How to Prepare for the GACE Test

Instructor: Cara Randle

Cara has a Master's in Teacher Leadership as well as a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. She has taught on the Elementary and Pre-k level for 5 years.

This lesson contains useful tips and strategies to help you prepare to take the GACE. You'll also learn how to evaluate, choose, and use GACE prep tools, including apps and practice tests.

Preparing for the GACE

When it comes to preparing for the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) there are no shortcuts. You will have to take time to study for the test. However, there are a few strategies and tools that you can use to ensure that you use your study time wisely. In this lesson, we'll review these strategies and tools so that you can create an individualized study plan to prepare for the GACE.

General GACE Prep Strategies

Ideally, you will begin preparing for the GACE at least three months in advance of your testing date. This will give you a chance to study test content, familiarize yourself with question formats, and practice taking the test under a strict time limit. Let's explore a few general strategies that you can use to establish and organize your study time.

Establishing Study Time

  • Start with a reasonable study time. Aim for at least 30-60 minutes each day.
  • Set a study time each day (before work, during lunch, before bed) that works best for your schedule.
  • Be flexible. As you progress through your preparation, you may notice that you need to set aside more time to cover all of the subjects you need to know for the test.

Organizing Your Study Time

  • Be organized.
  • Consider focusing on a single subject each week. This will help you assess what you need to study and organize your study time.
  • Create a list of what you plan to study each day.
  • Ongoing assessment will help you to determine what you need to study. Organize your study schedule in a way that allows time for practice tests.

Skipping Study Sessions

  • Try not to skip study sessions unless you absolutely have to.
  • If you do have to skip a study session, try to make it up later that day or on another day.

Strategies for Answering GACE Questions

You may see the following types of questions on the GACE:

  • Single questions
  • Clustered questions
  • Technically enhanced questions

Single Questions

Single questions consist of a direct question or an incomplete phrase. The question might involve a reading passage or info-graphic, such as a table. When you see this type of question, you should:

  • Read the question very carefully.
  • Eliminate any answers that are clearly wrong.
  • Look in the passage or info-graphic to find the answer.

Clustered Questions

Clustered questions consist of two or more questions related to a single reading passage, graphic, or piece of student work. You will need to use the information provided in the stimulus (graphic, passage, etc.) to answer a series of clustered questions. When you see this type of question, you should:

  • Read all of the questions before looking at the provided stimulus.
  • Scan the provided stimulus to find the answer to the question.

Technically Enhanced Questions

Technically enhanced questions may contain an audio or visual prompt (rather than a traditional reading prompt) that must be used to answer the questions. These questions may also allow you do things such as zoom to get a closer look at details. Technically enhanced questions may also have interactive answers to the questions such as:

  • Numeric entry: Calculate your answer and enter the number into an answer box.
  • Multiple selection: Ability to choose more than one answer.
  • Sentence selection: Choose a sentence, or possibly multiple sentences, from a reading selection.
  • Graphic selection: Choose your answer by clicking on the answer in the graphic provided.
  • Grid: Choose your answer from the given table, chart, or grid.
  • Drag and Drop: Choose your answer by dragging it from a list and dropping into the designated area.
  • Drop-down: Choose your answer from a drop-down menu.

When you see these types of questions, you should:

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