So, I can’t help but notice that the majority of my visitors come here frantically searching for something related to the GACE (Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators) test. While my experience of the test was that it was not very difficult, I did go into it having just completed an English degree and in the process of completing an English Education program. Recently, a friend asked me to create a mini-study guide of topics to be familiar with before taking the English portion of the GACE test.
Visit the GACE site
Please, note: I have no way of knowing what specific questions and/or topics will appear in upcoming GACE tests and your test, in particular. The GACE website probably provides the best preparation material.
Know thy standards
If necessary, you should also familiarize yourelf with the Common Core GPS (Georgia Performance Standards). Their guidance documents and unit models, especially, provide much insight for the types of content area skills, literary techniques, vocabulary, genres, time periods, etc. you will be expected to know and, hopefully, teach. Standards constantly change, so if you haven’t been in the classroom for a while, it would behoove you to do some brushing up.
Current ELA standards, for example, emphasize listening, speaking and viewing and include media literacy goals absent from more traditional, 20th century ELA curriculum models. The GACE test I took included several questions on viewing strategies, methods of persuasion and logical fallacies. In my experience, anyway, they test did not many include questions pertaining to educational psychology or theory (except, perhaps, some extremely common names and concepts, like Vygotsky and contructivism).
Take this boon
All that said, I encourage you to check out my English GACE Review. May the odds be ever in your favor!