When are the GACE Test Dates?
Tests in the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) series are administered during week-long testing periods throughout the year. Some GACE testing dates, such as the American Sign Language or Agricultural Education exams, may feature a special testing window that consists of two parts: a two-day session and a four-day session, interrupted by a single day in which no testing occurs. Most GACE tests are offered during 3-8 testing windows per year, and the date ranges are varied and many. View the GACE test dates PDF for Sept. 1 2019-August 31, 2020, for specific testing windows. Note that some windows are continuous and others are limited.
What are the GACE Tests Without Testing Windows?
Not all assessments in the GACE series are administered during specific testing windows. The following exams are offered on a continuous basis throughout the year:
- American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (250)
- Biology: Test I (026), Test II (027), Combined Test I and II (526)
- English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Test I (119), Test II (120), Combined Test I and II (619)
- Health and Physical Education: Test I (115), Test II (116), Combined Test I and II (615)
- History: Test I (034), Test II (035), Combined Test I and II (534)
- Middle Grades Reading (012)
- Middle Grades Science (014)
- Middle Grades Social Science (015)
- Music: Test I (111), Test II (112), Combined Test I and II (611)
- Program Admission: Test I - Reading (210), Test II - Mathematics (211)
- Program Admission: Test III - Writing (212), Combined Test I, II, and III (710)
- School Counseling: Test I (103), Test II (104), Combined Test I and II (603)
- Science: Test I (024), Test II (025), Combined Test I and II (524)
- Special Education Adapted Curriculum: Test I (083), Test II (084), Combined Test I and II (583)
- Special Education General Curriculum/Elementary Education: Test I (003), Test II (004), and Combined Test I and II (503)
Note: For the following tests, there are no registration or testing windows and scores are available after each end-of-module test is taken:
- Georgia Educator Ethics: Program Entry (350), Program Exit (360)
- Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership: Program Entry (370), Program Exit (380)
How Do I Register for the GACE Test?
Follow these steps to complete GACE registration:
- Step 1: Once you have received approval for testing, create a MyPSC account through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).
- Step 2: You will then need to choose a 'Reason for Testing'. During this process, you'll receive a Georgia certification ID. This is needed for test registration and certification.
- Step 3: Create an ETS GACE account, which grants you access to the GACE test registration page.
- Step 4: Select your test date and location and reserve a seat for your preferred selection. ETS GACE also offers the option to register by phone. If you choose to go this route, registration must be completed during business hours. It's important to note that if you need to register for the Assessment of Sign Communication-American Sign Language (ASC-ASL), it can only be done by phone registration.
Note_: The following tests have a registration process that differs from the other tests in the GACE series:
- For the Georgia Ethics Assessments, after you've created a MyPSC account, ETS will send you a link via email that will give you access to the Georgia Ethics Assessment system. At this point, you can register for the test.
- For the Paraprofessional Assessment, you must contact an approved testing site since the registration process can vary from one testing site to the other.
- To register for the Teacher Leadership Assessment, you'll create a MyPSC account. GaSPC will then send your information to ETS. ETS will then set up an account for you in the Teacher Leadership registration system and then email your login information to you. Afterward, you can register for the assessment.
Do GACE Testing Centers Allow Accommodation for Disabilities?
GACE allow accommodations for people with disabilities. It is advisable to submit any requests for disability accommodation six weeks before the test date to give the testing center ample time to prepare. You can request accommodation through your ETS account or by email, mail, or courier service.
What are the Deadlines to Register for the GACE?
For most tests, you will need to register at least two full days before the test date. For the Assessment of Sign Communication-American Sign Language (ASC-ASL), candidates must register one month in advance. The Paraprofessional and Georgia Ethics assessments do not have any registration deadlines. Despite these lenient deadlines, you should register for an exam as soon as possible. Seats may fill up quickly, and if you wait until the deadline, the test may become unavailable. You will then need to wait until the next window, which could be a few months.
What Can I Expect on the Day of My GACE Test?
When you arrive at the testing center, you'll need to provide two important forms: your admission ticket or authorization letter for the ASC-ASL and your identification. Acceptable forms of ID include government-issued documents such as a driver's license or passport. All IDs must be valid (expired documents will be rejected) and original (no photocopies). You must arrive at least 30 minutes before the reporting time on your ticket. Late candidates will not be allowed to sit for the test and will not be given a refund.
The testing center will provide all materials (including pencils), so you will not need to bring any items other than the ones mentioned above. Personal items are strictly forbidden from the testing room, including cell phones, handbags, watches, PDAs and any other electronic devices. Your testing center will provide a secure storage area where you can leave your effects. You may want to dress in layers so that you can warm up or cool down as need be. You should also wear soft-soled shoes to help reduce noise.
What is the Best Way to Prepare for the GACE?
If you're planning on taking an exam in the GACE series, you should know that Study.com offers more than 20 GACE Courses to help you prepare. These courses contain interactive lessons and are available for most GACE subjects, including science, business, middle grades mathematics, early childhood education, and program admission.