Parapro Testing and Information

Due to the signing of Public Act 101-0220, taking the Paraprofessional Test did not qualify applicants for paraprofessional licensure in Illinois between August 9-December 4, 2019.  As of December 5, 2019 remedial legislation was signed that made the test valid for licensure once again.  All previously deficient paraprofessional license applications will be re-reviewed under the new legislation.  You may review the new legislation here


When do you have to take the ETS Parapro test to become a Paraprofessional (teacher's aide)?  When:

  • You are at least 19 years old*, AND
  • Have a high school diploma or GED, AND
  • Do not have an Associate degree and have completed less than 60 college credit hours**.
  • Have not taken or passed the Work Keys test.


*18 year olds can qualify for a limited K-8 only Paraprofessional license beginning 01/01/2023

 **If you have 60 or more hours of college credit you do not need the test but must complete everything else to obtain your IL license.  That includes bringing in a sealed, official transcript or having an electronic transcript emailed directly from the college to our office staff.  Courses under 100-level will not count towards the 60 hours.


Registration and Cost:

  • Online with credit card = approximately $80.00, payment is processed through GoSignMeUp online.
  • No spot will be reserved without payment at the time of registration.
  • No refunds will be given. If you must cancel or if you are a no show, you will be allowed to reschedule one (1) time without having to repay. 



Testing Schedule

  • Typically we offer two test sessions per Wednesday (one morning session and one afternoon session).
  • If the link shows there are no tickets (seats) available, you may go back and select another date.
  • Click a link below to register and pay for the test. 


On your test date please bring the following items:

  • your unexpired drivers license or official state identification,
  • your high school diploma or transcript
  • a credit or debit card to pay the $100.00 (+ convenience fee) for the paraprofessional license 
  • no scratch paper or pencils will be needed- we provide the approved materials for note-taking at the office



Pre-Test Resources:




Reserve your Seat for Testing by Purchasing a Ticket (Click Date and Time): 



Applying for a License After You Pass the Test:

  • Applying for the license requires a credit or debit card, and will cost $100, as well as a credit card processing fee. The application and fee are processed through the Illinois State Board of Education ELIS website.
  • Registering the license once it is issued will cost an additional $25 (plus credit card processing fee) through the same ISBE website.




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