per test:
• Pre-Test: Paid by ICTE(cannot replace the TSA, no cut score)
• TSA: Paid by ICTE (official end-of-program assessment)
• Retake: $8 per test (requires at least a 14-day waiting period after a failed TSA). $13 per test if using Fully Automated Testing

Cost per test: n/a

100-item, multiple-choice
60-minute timed test

Standard of mastery: 75%
See the Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment under Services for more. 

* indicates test title offers a Pre-Test

100-item, multiple-choice
60-minute timed test

  • Administrative Services* (Standard of mastery: 70%)
  • Agribusiness* (Standard of mastery: 55%)
  • Agricultural Food Science & Processing (Standard of mastery 60%)
  • Agricultural Leadership & Communications (Standard of mastery: 60%)
  • Agricultural Mechanics & Power Systems* (Standard of mastery: 64%)
  • Animal Science* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Applied Accounting* (Standard of mastery: 75%)
  • Automated Manufacturing* (Standard of mastery: 62%)
  • Automotive Collision Repair* (Standard of mastery 66%)
  • Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair* (Standard of mastery: 64%)
  • Business Management* (Standard of mastery: 73%)
  • Cabinetmaking & Bench Carpentry* (Standard of mastery: 65%)
  • Commercial Photography* (Standard of mastery: 66%)
  • Computer Support* (Standard of mastery: 60%)
  • Construction Trades* (Standard of mastery: 69%)
  • Cosmetology* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Culinary Arts* (Standard of mastery: 70%)
  • Dental Assisting* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Digital Communications* (Standard of mastery: 62%)
  • Digital Media Production* (Standard of mastery: 69%)
  • Drafting & Design* (Standard of mastery: 70%)
  • Early Childhood Education* (Standard of mastery: 70%)
  • Ecology & Natural Resources Management (Standard of mastery: 63%)
  • Education & Training* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Electronics Technology* (Standard of mastery: 66%)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (Standard of mastery: 72%)
  • Firefighting* (Standard of mastery: 67%)
  • Graphic Design* (Standard of mastery: 65%)
  • Heavy Equipment/Diesel Technology* (Standard of mastery: 60%)
  • Hospitality Services* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Hospitality Management (Standard of mastery: 65%)
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanics* (Standard of mastery: 65%)
  • Law Enforcement* (Standard of mastery: 67%)
  • Marketing* (Standard of mastery: 73%)
  • Network Support* (Standard of mastery: 62%)
  • Nursing Assistant* (Standard of mastery: 73%)
  • Ornamental Horticulture* (Standard of mastery: 63%)
  • Pharmacy Technician* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Plant & Soil* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Pre-Engineering Technology* (Standard of mastery: 71%)
  • Precision Machining* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Programming & Software Development* (Standard of mastery: 64%)
  • Rehabilitation Services* (Standard of mastery: 62%)
  • Small Engine Repair / Power Sports* (Standard of mastery: 67%)
  • Web Design & Development* (Standard of mastery: 73%)
  • Welding* (Standard of mastery: 70%)

Tests in Pilot stage are in development and participants are by invitation only.  For more information, please contact Justin Touchstone,, Idaho Career and Technical Education.