Paraprofessional Assessment Registration & Study Guides




    ODE Qualifications of Paraprofessionals/Educational Assistants:


    All educational assistants or others employed or contracted in that capacity must:

    • Have a high school diploma or the equivalent;
    • Be at least 18 years of age; and
    • Have standards of moral character as required of teachers (OAR 584-005-0005).
    • In addition to the qualifications listed in section (1) of this rule, educational assistants providing translation services must have demonstrated proficiency and fluency, knowledge of and the ability to provide accurate translations from a language other than English into English and from English into a language other than English.

    In addition to the qualifications listed in section (1) of this rule, Title I-A educational assistants must have:

    • Completed two years of study at an institution of higher education; or
    • Obtained an Associate’s (or higher) degree; or

    Met a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrate through a formal state, or local academic assessment or para-educator certificate program, knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing:

    • Reading, writing, and mathematics; or
    • Reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.

     ODE Qualifications of Paraprofessionals/Educational Assistants

  • 2021 Paraprofessional Assessment Dates:


    To be notified by email when in-person assessments are available.

    To proctor an assessment for an employee or potential employee at your local school or district office.

    The Paraprofessional Assessment is held at Willamette Education Service District, 2611 Pringle Road South, Salem, Oregon, in the Capitol Room. Please arrive at 8:30 am on the day of the assessment. The cutoff date to register is 5:00 p.m., three business days prior to each exam date to secure a seat. Walk-ins/late registrants will only be permitted if there are seats available. Please bring $40.00 cash, or check payable to the WESD. No credit/debit cards are accepted at this time. (WESD employees will not be charged a fee for taking or retaking the assessment). The cost to retake sections are $10.00 per section (maximum of $40.00 total). 


    Paraprofessional fees and retake fees. Pay online HERE!


    Preparation Guidelines:


    The assessment is divided into six portions, with each portion being scored separately.  A participant may retake portions of the assessment that previously were not passed.  An individual may retake any portion of the exam for an additional charge.  The Local Academic Paraprofessional Assessment Certificate of Completion will be issued to the individual when all components have received passing scores of 80% or above.

    No calculators, computers, cell phones, dictionaries, electronic translators, or other personal means of assistance are allowed.  If specific accommodations are required, such as visual or auditory, please notify the PDS Program as you pre-register, so appropriate arrangements can be prepared.

    No portions of the exam are timed.  The approximate time period allotted to complete the entire assessment is three hours.


    The questions on the assessment are divided into the following six sections:


    Reading Content: Thirty Multiple Choice Questions

    Reading Skills of Assistance: Ten Multiple Choice Questions

    Math Content: Thirty Multiple Choice Questions

    Math Skills of Assistance: Ten Multiple Choice Questions

    Writing Skills of Assistance: Ten Multiple Choice Questions

    Writing Sample: A One Page Written Essay


    Paraprofessional Assessment Practice Tests:


    Paraprofessional Assessment Practice Tests

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