Test Site Procedures and Regulations

By attending a GACE® Paraprofessional assessment test administration, you are agreeing to abide by the Procedures and Regulations for the GACE Paraprofessional assessment outlined below, all procedures and policies contained in the GACE Registration Bulletin, the Rules of Test Participation, and/or any procedures or regulations communicated to you at the test administration.

Procedures and Regulations

The following rules 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 in cursive (not print) and sign a confidentiality statement at the test site. If you do not complete and sign the statement, you cannot test and your fees will not be refunded.
  • You will be required to sign the test site 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 one sheet of scratch paper that may be replenished after you have used the scratch paper initially given to you. You may not take your own scratch paper to the test or remove scratch paper or a piece of scratch paper from the testing room at any time, nor may you write on anything other than the scratch paper provided (e.g., 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 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.
  • If you need to leave your seat at any time, raise your hand; timing of the test will not stop.
  • If, at any time during the test, you have a problem with your computer or need the test administrator, 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.
  • The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) will be notified of any test takers involved in misconduct. Signature identification may be sent to agencies for verification. Also, test-takers' answers may be compared to verify score validity. This procedure does not eliminate the requirement for appropriate identification documents.

Dismissal from a Test

To ensure fairness to all test takers, the following testing guidelines are in place. Please be mindful of these guidelines, as you can be dismissed from a test administration and have your scores canceled by ETS if you:

  • Attempt to take the test for someone else or have someone else take the test for you.
  • Fail to provide acceptable and valid identification with name, signature, and photograph.
  • Obtain improper access to test content, a part of the test, or information about the test (this includes having test questions or answers in advance of the test administration and bringing preknowledge 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).
  • Use or have any prohibited item or device in your possession at the test site or in the testing room. If you are seen with any such devices, you can be dismissed from the test and will forfeit test fees and your scores will be cancelled by ETS.
  • Use 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, rulers, and any handheld electronic, listening, recording, scanning, or photographic devices.
  • Create a disturbance. (Disruptive behavior in any form won't be tolerated; the test administrator has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
  • Attempt to give or receive assistance or otherwise communicate in any manner with another person about the content of the test or answers during the administration of the test, during breaks, or after the test.
  • Remove or attempt to remove test content from the test site. (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.)
  • Attempt to remove scratch paper or a piece of scratch paper from the testing room.
  • Tamper with a computer.
  • Bring a weapon or firearm into the test site.
  • Smoke in the test center or bring food and beverages into the testing room (except when approved as a testing accommodation); see Testing Accommodations for more information.
  • Leave the test site during the test administration or during breaks.
  • Leave the testing room without permission.
  • Take 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.)
  • Refer to, look through, or work on any test or test section when not authorized to do so or work after time has been called.
  • Fail to follow any of the test administration regulations contained in the Rules of Test Participation, given by the test administrator, or specified in any test material.

ETS and the GaPSC reserve the right to take all action, including (but not limited to) barring you from future testing and/or canceling scores for failure to comply with test administration regulations or the test administrator's directions. If your scores are canceled, they won't be reported, and test fees won't be refunded. Further action may be taken, including denying, revoking, and/or suspending a teaching credential or certificate.


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