The Technology Education assessment, offered as part of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, is divided into two tests.
The first test consists of 60 selected-response questions (80% of the test score) and 2 constructed-response assignments (20% of the test score). The content areas covered by the first test are fundamentals of technology, manufacturing technology, biotechnology, and construction technology. The topics covered by the fundamentals of technology subarea are: the role of technology in global society; connections between technology, engineering, and other disciplines; the design process and its role in engineering and technology; and basic business concepts and skills required in the modern workplace. The topics covered by the manufacturing technology and biotechnology subarea are: tools, equipment, and materials used in manufacturing technology; processes related to manufacturing technology; and biotechnology. The topics covered by the construction technology subarea are: materials, tools, and equipment used in construction technology; and the procedures related to construction technology.
The second test consists of 60 selected-response questions (80% of the test score) and 2 constructed-response questions (20% of the test score). The content areas covered by the second test are communication technology, energy and power technology, and transportation technology. The topics covered by the communication technology subarea are: the tools, equipment, materials, and processes used in communication technology; drafting and design; graphic communications and electronic publishing; and electronic communication and information technology. The topics covered by the energy and power technology subarea are: the tools, equipment, materials, and processes used in energy and power technology. The topics covered by the transportation technology subarea are: the tools, equipment, materials, and processes used in transportation technology.
The examination must be completed within four hours. The total test score is placed on a scale of 100 to 300, with 220 as the lowest passing score. 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 Technology Education Practice Questions
1. What is the most common use for lasers in construction?
A: to ensure a straight line
B: to cut holes in drywall
C: to light crawlspaces
D: to indicate angles
2. What is the name of the part of an automotive engine that produces a mixture of air and vaporized gas for combustion?
A: air filter
D: catalytic converter
3. Which piece on a microscope helps to focus the image by moving the body tube up and down?
B: revolving nosepiece
C: coarse-adjustment knob
D: fine-adjustment knob
4. What is another name for a strip of wood or plaster laid to make a flat surface before plastering?
5. Henry applies 40 N of force to a machine, which in turn applies 200 N of force. What is the mechanical advantage of the machine?
1. A. Builders use lasers to make sure that their lines are straight.
2. B. A carburetor controls the amount of fuel used by the engine and maintains the right ratio of air and fuel.
3. C. Typically, the coarse-adjustment knob is used to lower the body tube until it almost touches the stage.
4. B. A screed is used to establish a level or flat surface for plastering.
5. C. The equation for mechanical advantage is: MA = output force/input force.