Frequently Asked Questions About the ParaPro Assessment

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 delivered on computer in participating school districts.
How much does the test cost?
The test fee is $50. The fee is nonrefundable.
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?
Contact your school district's administrative office to learn when and where the test is available in your area.
How do I register?
Contact your school district's administrative office to get information regarding testing availability in your area and to schedule an appointment with a test center. No pre-registration is required. You will provide your personal information and test fees at the test center on test day.
Where can I take the test?

This test is given only in participating school districts. Contact your district's administrative office for availability in your area.

If, after reaching out to your local school district's office you are unable to find a location, please contact ETS at parapro@ets.org and provide a list of five schools near you. ETS will determine if the schools listed are offering the test at their location. Many schools that offer the assessment are only interested in testing their own paraprofessionals; however we will do our best to assist you in finding a school that can accommodate you.

How are scores reported?

Your unofficial scores are available onscreen and can be printed at the end of the test. Your official score report is mailed approximately 2–3 weeks after the test date and is automatically reported to the school district that purchased the assessment.

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 or Washington, 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 Study Companion and other useful tips are also available.