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About the ParaPro Assessment

What Is It?

The ParaPro Assessment measures the skills and knowledge in reading, writing and math on the part of 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 (NCLB). The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which has replaced NCLB, leaves these requirements in place.

Who Takes It?

The test is for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals.

How Long Is It?

Test takers have two and a half 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 selected-response 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.

How Is the Test Given?

The test is delivered on computer and administered remotely by ProProctor® or by appointment at participating school districts, regional offices of education and other agencies. Complete the ParaPro Assessment Application to become a test center.

What Happens on Test Day?

The test day experience differs depending on whether a test taker will be taking the assessment remotely or in a test center. Review the test day requirements, including procedures and ID requirements.