Georgia High School Graduation Tests



Georgia High School Graduation Tests

All students seeking a Georgia high school diploma are required to pass a set of state-mandated tests that assess students in the areas of writing, reading, mathematics, social studies, and science. The test is administered for the first time in the 11th grade. These assessments ensure that students qualifying for a diploma have mastered essential core academic content and skills. Please visit the Georgia Department of Education's web site for more information.

Georgia's graduation tests provide valuable information for students, educators, and parents about student strengths and areas for improvement. The tests identify students who may need additional instruction in the content and skills required for a diploma. Since 2004, the English Language Arts and Math high school graduation tests have been used to measure Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind legislation. Learn more on the GHSGT.

Students in the 11th grade participate in the Georgia High School Writing Test and must pass the writing test to earn a regular education diploma. Students are asked to produce a response to one on-demand persuasive writing prompt. The writing test requires students to produce a composition of no more than two pages on an assigned topic. The two-hour test administration includes 90 minutes of student writing time. The test is administered three times a year so that students have multiple opportunities to take the test before the end of the twelfth grade. The main administration of the writing test takes place in the fall of the 11th grade year. Learn more about the writing component of the state's GHSGT.