Certification examination

Test your knowledge of superintendent competencies

The certification exam must be successfully taken within your one-year applicant period, which begins when your application is approved.

About the exam

  • The exam is closed book.
  • It has three parts for a total of 211 multiple-choice questions.
  • It must be completed in one sitting within the six-hour time limit.
  • You must score a minimum of 67% on each part for passing.

Scheduling your exam

GCSAA offers the exam once a year at the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show. You can take the test at that time, or you may choose to test on another date with a local monitor. If you chose this option, you and a GCSAA-approved monitor will arrange the time and place to take the test. Examples of appropriate prospective monitors include school counselors, librarians, clergymen, attorneys, certified public accountants and faculty members of secondary schools and colleges. GCSAA will mail the exam directly to the monitor, along with a postage-paid, certified-return receipt envelope for returning it to headquarters.

Retaking the exam

You may retake any failed part twice in your applicant period. However, if you fail to pass a part after two retakes, you will be required to wait one year before you may reapply to the program. Also, please note that there is a 30-day waiting period between exams, so you must allow yourself enough time to include retakes if needed during your one-year period. For this reason, testing early in your applicant period is recommended.