Frequently Asked Questions About ParaPro

What is the ParaPro Assessment?
The ParaPro Assessment is for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals. It measures skills and knowledge in reading, math and writing and the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction.
What is the format and length of the test?
This 2½-hour test consists of 90 multiple-choice questions in reading, writing and math. Approximately two-thirds of the questions focus on basic skills and knowledge and the remaining one-third focus on applying those skills and knowledge in a classroom setting.
In what language is the test?
The test is in English.
How is the test given?
The test is given in paper- and computer-delivered formats.
How much does the test cost?
The test fee is $50. The fee is non-refundable.
Which states have selected the ParaPro Assessment to meet the No Child Left Behind requirement?
For states and school districts that use the ParaPro Assessment, and for the qualifying scores for each state, see the State and School District Requirements listing.
When can I take the test?
The Computer-delivered test is given continually throughout the year in participating school districts. The paper-delivered test is offered four times per testing year.
How do I register?
Computer-delivered test: Pre-registration is not required for this test. This test is administered only in participating school districts. Contact your district's administrative office for availability in your area.
Paper-delivered test: Download a ParaPro Assessment Information and Registration Bulletin and complete the registration form.

To complete the registration form, follow the instructions in the Bulletin.

Where can I take the test?
Computer-delivered test: This test is given only in participating school districts. Contact your district's administrative office for availability in your area.
Paper-delivered test: Locations are selected by you when you register. See Test Centers or the ParaPro Assessment Information and Registration Bulletin for a list of paper-delivered testing locations in your area.
How are scores reported?
Computer-delivered test: Your unofficial scores are available onscreen and can be printed at the end of the test. Your official score report is mailed approximately two weeks after the test date and is automatically reported to the school district that purchased the assessment.
Paper-delivered test: Your score report is mailed approximately four weeks after the test date and is automatically reported to your designated recipient. See the Score Reporting page for more information.
If you test in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington or Wyoming, a copy of your scores is automatically sent to the state's teacher credentialing office.
How do I know whether I passed the test?
Each state or district is responsible for establishing score guidelines. Your official score report tells you the passing score set by the state or district and whether you passed. If your score report doesn't provide the passing score, it's because your state or district hasn't yet established one.
What test preparation is available?
ETS has developed a study guide and a practice test for test takers to help them prepare for the Assessment. The free Test at a Glance and other useful tips are also available.