GACE Geography

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

The first test consists of 60 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the first test are: geography literacy and tools; physical geography; and environment and society. The topics covered by the geographic literacy and tools subarea are: the fundamental concepts of geographic literacy and fundamental geographic tools and their uses. The physical geography subarea focuses on the fundamental concepts of weather and climate. It also includes fundamental concepts of physiology and biogeography. The topics covered by the environment and society subarea are: fundamental geographic human-environment issues, and geographic concepts of hazards and pollution.

The second test consists of 60 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the second test are: human geography, regional geography, and geography of Georgia. The topics covered by the human geography subarea are: fundamental concepts of population and migration; fundamental concepts of agriculture; and geographic concepts of culture, economy, and politics. The regional geography subarea covers the characteristics and perceptions of world and U.S. regions. The geography of Georgia subarea covers the physical, human, and environmental geography of Georgia.

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 Geography Practice Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT a type of material transported by streams?

A: neutral load
B: bed load
C: suspended load
D: dissolved load

2. In which of the following are the layers of atmosphere placed in order from lowest to highest altitude?

A: stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, troposphere
B: mesosphere, thermosphere, troposphere, stratosphere
C: troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere
D: thermosphere, stratosphere, troposphere, mesosphere

3. Which map projection transposes the surface of the Earth onto a flat plane?

A: conic
B: conformal
C: cylindrical
D: azimuthal

4. Which of the following is an example of secondary economic activity?

A: manufacturing
B: financial services
C: mining
D: agriculture

5. Which of the following countries is in the fourth stage of demographic transition?

A: Nigeria
B: Japan
C: China
D: Uruguay

Answer Key

1. A. The types of material transported by streams are differentiated by the size of their constituent particles.
2. C. Human beings live in the troposphere.
3. D. Azimuthal projections contain significant distortions.
4. A. Secondary economic activities are those that add value to a raw material by changing its form.
5. B. In the fourth stage of demographic transition, the birth and death rates are very low, and population growth is minimal.