GACE Reading

The Reading 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 curriculum, instruction, professional learning, and leadership. The curriculum and instruction subarea covers foundational knowledge relating to literacy acquisition and reading development. It also covers curriculum and instructional approaches in the reading classroom. The professional learning and leadership subarea covers the relationship between literacy leadership and literacy development.

The second test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the second test are assessment, evaluation, diversity, and literate environment. The assessment and evaluation subarea covers how to gather and use student data to promote reading development while the diversity and literate environment subarea covers how to meet the needs of diverse learners.

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 Reading Practice Questions

1. A third-grade teacher leads a student through a guided reading exercise, in which teacher and student alternate reading pages aloud and the student is occasionally asked to make plot predictions. What aspect of reading skill does this activity target?

A: comprehension
B: phonemic awareness
C: fluency
D: vocabulary development

2. Which of the following phonemic skills is addressed during kindergarten instruction?

A: diphthongs
B: onset sound
C: blends
D: digraphs

3. A fourth-grade teacher decides to group students together to work on an extensive project over several months. This instructional method runs the risk of alienating what kind of learner?

A: intrapersonal
B: naturalistic
C: kinesthetic
D: logical

4. Which of the following factors plays the greatest role in academic vocabulary development?

A: reading comprehension
B: breadth of reading
C: phonemic awareness
D: pragmatic understanding

5. A fifth-grade teacher wants to introduce a lesson on figurative language. Which of the following activities would be most appropriate?

A: Reading a list of all of the types of figurative language
B: Constructing a diorama
C: Brainstorming some common figurative expressions
D: Watching a documentary on poetry

Answer Key

1. A. Guided reading ensures that students are incorporating effective reading comprehension strategies.
2. B. Kindergarten students usually focus on the beginning sound in a word, known as the onset.
3. A. Intrapersonal learners tend to work better by themselves and may have trouble working in a group for a long period.
4. B. Research suggests that students who read widely have larger vocabularies.
5. C. A good way to start this kind of lesson is to show students how they use figurative language in everyday conversation.