Alabama High School Graduate Examination (AHSGE) is a standardized test initiated by Alabama department of education for providing high school diploma. Passing the test is one of the requirements in Alabama, besides, completing the minimum coursework of 24 credits and other courses.
The test is taken by high school students of grades from 10 to 12. It certifies the skills and knowledge expected from the high school graduates.
The test is divided into five sections- reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies. The reading section is based on reading comprehension, analysis of information, and interpretation. The language section is derived from language mechanics and expression skills. The questions in this section pertain to correction of grammar, sentence structure, usage, capitalization, punctuation, and word meanings. The content of mathematics section is derived from first part of algebra and geometry in accordance to the state requirements. The 70 percent of content of science section is from biology and 30 percent from physical sciences. The history of United States forms the content of social science section.
The content of the test is of eleventh grade level. There are 84 multiple choice questions in reading section and 100 in each of the remaining sections.
The test is administered six times while the high school studies are on. It can also be taken after completion of high school courses. It is mandatory to pass this test for achieving high school diploma in the state.
The result contains pass or fail information in each of the section. The sections can be taken separately in different test administrations. The results are released in six weeks from the test date and two copies of it are sent to student’s high school. One of these copies is handed over to the student and other is kept by the school for record.