All teacher education program candidates must satisfy a basic skills requirement prior to admission to teacher education. This requirement may be satisfied by passing the GACE Basic Skills Assessment, or by exempting the basic skills requirement with other testing (please see below). Candidates unable to satisfy the basic skills requirement will not be permitted to enroll in professional education courses. Please note that the basic skills requirement for admission to teacher education cannot be appealed. It is recommended that the basic skills requirement be met at least one semester prior to applying for admission to teacher education.
Registering for the GACE Basic Skills Assessment
Registration and information for the GACE Basic Skills Assessment is provided on-line at:
Preparing for the GACE Basic Skills Assessment
Information about the test frameworks, reference materials and sample test items are available for your review on the GACE testing web site at:
How to Exempt Basic Skills Testing
Basic skills testing may be exempted if high enough scores are obtained on the SAT, ACT or GRE. Exemptions scores are as follows:
- SAT exemptions: minimum combined critical reading/verbal and mathematics score of 1000
- GRE exemption: minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 1030
- ACT exemption: minimum combined English and mathematics score of 43.
SAT scores taken prior to April, 1995, and ACT scores taken prior to October 28, 1989, can be recentered. Recentered scores are generally higher than those reported to you at the time you took the test. SAT and ACT recentering information is available at:
http://www.gapsc.com/EducatorPreparation/Assessment/SATRecentering.asp and http://www.gapsc.com/EducatorPreparation/Assessment/Documents/ACTRecentering.pdf.
SAT and ACT scores may be obtained by the following means:
- Most high school transcripts reflect SAT and ACT scores
- ACT score reports may be ordered at: http://www.actstudent.org/scores/send/
- SAT score reports may be ordered at: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/scores/sending.html
Prior to September 1, 2006, the required basic skills assessment was the Praxis I exam. See below for Praxis I pass rates:
Reading - 176
Writing - 174
Mathematics - 176
Passing Composite Score: 526 (A composite score must consist of one score from each of the three testing areas of reading, mathematics, and writing, but the scores can come from either style of test, CPPST or PPST.)