ParaPro, the paraeducator assessment test, contains 90 multiple choice questions, 60 of which focus on reading, writing and math. The remainder measure the test-taker's understanding and application of classroom teaching skills. Test questions address the paraprofessional's ability to understand and analyze a variety of texts, her knowledge of the skills students need to read, and strategies for developing these skills. Questions on writing cover research, composition and editing. Math questions cover number sense, algebra, geometry, measurement and data analysis.
Questions related to math teaching skills focus on using these math skills in a classroom setting. Math questions do not require knowledge of advanced mathematics, and test-takers may not use a calculator.
Classroom scenarios provide the basis for the questions specific to helping students learn to write. Some focus on the writing process and others on different types of writing and how writing varies based on audience. Test-takers have 2.5 hours to complete the ParaPro paraeducator examination, and each state or school district determines what constitutes a passing score.
The Educational Testing Service developed the ParaPro exam in response to No Child Left Behind federal legislation as a means to qualify paraprofessionals working as teachers' aides or teaching assistants. The Educational Testing Services provides a free study companion and ParaPro assessment tutorial on its website and also has an interactive practice test available for purchase.