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What is the NALA CP Exam?

The Certified Paralegal examination will consist of two required sections taken in the following order. Visit the NALA website and this announcement for additional information.

Knowledge Exam

  • The Knowledge Exam will consist of 120 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.
  • Three (3) hours testing time.

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.
  • Two (2) hours testing time.

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

View the CP Program Candidate Handbook for a complete description of the program.


Types of questions on the NALA CP Exam

  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Written Assignment

Helpful information about test questions and test-taking strategies:

  • The CP exam is a comprehensive assessment based on federal law and procedure. You can find the description of the exam sections and suggested study material located under the Examinees section of the Certification page on our website. 


NALA, the National Association of Legal Assistants, is a nationally recognized professional association for paralegals.  It provides a national certification exam, the NALA CP, for paralegal students upon graduation from a paralegal program.

Click here for information about the certification examination and the application process.  Click here to view a listing of testing centers in your state. Refer to this document for more assistance.

Important information for Paralegal students and graduates:

  • Rasmussen University will reimburse students and graduates for the $275 application fee for the NALA CP certification examination following completion of the exam. 

  • For reimbursement, please email with your NALA test results and NALA credit card receipt.

  • Students taking the exam should submit a completed application along with personal payment information directly to NALA.

  • Graduates of the Paralegal program must include an official transcript with the NALA CP exam application.  Click here for instructions on how to obtain an official transcript.

The NALA Certified Paralegal exam format consists of two sections, Knowledge and Skills. The Knowledge Exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions, and the Skills Exam is an essay. Successful completion of both exam sections is required to obtain the CP credential. In order to apply for the CP Program, a paralegal must first be eligible. Once an applicant has been approved, they will then proceed with taking the CP exam. 

To determine if you are eligible to take the CP exam, please select the category that best applies to you:


Learn more about CP Examinee Eligibility.

Beat your test anxiety by being prepared!

Utilize the resources below to help you best prepare for the NALA CP Exam.

Study Aids:

Feeling overwhelmed about taking the NALA CP Exam?  Check out these resources to help you stay on your A game!  We have all the resources you could want to help you prepare for your test and stay cool while taking it, plus some tips for mastering multiple-choice exams.  

  • Creating a Study Schedule – To really prepare for tests, you must begin at the beginning.  The key to learning is understanding, not just memorizing. Creating study tools such as mindmaps and flashcards will help you in the long run. Focus on steps 4 and 5 in the study cycle while preparing for the POST Board exam.
  • Pre-test Prep & Post-test Reflection – What are you doing to prepare for your exams, and what should you be doing?  This sheet helps you strategize better study plans.
  • Managing Test Anxiety Video – This short webinar will give you tips to help you keep your cool as you take your exam.
  • Test-taking Strategies Video – Do you always seem to choose the wrong option in multiple-choice tests?  Watch this short webinar on tips to help you master multiple-choice and other test questions.
  • Studying Tips for College Students – No one knows studying for tests like fellow students!  This student blog shares the studying tips you need to do well on tests.  You can also learn How to Beat College Exam Stress.


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