GACE Spanish

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

The first test consists of 38 selected-response questions and 2 constructed-response assignments. The content areas covered by the first test are reading, writing, linguistics, comparisons, and cultures. The reading subarea covers the receptive skills and cultural linguistic knowledge needed to interpret reading materials. The writing section covers the productive skills needed to communicate effectively via presentational and interpersonal writing. The linguistics, comparisons, and cultures/cross-disciplinary section covers the linguistic features of Spanish and how to compare Spanish to English. It also contains questions about the connections between the perspectives and the practices and products of Spanish culture.

The second test consists of 36 selected-response questions and 2 constructed-response questions. The content areas covered by the second test are listening, speaking, linguistics, comparisons, and cultures. The listening subarea covers the receptive skills and cultural linguistic knowledge needed to interpret information aurally. The speaking subarea covers the productive skills needed to communicate effectively via presentational and interpersonal speaking. The linguistics, comparisons, and cultures/cross-disciplinary subarea covers the linguistic features of Spanish and how to compare Spanish to English. It also covers the connections between the perspectives and the practices and products of Spanish culture.

The test will take five hours to complete with a testing time of 2 hours and 35 minutes. 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 Spanish Practice Questions

1. Translate the following: Hablaba a los chicos en espanol.

A: He spoke to the Spanish children.
B: The children all spoke Spanish.
C: None of the children will speak Spanish.
D: He spoke to the children in Spanish.

2. Which of the following is NOT true of the indefinite article in Spanish?

A: It is used with abstract nouns.
B: It is left out of expressions including como.
C: It comes before the noun.
D: It is left out when the number cien is used.

3. Which kind of adverb entails adding -mente to the feminine singular form of the adjective?

A: invariable adverbs
B: adverbs of position
C: adverbs of manner
D: adverbs of consequence

4. Translate the following: No se, seran los dos.

A: I don’t know, it’s probably around two.
B: You know, the time is two in the morning.
C: I don’t know more than two things.
D: I know, it is two or so.

5. Which of the following is NOT an infinitive verb ending in Spanish?

A: -ar
B: -er
C: -or
D: -ir

Answer Key

1. D. The imperfect tense is used here to express an action that does not have a definite beginning or end.
2. A. The definite article precedes abstract nouns.
3. C. Adverbs of manner describe the way an action is performed.
4. A. In this sentence, the future tense is used to indicate that something is probably true.
5. C. All infinitives in Spanish end in -ar, -er, or -ir.