Frequently Asked Questions
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) developed a program to assess the knowledge and skills of individuals seeking certification as Georgia public school educators. Beginning Fall 2006 the GaPSC required the GACE Program Admission Assessment, formerly GACE Basic Skills Assessment, rather than PRAXIS. Please read the GACE information from the GaPSC.
The GACE Program Admission Assessment must be passed (or exempted) in order to be admitted to a teacher education program and recommended for a Pre-Service Certificate by the School of Education and Teacher Preparation’s (SETP) certification officer. The Pre-Service Certificate must be obtained before a Candidate may participate in a practicum experience.
What is the GACE Program Admission Assessment? The GACE Program Admission Assessment is designed to assess knowledge and skills in the areas of reading, mathematics, and writing; the assessment consists of three tests. You must pass (or exempt) the GACE Program Admission Assessment as part of the requirements to enter a cohort. Please take it by the end of your freshman year.
A problem students have is getting their passing scores back in time for cohort application. You will not be considered for a cohort until you have passed all the parts of the GACE Program Admission Assessment and the SETP has your official scores.
How can I study and plan for the GACE Program Admission Assessment? During the first semester of your freshman year, go to the GACE site and click on the “Test Preparation Resources” Quick link in the middle of the page. You can view, print, or download FREE preparation materials for reading, writing, and mathematics. If you are doing very well on the sample items, then register for and take the GACE Program Admission Assessment.
What can I do if I need help with the GACE Program Admission Assessment? If you have trouble with the sample materials, then you must do some work to get up to speed. Just retaking practice tests will not help you learn the material. Taking tests will help you figure out what areas you need to study. Again, during your first semester, start working on those areas that need attention. Below are some suggestions for help:
- Go to the library and check out materials for Program Admission testing practice
- Get commercial books/software available for test reviews
- Get tutoring
Passing the GACE Program Admission Assessment is a mandatory requirement for junior cohort applications and for teaching in Georgia.
Can I exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment?
You will not need the GACE Program Admission test if you:
- Hold a current or expired Georgia Clear Renewable (professional) certification, or
- Meet one of the following test scores:
- SAT – minimum required score = 1000 (with no minimum verbal score or math score required). The composite score is obtained by adding the Verbal and the Math scores. Candidates must take both the Verbal and the Math sections of the test (and must be passed in one assessment on the same test date).
- ACT – minimum score = 43 (with no minimum English score or Math score required). The composite score is obtained by adding the English and Math scores. Candidates must take both the English and Math sections of the test.
- GRE – If tested with the old GRE format (before August 1, 2011), candidates need a GRE composite score of 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative to exempt GACE Program Admission.
If tested with the new GRE format (on or after August 1, 2011), candidates need a GRE composite score of 297 on Verbal and Quantitative to exempt GACE Program Admission.
- CLAST, FTCE
CLAST – Passing Scores indicated on score report (Used in Florida)
FTCE – General Knowledge – Passing Scores indicated on score report (Used in Florida)
Where can I get Registration information for GACE? You can find information on the GACE Website - Registration, Test Centers, and Dates.
What are this academic year's test dates? You can find the test dates on the GACE Website - Test Centers and Dates.
Where are the test centers closest to Brunswick? College of Coastal Georgia, Coastal Pines Technical College in Waycross, Armstrong State University (Savannah), and ETS – University of North Florida (Jacksonville). Other test centers can be found on the GACE website.
What are the GACE Fees? Fee structure is available on the GACE Test Fees and Payment Policies page. Or, type "fees" in the page's search box.
What is the College of Coastal Georgia Code?
The College of Coastal Georgia code is 441.
Is alternative testing available? Yes, alternative testing arrangements that are reasonable in the context of this certification test and supported by documentation may be provided for the following examinees who would not be able to take the test under standard conditions:
- Examinees with physical disabilities (e.g. visual impairments, hearing impairments, motor disabilities, illness, injury)
- Examinees with disabilities other than physical (e.g., learning disabilities)
- Examinees whose religious practices do not allow them to take tests on Saturdays
All test takers requesting accommodations must register through ETS Disability Services and have their accommodations approved before they can test. Review and approval of documentation for testing accommodations takes approximately six weeks, so applicants should submit their request with all of the necessary documentation as early as possible to avoid delays. For more information on this topic, please go to the GACE - Registering for Alternative Testing Arrangements page.
Are there any test preparation strategies to help me study for these tests?
- Visit the GACE - Preparing for the Tests page or type “Test Preparation Resources” in the search box for a list of resources on the website.
- Visit and review the content of the Georgia Performance Standards and the Framework tabs.
- Visit the GaPSC Website and click on the Popular Links tab for Educator Assessment – GACE, or select the Educator Assessment dropdown menu for information on the testing.
- Use GACE study guides that can be found on Google by searching “GACE study guide.”