Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)

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The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) was implemented in 2006 by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) as Georgia's educator certification assessment program.[1] Georgia's first content assessment program for teacher certification was the Georgia Teacher Certification Test (TCT), which was introduced in 1978. In 1997, the Praxis Series (by ETS) replaced the older TCT examinations, and the Praxis was phased out between 2006 and 2007 as the GACE was introduced.[1]

Function of the Test

GACE Study Guide

There are six distinct categories of GACE assessments: Program Admission; Content; Certificate Upgrade; Educational Leadership; Educator Ethics; and Paraprofessional.[2]

The Program Admission assessment is given to candidates seeking admission to an approved educator preparation program in the state of Georgia. The assessment includes three subtests: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.[3]

The Content assessments are subject-specific assessments administered to candidates seeking certification to teach those subjects. There are 43 subjects covered by the Content assessments, including core subjects such as English and Mathematics; humanities such as foreign languages and the arts; and various professional support fields such as special education. Content tests also exist for School Counseling, School Psychology, and Media Specialists. Most Content examinations are divided into two subtests.[3][4]

The two Certificate Upgrade assessments ("Curriculum and Instruction" and "Instructional Technology") enable currently certified Georgia educators to demonstrate a professional level of competence and achievement in those two fields.

The Educational Leadership assessment is a new examination which currently certified and practicing Georgia teachers are eligible to take. Passing this assessment demonstrates educators' ability to provide effective instructional leadership according to the seven Georgia Teacher Leadership Program Standards.[5][6]

The Educator Ethics assessments are a pair of training modules given at the entry and exit of an educator preparation program. The assessments, which combine instruction and testing, are designed to help prospective teachers understand and apply the Georgia code of Ethics for Educators.[4]

The Paraprofessional Assessment is taken by educational paraprofessionals to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and math.[7]

GaPSC does not appear to publish statistics regarding statewide average scores or pass rates on the GACE examinations.

Test Administration

GACE Flashcards

The GACE examinations are administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) at ETS test centers.[8] Exams are not offered year-round, but are typically offered in about four to twenty exam windows per year, depending on how popular the exam is.[9] Exam fees vary depending on exam category and the number of subtests the candidate wishes to take, ranging from $30 for an Educator Ethics exam to $350 for the Teacher Leadership exam. A typical two-part Content exam costs $193.[10] Due to how diverse the fees and policies for GACE examination are, candidates should confirm their own examinations' fees, test dates, and testing sites on the GACE website.[3]

Most GACE examinations (with the exceptions of the American Sign Language and the Teacher Leadership assessments) are scored on a standardized scale from 100 to 300. The minimum passing scores for content examinations are 220 (for induction level) and 250 (for professional level). The Program Admission and Paraprofessional admissions each have a passing score of 250.[11] Unsuccessful candidates who wish to retake a GACE exam must wait 30 days between testing dates. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate may retake an exam.[12]

Candidates with disabilities who require special testing accommodations must register for their intended examination(s) by mail through ETS Disability Services. The documentation review process takes approximately six weeks, so candidates are encouraged to submit requests as early as possible.[4]

Test Format

Test Structure

The GACE Assessments are a series of exams that cover a wide range of tests. The tests generally fall into six main categories: Program Admission; Content; Certificate Upgrade; Educational Leadership; Educator Ethics; and Paraprofessional. Most tests are made up solely of multiple choice questions, however, a select few also contain some free response questions.[13]

Test Environment

GACE Assessments are available at various testing centers across the state of Georgia. For admission, test-takers must bring their admission ticket and a valid, government issued ID, containing a name, signature and photo. Tests are computer based. For some of the mathematics tests, a calculator will be provided on-screen. Personal items, such as electronics, scratch paper, and watches are not allowed in the testing center.[14]

