GACE Health Education

The Health Education assessment, offered as part of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, is divided into two tests.

The first test consists of 100 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the first test are mental and emotional health, sexual health, safety, and injury prevention. The topics covered by the safety and injury prevention subarea are: methods for promoting self care, safe behaviors, and injury prevention; how to promote community health; the characteristics of safe and unsafe places for play, travel, and recreation; and common causes and effects of accidents.


The second test consists of 100 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the second test are personal health, wellness, and nutrition; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and professional issues. Some of the topics covered by the personal health, wellness, and nutrition subarea are: the concepts of personal hygiene; the various factors that affect physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth and development; and the role of the body’s immune system. The topics covered by the alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and professional issues subarea are: the effects of substance use and abuse; the classifications of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; the appropriate uses of medicines; the opportunities available for health education advocacy; and how to locate and use valid sources of health information.

The examination must be completed within four hours. Test-takers will receive performance indices indicating their success in each subarea of the examination. Scores will be available approximately a month after the date of the examination; unofficial results are posted on the internet, and an official score report is mailed to the test-taker, the Professional Standards Commission, and the institution specified by the test-taker during registration.

GACE Health Education Practice Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT a function of the lymphatic system?

A: It secretes the hormones that regulate metabolism.
B: It filters out organisms that cause disease.
C: It produces white blood cells.
D: It drains fluids from swelling body tissues.

2. What is another name for exercise in which the muscle does not contract?

A: isotonic exercise
B: isometric exercise
C: dynamic resistance
D: isokinetic exercise

3. What is the name of the process through which cancer cells spread to the rest of the body by means of the lymphatic system or blood stream?

A: excision
B: mutation
C: metastasis
D: leukemia

4. What is the name of the blood fat that flows through the blood after meals, and is especially present when the diet is high in calories, sugar, alcohol, and starches?

A: triglycerides
B: lipoproteins
C: cholesterol
D: triptophan

5. Which is the most common form of HIV test?

A: Western blot test
B: HIV-III
C: Rorschach
D: ELISA

Answer Key

1. A. The endocrine system is responsible for secreting these hormones.
2. B. In this kind of exercise, the muscle exerts itself against a stationary object.
3. C. Cancers that metastasize place the individual’s life in serious jeopardy.
4. A. High levels of triglycerides are directly linked to heart disease.
5. D. The results of the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay are often confirmed with a Western blot test.