ParaPro Study Guide
Due to the regulations of the recently enacted No Child Left Behind Act, states are now required to test teacher’s aides and assistants to assure that they’re competent to work with and help teach school children. One of the common ways of certifying aides and assistants is requiring them to pass the ParaPro test.
The ParaPro test measures the abilities and aptitudes of people to assist in teaching reading, writing, and basic math. It lasts about two and a half hours, and there are 90 multiple choice questions. If you’re disabled, or if English isn’t your first language, special accommodations can be made giving you more time to complete the test. Scores range from 420 to 480. School districts set their own minimum passing score, which is usually in the neighborhood of 450-460.
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ParaPro Practice Questions
Questions 1 and 2 pertain to the following passage:
With the rise of bilingual education initiatives throughout the United States, the English-only movement has once again become a subject of public debate. This is not the first occasion the English-only movement has made an appearance in the United States and probably will not be the last. In fact, English-only considerations seem to grow in public preferences whenever mainstream English-speaking Americans encounter a non-English-speaking culture in large numbers: with French speakers after the Louisiana Purchase, with Spanish speakers after the Mexican-American War, with Hawaiians after the acquisition of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Even German speakers were ostracized in the United States during World War I.
Despite the English-only push from certain quarters, teachers and language professionals caution that it will cause more harm than good. Educators warn that English will always be the primary language of the United States, so making it a legal requirement simply alienates other cultures unnecessarily. The Linguistic Society of America argues that insisting on English as the only accepted language also fails to acknowledge the way that the English language has developed – by adopting words from a variety of other languages. Additionally, some fear that the laws requiring English as the primary language will be poorly and far too rigidly interpreted. Examples of students penalized for speaking other languages on school buses or with friends in school hallways between classes give reason to worry about the feasibility of any English-only legislation.
1. According to the author, when do English-only movements arise?
A. When people begin to fear the influences of other cultures in the United States
B. During wartime, when the United States is involved in a conflict with a non-English-speaking nation
C. When the United States acquires a territory that includes large numbers of non-English speaking people living within it
D. Whenever there is a cultural conflict with a large group of non-English-speaking peoples in the United States
2. The passage is primarily concerned with doing which of the following?
A. Explaining the problems of the English-only movement
B. Considering the motivation behind the English-only movement, as well as the arguments against it
C. Examining the evidence on both sides of the English-only movement and arriving at a conclusion
D. Considering the modern English-only movement with past movements and predicting future English-only movements
3. 37% of 461 can be rounded to which of the following?
4. 3-2/3 ÷ 5-1/3 =
5. Which formula shown below is the correct formula for finding the area of the following polygon?
A. (3 x 5)/2 + (3 x 5) + (4 x 6)/2
B. 2(3 x 5) + (4 x 6)/2
C. (3 x 5) + (3 x 6)/x + (4 x 6)
D. (5 x 6) + (4 x 6)/2
1. D: Early in the passage, the author says, “In fact, English-only considerations seem to grow in public preferences whenever mainstream English-speaking Americans encounter a non-English-speaking culture in large numbers.” This indicates that the English-only movement tends to make an appearance during a time of cultural conflict.
2. B: In the first paragraph, the author focuses on the historical tradition and, thus, the motivation, behind the English-only movement, while in the second paragraph the author brings in the current objections to this movement among educators and linguists.
3. C: Officially, 37% of 461 is 170.57. The rules of rounding require that the number be rounded up, so the approximate answer is 171.
4. C: The test-taker should remember that to divide fractions, the second fraction must be reversed and then multiplied by the other fraction. This means that the test-taker will be multiplying 11/3 (or 3-2/3) by 3/16 (or the reverse of 16/3, which is 5-1/3). The 3s on the top and the bottom cancel each other out, leaving the product 11/16.
5. A: To find the area of the parallelogram, the area of each shape must be determined and then added together. The area of the smaller triangle is (3 x 5)/2. The area of the rectangle is (3 x 5), and the area of the larger triangle is (4 x 6)/2. This leaves only the formula provided in answer choice A.