GACE

This page will provide the Candidate for initial certification with all pertinent information about the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE). You will find in this section information about the Testing, Test Preparation, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) and creating your MyPSC with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). 
The purpose of the GACE assessments is to assure that the knowledge and skills acquired by prospective Georgia educators are aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for the P–12 student curriculum — the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS).

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GACE Testing
The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®) is Georgia's state-approved educator certification assessment program. The GACE program helps the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) meet its goal of ensuring that educator candidates meet these standards before receiving their educator certification in the state of Georgia. The GaPSC has contracted with Educational Testing Service (ETS) to assist in the development and administration of the GACE program.

The GACE Assessments are taken by individuals seeking admission to an educator preparation program, seeking educator certification in the State of Georgia, and/or seeking to become highly qualified in a core academic subject. Examinees should refer to the GaPSC website if they have questions about which tests they need for their individual certification. The GaPSC’s email address for certification questions is mail@gapsc.com.

Contact:
Dr. Judy Perry Braselton
GACE Coordinator
School of Education, Piedmont College

To view the GACE testing dates click on:  http://gace.ets.org/register/centers_dates

I M P O R T A N T   *   I M P O R T A N T  *  I M P O R T A  N T
Test Center Procedures Regarding ID Requirements Test takers must bring valid and acceptable identification documents to be admitted to the test. Please remind your test takers to be sure to read and understand the ID requirements and test center procedures and regulations in the Registration Bulletin and on the ETS GACE website prior to the test administration. It is not the responsibility of the test centers to relay these policies to the test takers.

Cell Phone Policy Test takers are not allowed to bring cell phones, smartphones (e.g., Android™, BlackBerry®, iPhone®), tablets, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other electronic, listening, recording, scanning, or photographic devices into the test center. Anyone found to be in possession of any of these devices inside the test center before, during, or after the test administration will be dismissed, their test fees will be forfeited, and their scores will be canceled. Test administrators are not permitted to collect and hold cell phones. If test takers bring cell phones into the test center and then have to leave to store them in their vehicles, they must be back before the doors to the test center are closed. Once the doors to the test center are closed, no one will be admitted, even if they have already been in the test center and left to store a cell phone. If test takers are dropped off, they must not have their cell phones in their possession. If they do, they will not be admitted to test. Please remind your test takers of this policy.


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The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators are required in order to be recommended for teacher certification in the State of Georgia.  
 
PROGRAM ADMISSIONS TESTS.  All candidates enrolled in initial educator preparation programs at Piedmont College must take and pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment (formerly Basic Skills Tests)  prior to formal admission to teacher education.  Admission to teacher education is a requirement in addition to admission to the college and is essential in order to complete a program in teacher education.

GACE CONTENT TESTS.  All candidates at Piedmont College who are enrolled in teacher preparation programs must also take and pass GACE content tests in their respective major in order to complete their program and be recommended for Georgia teacher certification (regardless of individual plans to teach in another state).  Eligibility to sit for the GACE content tests is determined by the faculty in the School of Education; candidates will be unable to register for the GACE content tests until and unless they have been cleared to do so.  Piedmont College requires that candidates in teacher preparation programs take and pass the appropriate GACE content tests as a prerequisite for program completion.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to view the GACE Content Test Policies.
 
MyPSC ACCOUNT REQUIRED OF ALL CANDIDATES IN TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS
All candidates in teacher preparation programs at Piedmont College are required to register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and obtain a MyPSC account.   When registering for a MyPSC account, candidates will receive a certification number.  The certification number will be used by the college when clearing candidates to take the GACE content tests.  Once you have registered for a MyPSC account, the certification number should be provided to your faculty advisor, who will add it to your advising check sheet.  Registration for a MyPSC account is free and takes only a few moments.  Click here to link to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) MyPSC website.  Be sure to use your legal name when registering with the PSC, even if you use another name here at college.  .
 
