Do you need to take the ETS Parapro Assessment? Here’s what, why, where, when and how.

What is the ETS ParaPro Assessment?

The ETS ParaPro Assessment is for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals. It measures skills and knowledge in reading, math and writing and the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction. This 2½-hour test consists of 90 selected-response questions in reading, writing and math. Approximately two-thirds of the questions focus on basic skills and knowledge and the remaining one-third focus on applying those skills and knowledge in a classroom setting.  Michigan accepts a score of 460 or higher as passing.

More information about the test, including suggestions for how to prepare, can be found at the ETS Parapro website.

Why do I need to take the test?

The law requires paraprofessionals in Title I funded buildings and serving in an instructional capacity to:

  • Hold an associate of arts degree, or

  • Complete two years of college, or

  • Demonstrate, through a state or local academic assessment, that they are knowledgeable in reading, writing and math and capable of assisting in classroom instruction. Michigan accepts a score of 460 or higher on the ETS Parapro Assessment as passing.

Where & When can I take the test?

Testing is administered at the following locations:

Clare-Gladwin RESD

4041 E. Mannsiding Road

Clare, MI 48617

Several testing days are offered at each location every month. You will select your preferred date/time when you fill out the registration form.

For in-district (Clare, Gladwin and Midland County) paraprofessionals, the cost is $55. For all other participants, the cost is $70, payable via cash, check or money order to CGRESD on the test date.

You must register no less than a week in advance by contacting Test Administrator Kay Hauck at (989) 387.0155 or emailing Kay. Valid photo I.D. is required.


How is the ParaPro test given?

  • Your unofficial scores are available onscreen and can be printed at the end of the test. Your official score report is mailed approximately 2–3 weeks after the test date.

  • No personal belongings are allowed in testing room.

The test is delivered on computer and administered by appointment.



There’s much more to learn at the ETS Parapro website or by contacting Stacey Beebe at (989) 386-8625 or

ETS Parapro