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Early Childhood Education Study Guide

ISBN Number: 978-1-68317-122-5

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1,063 Interactive Practice Questions and 419 Pages of Instructional Content!

Reading and English Language Arts

293 Questions with Explanations
70 Pages of Instructional Content

Word Analysis, Literacy Development, Reading Strategies, Writing Process, and Communication Skills

Social Studies

229 Questions with Explanations
122 Pages of Instructional Content

History, Geography, Government, and Economics


201 Questions with Explanations
109 Pages of Instructional Content

Mathematical Process, Number Operations, Geometry, Algebra, and Data Analysis


248 Questions with Explanations
37 Pages of Instructional Content

Process of Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science

Health, Phys. Ed., and The Arts

92 Questions with Explanations
81 Pages of Instructional Content

Health, Physical Education, and Music and Visual Arts

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What’s on the Early Childhood Education Exam

The GACE Early Childhood Education exam is a required exam for anyone wanting to teach elementary school in Georgia. The purpose of the test is to ensure that candidates have sufficient knowledge in all relevant subject areas to teach students from Early Childhood through 5th grade.

Taking the GACE Early Childhood Education exam can be a daunting task.  Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground.  This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare.  Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test.  In order to cover everything needed to teach elementary education, the exam is broken into two subtests–which are then broken into objectives, and further explained through descriptive statements.


Now that you have your test date set, you can turn to preparing for the exam itself. To begin, let’s look at the structure of the exam. The GACE Early Childhood Education exam in its entirety consists of 150 multiple-choice questions: 75 questions each on Test I and II. The test is administered via computer. Because of this, there can be a variety in the style of questions that are asked. You should expect to see three main types of questions: single-answer, stimulus-based, and cluster. You should expect most questions to require you simply to click an oval next to the correct answer. However, there may be questions that utilize the technology more. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on check boxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.

You Need to Pay for the Exam.

The Cost of the Test is $193

 ETS accepts all major credit cards for payment


The testing time for Test I and Test II is 2 hours each:


Reading and English Language Arts


Social Studies

Test 001

2 hours






Health Education, Physical Education, the Arts

Test 002

2 hours

Exam Objectives

Test I

Subarea I: Reading and Language Arts

Objective 1: Understands and applies knowledge of reading for literature and reading for information

Objective 2: Understands and applies knowledge of foundational skills to literacy development, fluency, and comprehension

Objective 3: Understands and applies knowledge of the writing process and uses of tools and resource materials

Objective 4: Understands and applies knowledge of speaking, listening, and presenting

Objective 5: Understands and applies knowledge of English-language grammar and vocabulary development

Subarea II: Social Studies

Objective 1: Understands and applies knowledge of information processing skills

Objective 2: Shows historical understandings and applies history processes

Objective 4: Understands and applies knowledge of government, civics, economics, and their processes

Subarea III: Analysis

Objective 1: Understands how to incorporate appropriate teaching approaches into classroom instruction for English language arts

Objective 2: Understands how to incorporate appropriate teaching approaches into classroom instruction for social studies

Test II

Subarea I: Mathematics

Objective 1: Understands and applies knowledge of counting and cardinality

Objective 2: Understands and applies knowledge of operations and algebraic thinking

Objective 3: Understands and applies knowledge of numbers and operations in base 10

Objective 4: Understands and applies knowledge of numbers and fractions

Objective 5: Understands and applies knowledge of measurement concepts and data

Objective 6: Understands and applies knowledge of geometry

Subarea II: Science

Objective 1: Understands characteristics of science

Objective 2: Understands and applies knowledge of Earth science

Objective 3: Understands and applies knowledge of physical science

Objective 4: Understands and applies knowledge of life science

Subarea III: Health Education, Physical Education, and the Arts

Objective 1: Understands and applies knowledge of health and physical education concepts and influences

Objective 2: Understands and applies knowledge of the arts (dance, music, visual arts, and theater arts)

 Passing Scoring

Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly.  See Registration and Testing section below for detailed information.

Registration and Testing

The first step in getting yourself ready for this exam is to complete the registration.  Some GACE tests are offered during testing windows that occur several times a year. It is important to register as soon as possible to make sure you get the date and location you want.  It is also a good idea to register early, so that you leave enough time for yourself to prepare.

Who Should Take The GACE Tests?

Anyone seeking certification as a highly qualified educator in Georgia must pass the GACE in order to become certified. Candidates need to pass the GACE if they are seeking admission to an educator preparation program, seeking certification in the state of Georgia, and/or seeking to become highly qualified in a core academic subject. Teacher candidates certified in other states must also complete GACE certification exams in order to become licensed in Georgia.

How to Register

Beginning to prepare for the GACE exam starts with understanding the test you need to take and the timeline for your preparation and testing dates.

  • Review the GACE Registration Bulletin to learn more about the specific details of the registration process.
  • Identify which test you need to take prior to beginning your study plan. See the GACE test preparation page to see which tests you must pass to gain certification.
  • Create a MyPSC account on the GaPSC website prior to registering. When you create your MyPSC account, you must use your legal name or the name that matches your identification for test admission.
  • Request eligibility from your preparation program. Examinees must be granted eligibility from an approved teacher preparation program. You can request eligibility through your MyPSC account. After submitting your request, your status will be pending until updated by your certification program. Additional information regarding eligibility requests can be found here.
  • Create an ETS GACE testing account to register for the test. You will register for test through your ETS GACE account, not your MyPSC account, so it is important to set up both accounts in advance. Create your ETS account on the GACE registration page. Once you are registered and know your timeline, you can work backward to create a study plan that fits within your preparation window. Test fees vary by exam, but range between $73 and $193 for single or combined tests. You must have a valid payment method available in order to register.
  • Select score reporting options. During registration, you may select school districts and colleges/universities to which you would like to send your score reports. You can send additional reports at a later time, but it is more efficient to select your recipients during registration.

