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.
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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.