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.
All candidates seeking admission to an initial educator preparation program must take or exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment and be admitted to UGA.
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:
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).
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:
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.
Please visit ETS for more information about the testing fees.
Requests to change your test center, test date, or reporting time can be made through your ETS GACE testing account.
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.
Scores are generally available four weeks from the beginning of the testing window in which you tested.
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.
To claim your program, go to the MyPSC website.
Please note that until you are fully accepted into your program, you will not be able to claim your program.
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.
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.
Please visit the GACE website for more information about fees for the assessments.
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.
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.