GACE Program Admission

GACE Program Admission (200, 201, 202,700)

The GACE Program Admission assessment is required of all candidates desiring to teach grade levels P-12 in the state of Georgia. This assessment ensures that all teacher candidates have the basic academic skills needed to have a successful career in education. The assessment consists of three tests. Each of the three tests can be taken individually or all three can be taken in a single session.

Test 1 is the Program Admission Reading test (200) which assesses reading skills determined necessary for success in educator preparation programs. These skills are evaluated by answering questions about written passages of varying length, content, and degree of difficulty. The 56 selected-response questions on this test come from three content subareas. In the Key Ideas and Details subarea (35%) you will read several passages and draw inferences and implications, identify key ideas, identify interactions between individuals and events, and determine how details from the text conveys the authors argument. In the Craft, Structure, and Language Skills subarea (30%) you will read several passages and need to identify tone or meaning, key transition words, organization of the text, determine pieces of information within the text that supports the author’s argument, determine whether information within the text is fact or opinion, and determine word meanings. In the Integration of Knowledge and Ideas subarea (35%) you will analyze written passages in different formats, identify arguments within the text and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of those arguments. You will have a total of two hours to complete this test.

Test 2 is the Program Admission Mathematics test (201) which assesses math skills determined necessary for success in educator preparation programs. The 56 selected-response questions on this test come from four subareas. The Number and Quantity subarea (30%) includes problem solving with ratios and proportional relationships, multiplication and division with fractions, rational numbers, radicals and integer exponents, and quantities. The Algebra and Functions subarea (30%) includes solving algebraic expressions, linear equations, inequalities, and functions. The Geometry subarea (20%) requires drawing, constructing, and describing geometrical figures, describing relationships between geometrical figures, the Pythagorean Theorem, theorems about circles, angle measurement, area, surface area, volume, and modeling. The Statistics and Probability subarea (20%) assesses knowledge of statistical variability, distributions, random sampling, probability models, patterns associated with bivariate data, categorical and quantitative data, and evaluating data to make inferences, justify conclusions, and make decisions. The total duration of this test is two hours.

Test 3 is the Program Admission Writing test (202) which assesses writing skills determined necessary for success in educator preparation programs. This test consists of 40 selected-response questions and two constructed-response questions. This test consists of two subareas. The subarea Text Types, Purposes, and Production (60%) includes the two essay questions. The first essay will be an argumentative essay where you will need to support a claim using sufficient evidence. The second essay will be an informative/explanatory essay. You will then have time to revise and edit your writings. The second subarea, Language Skills (40%) evaluates your grasp of English grammar including grammatical relationships, grammar structure, word choice, editing, capitalization, and punctuation. This subarea will also assesses your research skills and strategies. The total duration of this test is 2 hours.

If you take all three tests in a single session (test code 700), you will have a total of five hours to complete the test.

These tests cover a lot of material but are necessary to start you on your path to becoming a teacher in the state of Georgia. Mometrix, the world’s #1 test preparation company, has developed the GACE Program Admission practice test which covers the same content as the actual test and includes answers and detailed explanations of those answers. Your path to success begins here!

GACE Program Admission Practice Questions

MATH

1. Cassandra must average at least 70 on three math tests to get a passing grade. Her scores on the first two tests were 64 and 80. What is the minimum score she must get on the third test in order to pass?

A: 70
B: 74
C: 72
D: 66

2. What is the least common denominator for the fractions 1/15, 1/21, and 1/14?

A: 5
B: 210
C: 140
D: 91


3. The area of a circle is 8*pi. What is the length of the radius?

A: 2*sqrt(2)
B: 4
C: 8
D: 3*sqrt(2)
WRITING

For Question 4, choose the most appropriate word or phrase to complete the sentence.

4. The cambium, a layer of _________ tissue between the bark and wood of trees, gives rise to new growth through cell division.

A: redactive
B: generative
C: inactive
D: reproductive

For Questions 5 and 6, choose the option corresponding to the word or phrase that expresses the meaning most fluently and logically. In each case, the first choice represents no change from the original text.

5. What is irksome about Antoinette is that she chooses to metal constantly in the affairs of other people.

A: she chooses to metal constantly
B: she chooses to medal constantly
C: she chooses to meddle constantly
D: she mettles constantly
6. I intend either to go on vacation in June or July.

A: either to go on vacation in June or July.
B: either to go on vacation during June or July.
C: to go on vacation in either June or in July.
D: to go on vacation in either June or July.

