GACE Reading (117/118/617) Practice Test

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The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Reading examination is designed to assess the knowledge and skills of individuals seeking admission to an educator preparation program/certification in Georgia.

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GACE Reading Exam Outline

The GACE Reading 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 617). The the total combined time limit is 4 hours, and the total number of questions is 160.

Each subtest is split into multiple subareas.

Subtest I (117)

This subtest contains 80 selected-response questions, and you will be given a time limit of 2 hours. The questions are grouped into the following subareas:

I. Curriculum and Instruction (70%)
  • Foundational literacy acquisition and reading development
  • Curriculum and instructional approaches in the reading classroom
II. Professional Learning and Leadership (30%)
  • The relationship between literacy leadership and literacy development

Subtest II (118)

This subtest contains 80 selected-response questions, and you will be given a time limit of 2 hours. The questions are grouped into the following subareas:

I. Assessment and Evaluation (50%)
  • Gathering and using student data to promote reading development
II. Diversity and Literate Environment (50%)
  • How to meet the needs of diverse learners

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GACE Reading Exam Registration

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 Reading 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 about 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. 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 GACE Reading 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 Reading exam?


There are 160 questions on the exam.


How long is the GACE Reading exam?


The time limit for the exam is 4 hours.


What is the passing score for the GACE Reading exam?


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


How much does the GACE Reading 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 | This Page Last Updated: January 4, 2024