GACE School Psychology

The School Psychology 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: data-based decision making and accountability; school and systems organization, policy, and practices; and legal, ethical, and professional practice. The data-based decision making and accountability subarea covers fundamental models and methods of assessment and data collection; and basic principles of research and program evaluation. The school and systems organization, policy, and practices subarea covers fundamental aspects of schools and systems, including tools and strategies for school-wide learning. It also covers fundamentals of prevention and crisis intervention. The legal, ethical, and professional practice subarea covers fundamentals of professional practice for school psychologists. It also includes questions about fundamental legal and ethical issues in the field of school psychology.

The second test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the second test are: consultation, collaboration, social development, and academic development. The consultation and collaboration subarea covers general models and applications in the field of school psychology. It also covers principles of home, school, and community collaboration. The social and academic development and interventions subarea covers the development of cognitive and academic interventions and instructional support; fundamentals of social and life skill development and mental health intervention; and diversity in development and learning.

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 Psychology Practice Questions

1. What are the four criteria of creativity as measured by the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT)?

A: flexibility, intelligence, elaboration, and fluency
B: intelligence, originality, elaboration, and flexibility
C: fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality
D: fluency, originality, intelligence, and charisma

2. According to Piaget, what occurs during the development phase known as equilibrium?

A: schemata are proven to be inadequate to explain environment
B: responses to environment are adjusted to agree with schemata
C: schemata are adjusted to agree with environment
D: schemata become adequate to explain the child’s environment

3. What is the name of the instructional strategy that entails learning complex behaviors through a sequence of connected stimulus-response interactions?

A: fading
B: chaining
C: scaffolding
D: coding

4. Which school of educational psychology asserts that individuals react to their entire field of experience rather than to individual elements?

A: Gestalt psychology
B: behaviorism
C: Freudian psychoanalysis
D: classical conditioning

5. Which of the following is NOT one of Marcia’s four stages of adolescent development?

A: crisis
B: identity diffusion
C: moratorium
D: foreclosure

Answer Key

1. C. Fluency is the ability to come up with alternative solutions to a given problem; flexibility is the ability to adjust one’s ideas; elaboration is the ability to expand and refine ideas; originality is the ability to create innovative ideas.
2. D. Piaget maintained that learning is a struggle to achieve equilibrium.
3. B. Chaining is often used to build up to a complex behavior lesson.
4. A. Gestalt psychology arose as a reaction to the behaviorist school.
5. A. Marcia’s four stages of adolescent development, in order, are identity diffusion, foreclosure, moratorium, and identity achievement.