GACE School Counseling (103/104/603) Practice Test

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The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) School Counseling 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 School Counseling Exam Outline

The GACE School Counseling 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 603). 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 (103)

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. Foundations (80%)
  • The history and role of the professional school counselor
  • Fundamental theories of human growth and development
  • Fundamental principles of ethics and their applications in the field of counseling
  • Major laws and policies affecting students and school counselor
II. Management (20%)
  • Managing and evaluating school counseling programs
  • The role of the school counseling program in the total educational process
  • Designing, developing, and implementing a comprehensive school counseling program in a multicultural context
  • Managing various types of referrals
  • A school counselor’s leadership role in a comprehensive counseling program
  • Acts as a change agent

Subtest II (104)

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. Delivery of Service (80%)
  • Fundamental theories and principles of guidance and counseling
  • The role and importance of consultation and collaboration
II. Accountability (20%)
  • Fundamentals of program evaluation and data-driven accountability

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GACE School Counseling 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 School Counseling 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

You should arrive at the testing center about 15-30 minutes before your scheduled exam on test day. 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 School Counseling exam?


There are 160 questions on the exam.


How long is the GACE School Counseling exam?


The time limit for the exam is 4 hours.


What is the passing score for the GACE School Counseling exam?


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


How much does the GACE School Counseling 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