The Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) is given three times during the school year. Schools administer the exam during the fall, winter and spring. Alabama guidelines determine who is eligible to take the exam. As a general rule (there are exceptions to everything) students will take the test for the first time in the spring of their tenth grade year. An exception would be a student completing Algebra I or Biology before their tenth grade year. This first administration is actually called the pre-graduation exam because technically the test is on the eleventh grade level and tenth grade students are given the test to prepare them to take it in the eleventh grade. Of course many students pass the test while in the tenth grade and once a portion of the test is passed it does not have to be taken again.
The test itself consists of five parts: Reading, Language, Math, History, and Biology and in order to obtain a standard diploma, all parts must be passed. Students may earn a Credit Based Diploma is they pass Reading, Math and one more section of the AHSGE. Students are prepared for the test in their regular classes, but if they have trouble with the test they are offered specials skills classes to help prepare them for the test. Each junior that failed any portion of the exam is scheduled in a skills lab class. Although parents may opt out of this class for their junior year, all senior students that haven’t passed all portions of the AHSGE must take a skills lab to prepare them for the test.
In the best case scenarios a student could have 6 attempts to take the exam. The test is administered once as a sophomore, once as a junior, in the summer before the senior year and three times during the senior year. Of course if a student is absent the day the test is administered, or if they transfer in out of state they can miss opportunities to take the exam.
This is a brief explanation of the rules of the AHSGE but you can click here for more details.