The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Special Education General 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 in Georgia public schools.
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GACE (081 and 082) Exam Outline
The GACE Special Education General 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 581). The the total combined time limit is 4 hours, and the total number of questions is 130.
Each subtest is split into multiple subareas. Take note that the subareas are not listed in sequential order. This is intentional, as it reflects the order that the subareas appear on the score report.
Subtest I (081)
This subtest contains 65 selected-response questions and has a time limit of 2 hours. The questions are grouped into the following two subareas:
II. Planning the Learning Environment and Social Interactions (52%)
- Curriculum development and lesson planning
- Organizing, managing, and monitoring the learning environment
III. Instruction (48%)
- Effective teaching strategies and techniques
- Effective uses of technology in instruction
Subtest II (082)
This subtest contains 65 selected-response questions and has a time limit of 2 hours. The questions are grouped into the following three subareas:
I. Development and Characteristics of Learners (38%)
- Human development
- Needs of learners with disabilities
- Influences on learners with disabilities
IV. Assessment (30%)
- Definitions and types of assessments
- Interpretation and uses of data
V. Foundations and Professional Responsibilities (32%)
- Legal definitions and requirements
- Ensuring the rights of stakeholders
- The professional roles of teachers and others
- Collaboration and communication
GACE (081 and 082) Exam Registration
To register for this 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 Special Education General 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 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 (081 and 082) 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 Special Education General Curriculum exam?
There are 130 selected-response questions on the exam.
How long is the GACE Special Education General Curriculum exam?
The time limit for each subtest is 2 hours (for a combined total of 4 hours).
What is the passing score for the GACE Special Education General Curriculum exam?
To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum scaled score of 220 on each subtest.
How much does the GACE Special Education General Curriculum exam cost?
The testing fee is $193 for the combined test.