GACE English

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

The first test consists of 65 selected-response questions (80% of the test score) and 2 constructed-response assignments (20% of the test score). The content areas covered by the first test are reading for literature, writing, and analysis.

The topics covered by the reading for literature subarea are: the major works, authors, and contexts of U.S., British, world, and young adult literature; the defining characteristics of primary literary genres and of the major forms within those genres; how to interpret and analyze literary text; and literary elements and figurative language in text. Some of the topics covered by the writing subarea are: the characteristics of various modes of writing and the importance of purpose and audience; the characteristics of clear and coherent writing; and effective and ethical research practices in writing. The topics covered by the analysis subarea are: the central idea and key literary elements of an excerpt from literature; and analyzing a given piece of student work or a classroom situation to determine strengths, weaknesses, and/or challenges that need to be addressed.


The second test consists of 65 selected-response questions (80% of the test score) and 2 constructed-response questions (20% of the test score). The content areas covered by the second test are speaking, listening, language, analysis, and reading for information. The topics covered by the reading for information subarea are: how to comprehend and analyze informational text; the different rhetorical strategies that authors use in informational text; and how to evaluate arguments in informational text and how to interpret media and non-print text. The topics covered by the speaking and listening subarea are: components of effective speech, presentations, and oral communication in a variety of settings. The topics covered by the language subarea are: the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, syntax, and mechanics; variations in dialect and diction across regions, cultural groups, and time periods; the use of print and digital reference materials to support and enhance language usage; and commonly used research-based approaches for supporting language acquisition and vocabulary development for diverse learners. The topics covered by the analysis subarea are: analyzing the central idea and important rhetorical features used to construct an argument in an excerpt from an informational text; and analyzing a given piece of student work or a classroom situation to determine strengths, weaknesses, and/or challenges to be addressed.

The examination must be completed within four hours. Scores are based on the number of selected-response questions answered correctly and the scores assigned by judges to the constructed responses. Test-takers will also 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 English Practice Questions

1. Which of the following authors wrote in Middle English?

A: Gustave Flaubert
B: Geoffrey Chaucer
C: Charles Dickens
D: Alexander Pope

2. Which of the following sentences is an example of understatement?

A: Ask me if I really care!
B: Who knew that grass stains could come out of those trousers?
C: World War II created some discomfort for the Roosevelt administration.
D: Henry ate a ton of French fries.

3. Which of the following genres includes works by the authors William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Eudora Welty?

A: Southern Gothic
B: Postmodern
C: Magical realism
D: Surrealism

4. What is the name for the purging of emotion cited by Aristotle as the fundamental purpose of literature?

A: apostasy
B: catharsis
C: caesura
D: dilettantism

5. Which of these metrical feet consists of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented one?

A: anapest
B: dactyl
C: iamb
D: trochee

Answer Key

1. B. Chaucer worked during the 14th century.
2. C. Obviously, World War Two did more than create “some discomfort” for Roosevelt.
3. A. The Southern Gothic school of literature is characterized by decadence and macabre themes.
4. B. Aristotle believed that the emotion expressed in literature provides a useful release for the reader.
5. C. The word refresh is an example of an iamb.