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Paraprofessional Testing

Paraprofessional Testing

State of Illinois Certification Guidelines for Teacher Aides/Assistants


Application for Paraprofession Approval - ISBE Form 73-95


The No Child Left Behind Act, which President Bush signed into law early in 2002, requires that Title I-funded teacher assistants have one of the following:

  • an associate's (two-year) degree, or
  • two years of college completed (60 credit hours), or
  • demonstrated knowledge, through a formal state or local academic assessment, of reading/language arts, writing and mathematics

The law states that any assessment used to certify teacher assistants must be valid, reliable, and documented.


 There are two testing options for individuals seeking paraprofessional certification: ACT  WorkKeys and the ETS ParaPro.


WorkKeys® Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants (PCTA)

The WorkKeys is a 2 ½ hour computer-based exam over three content areas:  Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Business Writing.  In addition, the applicant must have an Instructional Support Inventory completed by an administrator or teacher from the employing school district to complete the certification process.


Online Practice Test


ParaPro Assessment 

Study Guide/Practice Test

Registration Information


 Costs, Dates, & Times

Costs:       WorkKeys - $55  Check, Money Order or Cash


Dates:          WorkKeys – Offered Monday through Thursday by appointment only.


Time:         WorkKeys – Follows testing hours listed at link on the left

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