With the pressures of schoolwork, exams, jobs, and visions of futures, obtaining a teacher certificate seems far from reach. However, this does not have to be the case! For those planning the take the GACE exam, success is more than possible with the right amount of studying and knowledge.
In the big scheme of your teaching career, passing the GACE is critical for obtaining your license. For now, however, let’s start with the basics- the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.
The GACE is administered by the National Evaluation Systems along with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. It is issued to those interested in teaching in Georgia’s public school systems in order to assess knowledge and qualification
More than just simply an exam covering a few subject areas, the GACE encompasses the following testing areas:
- basic skills involving reading, writing, and mathematics
- professional pedagogy as it relates to student development and professional responsibilities
- content of a specific subject (ex: French or 8th grade)
- educational leadership pertaining to Georgia public schools
- paraprofessional involving instructional ability in reading, writing, and mathematics
- computer skills competency demonstrating knowledge in the usage of various computer programs and skills
The exam involves selected-response questions and constructed-response. The lowest passing score is a 220 on a range of 100 to 300.
Registration times and testing dates can be found at this website: http://www.gace.nesinc.com/GA4_testdates.asp
Various test locations as indicated on your admission ticket
Registration for the test can be done in many forms: internet, telephone (in emergency situations), or mail. Payment is also completed at the time of registration. Once given a test admission ticket, make sure to show up to show up to the location on time! (Or run the risk of being locked out of the exam)
Remember, if you do not pass the GACE the first, you can restest as many times as you choose!
and most important question...
In order to receive your teaching license, you must past the GACE for teaching in public schools in the state of Georgia.
The GACE is the first step to developing your teaching career, so how do you prepare?
A good GACE study guide can help adequately prepare you for what will be expected on the test. Study guides, practice tests, and other materials can help you feel confident and ready to get a passing score!
Here are a few links that are worth checking out:
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