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Becoming a Teacher with a Little Help from GACE

July 24, 2013
A teacher prepares to take the GACE.

Tests are hard. No need to argue that. But when you come prepared and follow all the right steps beforehand, some of that stress disappears.

The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) makes sure teachers in Georgia have the abilities and knowledge to teach in public schools. As a part of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Georgia educators created GACE to measure teachers’ competency for the content being taught in preschools through the 12th grade using state and national standards.

To take this exam, you have to be prepared. Follow these tips to make the process go smoothly:

  • Make sure you have all the necessary documents by checking the Registration Bulletin.
  • Create an online account so you don’t have to fill in your personal information for each test. This account allows you to register, access the test and view your scores.
  • On the day of the test, be sure to arrive at the right location early so you don't start the day feeling rushed.
  • Remember that you aren't timed for each individual test — unlike the ACT or SAT you probably took in high school. Instead, you're given a certain amount of time (three or four hours, depending on if you're taking Paraprofessional) to complete everything. That way you can spend as much or as little time on different sections as you'd like.

Find more information, such as dates and fees, on GACE's website.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Editorial Director for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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