The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that there are over 1.2 million teacher assistant positions across the country. If you're considering joining this growing workforce as a paraprofessional educator, you'll need to meet your state's requirements for assistant teachers. Oregon paraprofessional educators must complete either two years of study at a postsecondary institution or have an associate degree and pass an assessment test, according to the Oregon Department of Education. Before tackling the paraprofessional assessment test, preparing for the exam can maximize your chances of scoring success.
Complete your educational requirements. Take at least two academic years of classes at a college or university or complete an associate-level degree program prior to taking your assessment test.
Ask your local school district, or the area district that you plan on working in, what paraprofessional assessment test you need to take -- such as ETS's ParaPro Assessment or ACT WorkKeys.
Understand the score that you'll need to get to pass the test. Knowing the cutoff score can help you mentally prepare for how well you'll need to do on the test. For example, ETS notes that Oregon paraprofessionals need a minimum of a 455 on the ParaPro Assessment.
Practice core content questions -- such as reading, math and writing -- through a free or paid guide. Visit the test-maker's website -- such as ETS, for the ParaPro Assessment -- for free study materials. For example, ETS offers a free online guide to the test along with sample study questions.
Purchase a study guide book to review the reading, math and writing content. Choose a guide from the test manufacturer or from an educational publisher.
Take a practice assessment online. Both ETS and ACT offer online practice tests that simulate the real thing.