Parapro Testing and Information

When do you have to take a paraprofessional 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**.

*18 year old's can qualify for a  5 year (Renewable)  Paraprofessional License with passing the Workkeys test. *

**Please note that 18 year old's can ONLY serve K-8. Once you turn 19, you are then eligible to serve K-12.**

 **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 $50.00, 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

  • We offer the WorkKeys test on Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • If the link shows there are no tickets (seats) available, you may go back and select another date.
  • Click a link below to reserve your seat 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:

Sample questions and practice tests for the WorkKeys exams can be located here.

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

       *NOTE:  All tickets posted are for our new East Peoria office location, NOT Pekin*



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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