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Georgia High School Graduation Testing
Purpose of the GHSGT according to the Georgia Department of Education
  • All Georgia students have access to a quality education
  • Georgia students who earn a Georgia diploma meet performance standards established for graduation by Georgia educators and other stakeholders
  • Students, educators, and parents have information about students strengths and areas for improvement
  • Georgia schools have summative data for school improvement

Passing scores on the Georgia High School Graduation Tests are required for earning your high school diploma.  Students working on College Preparatory and Career Technology Diplomas must pass the five sections of the Georgia High School Graduation Test. Students take the exams during their Junior year. These tests are typically taken in March. Students will take the test here at McEachern during the regular school day. The GHSGT is required for graduation. Please plan on attending school during testing days.

The Pass scores for all four content areas appear in the following chart:

Subject Area
English Language Arts 200 out of 350 to pass
Mathematics 500 out of 600 to pass
Science 200 out of 370 to pass
Social Studies 500 out of 600 to pass
Writing 200 out of 350 to pass

On these four sections of the GHSGT, the student will be asked to answer various multiple choice questions. The writing test is different, of course. Students will be assigned a topic and required to write a brief essay in response. On this portion, they’ll be graded on their writing style, how well they organize and present facts and details, their understanding and usage of proper grammar and vocabulary, and their skill at structuring sentences. Passing the GHSGT is a hurdle that must be overcome if a Georgia high school student hopes to succeed in life after school, either in the work place or in pursuing higher education. The test should not be taken lightly, as failure to pass will have serious and lifelong ramifications. It’s strongly suggested that students get a good study guide and prep program before attempting to take the GHSGT.

The following is a break down of the content area percentages for each test. The percentage figures indicate how much weight is given to each sub-area or strand of the total test.

Reading Comprehension (approximately 48%)
Literary Analysis (approximately 38%)
Conventions and Writing (approximately 14%)

Number & Computation (approximately 18%)
Data Analysis (approximately 20%)
Measurement and Geometry (approximately 33%)
Algebra (approximately 29%)

Cells and Heredity (approximately 25%)
Ecology (approximately 17%)
Structure and Properties of matter (approximately 26%)

Energy Transformation (approximately16%)

Forces, Waves,  and Electricity (approximately 16%)

World Studies (approximately 19%)
U.S. History to 1865 (approximately 18%)
U.S. History Since 1865 (approximately 18%)
Civics/Citizenship (approximately 13%)
Map and Globe Skills (approximately 15%)
Information Processing Skills (approximately 15%)

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