READING COMPREHENSION

Questions 8 — 11 refer to the following passage:

Some wine aficionados prize the flavor of oak, usually imparted to the beverage through aging in wooden barrels. An alternative process, aging in metal casks with macerated wood chips, provides a stronger wood flavor in less time and therefore is less expensive. To test consumer preferences for wines processed in this manner, a survey of 618 people living in several East Coast cities was conducted early last year. Participants took a blind taste test of three samples of Oregon Pinot Noir. One sample was aged using macerated wood chips, one sample was aged under oak, and a third sample, the control, was aged in a metal tank. A questionnaire then asked subjects to rate the wines and then asked a variety of other questions aimed at categorizing their consumption habits.

Although a variety of factors influenced wine preference, the test exposed a pattern concerning a preference for strongly wood-flavored wines. A large proportion of those persons interviewed (45%) did not care for the tannic wines. However, a sizable minority of 25% especially liked them very much, and preferred the tannic wines to the other samples. Younger consumers particularly fell into this category. Connoisseurs reported greater appreciation for wines aged “under oak,” or in normal oak barrels.

Many high quality wines are aged under oak today. Nonetheless, this process is time consuming; as a result, it makes wines more expensive. This survey demonstrated that price is very important in the buying decision, especially for people without extensive knowledge regarding wine. Many consumers are more concerned with price differences than with subtle differences in flavor. This trend defines a market segment that might be well-served by wines aged with wood chips.

7. The main purpose of this passage is to describe

A: the process of aging wine with wood chips.
B: consumer preferences in wines.
C: the importance of price in wine marketing.
D: a survey that tested consumer preferences.

8. The word “macerated” is closest in meaning to

A: reduced
B: liquefied
C: persecuted
D: facilitated

9. According to the passage, what percentage of respondents did not like oak-flavored wines?

A: 75%
B: 55%
C: 45%
D: 25%

10. Which of the following statements best explains the advantage of using wood chips to make wine?

A: It is an inexpensive way of making wines that appeal to young people.
B: It is an inexpensive way of making wines that appeal to connoisseurs.
C: It is a faster way to make expensive wines.
D: It makes wines that are indistinguishable from those produced by more expensive processes.

Answer Key

1. D. To calculate the average grade, divide the sum of all the grades by the number of tests. This number must equal at least 70. That is, SUM/3 >= 70. Solving for the sum shows SUM >= 3 x 7, or 210. Since the first two scores, 64 and 80, add up to 144, the third score must be greater or equal to 210-144, or 66.

2. B. The least common denominator, or LCD, is equal to the least common multiple (LCM) of the denominators. To find this, factor the denominators completely: 15 = 3 x 5; 21 = 3 x 7; 14 = 2 x 7. The unique factors are 2, 3, 5, and 7. The product 2 x 3 x 5 x 7 = 210 is therefore the LCD. The three fractions are equivalent to 14/210, 10/210, and 15/210.

3. A. The area of a circle is given by the formula A = pi*r^2, where r is equal to the radius. Since 8*pi = p*r^2, it follows that r^2 = 8 and that r = sqrt(8). Since 8 = 2 x 4, and sqrt(4) = 2, it follows that r = 2*sqrt(2).

4. B. The sentence describes how the cambium gives rise to new growth: this is the generation of new tissues. A generative tissue is one involved in growth or reproduction. Note that Choice D is incorrect because the tissue is involved in growth, not reproduction.

5. C. To “meddle” is to interfere in a situation without invitation. Metal is a noun meaning any one of a category of chemical elements. A medal is a decoration of honor. And “mettle,” also a noun, indicates strength of character or fortitude.

6. D. In this case, the conjunction “either” applies to the choice between June and July, not to the possibility of going on vacation, as appears the case in the original. Choices C and D correct this. Paired conjunctions such as “either…or…” must be followed with the same structure (parallelism). Only Choice D maintains the same structure around the alternatives June and July.

7. D. Although the passage describes various methods of aging wine in the presence of oak as well as consumer price sensitivity, the passage’s main purpose is to describe the results of a survey conducted in order to examine consumer preferences. The passage describes the number of people surveyed, the types of questions asked, and the results of the survey.

8. A. To macerate is to break into smaller parts, typically by steeping in a liquid. In this case, the process produces small wood chips with a large surface area that flavors the wine more efficiently than the interior surface of the barrels used traditionally.

9. C. The second paragraph states that 45% of those persons interviewed rejected tannic wines. Tannic wines are those flavored by tannins, components of oak bark. The meaning of the term can be inferred from the phrasing of the second paragraph, in which the 25% who strongly favored the wood-flavored wines are contrasted to those who categorically disliked the tannic wines.

10. A. The second paragraph states that young wine lovers, especially, fell into the 25% who preferred the wood-chip produced wines. The first paragraph states that the process is faster and therefore less expensive. Additionally, the last paragraph indicates that price sensitivity among consumers is an advantage for wines made with wood chips, from which one may infer that the process is less expensive.