The ParaPro Assessment is one of the Praxis® tests for educational personnel. It measures the basic skills deemed necessary to function as a paraprofessional or teacher assistant/aide in a school setting. Beginning with the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002 and continuing with the Every Student Succeeds Act that replaced it, it is required that paraprofessionals have one of these three qualifications:
The ParaPro Assessment is the test chosen by some school districts to satisfy the third option above. Producers of this test say that the questions are approximately leveled for a student who has completed 2 years of post-high school study (college level). The reading level of the questions is no higher than the level a person would need to work with K-12 students.
This test is administered on computer with other options available for people who qualify for certain accommodations. The testing format is basically selected-response (mostly multiple-choice) and you may not use a calculator. Some questions may vary from the typical multiple-choice format where you select one answer from a list of four possible choices. Directions for each type of answer will be clearly given, so read carefully. Here are the other question types you may see:
You can learn more about these question types and practice the procedures for answering them at this site.
The exam has three parts: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Each part contains 30 questions and is one-third of the examination. The questions in each section primarily address skills and knowledge in that particular area of study. About one-third of the questions in each section ask you to apply those skills and that knowledge to a classroom situation. There may be a few questions in any section that do not count toward your score, but you won’t know which ones these are. There is no penalty for wrong answers, so it is to your advantage to select an answer for every question.