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The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) requires candidates to take the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) as part of the educator certification process. These computer-delivered assessments have been developed by the GaPSC and Educational Testing Service. The GACE entrance exam must be taken or exempted for program entry, and the GACE exit exam must be taken upon completion. GACE is for candidates enrolled in a teacher preparation program, or in school personnel programs such as educational leadership, school library media, school psychology, and school counseling, among others.

GACE Program Admission Assessment

Who needs to take the GACE Program Admission Assessment?

All candidates seeking admission to an initial educator preparation program must take or exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment and be admitted to UGA.

You can exempt with one of the following:

  1. Combined minimum SAT score:
    • For SAT score reports dated prior to July 1, 2019:
      • 1,000 on Verbal/Critical Reading and Math, OR
      • 1,000 on Evidence-based Reading/Writing and Math
    • For SAT score reports dated on or after July 1, 2019:
      • 1,080 on Evidence-based Reading/Writing AND Math
  2. Combined minimum ACT score of 43 (English and Math scores)
  3. Combined GRE Verbal and Quantitative minimum score
    (prior to fall 2011 = 1030; fall 2011 and beyond = 297)

If you exempt the GACE, check Athena to see if your test scores are listed under "View Test Scores." If your scores are listed, certification official Kate Character, will print your scores, and you do not need to do anything further.

If your test scores are not listed in Athena, you must request an official transcript or score report to be mailed to your address from one of the following:

Steps for submitting your document

  1. Write your UGA 81# on the outside of the unopened envelope and place it in another envelope
  2. Deliver or mail the unopened envelope with your 81# to the following address:
Kate Character, Certification Official University of Georgia College of Education, Dean's Office G25 Aderhold Hall Athens, GA 30602

Steps for registering for the GACE Program Admission Assessment

  1. Click on the Assessments link at the top of your MyPSC homepage.
  2. Select Reason Number 1 – I am testing to satisfy the Program Admission Assessment requirement (formerly the Basic Skills assessment).
  3. Select the Program Admission Assessment from the drop down menu.
  4. You must add the program you are enrolled in or seeking admission into as a score recipient. The code for UGA is 5080.
  5. Your testing request and information from your MyPSC account will be transferred to the ETS site.
  6. You can register online or by phone for all assessments. You will need your MyPSC account number handy in order to register for an ETS account.
  7. To set up an ETS account and register for the test, visit The GACE® Assessments website.
  8. Study guides can be found on the The GACE® Assessments website under Test Preparation Resources → Preparation Materials

GACE Content Assessment Registration for Students

This information is for students enrolled in teacher preparation, educational leadership, instructional technology, school psychology, and school counseling programs.

The GA Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) is Georgia's state-approved educator certification assessment program. The purpose of the assessment is to assure that the knowledge and skills acquired by prospective Georgia educators are aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for the P-12 student curriculum—the Common Core Performance Standards (CCGPS).

Can I take the GACE whenever I want?

  • Yes – if you are taking the GACE Program Admission Assessment (formerly GACE Basic Skills) OR if you are taking the GACE content assessment as part of your program requirements for an advanced degree which leads to initial certification. For example, MAT students do not need eligibility granted by UGA.
  • No – for candidates taking a GACE content assessment for initial certification. Candidates must be designated eligible by their program provider (UGA) to take the content GACE. UGA provides eligibility to candidates the semester before student teaching.

Requesting Eligibility

If you have not claimed your program in your MyPSC account, you will need to do this step before requesting a GACE Content test. For step-by-step instructions, visit MyPSC account.

Log in to your MyPSC account and select Assessments at the top of the MyPSC homepage. Follow the steps below to request or confirm eligibility to test:

  1. Under the Assessment Page, scroll to the "Active eligibility to test requests" section to look for any test that have already been granted eligibility for the GACE Content Assessment. If you see the correct GACE Content Assessment listed with the status as "Eligibility transferred," then you go to ETS directly to register for the test. See step 10 below.

If eligibility has not been granted then follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the 'Assessments' link at the top of the MyPSC homepage.
  2. Scroll down to find the reason why you want to take a GACE assessment.
  • If you are enrolled in a Georgia-approved program in an undergraduate teaching field, or in educational leadership, media, school psychology, or counseling, select Reason #2.
  • MAT and Non-Degree Certification Only candidates will select Reason #3. When selecting this reason, you must add the program you are enrolled in or seeking admission into as a score recipient.
  1. If you are enrolled in or have completed an approved program, you will see the list of programs and providers where you have claimed enrollment and your status for your eligibility to test for the program(s). If you do not see any programs and providers listed, it means you have not claimed your enrollment. See Claiming Your Enrollment Record below.
  2. Select the assessment for which you are requesting eligibility to test from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click the ADD button.
  4. Confirm your choices by typing "yes" in the space provided and then click FINISH. (You can click QUIT to cancel your selection.)
  5. Your profile and eligibilities will be transmitted to ETS.
  6. At the bottom of the Assessments page is a list of your active and pending eligibility requests and their status.
  7. Create an ETS GACE testing account. You will register to test through your ETS GACE testing account. The tests you are approved for and eligible to take will be listed there.
  8. Contact us if you have any general GACE questions or issues with requesting your assessment in your MyPSC account or if you are unsure about which option you should select for your testing reason.
  9. Contact ETS for any technical issues regarding registration and payment.

