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Understanding Your GACE® 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

Your score report indicates:

  • your score and whether you passed
  • your highest score to date for that test
  • the number of scored questions in each subarea and objective
  • the number of questions answered correctly
  • points possible and points earned for constructed-response questions (for tests with constructed-response sections)
  • a detailed performance analysis of your responses to constructed-response questions

All GACE test results, with the exception of Test II of the American Sign Language assessment (Assessment of Sign Communication – American Sign Language), are reported as scaled scores on a scale of 100 to 300. The Assessment of Sign Communication – American Sign Language is assigned ratings of 1 to 5.

Passing Scores

  • The passing standard for the Program Admission and Paraprofessional assessments is 250.
  • The passing standard for Test II of the American Sign Language assessment (Assessment of Sign Communication – American Sign Language) is Level 3.
  • The passing standard at this time for all other GACE assessments is 220.

The total raw test score on a test is a combination of:

  • the total number of scored questions answered correctly on the selected-response section of the test
  • ratings received on any constructed-response questions as assigned by two independent raters

The total raw test score is then converted to the scaled score scale for reporting.

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.

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.

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.

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