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The ParaPro Assessment

Demonstrate your essential knowledge and skills


ParaPro Test Content

Computer delivered and administered in English, the ParaPro Assessment measures your knowledge in reading, writing and math. The test takes 2 1/2 hours to complete and has 90 multiple-choice questions:

  • Approximately two-thirds focus on basic skills and knowledge.
  • The remaining one-third focus on applying skills in the classroom.

To learn more about the question types and practice with sample test questions, download the Study Companion (PDF).



Why does the test measure these subjects?

ETS's ParaPro Assessment was designed to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Its replacement, the Every Student Succeeds Act, leaves these requirements in place. The law requires paraprofessionals serving in an instructional capacity to do one of the following:

  • hold an associate of arts degree
  • complete 2 years of college
  • demonstrate, through a state or local academic assessment, that they’re knowledgeable in reading, writing and math and capable of assisting in classroom instruction

The ParaPro Assessment was developed with the assistance of an advisory committee composed of paraprofessionals and the teachers who work with them. A thorough job analysis was conducted to determine what knowledge and skills in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics, and in assisting in instruction in these areas, are important for paraprofessionals.