All students seeking a Georgia high school diploma must pass the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT). Students take the graduation writing test in the fall of their junior year. Students produce a composition of no more than two pages on an assigned topic. The two-hour test administration includes 100 minutes of writing and time for planning and editing the paper. This assessment ensures that students who qualify for a Georgia diploma have mastered essential core academic content and skills.
Students who do not pass on their first attempt have multiple opportunities to receive extra help, retake the writing test if they didn’t pass, and qualify for graduation before the spring of the 12th grade. Students must pass the writing test to graduate.
Types of Writing
The GHSWT is a test of persuasive writing. In persuasion, the writer assumes a position on an issue and uses language to influence the reader. The purpose is to express a writer’s opinion on a subject either explicitly or implicitly. Through the support provided, the writer presents a convincing point of view.
For additional information and resources visit the Georgia Department of Education web page.