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This course will help you prepare for the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Middle Grades Language Arts exam. The lessons in this course will refresh your knowledge of the language arts concepts Georgia tests its middle grades teachers on as a condition of certification. This study and practice guide offers a comprehensive look at topics that may show up on the exam, such as:
- Critical reading skills
- Interpreting literature
- Basic characteristics of writing
- Effective spoken communication
- Vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, spelling and parts of speech
- Modifiers, literary terms, clauses and sentence types
- Strategies for teaching and assessing reading, speaking and writing skills
- Nonfiction, literary genres, fiction, prose, poetry, rhetoric and figures of speech
- The writing process, essays, English literary works and famous authors
This course was last updated in 2019.
About the Exam
The GACE Middle Grades Language Arts exam is divided into four subareas and is taken on a computer. It has 90 multiple-choice questions and two written-response questions. You will be allotted two hours to complete the entire test.
GACE Middle Grades Language Arts Exam Preparation & Registration
This study guide can help you review information for the GACE Middle Grades Language Arts exam. While some of the lessons will refresh your knowledge of topics you studied in college, other lessons may go back to your high school classes or present new information that a beginning language arts teacher should know. You'll see how to interpret literature and understand informational material. Other lessons look at the basics of writing, including research practices. You'll also review effective speaking skills and vocabulary. After completing the lessons, you can test your knowledge with the short quizzes that accompany each video.
The GACE Middle Grades Language Arts exam is offered on many dates during the year at testing centers in Georgia, other states and some international sites. Registration can be completed up to two full days before the test day. You must open an account at the GACE website to register, giving personal data as well as the names of institutions you want notified of your scores. You'll select a location and date for testing. After you register, GACE will send you an admissions ticket. Print the ticket and present it at the testing center on test day. You'll also need to bring a photo ID that meets the standards listed on the GACE website.
GACE Middle Grades Language Arts Exam Scoring
Upon completing the exam, you'll be asked if you want to keep your scores or cancel the exam results. If you choose to proceed, you'll be shown your unofficial score right then. An official report of the score will be sent to your account about two or three weeks later. The minimum passing score is 220. Incorrect answers don't count against you, so guess away if you aren't sure of the correct response.
The GACE Middle Grades Language Arts exam has four subareas.
Percentage of test: 37% (multiple-choice)
Exam topics covered: Georgia authors, works of literature for adolescents, literary genres, interpreting literature, poetic devices, comprehension of informational texts, media, strategies for reading instruction
What you'll study: Our study guide includes information on Georgia authors, English literature, strategies for reading comprehension, parts of an argument and interpretation of graphs.
Writing, Speaking and Listening
Percentage of test: 23% (multiple-choice)
Exam topics covered: Types of writing, clarity in writing, sound sources, effective verbal presentation, the fundamentals of good spoken communication, and the incorporation of students' cultures, backgrounds and perspective into instruction
What you'll study: How to structure an essay, word choice, descriptive writing, narrative writing, how to research and write a scholarly paper, proper citations, writing for an audience, listening strategies and types of public speeches are topics covered in some of the lessons in our study guide.
Language Use and Vocabulary
Percentage of test: 15% (multiple-choice)
Exam topics covered: Grammar, syntax, how to determine word meaning through context, affixes and syntax, diction and dialects.
What you'll study: This study guide reviews dialect, diction, figures of speech, parts of speech, English language modifiers, punctuation and types of sentences.
Percentage of test: 25% (two written-response questions)
Exam topics covered: Ways that literary elements, such as setting and plot development, show meaning, methods of determining meaning in a text through word choices, how to use research-based approached to teach components of writing, how to assess student reading, writing, speaking and listening
What you'll study: In this part of the study guide, you'll review methods of teaching writing, including Blooms' taxonomy and expository approaches. Other lessons detail the importance of assessments and outline ways of assessing students' writing, reading, listening and speaking abilities.
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