Post passing scores on the GACE® Basic Skills Tests - Reading (test code 200), Writing (test code 202), and Math (test code 201). These tests may be exempted if sufficient scores are obtained on the SAT® (1000 Verbal/Critical Reading and Math), ACT® (43 English and Math), or GRE® (1030 Verbal and Quantitative; after 8-1-11, 297 Verbal and Quantitative). Scores from different test titles may not be combined. For GACE® information and registration visit the GACE® website at www.gace.nesinc.com or contact the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson at 800-523-7064.
Note: The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson (ES) will administer the GACE® Basic Skills Tests through August 17, 2013, when Educational Testing Service (ETS) will become the new testing supplier. If you do not achieve passing scores on all three tests by the last administration of the GACE® program with ES (August 17, 2013), you must retake all tests with ETS. Information regarding GACE® assessments with ETS will be available on or after July 1, 2013.
Graduates of Georgia Teacher Preparation
- Basic skill testing (or exemption) is required as a part of Georgia approved preparation program entrance requirements.
For Some Nonrenewable Certificate Holders
- In order to receive either a GaTAPP intern certificate or a nonrenewable certificate under another alternative certification route in Georgia you must pass (or exempt) the GACE® Basic Skills Test. There are additional requirements for each style of certificate.
For Prior Certificate Holders
- If you hold a current or expired Georgia clear renewable (professional) certification, you are not required to take a basic skills test in Georgia.
For Holders of Certificates from Other States
- If you hold a current or expired professional certificate from another state or are being recommended for certification from a preparation program approved in another state, you are not required to take a basic skills test in Georgia.
GACE® Tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics:
Basic skill in reading is tested by GACE® test code 200, writing is tested by GACE® test code 201, and mathematics is covered by GACE® test code 202. You should carefully check the GACE® testing schedule to see whether the GACE® Basic Skills Test is offered in the afternoon session or morning session for your testing date. Click here to view the GACE® test selection information
Options to Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement:
Currently there are several ways to meet the Georgia Basic Skills assessment requirement:
- Having the required minimum SAT®, ACT®, or GRE® score. Actual scores, not exemption codes, are required.
- SAT® - 1000 on Verbal and Math
- Only scores from the official SAT® (English version) can be considered.
- For recentering SAT® scores prior to April 1995, click here.
- To obtain your SAT® scores by mail: Download the request form (_.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) and mail to SAT Program P.O. Box 8057 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. By phone: For an additional fee of $10, you can call 866-756-7346 to order archived reports.
- ACT® - 43 on English and Math
- For recentering ACT® scores prior to October 28, 1989, click here (requires Adobe Reader).
- If you took the ACT® before Sept. 2006, request your scores in one of three ways for $17 - By phone: Call the ACT® help desk between 8:30 and 5:00 CT. For an extra $12, they can prioritize your search and get the scores to you faster. Online: Request your scores online if you know your test date. By mail: Write a letter with the following info: name, Social Security number, date of birth, test date, where you want scores sent, current address, phone number, check or money order for total cost payable to ACT Records. The request should be mailed to ACT Records, PO Box 451, Iowa City, IA. 52243-0451.
- GRE® -The GRE® was revised in August 2011, and the scoring format has changed. Following are the required converted scores to exempt theGACE® Basic Skills Requirement:
- If tested with the old GRE® format (before August 1, 2011), candidates need a GRE® composite score of 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative to exempt GACE® Basic Skills.
- If tested with the new GRE® format (on or after August 1, 2011), candidates need a GRE® composite score of 297 on Verbal and Quantitative to exempt GACE® Basic Skills.
- For more information on GRE® click here .
- You can view your scores online free of charge. You will need to create or have a My GRE Account to use this service.
- Having a master’s degree or above from a GaPSC-accepted accredited institution. GaPSC-accepted accredited institutions are those that are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) at www.chea.org.
- Having passed all three parts of the Praxis I or posted a composite score of 526 on the three tests when all 3 tests are taken by March 5, 2007. If you need historical information regarding the formerly used Praxis I, please click here.
- Passing the three parts of theGACE® Basic Skills Assessment. The passing score for each part is 220. There is no composite or combining all three tests. Each must be passed.
Some other states' Basic Skills tests have been "approved" to meet the requirement if the candidate provides a copy of the test score report: The GaPSC reserves the right not to accept scores from other states. These States and Tests are:
- CBEST- Passing scores indicated on score report; used in California and Oregon
- CLAST -Passing scores indicated on the score report; Florida used it.
- CMME- used in Alabama. Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program - Applied Math - Minimum score of 4 of possible 7; Reading - Minimum score of 4 of possible 7; Writing - Minimum score of 3 of possible 5.
- FTCE - General Knowledge - (Florida). Passing score indicated on score report. (Subtests must all be passed in one assessment. Candidates cannot combine parts of CLAST and FTCE to achieve a pass).
- ICTS - used in Illinois - Has Reading, Language Arts, Math, and Writing subareas with scoring done as one test with 4 subareas; Must have a 240 score to pass and must score at or above each of the minimum allowable test subarea scores.
- LAST - Used in New York - passing score is 220.
- MTTC - used in Michigan; MTTC has subtests in Reading, Math, and Writing. Must pass (score of 220) on each section.
- WEST-B- used in the State of Washington – WEST-B has subtests in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Must pass each section with a passing score of 240.
Preparing for the GACE® Basic Skills Test:
Information about the test frameworks, reference materials, and sample test items are available for your review on the GACE® testing web site. Click here to see those study materials