GACE School Counseling

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

The first test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the first test are foundations and management. The topics covered by the foundations subarea are: the history and role of the professional school counselor; fundamental theories of human growth and development; fundamental principles of ethics and their applications in the field of counseling; and major laws and policies affecting students and school counselors. The management subarea covers the fundamentals of management.

The second test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the second test are the delivery of service and accountability. The delivery of service subarea covers fundamental theories and principles of guidance and counseling; and the role and importance of consultation and collaboration. The accountability subarea covers the fundamentals of program evaluation and data-driven accountability.

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 School Counseling Practice Questions

1. A school counselor notices that one of her students is failing several classes but is excelling in one. What is the most likely explanation for this scenario?

A: The student is autistic.
B: The student is gifted.
C: The student only has one good teacher.
D: The student has a traumatic family life.

2. What is the best description of the role of the student support team (SST)?

A: It provides discounted school lunches.
B: It assesses student needs and provides relevant services.
C: It makes sure that students have transportation to and from school.
D: It provides financial assistance to students who love in foster care.

3. Which of the following is NOT characteristic of a student who has been physically or sexually abused?

A: guilt
B: distrust of adults
C: intense interest in family privacy
D: gregariousness

4. When dealing with an unruly child, school counselors will often recommend avoiding open-ended questions. For instance, a teacher might ask “Would you like a blue pen or a black pen” rather than asking “What would you like?” What is the name for this technique?

A: controlled choice
B: implied attribution
C: circumscribed boundaries
D: limited efficacy

5. A school has five fulltime counselors. What is the best way for these individuals to coordinate their activity?

A: email
B: weekly meetings
C: by electing a leader to set tasks for the others
D: meetings called whenever necessary

Answer Key

1. B. Gifted students often are bored in their classes and receive poor marks.
2. B. Student support teams are responsible for finding innovative solutions to a wide range of individual problems.
3. D. Abused children typically have a hard time making connections with their peers.
4. A. Controlled choice reinforces the adult’s elevated status.
5. B. Most counseling authorities recommend scheduling weekly meetings to keep staff members abreast of one another’s work.