PREPARING FOR THE TEST

The purpose of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®) is to assess the knowledge and skills of prospective Georgia public school educators. The GACE program helps the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) meet its goal of ensuring that candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of an educator in Georgia public schools. The GACE are aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for the P12 student curriculum (Georgia Performance Standards).

This preparation guide provides information to help you prepare to take the GACE as follows:

Understanding the Design and Content of the Test

The content knowledge assessed by the GACE is described in the test design and framework for each assessment. You may view, print, or download the test design and framework for any GACE assessment by selecting "Test Designs and Frameworks" on the GACE Web site. This section describes how to use the test design and framework to understand both the design and content of each GACE assessment.

Test Design

Read the test design to familiarize yourself with the structure of the assessment. The test design outlines the following assessment components:

The following example illustrates the information provided by the test design.

Annotated image of an Early Childhood Education test design.

Test Framework

Read the test framework to understand the content covered by the assessment and to determine your preparedness to test. The test framework for each assessment is organized into subareas, objectives, and descriptive statements as follows:

Test questions are designed to measure specific test objectives. The number of objectives within a subarea generally determines the number of selected-response test questions that will address that subarea's content on the test. Subareas that consist of more objectives will receive more emphasis on the test than subareas that consist of fewer objectives.

The following example from the Early Childhood Education test framework illustrates the relationship of a selected-response test question to the subarea, objective, and descriptive statement in the framework to which it corresponds. This same direct relationship between selected-response test questions and their corresponding objectives applies to all GACE assessments.

Assessment is 'Early Childhood Education', subarea is 'Science', Objective is '0019 Understand concepts and principles of earth science', descriptive statement is 'demonstrating knowledge of how fossils are formed and how they provide evidence of organisms that lived long ago', test question is 'Which of the following geologic deposits would be most likely to hold the fossilized remains of organisms?, answers are 'A. a sedimentary rock of marine origin, B. a large lava flow from a volcano, C. a thick layer of sand near a river, D. a granite boulder carried by a glacier'.

Strategies for Success on the Day of the Test

Review the following strategies to help you do your best when taking the GACE.

Follow directions Listen to and follow all test directions. This includes the oral directions given by the test administrators and any written directions.
 
Pace your work The test schedule is designed to allow sufficient time for you to complete your test. Before taking the test, you may wish to calculate the approximate amount of time you can spend on each selected-response test question and any constructed-response assignments so as to complete the test comfortably within the test session. Be sure to leave time to check your answers. If you are unable to answer a question within the amount of time you have budgeted for it, you may wish to flag the item and go back to it later.
 
Read carefully Do not try to save time by skimming directions or by reading the test questions quickly. You may miss important information and instructions.
 
Determine the "best answer" Your response to each selected-response question should be the best answer of the alternatives provided. Read and evaluate all four answer choices before deciding which one is best.
 
Guess wisely Your results on the selected-response section of the test will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly. You will not be penalized for guessing. If you are unsure about a question, use your knowledge of the content area to eliminate as many of the alternatives as you can. Then select among the remaining choices.
 
Designate your answers carefully Your responses to the selected-response questions will be scored electronically. It is very important for you to designate your answers carefully. If you skip questions, be sure to go back later to answer them.

You may wish to use remaining time at the end of the test session to check the accuracy of your work.
 
Respond to the constructed-response assignment(s) fully
and clearly
If the test you are taking contains a constructed-response assignment, be sure to read and respond to each part of the assignment. It is important for scorers to be able to understand your response. Also, make sure that you have recorded your response to the constructed-response assignment as instructed.

Preparation Worksheets

In addition to the preparation materials describing the test design and content, the GACE program offers the following worksheets to assist candidates in evaluating their preparedness to test: