The ParaPro Assessment was developed in response to the federal legislation. The law requires that beginning January 8, 2002, paraprofessionals be required to have one of the following:
- An associate of arts degree
- Two years of college
- Demonstrated, through a state or local academic assessment, knowledge of, and the ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and math
The ParaPro Assessment measures skills and knowledge in reading, mathematics, and writing, as well as the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction. The test consists of 90 multiple-choice questions across the subject areas of reading, mathematics, and writing. Approximately two-thirds of the questions in each subject area focus on basic skills and knowledge, and approximately one third of the questions in each subject area focus on the application of those skills and knowledge in a classroom context. Fifteen of the questions in the test (five in each subject) are pretest questions and do not count toward the test taker’s score. The test questions are arranged by subject area, with reading first then mathematics, then writing.
The ETS® ParaPro Assessment is now available for at home testing. This new option has been introduced to help prospective and practicing paraprofessionals to test remotely.
The ParaPro test at home is administered and monitored using the ProProctor® software from Prometric®. As with other remotely proctored assessments, test takers must meet equipment and environment requirements prior to testing. View a complete list of requirements, which includes software needs to test on a Mac® and PC.
Once test takers have confirmed that their computer and testing room meet the requirements, they will register and schedule their appointment directly with ProProctor. Appointments are available 8 a.m.–5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Additional information on the ParaPro Assessment and at home testing can be found on the ETS website.