Preparing for the Exam-Exam Format & Specifications

Examination Format

The Certified Paralegal examination will consist of two required sections taken in the following order:

Knowledge Exam

  • After the initial pilot test, the Knowledge Exam will consist of multiple choice questions covering the topic areas listed in Appendix A.
  • The Knowledge Exam will be administered on-demand, year-round at testing centers with preliminary result reporting upon completion.
  • Candidates must successfully complete the Knowledge Exam in order to be eligible to take the Skills Exam.

Skills Exam

  • The Skills Exam will consist of a written assignment; specifications are set forth in Appendix A.
  • The Skills Exam will be administered during four testing windows each year:  February, April, July, and October.

Successful completion of both the Knowledge and Skills Exams is required to obtain the Certified Paralegal credential.

Appendix A
Knowledge Exam 100 points
1 United States Legal System 15
1.A      Sources of Law  
1.B      Judicial System  
1.C      Remedies  
1.D      Administrative Law  
2 Civil Litigation 15
2.A      Jurisdiction  
2.B      Federal Rules of Civil Procedure  
3 Contracts 15
3.A      Formation, Rights, and Duties  
3.B      Enforcement and Defenses  
4 Corporate/Commercial Law 10
4.A      Business Organizations  
4.B      Rights and Responsibilities  
4.C      Transactions  
5 Criminal Law and Procedure 5
5.A      Criminal Law  
5.B      Criminal Procedure  
6 Estate Planning and Probate 5
6.A      Estates and Trusts  
6.B      Wills  
7 Real Estate and Property 10
7.A      Property Rights and Ownership  
7.B      Transactions  
8 Torts 10
8.A      Intentional Torts  
8.B      Negligence  
8.C      Strict Liability  
9 Professional and Ethical Responsibility 15
9.A      American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Prof. Conduct  
9.B      Unauthorized Practice of Law  
Skills Exam 30 points
1 Writing 12
1.A      Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation 6
1.B      Clarity of Expression 6
2 Critical Thinking 18
2.A      Reading and Comprehension 6
2.B      Analysis of Information 6
2.C      Decision Making 6