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Understanding Your Scores

Understanding Your GACEĀ® Scores

The following explains how to interpret your score report and what to do if you have questions about your GACE® scores.

Putting Your Scores in Perspective

Score reports include the following types of information for most tests:

  • The date of the test administration
  • Your scaled score
  • Passed/Not Passed determination for each subtest (if applicable) and whether the test was passed at the induction or professional level (for content assessments)
  • Passed/Not Passed determination for the assessment
  • Explanation of the two levels of passing standards (for content assessments)
  • Number of scored questions
  • Number of questions answered correctly
  • Number of scored questions in each subarea (if applicable)
  • Number of questions answered correctly in each subarea
  • Number of scored questions in each objective (if applicable)
  • Number of questions answered correctly in each objective (if applicable)
  • Points possible for constructed-response questions (if your test includes a constructed-response section)
  • Points earned for constructed-response questions (if applicable)
  • Analysis of your performance

Scaled Scores

Your score report shows your Passed/Not Passed status and passing level, if appropriate. Your scaled scores show how you performed on any subtest(s) of an assessment you have taken. Scaled scores are comparable across all versions of the same subtest of an assessment. However, scaled scores across different subtests are not necessarily comparable. The scaled score range and the minimum passing score are shown in this area of the score report.

Note: Your test may include some questions that do not count toward your score. These are new questions that are being tried out in real test administrations in order to collect information about how they will perform under actual testing conditions.

Passing Scores

Minimum passing scores for the tests were established by GaPSC with input from committees of Georgia educators. Some assessments have a tiered passing score, which means that there are two different passing scores for two different certification levels.

Please note that for assessments composed of more than one test, you must pass all tests for that assessment to meet the certification requirements. Once you pass one test within an assessment composed of more than one test, you will not have to retake that part of the assessment again.

American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)

The ASLPI is rated by a team of evaluators, and examinees are awarded an overall proficiency level on a 0–5 rating scale. These ratings are then converted to the GACE score scale of 100-300. ASLPI has an Induction passing score of 3 (GACE scale score 220) and a Professional passing score of 3+ (GACE scale score 250).

Certificate Upgrade Assessments (Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology)

The certificate upgrade assessments do not have tiered passing standards.

  • The passing score for the Curriculum and Instruction assessment and the Instructional Technology assessment is 250.

Content Assessments

A passing score for any GACE content assessment can fall into one of two categories:

  • 220–249 — passing at the induction level
  • 250 — passing at the professional level

At this time, passing at either of these levels meets the Georgia Special Requirement to pass the content knowledge assessment(s) appropriate to the field of certification.

If you take a combined test and pass one subtest at the induction level and the other at the professional level, the entire assessment will only be considered passed at the induction level. You must retake the subtest that was passed at the induction level if you wish to attempt to get a higher score and pass the entire assessment at the professional level.

Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership assessment does not have tiered passing standards.

  • The passing score for the Educational Leadership assessment is 250.

Paraprofessional and Program Admission

The Paraprofessional and Program Admission assessments are considered entry-level assessments and do not have tiered passing standards.

  • The passing score for both the Paraprofessional and Program Admission assessments is 250.

Subarea Scores and Score Interpretation

On many of the GACE assessments, questions are grouped into subareas that contain a range of objectives. To help you in future study or in preparing to retake the test, your score report shows how many “raw points” you earned in each subarea. Compare your “raw points earned” with the maximum number of points you could have earned (“raw points available”). The greater the difference, the greater the opportunity to improve your score by further study.

This information should be interpreted with caution since different subareas contain different numbers of test questions per objective. Greater potential for score improvement through further study is likely found in focusing on those subareas that contain more numerous objectives and questions, rather than on those offering a more limited number of objectives and/or questions within each objective.

Score Scale Changes

Test development committee meetings are held regularly to review existing test questions and to create new questions. Updated tests cover the same content as the previous tests. However, scores may be reported on a different scale, so requirements may vary between the new and previous versions. All scores for current and discontinued tests are valid and reportable for 50 years.

For More Information

For more information about how GACE assessments are scored, explanations of score scales used by raters, and answers to frequently asked questions about GACE score reports and scoring policies, download Understanding Your GACE® Scores .

See information about the Educator Ethics , Paraprofessional , and Teacher Leadership assessment scores.

See also:

  • Score Reporting Dates
  • Canceling Your Scores
  • Scoring Policies

 

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GACE Passing Standards

GACE assessments are scored on a Pass/No Pass basis. Passing scores for GACE tests are different from one exam to the next. Some tests award scores on a scale of 1 to 5, while others use a scaled system that awards scores of more than 250. In addition, select exams feature a tiered passing score, meaning that the test has two different standards for two unique certification levels.

For tests that consist of multiple subtests, candidates will need to pass all sections of a test in order to satisfy certification requirements.

Scaling System

In order to account for the discrepancies in test length and difficulty, GACE administrators use a scaled scoring system. This system converts a candidate’s raw score (the exact number of questions answered correctly) into a composite number that can easily be compared to other versions of the same subtest.

Assessment of Sign Communication-American Sign Language (ASC-ASL)

The ASC-ASL scaling system awards scores ranging from Level 1 to 5, with 5 being the top score. In order to pass this exam, candidates must reach at least Level 3.

GACE Content Assessments

The content assessments in the GACE series employ the tiered structure. Students can earn one of two passing scores. Scores between 220-249 will result in passing at the induction level, while candidates who score 250 or more will pass at the professional level.

Both the induction and professional levels satisfy certification requirements. However, candidates who pass one test at the professional level but pass the other at the induction level will have their entire exam listed as passing at the induction level. Should this happen, you may retake the subtest that you passed at the induction level in an effort to improve your score and pass the entire exam at the professional level.

Educational Leadership, Paraprofessional & Program Admission

Like the Certificate Upgrade Assessments, the Educational Leadership and Paraprofessional and Program Admission exams have a single passing score. Candidates must score at least 250 to pass these assessments.

Certificate Upgrade Assessments (Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology)

This exam does not feature a tiered system and instead includes a single passing score. Candidates will need to score at least 250 to earn a passing score on this test.

GACE Score Reports

GACE score reports are extremely detailed and include much more than just your scaled score. You can expect to find the following information in your report:

  • Your scaled score
  • Status (Pass/No Pass) for each subtest
  • Status (Pass/No Pass) for the overall assessment
  • Number of scored questions
  • Raw score (number of correct answers)
  • Number of scored questions in each subarea (if your test included subareas)
  • Number of questions answered correctly in each subarea

Studying for the GACE Series

If you want to improve your GACE scores and ensure that you pass, you’ll need to study diligently. Study.com has a number of engaging study guide courses that can help you get ready. These review guides contain interactive quizzes and video lessons. Check out our GACE Course Directory to get started. Our courses cover all three Program Admission subtests, as well as various Content Assessments, such as biology, language arts, history, school psychology, marketing, school counseling, and a lot more.

What is the GACE Test?

GACE stands for Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators. GACE consists of several different tests, and passing them is a requirement for all potential educators or administrators in Georgia’s public school system. However, the tests you have to take will depend on your professional intentions; read on for an overview of the different types of GACE assessments.

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