All about GHSGT Math
GHSGT Math refers to the Mathematics section of the Georgia High School Graduation Test. This test is taken by high school students, particularly 11th graders, to obtain their Georgia High School Graduation Diploma.
The GHSGT Mathematics examinations are framed under the QCC (Quality Core Curriculum), the GPS (Graduation Performance Standards), and the Transitional curriculum (which is designed for students following the curriculum that is in the transitional phase between QCC and the GPS curriculums). The topics covered in the three versions of the GHSGT Math examination are mostly the same. Hence, one can refer to the study guides of the different GHSGT Math test curriculums, as found on the official website (http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/GHSGT.aspx).
The GHSGT Math examination has to be taken by 11th graders in the Spring session of their 11th grade.
Students who fail in this examination, will have to retake this test (the maximum number of attempts being 5 times), the time duration for the retake being from Spring of 11th grade-Summer of 12th grade.
Students who have not qualified in the GHSGT Math examination, but have satisfied all the other criteria for high school graduation, will receive a Certificate of Performance/special diploma, from the State Board of Education, with the provision of being allowed to attempt the GHSGT again at a later date.
GHSGT Mathematics Question Types and Format
Question Pattern- The GHSGT Math questions are of the objective-pattern, with 4 multiple-choice answering alternatives.
Number of Questions- The GPS-version of this examination has 65 multiple-choice questions, while its QCC-version presents 60-75 multiple-choice questions.
Test Completion Duration- The GPS version of this examination has to be completed in 1 hour, though a maximum time of 3 hours is allowed for completing this test. The QCC version of this test also has to be ideally completed in 60 minutes; however, a maximum period of 3 hours 10 minutes is given to a student, if required, for completing it.
GHSGT Mathematics Content Areas
The content areas for the GHSGT Math section of the GPS and QCC versions have slight variations, as follows:
The GPS version of the GHSGT Math consists of three domains:
Algebra- This section, which covers 36% of the GHSGT Mathematics question paper, consists of questions on algebraic functions, polynomials, quadratic equations, etc. The level of knowledge tested is of the GPS high school standard.
Geometry- The questions of this section account for 36% of the GHSGT Mathematics question paper. These questions test the student’s knowledge of geometry and trigonometry of the high school level.
Data Analysis- This content area contributes to 28 % of the total number of questions of the GHSGT Math section. It presents questions based on the concepts of Mathematical Probability, and the student’s ability to collect data and analyze it.
The QCC version of the GHSGT Mathematics test is grouped into 4 strands as follows:
Number and Computation- This strand of the GHSGT Math test contributes to 17%-19% of the question paper. It is designed to test the high school level Arithmetic knowledge of the examinees.
Data Analysis- This strand that comprises 19%-21% of the GHSGT Mathematics test assesses the examinee’s knowledge of high school level Arithmetic Probability, Statistical measurements, and the ability to study graphs and tables.
Measurement and Geometry- This content area covers the major portion of this test with questions pertaining to 32%-34% of the question paper.
Algebra- This section contributes to 28%-30% of the GHSGT Mathematics question paper and tests the examinee’s knowledge of high school level Algebra.
GHSGT Mathematics Scoring
The GHSGT Math scores vary according to the version of the test taken by a student. The scoring details, as per the various versions, are as follows:
QCC and Transitional Scores for GHSGT Math
The score interpretations are as follows:
- Scaled scores ranging from 100-600
- Passing score of 500-534
- Pass Plus score of 535 and higher
GPS Scores for GHSGT Math
The score interpretations for this section of the GHSGT Math test are as follows:
- Below Proficiency- Scaled score of lesser than 200
- Basic Proficiency- Scaled score of 200
- Advanced Proficiency- Scaled score of 235
- Honors- Scaled score of 235 and higher
The GHSGT Math examination has a high passing score. Hence, one should be prepared very well for this examination before taking it, with the aid of adequate GHSGT Math study resources.
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