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- Available Lessons: 278
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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About This Course
This practice and study guide course is designed to help you prepare for the kinds of questions you'll find on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Political Science exam. Study the lessons' videos and transcripts to improve your understanding of key political science terminology and concepts. Use our course to help you review important topics in the field, including:
- The history of political thought
- U.S. Constitution and the American political system
- U.S. branches of government
- American federalism and political thinkers
- Georgia's government
- Political parties and influences on elections
- U.S. citizenship
- American crime and criminal justice
- Forms of government structures
- International relations and U.S. foreign policy
About the Exam
The GACE program is designed to assess candidates' readiness for certification to teach in Georgia's public school system. The political science assessment must be completed by those who wish to teach the subject in secondary schools within the state. The computer-based assessment, which is available during specific testing windows throughout the year, contains two tests. Each one must be completed for certification purposes, but you can choose to take them separately or in a single testing session. The testing sessions are 2.5 hours each for a combined five hours if both components are taken together. Test I and Test II each contain 60 multiple-choice questions.
Preparing & Registering for the GACE Political Science Assessment
You can get better-prepared for the GACE Political Science assessment by making your way through the lessons in our study guide. Our short and entertaining video lessons can help you build or improve your knowledge of political science concepts that appear on the exam. Professional instructors guide you through topics such as political philosophies and the development of the American political system. You'll also study the branches and functions of the U.S. government in addition to the types of governments around the world. Our lessons cover international relations and law, as well. Each lesson includes a multiple-choice quiz which can help you gauge your readiness for the GACE assessment.
The GACE Political Science assessment -- including Tests I and II -- are offered multiple times during the year at testing sites in Georgia and throughout the U.S. There is no set deadline for registering for this particular exam, but the testing locations follow a first-come, first-served policy; registering as early as possible for your preferred date is a good idea. You can register online and you'll need to provide information about your educational background as well as the institutions you want your scores sent to. On test day, you must bring an approved ID and your admission ticket, which can be printed off the computer.
Scoring the GACE Political Science Assessment
You can see your unofficial scores on the GACE Political Science assessment on test day once you've confirmed that you wish to report your results. Within a month's time, you'll be sent an e-mail informing you that your official score report is available online. The scores will also be sent to the educational institutions or employers that you selected during registration. To pass at the induction level, you must earn a score of 220; to pass at the professional level, you'll need a score of 250. There may be some questions on the test that do not count against your scores, as they are for administrative purposes only.
National, State and Local Institutions (Test I)
Number of questions: About 36
Exam topics covered: Branches of the U.S. government, legislative process, American president's roles, federal government, impeachment process and the organization of Georgia's state and local governments
What you'll study: Our study guide course offers a comprehensive examination of the functions of the executive, judicial and legislative branches as well as the role of the federal government in the United States. We also include material on the structure and function of Georgia's government according to its state constitution.
Citizenship and Politics (Test I)
Number of questions: About 24
Exam topics covered: Political socialization, citizenship rights, responsibilities of citizens and the election process at the local, state and national levels
What you'll study: This study guide covers the rights and responsibilities of citizens along with the American election process.
United States Constitution (Test II)
Number of questions: Approximately 30
Exam topics covered: Political philosophies that influenced the U.S. Constitution's creation and the development of the American government
What you'll study: In our study guide's video lessons, instructors discuss the history of political thought, the philosophies of important political thinkers and the components of the U.S. Constitution.
Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and Criminal Justice (Test II)
Number of questions: Around 18
Exam topics covered: Concepts of civil rights and liberties, and the causes and effects of criminal behavior
What you'll study: Our course provides lessons that examine theories of crime, Constitutional rights, the role of the U.S. criminal justice system and the history of civil liberties in the U.S.
Comparative Politics and International Relations (Test II)
Number of questions: About 12 questions
Exam topics covered: Forms of government, international relations and tools of foreign policy including both military and non-military actions
What you'll study: This study guide contains a comprehensive overview of the different types of government, U.S. foreign policy decisions, international law, humanitarian interventions, military actions and major global issues.
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