GACE Paraprofessional (177) Practice Test

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) uses the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment for individuals who are looking to become a paraprofessional in the state of Georgia or are already practicing as one.

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Exam Outline Review

The GACE Paraprofessional exam contains 90 selected-response questions and has a 2-hour time limit.

The exam is split into three subareas:

I. Reading

The questions in this subarea are grouped into three categories.

Reading Skills and Knowledge
These questions are based on reading passages, graphs, tables, and charts, and test your ability to do the following:

  • Identify the main idea
  • Distinguish between facts and opinions
  • Identify supporting ideas
  • Draw inferences or implications
  • Interpret data from diagrams, graphs, charts, and tables
  • Define words or phrases in context
  • Identify how a passage is organized

Reading Application
These questions are based on classroom scenarios and generally assess the foundations of reading. You will be tested on your ability to help students do the following:

  • Distinguish between homonyms, synonyms, and antonyms
  • Break down words into parts
  • Place words in alphabetical order
  • Sound out words
  • Decode words or phrases

Tools of the Reading Process
These questions are based on strategies that aid students’ reading skills in the classroom. You will be tested on your ability to do the following:

  • Help students use a dictionary
  • Help students use prereading strategies
  • Accurately observe how well students are understanding and interpreting text
  • Help students understand a text by asking questions about the material
  • Interpret written directions

II. Mathematics

The questions in this subarea are grouped into two categories.

Mathematics Skills and Knowledge
These questions are designed to test your knowledge of math concepts and your ability to apply these concepts to real-world and abstract situations. There are three categories of math skills covered by these questions:

  1. Number sense and basic algebra
  2. Geometry and measurement
  3. Data analysis

Mathematics Application
These questions assess your ability to apply the concepts covered in the Mathematics Skills and Knowledge category.

III. Writing

The questions in this subarea are grouped into two categories.

Writing Skills and Knowledge
These questions assess your ability to identify the following:

  • Punctuation errors
  • Word usage errors
  • Spelling errors
  • Basic grammatical errors
  • Parts of a sentence
  • Parts of speech

Writing Application
These questions are based on classroom scenarios and assess various aspects of the writing process and the application of writing for various purposes.

exam outline for the GACE Paraprofessional assessment, which contains 90 selected-response questions and has a time limit of 2 hours

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To register for the GACE 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 Paraprofessional Assessment on MyPSC, you will need to create an ETS GACE testing account and complete the registration process.

The testing fee for test-center appointments is $38, while the fee for Prometric and remote appointments is $68.

Test Day

In-person Testing

You should arrive 15-30 minutes early to the testing center on exam day, which will leave time for the check-in process to take place. This process involves checking your ID and signing a confidentiality form.

Once you are checked in, you will be asked to place all personal or prohibited items in a secure locker outside the testing area, and you will be given a piece of scratch paper and two pencils to take notes with during the exam.

Once you are ready, the proctor will lead you to the testing station and provide a brief introduction to the testing system before the exam begins.

Remote Testing

Before you check in for your test, you must clear your table/desk of electronics, resource materials, books, and recording devices. The only things allowed in your testing area are one piece of scratch paper and two pencils.

The remote proctor will first ask you to show your ID. They will then ask you to scan your room with your webcam to show that you have no prohibited items in the area.

Once the proctor is satisfied that the remote testing requirements are met, they will walk you through the examination process and help you begin your exam.

How the Exam is Scored

Your GACE Paraprofessional score is determined using a scaled scoring method. This method takes your raw score, which is how many questions you answered correctly, and converts it to a scaled score. To pass the exam, you need a minimum scaled score of 250.

You will receive an unofficial score report immediately following your exam. Your official score report will be available via your ETS GACE testing account.

Retaking the Exam

If you wish to retake the exam, you must wait a minimum of 30 days before registering for a new appointment. You will need to pay the examination fee in full for every retake.

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How many questions are on the GACE Paraprofessional exam?

There are 90 selected-response questions on the exam.

How long is the GACE Paraprofessional exam?

The time limit for the exam is 2 hours.

What is the passing score for the GACE Paraprofessional exam?

To pass the exam, you must achieve a scaled score of at least 250.

How much does the GACE Paraprofessional exam cost?

The examination fee is $28 for test-center appointments and $68 for Prometric and remote testing appointments.

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 | This Page Last Updated: March 8, 2023