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On April 30, 2014, The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the NALA Certified Paralegal program for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry.  The NALA Certified Paralegal program joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing over 270 certification programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at www.credentialingexcellence.org/NCCA

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Practice Test - Certified Paralegal Exam
Practice Tests for the Certified Paralegal Exam Available

Since introduction of the computer based testing procedures for the Certified Paralegal examination, examinees have wanted to learn more about the experience of taking the examination.  Examinees have also requested practice tests for the Certified Paralegal Examination.  NALA has put the two requests together and announces the availability of practice tests for the Certified Paralegal examination that are delivered on the same testing environment as the Certified Paralegal examination.

The practice tests have been developed from the web-based Certified Paralegal review programs on NALA Campus. If you have taken a NALA Campus course, you will recognize many of the questions. If you have not taken a NALA Campus course, and feel you need additional study on any of the exam subjects, you may consider one of these self-study programs. 

The practice tests are offered separate and apart from the Certified Paralegal examination and Certifying Board for Paralegals. The Certifying Board has not reviewed any questions nor provided any input in the authoring of these practice tests. Successful completion of the Certified Paralegal exam is contingent upon many factors. An adequate score on a practice test and/or review of suggested study references does not guarantee success on the Certified Paralegal exam.

Features of the Practice Tests

  • Practice tests may be accessed through https://app.testrac.com/nalap/delivery.   The practice tests are delivered on exactly the same platform as the actual Certified Paralegal Examination.
  • Participants will receive instructive feedback on most questions. The feedback describes why the answer is correct or incorrect. Upon completion of a test, participants will have an opportunity to download the question item feedback for future reference.
  • Participants also receive feedback describing how they did on the exam based on the subject category of the question.  This will be helpful to in understanding what to study in preparation for the Certified Paralegal examination.
  • The Judgment & Analytical Ability practice test includes a bonus handout - an assignment and sample memo for self-grading.
Descriptions of Practice Tests

The practice tests in total are about 1/2 of the entire Certified Paralegal examination. The number of questions on the Certified Paralegal exam will vary slightly with each exam version. None of the questions in the practice tests are included on the Certified Paralegal examination.
  • Written Communications -  40 practice test questions on the subjects of grammar, punctuation and capitalization; word usage, spelling and vocabulary;  written correspondence and composition; verbal communications; and client and witness interview preparation and techniques. This practice test covers only written communications subjects. Questions on nonverbal communications are not included.  For comparison, there are about 75 questions on the Certified Paralegal examination which cover the same subjects listed above plus nonverbal communications.
  • Ethics – 40 practice test questions on the subjects of ethical responsibilities centering on performance of delegated work; paralegal professional responsibility, professional relationships, client and public contact, and attorney code of ethics and discipline. For comparison there are about 75 questions on the Certified Paralegal examination which cover the same subjects.
  • Legal Research – 30 practice test questions on the subjects of sources of law, research skills and analysis of research.  For comparison, there are about 50 questions on the Certified Paralegal examination on the same subjects.
  • Substantive Law – 90 practice test questions covering knowledge of the American Legal System, business organizations, civil litigation and contracts. The questions cover the same sub topics as the Certified Paralegal examination.  The sub topics are as follows:
American Legal System Business Organizations
  • Legal terminology
  • Court system
  • Sources and classifications of law
  • Branches of government
  • Legal concepts and principles
  • Remedies and dispute resolution
  • Jurisdiction and venue
  • Corporations
  • Publicly-held corporations
  • Partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Other business entities
  • Financial structure and management of business entities
Civil Litigation Contracts
  • Process and rules
  • Discovery
  • Pleadings
  • Trial and appellate process and rules
  • Classifications
  • Formation
  • Defenses
  • Remedies
For comparison, there are about 200 questions on the Substantive Law section of the Certified Paralegal examination. 
  • Judgment and Analytical Ability - This practice test differs from the actual Certified Paralegal examination.  This practice test consists of a total of 65 questions. There are 22 questions each on analysis of issues and formation of conclusions; and identification of facts. There are 11 questions on application of law to facts; and 10 questions on organization of information and clarity of expression.
The Judgment and Analytical Ability section of the Certified Paralegal examination is an essay test, and designed to replicate an actual on-the-job assignment.  Examinees are provided an assignment from an employer and are to prepare memo as instructed. The examinee memos are graded based on the following subject skills:
Identification of relevant facts and main issues
Application of law to facts
Analysis of issues and formation of conclusions
Organization of information and clarity of expression
In addition, as a bonus, each registrant for this practice test may download a sample assignment from an attorney/supervisor and a sample of a correctly written and organized memo.
Practice tests differ from the CP Mock Exam/Study Guide 
  • The practice tests are administered using exactly the same computer program as the Certified Paralegal exam.
  • Examinees are provided feedback on each exam question. Upon completion, examinees are provided with the question feedback, test scores, subject scores. In addition, link to download to the question feedback for future reference will be provided.
  • Suggested study references are included in each product, and the references are posted on the NALA web site.
  • The questions in the CP Mock Exam/ Study Guide and the CP Practice tests differ.
 How to Purchase
to go to the
Practice Test Web Site

Single Tests Prices:
   $30 Each
   Written Communications
   Legal Research

   $40 Each
   Judgment and Analytical Ability
   Substantive Law

 Purchase directly from the
test site:

Register and sign in
Select the test you wish to take and follow purchasing instructions.

When payment approved, the test will begin. There is also an option to purchase and access later.
5-Test Bundle- Discounted Price
   $85 (50% discount)

  Purchase directly from the
test site:

Register and sign in

Select:  Bundle1-Practice
Test-Written Communications
When payment approved, the Written Communications test will begin. There is also an option to purchase and access later.
The other 4 tests will be available under "Assigned to me" within an hour after  starting the Written Communications practice test.
Schools and Groups:
Vouchers are available.

Contact the test vendor,
TesTrac, for details.

If you do not wish to purchase via the on-line option, you may purchase practice tests by calling TesTrac. There will be a delay of several days in availabllity of the exam.