On Test Day
- Cell Phones and Electronic Devices Prohibited in Testing Centers
Phones, tablets, PDAs, and any other electronic, listening, recording, scanning, or photographic devices are NOT ALLOWED in the testing center. If you are found to be in possession of one of these devices at any time, including breaks, your device may be inspected and/or confiscated for security reasons, and you will be dismissed from the test. Your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled, even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test.
- Leaving the Test Center Prohibited During Test Administration
You are required to remain inside the test center building during the administration and during breaks. If you leave the test center, you will be dismissed and your scores will be canceled.
Before You Go to the Test Center
Before you arrive at the test center, there are a number of important things you should do:
- Verify your test location and reporting time — Test locations and reporting times occasionally change. Although every effort will be made to contact you if there is a change, you should access your ETS GACE® testing account and view your admission ticket 24 hours before your test. If there is a change (e.g., a different building than originally scheduled), it will be updated in your testing account. On rare occasions, test centers may be closed or have a delayed opening due to inclement weather conditions. If you are scheduled to take a GACE test and are unsure if your test center is open, information about test center delays and closures is posted on this website.
- Print your admission ticket — Log into your ETS GACE® testing account and print a copy of your admission ticket. You must bring your admission ticket to the test center with you in order to be permitted to test, unless you are taking the Assessment of Sign Communication-American Sign Language (ASC-ASL) test. If you are taking the ASC-ASL, you must bring the authorization letter that was mailed to you with you to the test center on the day of your test.
- Assemble your identification (ID) documents — See ID requirements to be sure your documents will be accepted. You will not be admitted to the test without the correct identification documents. The first and last name on your admission ticket must match your ID documents (hyphens, accents, suffixes, middle initials, and spaces in your name will not appear on your admission ticket). All updates to your information must be completed through your MyPSC account on the GaPSC website prior to printing your admission ticket and reporting to the test center. To change your name, you must submit an application to the GaPSC and include appropriate supporting documentation. See the GaPSC website for further information. If your name has changed recently, see “Recent Name Change” on the Identification Requirements page.
- Review the general guidelines and the list of what to bring to your test center.
- An online calculator is available as part of the testing software for tests that require the use of a graphing or scientific calculator. You are encouraged to utilize the free tutorial so you can practice using the online calculator before test day.
- If you are taking the French, German, or Spanish assessment you are encouraged to practice using the alternate character toolbar prior to taking the assessment. These assessments require you to enter written responses on the computer. The alternate character toolbar tutorial lets you practice inputting accents and characters specific to the language being tested.
- Test-related information written on clothing, ID documents, or on any parts of the body is prohibited.
- Dress comfortably and come prepared for varying room temperatures. If you need to remove an item of clothing during the test (e.g., sweater), you will be instructed to place it in the storage area provided the test center at check-in. If no storage area is available, the item of clothing can be hung on the back of your chair. If you leave the testing room to go to the storage area, this will be treated as an unscheduled break; i.e., you will be asked to sign out/in of the testing room, show ID, etc. Note: The exam clock will not stop during this time.
- If you are taking ASC-ASL, avoid wearing black, dark blue, red, or white clothing as these colors blend in with the backdrop and may cause difficulty in scoring the recorded interview.
Watch these videos to learn what to expect when you take a computer-delivered GACE assessment:
- GACE tests are administered at various times throughout the day.
- You must arrive at the designated test center at least 30 minutes before the reporting time printed on your admission ticket.
- If you arrive after the reporting time, you will not be admitted, and your test fees will be forfeited. It is your responsibility to allow plenty of time to arrive by the designated time, regardless of whether there is traffic congestion, road construction, bad weather, car accidents, poor directions, or any other incident that may delay arrival.
- On occasion, weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the test administrator's or ETS's control may require a delayed start or the rescheduling of your test. Check the GACE website before your scheduled test administration for information about test center delays and closures.
- The test duration listed on your admission ticket includes time for tutorials and directional screens that may be included in your test. Actual testing time may be less.
- Test centers do not have large waiting areas. Friends or relatives who accompany you to the test center are not permitted to wait in the test center or be in contact with you while you are taking the assessment. Except for ETS-authorized observers, visitors are not permitted in the testing room while testing is in progress.
- Test takers on the testing premises are subject to videotaping, photographing, signature comparison, and other forms of ID comparison. ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of test content by using electronic scanning devices (e.g., hand-held metal detectors/wands). If you refuse to participate in these security measures, you will not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your registration and test fees.
- Phones, tablets, PDAs, and other electronic, listening, recording, scanning, or photographic devices are not allowed in the test center. If you are found to be in possession of any of these devices before, during, or after the test administration, your device may be inspected and/or confiscated, and you will be dismissed from the test. Your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled, even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test.
- Watches are not allowed in the test room; you will be asked to remove your watch and store it during the administration.
- Food, beverages, and tobacco are not allowed in the testing room.
- Personal items other than identification documents are not allowed in the testing room. You will be required to follow the procedures set by the test center for storage of your personal belongings. You may also be asked to empty your pockets. Storage space is limited, so plan accordingly. You will not have access to your personal items during the test. Personal items such as hats and headwear, scarves, jackets, and outerwear that are taken into the test room are subject to inspection by the test administrator. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the test and/or cancellation of scores.
- Neither ETS nor the test centers assume any responsibility whatsoever for personal items or devices that you choose to bring into the test center. Test administrators are not permitted to collect and hold phones, watches, or any other devices.
- You may not use any aids in connection with the test, including, without limitation, pens, pagers, beepers, watches, calculators (except where approved as a testing accommodation), books, pamphlets, notes, unauthorized scratch paper, rulers, highlighter pens, scan pens, stereos or radios with headphones, dictionaries, translators, compasses, protractors, and any handheld electronic, listening, recording, scanning, or photographic devices.
- If you have health-related needs that require you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to follow the accommodations request procedures in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs.
- The test administrator will assign you a seat.
- You must have the test administrator's permission to leave the room during the test. Any time lost cannot be made up.
- You are required to remain inside the test center building. If you leave the test center during the administration or during breaks, you will be dismissed and your scores will be canceled.
- Your test may include exit evaluation questions. These questions are not scored and relate to your overall testing experience; your responses to these questions provide ETS with valuable information for future program enhancements.
- Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test administration, during breaks, or after the test is prohibited.
- On occasion, weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the test center or ETS's control may require a delayed start or the rescheduling of your test.
- ETS and the GaPSC reserve the right to take appropriate action and/or notify appropriate authorities including, but not limited to, law enforcement authorities, if a test taker responds in a threatening or disturbing way to essay or speaking questions, or communicates with ETS or other individuals either verbally or in writing in a threatening or disturbing manner.