Expert Guide to the GACE Test: Fees- Scoring- and More

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The GACE is the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators, a group of tests that help educators in the state of Georgia. This Georgia teacher certification is an important step for future and current educators, as it provides both certification and recertification. Read on for an overview of the GACE Tests and helpful resources.

What Is the GACE Test?

The GACE test, or the

Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators

is a group of tests that are used for those who are applying for admission to enter an educator preparation program, those who are seeking an educator certification, or those who seek to become

highly qualified in a core subject area


To know which test you have to take, the first step is to check with the

Georgia Professional Standards Commission

, GaPCS. The GaPCS will provide information on the test you need to take

as well as additional steps required to receive your certification.

Whether or not you receive your teaching certification depends on the requirements laid out by the GaPCS, and a passing score on your GACE test does not necessarily mean you are a certified teacher.

How to Register and Choose GACE Test Dates

You can

register online

for the GACE by

creating an account

and searching for your test.

Test Centers and Dates

You can also search for

test centers and GACE test dates

for your required test.

Test Fees

The registration fees vary based on the test. Registration fees are as follows.

The $25 test fee and the $28 test center fee are included

except with the ASLPI test.


American Sign Language Proficiency Interview $165
Program Admission (Combined Test) $128
Program Admission (Any Two Tests) $103
Program Admission (Single Test) $78
Certificate Upgrade $193
Content (Combined Test) $193
Content (Single Test) $123
Educational Leadership $193
Paraprofessional Assessment $38

Additional fees include a $25 fee for a test center, date or time change, and a 50% of the total exam fee is charged for cancellations. You can also review fees for the

Georgia Ethics Assessments

and the

Teacher Leadership Assessments


Format of the GACE Exam

Each exam has

multiple-choice questions and constructed response

(short answer or essay) section. The chart below provides a more detailed explanation of what you can find on each test.



Program Admission Consists of three tests and is designed to test skills and knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics Multiple choice and constructed response
Content Assessments Tests knowledge in a specific area. Consists of one or two tests Multiple choice, and some tests have constructed response.
Certificate Upgrade Assessments A single test that assesses knowledge in curriculum, instruction, and technology in education Multiple choice and three to four constructed response questions
Educational Leadership A single test that assesses knowledge and skills of educational leadership Multiple choice and four constructed response questions
Paraprofessional A single test that assesses the reading, writing, and mathematics skills of future educational paraprofessionals Multiple choice only

GACE Scoring

Surprise! A passing score depends on the test you take. When you complete your test, you’ll see your final score as well as your

pass/did not pass status

. The chart below details the GACE scores you need to be considered passing, at the induction and at the professional level according to the GaPCS.

Test Category

Passing Induction Level Score

Passing Professional Level Score
American Sign Language Proficiency Interview* 3 (220) 3+(250)
Certificate Upgrade Assessments 250 (does not have tiered passing scores) 250(does not have tiered passing scores)
Content Assessments 220-249 250
Educational Leadership 250 (does not have tiered passing scores) 250 (does not have tiered passing scores)
Paraprofessional 250 (considered entry level only) N/A
Program Admission 250 (considered entry level only) N/A

*The ASLPI is evaluated by a team of professionals, and examinees are awarded a score on a 0-5 scale. The score is then converted to a GACE score between 100 and 300.


Sample Questions

We’ve included some sample questions based on the

Program Admission Test

, since it covers multiple subtests. Hopefully, this helps you get a sense of what kind of questions you’d find on the tests.



What is the sum of the decimal values 0.03435+0.9984-0.111

  1. 0.78854
  2. 0.97465r
  3. 0.74657
  4. 0.92175


The answer is 4, 0.92175. This question is simply a math problem that needs to be solved; it tests the test-takers arithmetic ability and knowledge of math concepts.


Sample Passage:

Many species of North American bears hibernate during the winter. Before hibernation, bears can consume up to 20,000 calories and gain up to three pounds per day. The bears then go into their remote dens, where they enter their hibernate state; in this state, their heart rate drops to about 8-10 beats per minute and their body temperatures drop significantly. However, new studies suggest that bears are not in a coma-like sleep like many people assume. Instead, they move around, stretch, and even give birth and care for young cubs in hibernation. By studying bear hibernation, we can learn how to conserve energy and allow the body to live off its own resources. Some scientists suggest that studying bear hibernation behavior may ever help with space travel.


Why does this paragraph provide details about bears’ heartbeats?

  1. To provide factual evidence to help us understand how bear hibernation works
  2. To offer advice about slowing heartbeats
  3. To suggest that slowing heartbeats will help achieve space travel
  4. To demonstrate one ability of bears


The answer is, To provide factual evidence to help us understand how bear hibernation works. The sentence is part of the paragraph that details hibernation, and providing evidence of hibernation helps the reader contextualize.



Find the error in the following sentence: The puppy is supposed to go back to the vet for his next round of shots in three-to-four months.

  1. Three-to-four
  2. Puppy
  3. Vet
  4. Next round


The answer is three-to-four. Three-to-four does not require hyphenation. The writing test will ask questions about grammar, sentence structure, and more.


Links to GACE Practice Tests

Luckily, the GACE site offers lots of resources for practice tests, as well as instructions for registering and choosing GACE test dates.

The links to the practice tests can be found on the official GACE page under the

prepare option


Now that you’ve explored your options for taking the GACE test,

the next step is to check with the GaPCS

to see what test you have to take in order to begin achieving a certification for your chosen subject or subjects. Remember, there are lots of options for the GACE so make sure that you understand your requirements before diving into your study plan.

What’s Next?

Are you thinking about becoming a teacher?

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and our

guide on becoming a teacher


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