Test Content

  • Sample GACE Early Childhood Education Practice Questions
  1. One of the easiest tasks for phonological awareness is:
    A. Replacing sounds to make new words
    B. Hearing rhyming sounds within words
    C. Isolating and classifying words sounds
    D. Blending and/or separation of sounds
  2. Which of theses orders steps of the scientific method in the correct sequence?
    A. Formulate a hypothesis; ask a question; design and conduct an experiment; report the results; decide if the hypothesis is true or false
    B. Ask a question; formulate a hypothesis; design and conduct an experiment; decide if the hypothesis is true or false; report the results
    C. Design and conduct an experiment; ask a question; formulate a hypothesis; decide if the hypothesis is true or false; report the results
    D. Formulate a hypothesis; decide if the hypothesis is true or false; design and conduct an experiment; ask a question; report the results
  • Sample GACE Health and Physical Education Practice Questions
  1. How is cardiorespiratory endurance best defined?
    A. The ability to perform dynamic exercise using large muscles over long times
    B. The ability to perform dynamic exercises using small muscles for short times
    C. The ability to perform static exercises using all muscles for average durations
    D. The ability to perform any kind of exercising using any muscles for any time
  2. When is performing the Heimlich maneuver on a student indicated?
    A. The student says he or she is having trouble breathing.
    B. The student is choking and is not able to breathe.
    C. The student has trouble breathing and is coughing
    D. The Heimlich should not be done until cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is tried.
  • Sample GACE Special Education General Curriculum Practice Questions
  1. A new high school student is being assessed. He reads a 500 word text. He misreads 35 words. At what level is he reading?
    A. Instructional level.
    B. Independent level.
    C. Unsatisfactory level.
    D. Merit level.
  2. A teacher working with students who have math disabilities has had success with a variety of multi-sensory techniques including:
    A. Estimating, converting fractions, multiplication families, graphic organizers.
    B. Graphic organizers, math textbooks, multi-step problems, converting fractions.
    C. Memorizing tables, drawing graphs, converting fractions, charting information.
    D. Power point presentations that include music, manipulatives, graphic organizers, clapping games.
  • Sample GACE Basic Skills Practice Questions
Choose the underlined word or phrase that is unnecessary in the context of the passage
  1. The company said it was unaware of any accidents or injuries that resulted from the problem. A spokesperson said the company was working on a fix for repairing the problem. Customers will be notified to bring their vehicle to a dealership for an inspection.
    A. or injuries
    B. said
    C. repairing
    D. to a dealership
  2. Andrea runs 4 miles every day, but she wants to increase her distance in order to run a 26-mile marathon. She decides to add 2 miles each day to her distance until she achieves her goal. If she starts with 6 miles today, how many miles will she have to run, in total, by the time she achieves 26-mile goal?
    A. 156
    B. 162
    C. 170
    D. 176

More free GACE practice test questions.

Answers to Sample Questions

Early Childhood Education: 1;B 2;B Health and Physical Education: 1;A 2;B Special Education General Curriculum: 1;A 2;D Basic Skills: 1;C 2;D


  1. ^ a b GaPSC - 505-2-.44 GEORGIA EDUCATOR ASSESSMENT May 26 2015
  2. ^ GACE - About the GACE Assessments May 26 2015
  3. ^ a b c GACE - GACE Assessments Offered May 26 2015
  4. ^ a b c GACE - GACE 2014–15 Registration Bulletin May 26 2015
  5. ^ GACE - GACE Teacher Leadership Assessment Candidate Handbook May 26 2015
  6. ^ GACE - About the GACE® Teacher Leadership Assessment May 26 2015
  7. ^ GACE - About the GACE® Paraprofessional Assessment May 26 2015
  8. ^ GACE - Test Centers and Dates May 26 2015
  9. ^ GACE - GACE Testing Windows May 26 2015
  10. ^ GACE - GACE Registration Flyer May 26 2015
  11. ^ GACE - Understanding Your GACE® Scores May 26 2015
  12. ^ GACE - GACE Passing Requirements May 26 2015
  13. ^ About GACE 11 May 2015
  14. ^ Test Day 11 May 2015