Test Center Procedures and Regulations

By submitting your registration for a GACE® assessment, you are agreeing to abide by all procedures and policies contained in the Registration Bulletin, in the Rules of Test Participation, and/or communicated to you at the test administration for which you have registered.

The following procedures and regulations are in place to protect the security of the testing process. They apply to the entire test administration, which begins at sign-in, ends at sign-out, and includes breaks:

  • You will be required to write and sign a confidentiality statement at the test center. If you do not complete and sign the statement, you cannot test and your fees will not be refunded.
  • You may be required to sign the test center log before and after the test administration and any time you leave or enter the testing room.
  • The test administrator will provide you with pencils and scratch paper that may be replenished after you have used all pages of the scratch paper initially given to you. You may not take your own scratch paper to the test, remove scratch paper or a piece of scratch paper for any purpose from the testing room at any time, nor may you write on anything other than the scratch paper provided (i.e., computer, workstation, or ID document). The scratch paper is provided to assist test takers in working out problems and for appropriate note taking during the timed sections of the test. Scratch paper should NOT be used before the test, during the untimed sections of the test, or during breaks. At the conclusion of the test, you will be required to return all scratch paper, in its entirety, to the test administrator. If you are observed using any documents or unauthorized papers other than the scratch paper distributed by the test administrator, they will be confiscated.
  • Test takers are required to remove their eyeglasses for close visual inspection by test center administrators. These inspections will take a few seconds and will be done at check-in and again upon return from breaks.
  • Wedding and engagement rings and small stud earrings are permitted to be worn in the testing room after visual inspection. Test takers wearing large jewelry items, such as pendants or other hanging jewelry, objects and bracelets, will be asked to remove and store them before entering the testing room. Hair accessories such as clips, combs, barrettes and headbands will be closely inspected. Test takers wearing large hair clips or other objects in the hair such as buttons or other objects will be asked to remove and store them before entering the testing room. This policy has been implemented due to the many different types of spy devices that are now available for use to capture and remove test content.
  • If you need to leave your seat at any time, raise your hand; timing of the test will not stop.
  • In tests containing timed listening sections, once recorded material has begun, it cannot be stopped. Breaks should not be taken during these times.
  • If at any time you have a problem with your computer or need the test administrator for any reason, raise your hand.
  • The maximum time allotted for untimed sections prior to the test is 30 minutes. The untimed sections allow you to become familiar with the computer functions and will help make your computer-delivered testing experience go smoothly. You may not use scratch paper during this time. The time you spend on the untimed sections should not be for any other purpose. Infractions will be reported to ETS and the test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from the test administration if you fail to follow directions.

Dismissal from a Test

A test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from a test administration and/or your scores may be withheld and ultimately canceled and your test fees forfeited for any actions that violate the policies and procedures set forth herein and/or communicated at the test center including, without limitation, the following:

  • Attempting to take the test for someone else or having someone else take the test for you.
  • Failing to provide acceptable identification as described herein, including refusal to allow a photograph to be taken.
  • Obtaining improper access to test content, a part of the test or information about test content (this includes having test questions or answers in advance of the test administration and bringing pre-knowledge of test information into the test center in any form including, but not limited to, identification documents, prohibited devices, and any other method listed as an aid in connection to the test).
  • Having a phone, tablet, PDA, or any other electronic, listening, recording, scanning, or photographic device 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.
  • Using any aids in connection with the test, including, without limitation, calculators (except when approved as a testing accommodation), watches, books, pamphlets, notes, unauthorized scratch paper, rulers, highlighter pens, stereos or radios with headphones, dictionaries, translators, compasses, protractors, and any handheld electronic, listening, recording, scanning, or photographic devices.
  • Creating a disturbance. (Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated. The test administrator has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
  • Attempting to give or receive assistance. (Communication in any form is not permitted during the test administration. Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test administration, during breaks, or after the test is prohibited.)
  • Removing or attempting to remove test content from the test center. (Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test content be removed, reproduced, and/or disclosed by any means [e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically] to any person or entity.)
  • Tampering with a computer.
  • Attempting to remove scratch paper or a piece of scratch paper from the testing room or using scratch paper before the test, during untimed sections, or during breaks.
  • Bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center.
  • Bringing food, beverages, or tobacco into the testing room (except when approved as a testing accommodation).
  • Leaving the test center during the test administration or during breaks.
  • Leaving the testing room without permission.
  • Taking excessive or extended unscheduled breaks during the test administration. (Test administrators are required to strictly monitor unscheduled breaks and report test takers who take excessive or extended breaks.) Under no circumstance are you allowed to exit the test center facility during your break.
  • Referring to, looking through, or working on any test or test section when not authorized to do so, or working after time has been called.
  • Failing to follow any of the test administration regulations contained in the Registration Bulletin, the Rules of Test Participation, given by the test administrator, or specified in any test materials.

ETS and the GaPSC reserve the right to take any and all actions — including, but not limited to, barring you from future testing and/or withholding or canceling your scores — for failure to comply with any of the test administration regulations or the test administrator's directions, including the Rules of Test Participation. If your scores are canceled, they will not be reported, and your registration and test fees will not be refunded. Further action may be taken, including denying, revoking, and/or suspending a teaching credential or certificate.

Note: ETS takes test security very seriously. Although tests are administered under strict supervision and security measures, testing irregularities may sometimes occur. Please contact ETS as soon as possible after the test to report any observed irregular behavior — for example, someone copying from another test taker, taking a test for someone else, having access to test questions before the exam, or using notes or unauthorized aids.

All information will be held in strictest confidence. Reports of cheating or fraud will be investigated thoroughly and offenders may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

1-800-353-8570 (United States only)
1-609-406-5430 (all other locations)

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