GACE Health and Physical Education (115/116/615) Practice Test

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The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Health and Physical Education examination is designed to assess the knowledge and skills of individuals seeking admission to an educator preparation program, certification in Georgia, or wanting to become qualified in teaching health and/or physical education.

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Exam Outline

The GACE Health and Physical Education exam is made of two subtests, which you can take individually in two different sessions or all at once in one session (the testing code for the combined session is 615). The the total combined time limit is 4 hours and 20 minutes, and the total number of questions is 200.

Each subtest is split into multiple subareas.

Subtest I (115)

This subtest contains 100 selected-response questions, and you will be given a time limit of 2 hours and 10 minutes. The questions are grouped into the following subareas:

I. Mental and Emotional Health/Professional Issues (25%)
  • Issues related to mental and emotional health
  • Professional issues related to health education
II. Personal Health and Wellness, Sexual Health, and Nutrition (40%)
  • Principles of personal health and wellness
  • Issues related to sexual health
  • Principles of nutrition
III. Safety and Injury Prevention, and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (35%)
  • Issues related to safety and injury prevention
  • Issues related to the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs

Subtest II (116)

This subtest contains 100 selected-response questions, and you will be given a time limit of 2 hours and 10 minutes. The questions are grouped into the following subareas:

I. Basic Sciences of Physical Education (20%)
  • The relation of applied sciences to physical education
  • Principles of anatomy an physiology as related to physical education
II. Motor Learning and Motor Development (15%)
  • Principles of motor learning
  • Principles of motor development
III. Sports, Activities, and Fitness (30%)
  • Principles of team, dual, individual, and lifetime sports or activities
  • Fitness as it relates to sports, training, activities, and fitness plans
IV. Instructional Principles and Professionalism in Physical Education (35%)
  • Management and motivation pertaining to physical education
  • Communication and collaboration as related to physical education
  • Principles involved in physical education planning and instruction
  • Principles of student assessment, adapted physical education, and professionalism

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To register for the exam, you need to use your MyPSC account. If you do not have an account, create your account to receive your Georgia certification number. After you register for the Health and Physical Education exam on MyPSC, create an ETS GACE testing account. Your ETS account lists the test(s) you are approved to take. You will register for the exam through your ETS GACE testing account.


You can register to take the subtests individually ($123) or combined ($193). Your test fee includes a $25 registration fee and a $28 test center fee. Individuals taking the GACE exam at an international testing site are subject to an additional $50 test site fee.

Test Day

On test day, you should arrive at the testing center 15-30 minutes before your scheduled exam. If you arrive later than the listed reporting time on your admission ticket, you will not be able to take the exam and your testing fees will be forfeited.

During the check-in process, you will be asked to provide at least one form of valid identification, which must contain your photo and signature. Once the check-in process is complete, you will be asked to place all personal items in a secure locker outside the testing room.

Once you are ready, the proctor will lead you to the testing area and provide some short instructions before starting the exam.

How the Exam is Scored

When you have completed your exam, you are given the option to report or cancel your scores. They cannot be reinstated if you choose to cancel your scores.

You should also receive an unofficial score report right after the exam. Your official report will be made available about three weeks after the testing window closes.

Passing Score

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC), along with local education committees, established the minimum passing scores for the GACE content assessments:

  • 220-249: Induction level
  • 250: Professional level

If you take the combined test and one of your scores is at the induction level and the other is at the professional level, you will be considered as having only passed at the induction level.

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How many questions are on the GACE Health and Physical Education exam?


There are 200 selected-response questions on the exam.


How long is the GACE Health and Physical Education exam?


The total time limit for the exam is 4 hours and 20 minutes.


What is the passing score for the GACE Health and Physical Education exam?


To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum scaled score of 220.


How much does the GACE Health and Physical Education exam cost?


The examination fee is $123 for each subtest (or $193 for the combined test).

By Eric Richter

Eric is the Product Development Manager responsible for developing and updating the Mometrix Teacher Certification and K-12 products. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s of education in Teaching ESOL.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: May 27, 2024