Planning to take the GACE? One of the best ways to build confidence before your test is to know how the exam is scored. We’re here to demystify this process!
This article will cover what score you need to pass and how to interpret a score report. We’ll also go into detail about how to prepare and what to expect on the GACE. We’ll tell you how long it takes to get your scores and how long you have to wait before you can retake an exam.
But first, let’s talk basics. The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators is Georgia’s state-approved educator certification assessment program that is designed to ensure teaching candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of a teacher. GACE assessments are computer-administered and offered either all year round or during specific windows, depending on the exam. Each GACE exam also has its own passing score.
How Are the GACE Exams Scored?
The GACE Content Assessments and ASLPI have tiered scoring. Tiered scores are those in which there are different passing rates for two different certification levels. There will be one passing rate for the induction level and a different passing rate for the professional level. For assessments that have more than one subtest, you must pass both subtests to meet the certification requirements.
Your scaled score shows how you did on your GACE assessment or subtest. You’ll also receive a “pass” or “not pass” score.
More information about GACE scoring can be found on the ETS website.
You can also find more in-depth information here about Understanding Your Scores.
What Score Do You Need To Pass the GACE Test?
I’m sure one of your main questions about the GACE scores concerns what score you need to pass. Each exam has its own passing score. We’ll look at what the passing score is on each GACE exam.
The ASLPI has a scaled passing score of 220 for an induction level and a 250 for a professional level.
Certificate Upgrade, Educational Leadership, and Paraprofessional and Program Admissions Assessments all have a scaled passing score of 250.
Content Assessments have a scaled passing score of 220-249 for the induction level and 250 for the professional level.
If your combined exam has multiple subtests and you score at the induction level on one test and the professional level on the other, you will receive the induction level for the entire assessment.
How Long Does It Take To Get GACE Scores?
Once you have taken your GACE exam, of course you’ll be anxious to receive your results. Let’s look at how long it takes to get your scores.
For GACE exams that have only selected-response questions, your unofficial score will be available to view immediately after completing the GACE. You’ll need to choose “Report your scores” during registration to have access to your unofficial scores immediately after testing. Unofficial scores are not available for GACE tests that consist of a mix of selected and constructed-response questions.
You can read more about GACE Score Reporting Dates on the ETS website.
What Happens If You Fail the GACE? How Long Do You Have To Wait Before You Can Retake a GACE Exam?
You took the test, you got your results back, but you didn’t pass … If this is the case, you’ll need to retest.
The good news is that you can retest, but there is a waiting period. You will need to wait 30 calendar days after testing before you can retake an exam. If you are retaking the Paraprofessional exam, you can retest 28 days after testing. With your detailed score report, you should have a good idea of the areas you need to work on. If you failed the GACE by just a few points, study the sections you didn’t do so well on and retake the exam as soon as you can. If you failed the GACE by a lot, we recommend you subscribe to our study guide and give yourself a little more time to really prepare.
Our study guide will provide you with hundreds of practice questions and multiple pages of study material to prepare you to pass your exam.
How Hard Is It To Pass a GACE Exam?
A GACE exam covers a lot of information and is used to measure your ability to be an educator in the state of Georgia. So is a GACE exam hard to pass?
The answer is yes, the GACE is difficult … but not impossible. Luckily, there are a lot of resources to help you pass.
The first step is understanding what the structure of the test looks like and what kinds of questions are asked. 240 Tutoring’s GACE practice tests and test breakdowns will help prepare you for what to expect. Read the test overview first and then take a practice test.
You can use your results on the practice test to help determine the best course of action. With the score breakdown you get from the 240 free practice test, you could then create your own study plan, researching the topics you don’t know, taking notes and then learning the material. Or you can just use our GACE Study Guides to help you pass. One subscription gives you full access to all of our GACE tests, including study material, flash cards, quizzes, videos and more practice tests.
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Hopefully, we’ve answered all your scoring questions and given you some resources to help you pass the GACE!
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