The name you use when creating your accounts

The first and last name shown in your MyPSC account must be your legal name, and must exactly match the first and last name on the ID documents you will present on the day of the test. See Identification Requirements.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the first and last name on your admission ticket match the ID documents you will present on the day of the test. Note: Hyphens, accents, suffixes, middle initials, and spaces in your name will not appear on the admission ticket.

If your ID documents do not match the name you use when you register, you may be prohibited from testing, your test fees may be forfeited, and/or your test scores may be cancelled.

Fees, payment, and refund policies

Please visit ETS for more information about the testing fees.

How do I change or cancel a test registration?

Requests to change your test center, test date, or reporting time can be made through your ETS GACE testing account.

Where can I find test preparation materials?

There are free test prep materials available on the GACE website—test center tour video, Study Companions, and the GACE Strategies for Success video are available for download. Interactive practice tests will begin being available for purchase in the ETS store this fall. Visit the GACE website at for more information.

When will my scores be available?

Scores are generally available four weeks from the beginning of the testing window in which you tested.

MyPSC Account

How to establish a MyPSC account

Go to the MyPSC website.

  1. Follow the screens to create your account. Be sure to enter your full legal name exactly as it appears on your legal ID (Driver's license or passport; NOT your UGA ID card) and complete all required fields.
  2. Your MyPSC account will assign you a Georgia certification ID number (GA CERT ID). A GA CERT ID is used for identification throughout the test registration and certification process.
  3. Print your MyPSC account information, so that it will be handy when you register to test on the ETS GACE website.

Correcting or updating your MyPSC account

It is extremely important to keep the information in your MyPSC account up-to-date because the information you enter is uploaded into the ETS GACE registration system. Occasionally, ETS and GaPSC staff may need to contact you in the event there is a last-minute change in a test administration's reporting address or reporting time. Keeping the information current in your MyPSC account—especially your phone number and email address—is your responsibility. By doing so, you enable ETS and GaPSC staff to contact you if the need arises.

You can update your mailing address, phone number, and email address by logging in to your MyPSC account.

If your name has changed, the name change must be reflected in your MyPSC account. Name changes must be made in conjunction with your primary ID documents. The name in your MyPSC account must match the identification document(s) you will present at the test center.

If you need to change your name, go to the GaPSC website, print out and complete the three-page application in your new name and either mail or fax it to the PSC as directed on the application.

How to claim your program in your MyPSC account

To claim your program, go to the MyPSC website.

  1. Click 'Program' in the heading in the MyPSC banner at the top of the page on the far right.
  2. Choose University of Georgia in the list of providers that pops up and enter your 81X#. Only enter the first nine digits of your 81X#.
  3. Your program information will show up on the screen and if everything is correct, click CONFIRM.
  4. If the details of your program are not correct, please email us.
  5. A message will pop up asking if you are sure you are enrolled in this program, click YES if the program information is correct.
  6. If you get the following error message, please contact us: "We did not find a match that you are enrolled at this provider. Please contact program provider or check back later."

Please note that until you are fully accepted into your program, you will not be able to claim your program.

GaPSC Ethics Assessments

The Georgia Educator Ethics Assessments are designed to both teach and assess knowledge of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators and ethical skills to guide behaviors and decision making.

Who should take the Entry Ethics Assessment?

All educator candidates who are enrolled in a preparation program and seeking an educator or educational leadership certification must take the Entry Ethics and Exit Ethics Assessments.

Teacher Education Candidates

How to register for the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment

  1. Create or update your MyPSC account on the GaPSC website.
  2. Click on the Assessments link at the top of your MyPSC homepage.
  3. Select Educator Ethics Assessment 350 from the drop down menu.
  4. Select Reason #7, I am taking the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry assessment, as your reason for testing.
  5. The GaPSC sends your profile and eligibility information to ETS. This step may take a day or two.
  6. ETS sends you an email with a link to the Educator Ethics System. It can take up to seven days to receive the email link. Check your junk mail if you don't receive the email link.
  7. If you don't receive the email registration, please contact us.
  8. Click on the link you received in the email to access the Educator Ethics System.
  9. Select Test Takers under Registration, follow the instructions to create your account, and register and pay for the assessment. See fees.
  10. You must add the institution you are seeking admission into as a score recipient. Your scores will automatically be sent to the GaPSC. You do not need to add them as a score recipient. The program code for UGA is 5080. You can add up to three institutions for reporting your score. Visit the GACE website for a list of codes for institutions.
  11. Once your registration is complete, you can access the modules. You may want to bookmark the URL for the Georgia Ethics assessment system as you will return to it as you complete the assessment.

