The Paraeducator Assessment was developed in response to the federal legislation known as No Child Left Behind. This law requires that paraeducators be required to have one of the following:

  • Associate of Arts degree
  • Two years of college (72 college credits)
  • Demonstrated, through a state or local academic assessment, knowledge of, and the ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing and math.

The Paraeducator Assessment for prospective and practicing paraeducators measures skills and knowledge in reading, math, and writing, as well as the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction.

The Test

The test consists of 90 multiple choice questions across the subject areas of reading, math, 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 candidate’s score.  The test questions are arranged by subject area, with reading first, then math, then writing.

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Cost of the Test:

The cost to take the test is $65, payable online at the time you register.

Practice Tests:

For those interested, an interactive practice test is available through ETS. The cost is $19.95. Click here to purchase the test.


To Register:

You must be pre-registered to take the test as space is limited for each date and time. You MUST Pre-Register through pdEnroller prior to test date. No walk-ins are accepted.

Test Results:

Immediately after the test, candidates are given their unofficial test results.  Official test results will be mailed to the candidate within 45 days of taking the test.


All tests will be held at the NCESD office, located at 430 Olds Station Road, Wenatchee, WA.