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Study Tips: Preparing for a GACE® Assessment

This booklet contains useful information on preparing for multiple-choice tests and constructed-response tests. The instructions, tips, and suggestions contained here can help you become a better-prepared test taker. As you probably know from your own experience in taking tests, good preparation is an important component of success.

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Reducing Test Anxiety

This guide provides practical help for people who suffer from text anxiety. Although designed specifically for GACE test takers, it’s useful for anyone who has to take a test. This guide reviews the major causes of test anxiety and offers practical advice on how to counter each one.

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Guide to Taking a GACE® Computer-delivered Test

This guide explains how to navigate through a GACE assessment and how to answer different types of test questions.

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Developing a Study Plan

A study plan provides a roadmap to prepare for a GACE assessment. It can help you understand what skills and knowledge are covered on the test and where to focus your attention. Creating a study plan will help you organize your efforts. Follow the steps below to create your own study plan.

  • Know what to expect: Identify the information the test will cover by reading through the test content specifications in the Study Companion for the test you are taking. The content specifications detail the knowledge and skills to be measured on the assessment.
  • Get the prep materials: Identify books, courses, and other resources you plan to use for each content area.
  • Establish a strategy: Organize, create, and commit to a schedule that provides for regular study periods. The study plan sheet will help you organize.
  • Study: Stick to your study schedule! Don't wait until right before your test to begin preparing. You can also join a study group and prepare with others who are planning to take the same test.
  • Practice: Practice taking the sample questions in the Study Companion to get familiar with the types of questions on the test and to find out where you may need to focus your attention.

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