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FAQs: GACE (Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Teachers)

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) has initiated the development of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators™ (GACE™), a new program to assess the knowledge and skills of individuals seeking certification as Georgia public school educators. Beginning Fall 2006 the PSC requires the GACE Basic Assessment and GACE Content Assessments rather than PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II.  Please read the GACE information from the PSC.

GACE is a two-layer examination process. The GACE Basic Skills Assessment must be passed (or exempted) in order to be admitted to a teacher education program. The GACE subject area test(s) must be passed in order for the certification officer to recommend the candidate for certification and for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to grant a certificate to teach in Georgia public schools. The certification officer in the John H. Lounsbury School of Education can recommend certification only for those candidates who have successfully completed programs at GC.


What is the GACE Basic Assessment? The GACE Basic Assessment is an academic skills assessment in reading, mathematics and writing. You must pass (or exempt) the GACE Basic Assessment as part of the requirements to enter a cohort.  Please take it by the end of your freshman year.  It is similar in nature to the Regents Exam, so study one time for both tests.

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 Basic Assessment and the university has your official scores.

How can I study and plan for the GACE Basic Assessment?  During the first semester of your freshman year, go to the GACE site and type in "preparation" in the search box.  Find the Basic Skills Assessment link. 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 Basic Assessment.

What can I do if I need help with the GACE Basic 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:

  1. Go to the library and check out materials for basic skills testing practice
  2. Get commercial books/software available for test reviews
  3. Get tutoring

Passing the GACE Basic Assessment is a mandatory requirement for junior cohort applications and for teaching in Georgia.

Can I exempt the GACE Basic Assessment?
You will not need the GACE Basic test if you:

  1. Hold or have held clear renewable certification or
  2. Meet one of the following test scores*:
    1. 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. Note: You can use the Verbal portion of the SAT from one testing session and add it to the Math portion from another testing session in order to exempt GACE Basic Assessment. (Source: phone call to PSC January 23, 2004)
    2. 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.
    3. GRE - minimum score = 1030 (with no minimum Verbal score or Quantitative score required)  The Composite score is obtained by adding
      the Verbal and Quantitative scores.  Candidates must take both the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the test.
    4. d. CBEST, CLAST, FTCE
      CBEST – Passing Scores indicated on score report (Used in California and Oregon)
      CLAST – Passing Scores indicated on score report (Used in Florida)
      FTCE – General Knowledge – Passing Scores indicated on score report (Used in Florida)

    *Exemptions must be in Banner to be official for certification purposes.  Banner information can only be updated from an official high school transcript with SAT/ACT scores or scores sent electronically from SAT/ACT (or officially mailed transcripts). College transcripts from other schools are not considered official by the Professional Standards Commission (PSC).  The PSC will not accept other college scores when people apply for state certification.

Where can I get a Registration Bulletin for GACE? Limited numbers are in Kilpatrick 220.  Others are in the testing center.  You can download copies from GACE Web site.  

What are this academic year's test dates? You can find the test dates on the GACE Web site - test dates.

What is the Test Site closest to Milledgeville?
Macon  (Test Code 116)  Other test centers with their codes are the GACE website.

What are the GACE Fees?  Fee structure is available at the GACE test fee page.  Put "fees" in the page's search box.

What is the Georgia College & State University Code?
The Georgia College code is (416)

In addition to passing or exempting the GACE Basic Skills Assessment, what other GACE tests do I need to take before GC can recommend me for certification or endorsement?  GC can recommend you for certification or endorsement only for degrees and programs that you have successfully completed at GC. Your professors will talk with you about which GACE Content Assessment you should take.
What tests should I take if I am interested in being certified in areas for which GC cannot recommend me?  The PSC lists the tests you need to pass by subject areas.  GC can recommend certification or endorsement only for students who were enrolled in and successfully completed the programs offered at GC.  For questions about certification in other areas or programs, please contact your county school board office or the Professional Standards Commission.

Is there 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

For more information on this topic, please go to the GACE website and type in "alternative" in the homepage search box.

Is there any test preparation material to help me study for these tests?
Yes, material may be downloaded free of charge from the GACE Web site.  Type in "preparation" in the homepage search box. 

Is there anything else I should know about the GACE? The PSC has noted several important points to remember:

  • Certification field content assessments passed in either the Praxis II or the former TCT testing program are still "good" – educators will not need to take them again. 
  • For several certification fields, applicants are currently required to pass two separate Praxis II tests. If an applicant has passed one part of such a pair by September 1, 2006, he or she will have until March 1, 2007 to pass the other test in the pair. If a test taker is unable to successfully pass the second test in the requirement by March 1, 2007, that educator will need to pass the appropriate GACE assessment. 
  • A person who has passed neither part of a two-test Praxis II requirement by September 1, 2006 will need to take the GACE assessment (with exceptions as described above).
  • Educators who are required to pass a basic skills test and who have not achieved a passing composite score on the Praxis I test as of September 1, 2006 will still need to complete the basic skills requirement. There are two circumstances for basic skills test takers:
    1. The test taker has passed no parts of Praxis I by September 1, 2006. In this case the test taker will need to pass all three parts of the GACE basic skills test.
    2. The test taker has passed one or two parts of Praxis I by September 1, 2006. In this case the test taker may submit a passing score for the remaining one or two parts of the Praxis I before March 1, 2007, or the test taker may submit passing scores for all three parts of the GACE basic skills test.
    The PSC will not accept a "mix" of passing subtests from Praxis I and passing subtests of GACE Basic Skills. Example: if a candidate has passed Praxis I Reading and Writing, the PSC will not accept a passing Mathematics portion of the GACE Basic Skills assessment to join with the two Praxis I parts.
  • In the GACE program there will be no broad field social studies test. Instead separate tests will be available for History, Economics, Geography, and Political Science. However the GACE program will include a middle grades social studies test to support Middle Grades Social Studies (4-8) certification.
  • Almost all Georgia educators are required to pass a rigorous test covering the subject matter content in their field(s) of certification.
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