REGISTER FOR GACE PROGRAM ADMISSIONS AND/OR CONTENT TESTS:  Click here to link to the Education Testing Service GACE website
 
QUESTIONS, CONCERNS?  Dr. Judith Perry has been designated to provide GACE support to Piedmont College candidates.  Should you have questions or concerns, please contact her:
or by calling 706-778-3000 x1053.

FAQ's
PROGRAM ADMISSIONS TESTS (Formerly Basic Skills Tests)
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Q:  If I have already taken and passed the Basic Skills Tests, do I now have to take the Program Admission Assessment with Educational Testing Service (ETS)?
A:  No.  Candidates who have already taken and passed the GACE Basic Skills Tests have satisfied the GACE program admissions requirements.

Q:  I have heard that if I scored well on the SAT that I do not have to take the Programs Admission Assessment (formerly Basic Skills Tests). Is that true?
A:  Currently, students may be exempt from taking the GACE Program Admission Assessment according to the following criteria: SAT exemption (1000 or better on combined verbal and math); ACT exemption (43 total by adding English and Math); GRE exemption (1030 total with no minimum verbal and quantitative or 297 if taken after 8/1/11). 

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) is now requiring for all students to have a Pre-Service certificate before being admitted into the teacher education programs at Georgia colleges.  As part of obtaining the Pre-Service certificate, students must have passed the GACE Program Admissions Assessment (or exempted it) before applying for the Pre-Service certificate. 

CONTENT TESTS
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Q:  I am not planning to teach in Georgia.  Do I still have to take the GACE tests?
A:  Yes.  Piedmont College's educator preparation programs are accredited by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the GACE tests are required as a part of the program.  Candidates who wish to teach in other states are, under the Interstate Certification Compact, eligible to receive initial certification in the member states.  Click here to learn more about the Interstate Certification Compact.

Q: I took the GACE content tests previously, but I didn't pass one of them.  Can I just re-take the one I didn't pass?
A:  Unfortunately, it will be necessary to retake both content tests.  Previously, the GACE tests were developed and administered by Pearson Evaluation Systems (ES).  As of July 1st, the state of Georgia has contracted with Educational Testing Services (ETS), which has redesigned all of the GACE tests. There is no comparability between the two tests. Therefore, unless you took and passed both content tests with the previous provider, you will have to take and pass both content tests with ETS.

Q:  I've heard that if I don't pass the GACE tests that I can't graduate from Piedmont College.  Is this true?
A:  No.  It is true that undergraduate students will not be placed in Internship II unless/until they pass the GACE content tests, and that M.A.T. students will not be placed in Internship II or be permitted to register for the capstone course (whichever occurs last) unless/until they pass the GACE content tests.  
 
If undergraduate students do not pass the GACE tests (and cannot be placed in Internship II), they may either change to another undergraduate major or apply to receive the B.A. degree in Educational Studies.  Candidates who graduate from Piedmont College with the B.A. degree in Educational Studies will not be recommended for certification.  However, graduates may, after passing the GACE content tests, return to Piedmont College within five years to complete Internship II as a certification-only student.

TEST PREPARATION
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Q:  I am a graduate student.  Can I also participate in Piedmont's test preparation seminars?
A:  Absolutely!  We are committed to helping all of our candidates successfully prepare for and pass the GACE tests.
 
Q:  Am I required to participate in the test preparation seminars?
A:  Yes.  Every student who is enrolled in an initial educator preparation program at Piedmont College must commit to test preparation.  Research has shown that individuals who take the GACE tests after test preparation are generally successful on the first attempt.  Likewise, testing research shows that candidates who re-take tests without the benefit of test preparation do no better (and often worse) than the initial attempt.  Piedmont's School of Education is committed to helping all of our candidates successfully prepare for and pass the GACE tests.
 
Q:  I have already graduated from Piedmont. As an alumnus, can I also participate in Piedmont's test preparation seminars?
A:  Absolutely!  We are committed to helping all of our candidates successfully prepare for and pass the GACE tests.
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