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2012-13 Alabama High School Graduation Exam Information
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Thursday, August 09, 2012

2012-13 AHSGE Dates

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Fall--Week of September 17, 2012

Mathematics      Monday, September 17, 2012

Reading            Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Language          Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Social Studies    Thursday, September 20, 2012

Biology Friday    September 21, 2012

Who tests?

  • Seniors take any section not previously passed

Mid-year--Week of December 3, 2012

Biology Monday, December 3, 2012

Mathematics Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Reading Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Language Thursday, December 6, 2012

Social Studies Friday, December 7, 2012

Who tests?

  • Seniors who have NOT passed a section

Spring--Week of March 18, 2013

Biology Monday, March 18, 2013

Mathematics Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Reading Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Social Studies Thursday, March 21, 2013

Language Friday, March 22, 2013

Who tests?

  • Juniors take any section not previously passed
  • Seniors take any section not previously passed


Skills Evaluated by AHSGE

AHSGE is designed to evaluate your competence and abilities as compared to what is expected of a high school student about to graduate from Alabama. You will be assessed for your understanding of the subjects that form the core of high school curriculum. There is a lot of emphasis on your abilities to utilize logic for problem solving. The AHSGE test format is divided into 5 tests sections for evaluating your skills in different subject areas.

1. Reading

This test is an evaluation of how well you can read and understand information provided to you in written form. You will need to possess skills in understanding reading material, interpreting the given information and critically analyzing the information gathered by you. The reading materials provided to you could be in the form of articles, prose, poems, editorials, instruction manuals etc. The test content is of the level of 11th grade reading comprehension. Number of questions: 84 Passing score: 563

2. Language

The Language test is an assessment of your knowledge of language mechanics and how well you are able to express yourself. You are expected to recognize errors in grammar and usage as well as correct sentence structures. You should be able to make correct word choices and utilize the correct method for capitalization and punctuation. In addition, you will be tested for your abilities in effective writing. The test content is of the 11th grade language mechanics and expression skills level. Number of questions: 100 Passing score: 560

3. Math

Your knowledge of Algebra I and Geometry will be evaluated by the Math test. You need to have proficiency in carrying out basic operations on algebraic expressions and you should be able to solve equations. You should also be able to apply functions, formulas, graphs and other basic concepts for solving mathematical problems. 75 percent of the test content will be from Algebra I and 25 percent of the test content will be drawn from pre-Geometry (prior to Algebra I). Number of questions: 100 Passing score: 477

4. Science

This test assesses your knowledge of Biology and Physical Science. You should have an in-depth understanding of the basic concepts of science and the related processes in order to perform well in the test. This includes an understanding of the types and states of matter, the classifications of life, heredity, mutations, DNA, structure and functions of cells, reproduction, population and ecosystems, energy, waves, force and laws of motion. 70 percent of the test content will be from Biology and 30 percent will be from Physical Science (prior to biology). Number of questions: 100 Passing score: 491

5. Social Studies

This test will evaluate your knowledge of the history of the United States. You should be familiar with the history of the United States starting from the colonial eras through World War II. The level of the test content will be the same as that of 10th and 11th grade U.S. History. Number of questions: 100 Passing scores: 509

Taking the AHSGE Test

  • All the questions asked in AHSGE are multiple-choice questions in which you will have to choose the correct answer from the given answer options.
  • AHSGE is administered six times during the course of your high school studies. The earliest when you can take the AHSGE is in the spring of your 10th grade and the last chance for you to take the AHSGE is in the spring of your 12th grade.
  • If you exit school without passing the AHSGE, then you can keep taking the AHSGE at any of its administrations to meet the requirements for grant of a high school diploma.
  • A very helpful aspect of taking AHSGE is that you will not have to memorize a long list of mathematical formulas for the test. You will be provided with a list of important formulas along with the mathematics test booklet.

Go to the link,, which is the website of the Alabama Department of Education for information regarding the AHSGE exam. The student advisors at your school will also be able to provide you with detailed information with respect to taking the AHSGE test.

AHSGE Results

The state Department of Education sends your results to your high school in the form of an individual student label with a 'Pass' or a 'Fail' displayed for each subject area that you have tested for. Your school will receive two copies of this student label, one of which will be placed on your cumulative folder and the other will be handed over to you. Your results will be received by your schools after about six weeks from the date you took the AHSGE. It is the responsibility of your high school to inform you about your AHSGE results.

Passing the AHSGE

If you have failed in a part of the AHSGE, you will be told as to which the subject area in which you failed to meet the specified standard is. You will have to take necessary action to improve your skills in the required subject area before retaking that subject area test of the AHSGE. You will have to follow a prep schedule that involves prep classes or tutoring programs. Most schools conduct such classes in their premises for assisting students in passing the AHSGE. Utilizing such classes will help you in ensuring that you are able to pass the AHSGE retest.

The Importance of Preparing for AHSGE!

Always remember that it is crucial for you to pass the AHSGE as you will not be able to earn your high school diploma if you have failed in a part of the AHSGE, irrespective of how well you have done in your required courses at high school. Therefore, do not ignore the importance of taking the AHSGE and prepare for it with hard work and dedication, as passing the AHSGE is a must for earning your high school diploma from the state of Alabama.

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