What is the General Content of the AHSGE?
When Will Students Take the AHSGE?
Test Preparation Tips
The third edition, the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, became a requirement for any student who was a ninth-grader for the first time on or after the 1997-1998 scholastic year (class of 2001).
The old edition, the Alabama High School Basic Skills Exit Exam, was
an eight-grade level test that measured basic skills, skills students generally
need for everyday life. The new edition, the Alabama High School Graduation
Exam, will test students on the eleventh-grade and will include more subjects.
To pass the graduation Exam, students will have to solve complex problems
and show more detailed knowledge of the subjects. To receive a diploma
from the State of Alabama a student must pass all sections of the AHSGE
and successfully complete the required Carnegie units of credit as established
by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Madison County Board of
WHAT IS THE GENERAL CONTENT OF THE AHSGE?
On the language section, students will be quizzed on grammar skills, using correct sentence structure and organizing information for writing.
For reading comprehension, students will read articles, poems, editorials, and essays and answer questions to show they understand what they read.
Approximately 75 percent of the math section will be Algebra 1 with the remaining 25 percent covering pre-geometry.
The science section will be approximately 70 percent biology and 30 percent physical science.
The social studies section will focus on United States History.
WHEN WILL STUDENTS TAKE THE AHSGE?
Students will have at least five chances to take the AHSGE: Once as a sophomores (as a "pre-test"), once as juniors and three times as seniors. The State Department of Education determine the test dates. The test will be administered by subject area over a five day period and is not a timed test. Most students should be completed within 90 minutes on each subject test.
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The following sample questions were prepared by the Alabama Department of Education.
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TEST PREPARATION TIPS
Listed below are some things that a parent can do to help your child/children be prepared to take the AHSGE:
sure your child/children are at school and on time
* Be sure your child/children get plenty of rest the night before each test and eat a good
breakfast on testing days
* If your child/children have part- or full-time jobs, have them arrange to get off work by 5
p.m.. during the week the test is given
* Remind your child/children about the importance of this test
* Remind your child/children to work every problem and check their answers carefully. The
creators of the tests know where common errors are made. The questions are multiply
choice, and incorrect answers may look just as appealing as correct answers. Carelessly
choosing the answers that “look right” could be disastrous.
* Remind your child/children that the answer documents and computerized scanners are
highly sensitive to stray pencil marks. If they change their mind about an answer, it is
imperative they erase completely the incorrect marks. This is a time when perfection
* Prepare your child/children for the fact the tests are long and difficult. A surprising number
of previous reading test failures are the result of students getting tired of reading passages
and just quitting.
* Help your child/children come to the test with a positive attitude. Make them aware that
there may be items on the tests they may not know the answers. This makes it more
important that hey work diligently on items they do know.
* Explain to your child/children that good guessing skills can improve their scores. Students
should not simply guess “C” when they don’t know an answer, nor should they leave it
blank. They should look at all four answers and identify the ones that are definitely wrong.
Narrowing the possible answers this way improves their odds of choosing correctly.
* Remind your child/children not to rush. The tests are not timed, and students can take as
long as they need. (Note: this does not mean students will be allowed to sleep or take
breaks during the test.) Many will feel pressured to finish if they see others closing their
booklets. Help your child/children understand early finishers may just be quitters. Because
their high school diploma is riding on these tests, it is important they take the time they need
to answer the questions.