How to register for the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment

  1. Create or update your MyPSC account on the GaPSC website.
  2. Click on the Assessments link at the top of your MyPSC homepage.
  3. Select Educator Ethics Assessment 360 from the drop down menu.
  4. Select Reason #2, I am enrolled in or have completed a Georgia-approved program and have obtained eligibility from my program provider to take a content assessment and/or the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit assessment. GaTAPP candidates should not ask for eligibility to take the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit assessment. UGA will grant eligibility at the appropriate time.
  5. The GaPSC sends your profile and eligibility information to ETS. This step may take a day or two.
  6. ETS sends you an email with a link to the Educator Ethics System. It can take up to seven days to receive the email link. Check your junk mail if you don't receive the email link.
  7. If you don't receive the email registration, please contact us.
  8. Click on the link you received in the email to access the Educator Ethics System.
  9. Select Test Takers under Registration, follow the instructions to create your account, and register and pay for the assessment. See fees.
  10. Once your registration is complete, you can access the modules.
  11. Your scores are automatically sent to the program provider who granted eligibility; you do not need to add them as a score recipient.
  12. You may want to bookmark the URL for the Educator Ethics System because you will return to it as you complete the assessment.

Educational Leadership Candidates

Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership – Program Entry (370)

  1. Create or update your MyPSC account on the GaPSC website.
  2. Click on the Assessments link at the top of your MyPSC homepage.
  3. Select Educator Ethics Assessment 370 from the drop down menu.
  4. Select Reason #7, I am taking the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry assessment, as your reason for testing.
  5. The GaPSC sends your profile and eligibility information to ETS. This step may take a day or two.
  6. ETS sends you an email with a link to the Educator Ethics System. It can take up to seven days to receive the email link. Check your junk mail if you don't receive the email link.
  7. If you don't receive the email registration, please contact us.
  8. Click on the link you received in the email to access the Educator Ethics System.
  9. Select Test Takers under Registration, follow the instructions to create your account, and register and pay for the assessment. See fees.
  10. You must add the institution you are seeking admission into as a score recipient. Your scores will automatically be sent to the GaPSC. You do not need to add them as a score recipient. The program code for UGA is 5080. You can add up to three institutions for reporting your score. Visit the GACE website for a list of codes for institutions.
  11. Once your registration is complete, you can access the modules. You may want to bookmark the URL for the Georgia Ethics assessment system as you will return to it as you complete the assessment.

Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership – Program Exit (380)

  1. Create or update your MyPSC account on the GaPSC website.
  2. Click on the Assessments link at the top of your MyPSC homepage.
  3. Select Educator Ethics Assessment 380 from the drop down menu.
  4. Select Reason #2, I am enrolled in or have completed a Georgia-approved program and have obtained eligibility from my program provider to take a content assessment and/or the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit assessment. GaTAPP candidates should not ask for eligibility to take the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit assessment. UGA will grant eligibility at the appropriate time.
  5. The GaPSC sends your profile and eligibility information to ETS. This step may take a day or two.
  6. ETS sends you an email with a link to the Educator Ethics System. It can take up to seven days to receive the email link. Check your junk mail if you don't receive the email link.
  7. If you don't receive the email registration, please contact us.
  8. Click on the link you received in the email to access the Educator Ethics System.
  9. Select Test Takers under Registration, follow the instructions to create your account, and register and pay for the assessment. See fees.
  10. Once your registration is complete, you can access the modules.
  11. Your scores are automatically sent to the program provider who granted eligibility; you do not need to add them as a score recipient.
  12. You may want to bookmark the URL for the Educator Ethics System because you will return to it as you complete the assessment.

Fees for the Georgia Ethics Assessments

Please visit the GACE website for more information about fees for the assessments.

Where can I find test preparation materials?

Before you take an assessment, visit the Ethics section of the GaPSC website and review the information and resources that are offered. You can also check your knowledge of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators by taking the Educator Ethics Knowledge Quiz.

When will my scores be available?

Scores are available immediately upon completion of the assessment. Scores will be sent to GaPSC about 7-14 days after completion of the assessment. You can see your scores under "My History" tab in the GaPSC Ethics System for 30 days. Upon completion of the assessment, you may want to print the completion certificate or save it as a PDF. You could be asked for a copy of the certificate as apply for jobs.

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