GACE Middle Grades Reading

The Middle Grades Reading assessment, offered as part of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, consists of one test. The test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the test are curriculum, instruction, assessment, evaluation, diversity, and literate environment. Some of the topics covered by the curriculum and instruction subarea are: major theories and research evidence of reading and writing processes and development in adolescence; the research and theory of learning environments that support individual motivation to read and write; and reading and writing approaches that are research-based and meet student needs. Some of the topics covered by the assessment and evaluation subarea are: the strengths and limitations of assessment tools and their appropriate use; state assessment frameworks, proficiency standards, and student benchmark; and identifying patterns in classroom and individual students’ data. Some of the topics covered by the diversity and literate environment subarea are: the ways in which diversity can be used to strengthen a literate society; the ways in which diversity influences adolescent literacy development; positive reading and writing behaviors; and effective use of technology for improving student learning.


The examination must be completed within two 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 Middle Grades Reading Practice Questions

1. When examining a short story in class, the teacher should take advantage of the opportunity to discuss:

A: topic sentences
B: irony
C: figurative language
D: thesis statements

2. When selecting materials for a seventh-grade class library, which of the following is the most important consideration?

A: All of the texts should be comprehensible to all of the students.
B: All of the books should have illustrations.
C: There should be a wide variety of ability levels and subject matter.
D: The books should be covered with dust jackets.

3. Which of the following is the most efficient kind of formative assessment for sixth-grade students?

A: independent reading
B: reading aloud
C: pop quiz
D: student-teacher conference

4. Which of the following would be the best activity for exploring the setting of a short story?

A: drawing a picture
B: free writing
C: role play
D: class discussion

5. Mr. King’s sixth-grade class is predominantly Native American. What kind of literature should he be sure to include in his syllabus?

A: world literature
B: English literature
C: cross-cultural literature
D: ethnic-specific literature

Answer Key

1. C. The use of figurative language in a short story is an appropriate subject of discussion for students at this age.
2. C. Students’ reading interests are unpredictable, so it is important to have a wide variety of texts in the library.
3. B. The process of reading aloud gives a good indication of student fluency and comprehension.
4. A. Students can explore the content of the story’s setting by drawing a picture.
5. D. Ethnic-specific literature is literature about a specific ethnic group written by a member of that ethnic group.