About the ParaPro Assessment
What Is It?
The ParaPro Assessment measures the skills and knowledge in reading, writing and math possessed by prospective and practicing paraprofessionals. It also measures their ability to apply those skills and knowledge when assisting in classroom instruction. It was designed to satisfy the requirements of the federally legislated No Child Left Behind Act.
Who Takes It?
The test is for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals.
State legislation requires that paraprofessionals meet one of three criteria to become qualified:
1. Complete at least two years of study at an institution of higher education (defined as 48 semester or 72 quarter hours as verified by college transcript from an accredited institution of higher education*);
2. Obtain an associate (or higher) degree from an accredited institution of higher education (defined as any associate degree program from an accredited institution of higher education*);
3. Meet a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrate through a formal State or local academic assessment — (i) knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing and mathematics; or (ii) knowledge of, and the ability to assist in readiness for reading, writing and mathematics.
How Long Is It?
Test takers have 2½ hours to complete the test.
What Subjects Are on the Test?
Test subjects include reading, writing and math.
What Are the Questions Like?
The test has 90 multiple-choice questions, approximately two-thirds of which focus on basic skills and knowledge. The remaining one-third focus on applying skills in the classroom.
All test questions are in English.
What test preparation is available?
ETS has developed a practice test and study guide for test takers to prepare for the Assessment. The free Study Companion (PDF) and other useful tips for test takers are also available.
* For a practice test/information go to the ETS website. *