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?
- Test Center appointments: The fee is $38 and is nonrefundable.
- At home appointments: The test fee is $68 and the reschedule fee is $34. If you cancel your test at least three full days prior to your test date, you are eligible for a refund of $34. See the Prometric® website for additional information.
- When can I take the assessment?
The test is given by appointment at a test center or at home or another secure location. At home tests are given Monday through Friday.
- Where can I take the test?
This test is given 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. It is also given remotely at your home or another secure location.
- How do I register for a test center appointment?
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.
- How do I register for an at home appointment?
To schedule an at home appointment, register online through your ProProctor® account.
Note: Before you register, be sure that you meet the equipment and environment requirements.
- What test preparation is available?
- When do I receive the unofficial test scores?
- If you take the test at a test center, you can view and print your unofficial score at the end of the test.
- If you take the test at home, your unofficial score will be emailed to you within one hour after taking the test.
- How are scores reported?
- Test center: You can view and print your unofficial scores at the end of the test.
- At home: Your unofficial scores will be emailed to you within one hour after taking 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 unofficial score is an accurate score?
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.