Frequently Asked Questions About the GACE® Paraprofessional Assessment
- What is the GACE® Paraprofessional assessment?
The GACE® Paraprofessional assessment is for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals. It measures skills and knowledge in reading, math, and writing and the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction.
- Can the GACE Program Admission assessment for prospective teachers substitute a passing score on the GACE Paraprofessional assessment?
No. The two tests measure different aspects of reading, writing, and math content knowledge. The GACE Paraprofessional assessment specifically addresses the readiness of paraprofessionals to assist in content instruction. The GACE Program Admission assessment specifically addresses the content-readiness of prospective teachers of record. As such, the content on the GACE Program Admission assessment is far more extensive and cannot be interchanged with the GACE Paraprofessional assessment.
- What is the format and length of the assessment?
The 2½-hour assessment consists of 90 selected-response questions in reading, writing, and math. Approximately two-thirds of the questions focus on basic skills and knowledge and the remaining one-third focuses on applying those skills and knowledge in a classroom setting.
- In what language is the assessment?
The assessment is in English.
- How is the assessment given?
The Paraprofessional assessment is given in a computer-delivered format.
- How much does the assessment cost?
The fee is $38 and is non-refundable.
- When can I take the assessment?
The test is given by appointment at the convenience of the participating school district, Regional Education Service Agency (RESA), or other agency where the test is being administered, and the test taker.
- Where can I take the test?
This test is given only in participating school districts, Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs), and other participating agencies. Contact your district's administrative office or RESA for availability in your area.
- How do I register?
You must contact your school district, Regional Education Service Agency (RESA), or other participating agency administrative office to find out when the GACE Paraprofessional assessment is being offered in your area.
- What test preparation is available?
- How are scores reported?
You can view and print your unofficial scores at the end of the test. Official score reports are mailed approximately one week after the test date. Scores are also reported to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).
- How do I know whether I passed the test?
Your official score report provides your passing status.
- How do I know the score reported on the screen is an accurate score?
After finishing the test, you can view your unofficial score displayed on the computer screen. Official score reports are mailed approximately one week after the test date. During that one-week period, ETS rescores all Paraprofessional assessments as part of quality-control procedures. If there's a change in your score as a result of this quality-control check, ETS reports the new score (which may be higher or lower) to you and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).
- How Do I Become a Licensed Paraprofessional?
All Georgia Paraprofessionals must hold a valid state license issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). Georgia educators who hold a valid professional certificate may serve as Paraprofessionals without holding a specific Paraprofessional license.
You must be employed as a Paraprofessional in a Georgia local unit of administration (LUA) in order to qualify for a Paraprofessional license, which is valid for five years. In addition to employment, you must meet one of the following qualifications:
- Hold an associate's degree or higher in any subject from a GaPSC-accepted accredited institution;
- Have completed 2 years (60 semester hours) of college coursework above the remedial level at a GaPSC-accepted accredited institution with a grade of "C" or better;
- Hold a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent and have passed the GACE Paraprofessional assessment.
If you are interested in obtaining a Paraprofessional license, you must first seek employment with a Georgia school, which will require a criminal record check. Your certification application package will be submitted by your employer.