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Paraprofessional Examination

The North Central Ohio Educational Service Center is offering Ohio’s paraprofessional online examination several times throughout the year. This examination measures skills and knowledge in reading, mathematics, and writing, as well as the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction. Individuals should contact their school for district employment requirements for educational aides and paraprofessionals working in Title I programs. 

The examination is limited to 2.5 hours, but test takers should plan for 3 hours to include pre-examination preparation. You must preregister and pay (nonrefundable) at least one week in advance. Payment can be made by money order, purchase order from school or credit card.

All examinations are at the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, 928 West Market Street, Tiffin, Ohio 44883. Map

Click here to register. 


Identification Requirements

Each test taker is to present an acceptable ID that includes the test taker’s name, photograph and signature. Acceptable identification include: 

    • A current valid photo driver’s license
    • A current valid passport
    • A photo employment ID
    • Military identification
    • A photo student ID accompanied by an additional photo or signature (photo credit cards or check cashing cards)

The Day of the Examination 

Confidentiality Agreement. Each test take must read and sign a Confidentiality Agreement the day of the examination. 

Scratch Paper. Each test taker will be provided a pencil and one 8 1/2 x 11 inch scatch paper. If test takers have completely filled both sides of the scratch paper before the test is completed, you will be provided an additional piece of scratch paper. 

Breaks. There are no scheduled breaks during the examination.

Retakes. A test taker must wait 21 days before retaking the examination.

Prohibited Items. While taking a test, examinees should have nothing on their desks but their scratch paper, photo identification and pencils. The use of any of the following items in the testing room is strictly prohibited: 

  • Telephones, cell phones, smart phones (e.g., BlackBerry® or iPhone® devices, etc.), PDAs or other electronic, recording, listening, or photographic devices are not permitted in the test center. Possession of or use of any of these devices will result in immediate dismissal from the test center, forfeiture of test fees, and cancellation of test scores.
  • Books or pamphlets
  • Protractors
  • Calculators (including calculator watches)
  • Compasses
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Earplugs
  • Highlighter pens
  • Any type of radio or music player with headphones
  • Translators
  • Rulers
  • Dictionaries (including electronic)
  • Watch alarms (including those with flashing lights or alarm sounds)
  • Papers of any kind

Click here for ETS Test Preparation information for the ParaPro Assessment.   

For more information regarding Ohio requirements see the Ohio Department of Education's website.

For more information, contact Kathy Mohr at or 419-447-2927.

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