Preparing for the Exam

It is important to develop a study plan as part of your preparation for the GACE assessments. Each test contains many content areas, skills, and question types with which examinees should be familiar. The amount of time an examinee should spend studying will depend on their familiarity with the content and skills assessed.

A general study plan should include the following:

  • Practice or diagnostic test: decide on a time to take a practice test to determine your current level of familiarity with the content and to see which areas you should prioritize in your study plan. For more information, see this post on the blog!
  • Prioritization of content or skills: based on the results of your diagnostic test, you will see the content areas or skills in which you are strongest and weakest. Your study plan should prioritize the skills, types of questions, or content areas in which you are weakest.
  • Schedule: only you can know how much time you should spend studying, but no matter how much time is required, you should create a schedule to help your plan stay on track. You may choose to study one hour a day for five days a week, or five hours a day for one day a week. The most important part of your schedule is consistency. It is easy to fall behind as distractions and other events come up, but maintaining a regular schedule will help you work around unexpected interruptions to your plan.
  • Study materials: determine which study materials you will use to prepare for the test. In addition to 240Tutoring’s study guides, you can also find sample questions on the GACE website.
  • Accountability: determine how you will hold yourself accountable to your plan. You may choose to keep a study log, to mark off study sessions on a calendar, or to set electronic reminders on a phone or device. Another technique that can be helpful when holding yourself accountable to goals is to share your plan with someone else. Consider peers or classmates who may also be preparing for exams, and make time to study together or check in with one another about progress. Consider family or friends with whom you can share your plan so that they can check in with you about your progress. The key is to build multiple levels of accountability into your study plan to ensure success!

What to Expect the Day of the Test

Arrival and What to Bring

There are several steps you need to take prior to arriving at the test site to ensure you are set up for admission to the testing center on test day.

  • Verify your test location and reporting time. Reporting times will differ from testing times, and it is important to arrive early to ensure admission. Testing times and locations may occasionally change, so log into your ETS GACE testing account 24 hours before the exam to check on any changes.
  • Print your admission ticket. Log onto your ETS GACE testing account to access and print your admission ticket. You must bring your admission ticket to the center with you in order to be permitted to test. To avoid technical problems that could delay the process, print your ticket the night before your exam.
  • Gather identification materials. All test takers are required to provide one valid form of identification, but are encouraged to bring at least two forms of acceptable ID each time they report to a test center. You will not be permitted to test without proper identification. For information about ID requirements and acceptable forms of ID, see the guidance provided on the GACE website.
  • Calculators and Reference Sheets are provided by the testing software on certain tests. Examinees may NOT bring their own calculators or reference sheets into the exam. The type of calculator provided varies by test. It may be helpful to determine the calculator and reference materials provided for your test so that you can study accordingly.

Online calculators are included in the testing software, so personal calculators are prohibited.

For more information about what you may or may not bring to the test center, see the GACE Policies  for test day.

Test Scores

Score Reporting Dates

Scores are released at the close of the testing window. Scores for the Program Admission Reading (200), Mathematics (201) and the combined Reading and Mathematics (700) are reported within 7 days after the test.

Scores for the Program Admission Writing (202) and the Writing section of the combined test (700) are reported within 28 days after the test date due to manual scoring processes.

For the most up-to-date calendar of score-reporting dates, see this chart provided by ETS.

Sending and Canceling Scores

When registering for the GACE, you will have indicated which institutions or programs to which you would like to send score reports. At the end of each test, you may choose up to 3 additional score recipients within the state of Georgia (included in your testing fee). Additional requests will result in additional score reporting charges.

At the end of a test, you have the option to report or cancel your scores. If you choose to report your scores to a certification institution, you will not be able to cancel them at any point and they will become an official part of your record. If you choose to cancel your scores, you will be unable to report your scores and they will never be reinstated to your testing record. Cancellation does not result in a refund.

Except for extreme circumstances, such as severe physical illness or overwhelming anxiety, it is not recommended that you cancel your scores.

Official Score Reports

Official score reports are posted to examinee accounts on the score report date according to the exam.  Examinees will receive an email notification when official score reports are available.

Understanding Your Scores

Your official score report explains your score and whether you passed or failed. Test results are reported using a scaled score.

Your raw score and percentage of correct answers on the GACE are converted to a common measure called a scaled score. A scaled score allows multiple forms of a test to share a common minimum passing score.

Your official score report contains information about your performance on your most recent exam and your performance over time. It also provides a detailed overview of the points earned for each section, as well as a Pass/Not Passed determination. For a detailed list of everything included in your score report, see the guidance provided by ETS.

Passing Scores

The minimum passing scaled score for tests or subtest varies. See the table below for specific requirements by assessment:

  • Content Assessments:
    • 220-249—passing at induction level
    • 250—passing at the professional level
    • At this time, passing at either level meets the Georgia Special Requirement to pass the content knowledge assessment(s) appropriate to the field of certification
  • Program Admission Assessment:
    • Passing score of 250

For additional help interpreting your scores, see this guide.

Retaking the Exam

In the event that you do not earn a passing score, you may attempt the test again. You must wait 30 days to retake any exam or part of an exam.

If you take a combined assessment and only pass one of the subtests, you will only need to retake the single subtest you did not pass. Once you have achieved a passing score on all subtests, you will have passed the entire assessment.

When registering for a retake, you should access your  ETS GACE testing account to register. In order to retake the exam, you need to re-register for the exam, so do so as quickly as possible. Take action immediately to be sure you meet your certification deadlines!

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