The purpose of the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators is to assess the knowledge and skills of prospective Georgia public school educators. The GACE program helps the PSC meet its goal of ensuring that candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of an educator in Georgia public schools. The GACE is aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for the P–12 student curriculum (Georgia Performance Standards).

The faculty and staff in the Department of Education strongly recommend that students take the GACE I test prior to completion of their freshman year. Please keep in mind students can also be exempt from the GACE should their SAT scores be a minimum combined verbal and mathematics score of 1000 or their ACT scores be a minimum combined English and mathematics score of 22.

Before registering for the GACE, identify which test(s) to take. Discuss this subject with an advisor in Education to be sure of requirements. The educator testing requirements for Georgia are available from the PSC. Please visit their Web site at www.gapsc.com/Certification/index.asp for information about:
  • Who must take the tests
  • Which tests to take
  • Routes to certification
  • Classification of educator certificates
  • Special Georgia requirements
  • For more information, please visit www.gace.nesinc.com

The college offers multiple resources to assist students with preparations for the GACE exam. Students can access the Blackboard Academic Suite™ through the Paine College website, which offers multiple study guides and other resources for students to access.

Other options available at Paine College are Student Support Services, Dr. Mack Gipson Jr. Tutorial and Enrichment Center (TAC) and the Mathematics Support Center. Of course, academic counselors are always available to assist students in finding the right method to help achieve goals in passing exams.