The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) History exam 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 6th-12th-grade history in Georgia public schools.
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GACE History Exam Outline
The GACE History 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 534). The the total combined time limit is 4 hours and 20 minutes, and the total number of questions is 160.
Each subtest is split into multiple subareas.
Subtest I (034)
This subtest contains 80 selected-response questions and has a time limit of 2 hours and 10 minutes. The questions are grouped into the following two subareas:
I. World History to 1450 CE (40%)
- World geography
- The impact of global climatic and environmental factors on human history
- Structures and characteristics of hunter-gatherer societies
- The significance of early river valley civilizations from 8000 to 1000 BCE
- The significance and rise of the classical civilizations from 1000 BCE to 500 CE
- The spread of major religions around the world
- The collapse of empires from 200 to 600 CE
- The formation of new empires and political systems from 450 to 1450 CE
- The spread of Islam and its impact on political, economic, and social systems from 600 to 1450 CE
- The economic, cultural, and political developments in medieval Europe from 600 to 1450 CE
- The emergence, effects, and function of interregional networks from 1 to 1250 CE
II. World History from 1450 CE to the Present (60%)
- Causes and major events of European exploration and colonization from 1450 to 1750 CE
- The global cultural and economic impact of the Columbian Exchange
- The origins, development, and contributions of major new political entities from 1450 to 1750 CE
- Main characteristics and global cultural, societal, and economic effects of the East African, Atlantic, and trans-Saharan slave trade from 1400 to 1880 CE
- Characteristics of the Renaissance and the Reformation
- Characteristics of the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, and absolutism
- Causes, effects, and major events of the Industrial Revolution
- Causes, effects, and major events of political revolutions, independence movements, and unifications from 1750 to 1914 CE
- Causes, major events, and indigenous reactions to Western nationalism, colonization, and imperialism from 1840 to 1945 CE
- Main causes, major political effects, and major events of World War I and World War II
- Scientific, cultural, artistic, and social transformations from 1900 to 1945 CE
- Main causes, global effects, and major events of the rise of communism and of the Cold War from 1945 to 1989 CE
- The role of international organizations and the evolution of regional economic blocs in the 20th century
- Main causes, effects, and major events of decolonization and nationalist movements in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and North Africa from 1890 to 1990 CE
- The rising prominence of women in politics in the 20th century
- Causes and global effects of the collapse of communism in Europe and the breakup of the Soviet Union
- Global technological and economic changes in the late 20th and early 21st centuries
- Major genocides of the 20th century
Subtest II (035)
This subtest contains 80 selected-response questions and has a time limit of 2 hours and 10 minutes. The questions are grouped into the following three subareas:
I. United States History to 1877 (40%)
- North American geography, cultures, and peoples prior to European colonization
- Interactions between humans and the environment throughout North American history
- The reasons European colonies in North America were founded
- The impact of political and imperial conflicts on the colonies’ development
- The demographic and economic development of the British colonies in North America
- The social, cultural, and economic effects of slavery in the British American colonies and in the antebellum United States
- Major causes and events of the American Revolution
- Successes and failures of the Articles of Confederation
- The context that led to the writing and adoption of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights
- Major political developments in the United States during the presidential administrations of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson
- Causes and effects of US territorial expansion and the growth of sectionalism in the 19th century
- The emergence, development, and effects of the market economy in the United states
- Causes and effects of reform movements and religious movements in the antebellum United States
- Causes and major events of the Civil War
- Legal, social, and political dimensions from Reconstruction to 1877
II. United States History from 1877 to the Present (40%)
- The impact of industrialization, immigration, and urbanization on the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries
- Global patterns and effects of United States imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
- Regional developments in the Unites States in the 19th and early 20th centuries
- Changes in the economy, society, and politics of the United States resulting from Progressive Era and Gilded Age reforms
- Causes, effects, and major events of participation in World War I on United States society, culture, and politics
- Political, cultural, demographic, economic, and social changes in the 1920s
- Causes and effects of the Great Depression
- Goals and programs of the New Deal and their effect on the economy, society, politics, and government
- Causes, effects, and major events of participation in World War II on United States society, culture, and politicsOrigins, development, and effects of the Cold War
- Causes, effects, and major events for civil rights in the 20th century
- Social changes from the 1940s to the 1970s
- Major social policy initiatives and political movements since World War II
- Global technological changes in the late 20th and early 21st centuries
- Economic changes in the late 20th and early 21st centuries
- The changing roles of the United States in the post-Cold War world
III. History of Georgia (20%)
- Native American cultures in Georgia before European colonization and initial exploration
- Reasons the colony of Georgia was founded and how it developed
- The role of Georgia in the American Revolution
- The Georgia Constitution of 1777
- Georgia’s history under the Articles of Confederation
- Georgia’s role at the Constitutional Convention of 1787
- The impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on Georgia
- Key political, economic, and social changes in Georgia between 1877 and 1918
- The impact of events from 1918 to 1941 on Georgia’s political, economic, and social development
- The impact of World War II on Georgia’s political, economic, and social development
- Key post-World War II developments in Georgia from 1945 to 1970
- The role of Georgia in the modern civil rights movement
- Significant political, demographic, social, and economic changes in Georgia since 1970
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GACE History Exam Registration
To register for the GACE History 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 History 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 tests 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.
On the day of your exam, you should report to the testing center about 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 (cell phone, wallet, keys, bags, accessories etc.) 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 GACE History 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.
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 History exam?
There are 160 questions on the exam.
How long is the GACE History exam?
The time limit for the exam is 4 hours and 20 minutes.
What is the passing score for the GACE History exam?
To pass the exam, you must achieve a scaled score of at least 220 on each subtest.
How much does the GACE History exam cost?
The examination fee is $193 for the combined test.