GACE Parapro Assessment

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GACE Parapro Assessment

The Paraprofessional assessment is designed to enable individuals and school districts to satisfy state and federal No Child Left Behind requirements that call for "highly qualified paraprofessionals." These requirements indicate that paraprofessionals working in Title I schools or paid with Title I funds must meet a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrate, through formal state or local assessment,

  • knowledge of, and ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing, and mathematics; or
  • knowledge of, and ability to assist in instructing, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.

It is a single test that consists of selected-response questions and is offered as an Internet-based test only.

Testing Registration

Because of limited space, testing registration will be conducted on a first-come first-serve basis. Registration is only accepted online by clicking on the desired date below.


Registration will be finalized once you have replied to the confirmation e-mail.

Once registered for this test, it is highly recommended that you be present on time on the specified date. If you are absent without having previously cancelled your initial registration, you will have one more possibility to register. If you are again a "No-Show", FDRESA-ETC will no longer be able to accept any further registrations in your name for a 12 month period.

Onsite check-in is between 8:15 to 9:00.

Because of laws protecting confidentiality and privacy, only the test-taker may register for a test. On the day of the test, you will be asked to register on the computer and at that time you will need to provide your social security number.

Testing Dates & Times

The testing period goes from 9:00am to 11:30pm.

Select a testing date here!


The fee for the assessment is $35 CASH (exact amount) to be paid onsite by 9 AM on the morning of the test. Therefore, please arrive by at least 8:30 AM.

Test Site Rules

When you register for the Paraprofessional Assessment, you agree to comply with all of the set forth rules.

Please read these rules, and other information, which can be found here:

Violation of test site rules, including the possession or use of prohibited materials during a test administration, may result in the voiding of your score.

The following are prohibited at the test site:

  • Smoking and the use of all tobacco products
  • Visitors, including relatives, children and friends
  • Weapons of any kind

Prohibited Materials

DO NOT bring any unauthorized aids or prohibited materials, listed below, with you to the test room. Please DO NOT bring your pocket books, purses, backpacks or other bags into the test room. If you do bring any of these materials, you will be required to leave them in a designated area.

The use of any of the following items in the testing room is strictly prohibited:

  • cell phones, smart phones (e.g., Android™, BlackBerry®, iPhone®), tablets, PDAs, and other electronic, listening, recording, scanning, or photographic devices
  • books or pamphlets
  • pens
  • pagers, beepers
  • calculators (except where approved as a testing accommodation)
  • books, pamphlets, notes
  • unauthorized scratch paper
  • rulers, highlighter pens, scan pens or scanning devices
  • stereos or radios with headphones
  • dictionaries, translators
  • compasses, protractors
  • any handheld electronic, listening, recording, scanning, or photographic devices



Maps and Directions

Official GACE Parapro Website

About the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment

Prepare for the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment


Study Guide

GACE Videos

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Paraprofessional Assessment is a single test that consists of selected-response questions and lasts for 2-1/2 hours. The test will start exactly at 9am. It is advisable to arrive at the testing location at least 30 minutes before the test start time


What Is It?

The Paraprofessional 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.

Who Takes It?

This assessment is taken by prospective and practicing paraprofessionals to demonstrate that they are knowledgeable in reading, writing, and math, and that they are capable of assisting in classroom instruction.

How Long Is It?

Test takers have 2½ hours to complete the assessment.

What Subjects Are Covered?

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 focuses on applying skills in the classroom. All test questions are in English.

What test preparation is available?

ETS has developed a Study Companion and an interactive practice test for test takers to help them prepare for the assessment. Other useful tips are also available.

How Is the Assessment Given?

The Paraprofessional assessment is given in a computer-delivered format.

What should I bring to the test site?

On the test day, you must bring the following personal identification:

  • One piece of current, government-issued identification, in the name in which you registered, bearing your photograph and signature
  • One additional piece of identification (with or without a photograph)


If the name on your identification differs from the name in which you are registered, you must bring official verification of the change (e.g., marriage certificate, court order). Without the proper identification, you will not be allowed to take the test.

Note: Notepaper and pencil will be provided for you to use during testing; however, no other notepaper or note-taking devices may be used during the test.

How and when do I receive my score report?

When you are finished testing, your unofficial score report will be displayed immediately, along with information about how to read your score report. If you passed the test, a second copy of your official score report will be mailed by U.S. mail to the address you provided during the registration process approximately one week after your testing date.

Note: Click here for more information.

If I don't pass the test, may I retake it?

Yes. However, you must wait at least 28 days before retaking the test. Examinees that retake the same test before 28 days have passed are subject to having their scores voided.