GACE Special Education Adapted Curriculum Practice Test

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The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Special Education Adapted Curriculum 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 special education.

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Exam Outline

The GACE Special Education Adapted Curriculum 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 583). The the total combined time limit is 4 and 20 minutes, and the total number of questions is 180.

Each subtest is split into multiple subareas.

Subtest I (083)

This subtest contains 90 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. Development and Characteristics of Learners (36%)
  • Human development and behavior
  • Theoretical approaches to student learning and motivation
  • Basic characteristics and defining factors for each of the major disability categories
  • The impact of disabilities on society, families and individuals
  • The effect of language, gender, and cultural differences on the identification process
  • Co-occurring conditions
  • Influences that may affect the achievement and development of an individual with a disability
II. Assessment (26%)
  • Effective evidence-based assessments
  • Definitions and uses of various assessments
  • Interpreting assessment results
  • Using assessment results
III. Foundations and Professional Responsibilities (38%)
  • Educational rights for students with learning disabilities
  • Professional foundations of special education

Subtest II (084)

This subtest contains 90 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. Planning the Learning Environment and Social Interactions (48%)
  • Curriculum development and planning
  • Managing the learning environment
II. Instruction (52%)
  • Instructional strategies and techniques
  • Grouping formats that ensure individual success
  • Facilitating the maintenance and generalization of learned concepts
  • Research-based interventions for individual students
  • Selection and implementation of supplementary and functional curriculums
  • Options for assistive technology
  • Transitions and transition planning

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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 Special Education Adapted Curriculum 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 on exam day 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 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 Special Education Adapted Curriculum exam?


There are 180 selected-response questions on the exam.


How long is the GACE Special Education Adapted Curriculum exam?


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


What is the passing score for the GACE Special Education Adapted Curriculum exam?


To pass the exam, you must achieve a scaled score of at least 220 on each subtest.


How much does the GACE Special Education Adapted Curriculum exam cost?


The examination fee is $123 for each subtest, or $193 for the combined exam.

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