GACE Middle Grades Language Arts

The Middle Grades Language Arts assessment, offered as part of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, is composed of one test. The test consists of 90 selected-response questions (80% of the test score) and 2 constructed-response assignments (20% of the test score). The content areas covered by the test are: reading; writing, speaking, and listening; language use and vocabulary; and analysis. The topics covered by the reading subarea are: how to critically read, comprehend, and interpret literature; how to critically read, comprehend, and interpret informational text; and how commonly used research-based reading strategies support comprehension. The topics covered by the writing, speaking, and listening subarea are: the fundamental characteristics of writing, including research practices; the components of effective oral communication; and how to incorporate teaching approaches, assessment, and diversity into classroom instruction. Some of the topics covered by the language use and vocabulary subarea are: the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, syntax, and mechanics; the use of affixes, context, and syntax to determine word meaning; and the use of print and digital reference materials to support correct language usage. The topics covered by the analysis subarea are: how to critically read, comprehend, and interpret literature; and how to incorporate teaching approaches, assessment, and diversity into classroom instruction.

The examination must be completed within two 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 Middle Grades Language Arts Practice Questions

1. A teacher is introducing a lesson on alphabetization. Which of the following word lists would be most appropriate at first?

A: human, eagle, apple, jellybean
B: rabbit, radish, rash, raffle
C: state, super, spoon, salamander
D: welcome, wallet, yellow, volume

2. Students are asked to compose an alternate ending for a short story. Which critical thinking skill is exercised by this assignment?

A: comprehension
B: synthesis
C: evaluation
D: application

3. According to language arts research, which important step in composition is most frequently omitted by students?

A: drafting
B: editing
C: outlining
D: rewriting

4. What kind of language arts instruction relies on the use of graded books of specially-composed reading samples?

A: literature-based reading instruction
B: word analysis
C: emergent literacy approach
D: basal reader approach

5. In which stage of spelling development might a student spell the word liberty “lbrte”?

A: pre-communicative
B: transitional
C: semi-phonetic
D: mature

Answer Key

1. A. To begin with, a teacher should start with a list in which the initial letters are different.
2. B. Synthesis is the ability to understand and reconfigure information from a text.
3. D. Most students do not take the time to rewrite their essays unless they are forced to do so.
4. D. The basal reading approach is the most common form of literacy instruction in the United States.
5. C. In the semi-phonetic stage of spelling development, spelling indicates some of the sounds in a word.