GACE Family and Consumer Sciences Education

The Family and Consumer Sciences Education 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: food science, nutrition, and wellness; resource management; and textiles and apparel. Some of the topics covered by the food science, nutrition, and wellness subarea are: safety and sanitation procedures related to equipment and food preparation, service, and storage; how food gets from farm to table; the sources of food contamination; how to plan menus and present food; the basic biochemical processes of food in the human body; factors that influence food consumption, nutrition, and behavior; and how to interpret nutritional information and data. Some of the topics covered by the resource management subarea are: the relationship of the environment to family and consumer resources; policies that support consumer rights and responsibilities; the effects of technology on individual and family resources and the relationship between economic systems and consumer actions; and resource consumption for conservation and waste-management practices. Some of the topics covered by the textiles and apparel subarea are: equipment, tools, cost analysis, and basic techniques for construction of textile products and apparel; the basic characteristics of textiles and apparel; methods of evaluating textiles and apparel; and the basic elements and principles of design as applied to textile and wardrobe planning.

The second test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the second test are: early childhood education and community services; family and interpersonal relationships; foundations and pathways of family and consumer sciences; and housing, interiors, and living environments. Some of the topics covered by the early childhood education and community services subarea are: the foundational theories of human development; strategies for monitoring stages of human development; practices that optimize human growth and development throughout the life cycle; and how to plan, conduct, and assess developmentally appropriate and safe early childhood learning experiences. Some of the topics covered by the family and interpersonal relationships subarea are: the factors affecting interpersonal, family, community, and professional relationships throughout the life cycle; the functions of relationships; the parenting styles and their impact on family relationships; the personal decisions and skills related to parenting; and the historical significance of the family as the basic unit of society, as well as present-day family structures. Some of the topics covered by the foundations and pathways of family and consumer sciences subarea are: the historical foundations of family and consumer sciences as well as the social, economical, political, legal, and ethical issues; general operational procedures required for business profitability and career success; employability skills and traits necessary for success in school, community, and workplace settings; and how to evaluate assessments to inform instruction. Some of the topics covered by the housing, interiors, and living environments subarea are: how interior and architectural designs of the past influence modern design; the elements and principles of design as applied to housing and interiors; the different types of housing needed throughout the life span; the environmental impact of interior and exterior housing materials; and how to communicate design ideas.

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 Family and Consumer Sciences Education Practice Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT a benefit of stretching?

A: improved range of motion
B: reduced risk of injury
C: relief from soreness after exercise
D: increased circulation

2. Randy wants to buy a new car. Which of the following actions should he take first?

A: look in the classified advertisements
B: pay off his credit card debt
C: decide how much money he can afford to spend
D: test-drive a car at the local dealership

3. What is the term used by the US FDA to describe a step in food preparation where control measures are absolutely essential to make sure that a food safety hazard is minimized or eliminated?

A: critical control point
B: hazard analysis
C: critical limit
D: point of sale

4. What is the primary health benefit of calcium?

A: strong teeth and bones
B: regularity
C: reduced risk of cancer
D: clear complexion

5. Doreen and Arthur have a dispute over payment, but rather than seek a third-party opinion they are able to resolve the conflict by themselves. Which of the following forms of conflict resolution have they practiced?

A: arbitration
B: litigation
C: negotiation
D: mediation

Answer Key

1. B. At present, research does not indicate that stretching reduces the risk of injury.
2. B. Randy should eliminate all of his debt before considering how he can pay for an expensive new car.
3. A. The FDA mandates that food manufacturers agree on the critical control points before implementing a preparation process.
4. A. Dairy products and leafy greens are excellent sources of calcium.
5. C. The other forms of resolution all rely on the presence of a third party.