The Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) for mathematics includes math skills from arithmetic to algebra to geometry. Many of the skills are basic. Some basic skills on the test include finding averages; using measurements to calculate area, perimeter, and volume; and changing fractions to decimals or percentages to fractions.

But other skills on the test require more advanced study in math. Functions, slope, and factoring quadratic equations are skills that students typically master in algebra class.

**What’s on the AHSGE?**

Here’s a list of key concepts and important vocabulary words that students must know for the test: geometric series, absolute value, comparing fractions, ratios, decimals, and proportions, slope, y-intercept, similar figures, function, domain, range, types of angles (complementary, supplementary, corresponding, alternate interior, alternate exterior, vertical, measurement of interior angles), transversal, mean, median, mode, and range, calculating with exponents, writing equations, probability, direct variation, square roots, Pythagorean Theorem, perimeter, area, surface area, and volume, facts about circles, distance formula, factor quadratic equations, greatest common factor, inequalities, and graphing.

**Getting ready**

The AHSGE mathematics test is a multiple choice test. So, like on all multiple choice tests, students should read the question carefully and consider each answer before selecting the correct one. And, students must never leave a question blank.

Some questions on mathematics tests allow students to substitute each answer in the equation to find the correct answer. If that opportunity presents itself, it can speed up the process of completing the test.

But many problems cannot be answered by substitution. Students must be prepared to set up equations as well.

Students should take advantage of tutoring opportunities. Many schools offer tutoring before or after school, or during lunchtime. Students who struggle in math must start their tutoring early, several weeks before the test, so that they have time to correct their math understanding before test day. Waiting until the last minute will work only for students who are close to passing already.

Resources are available to help students study. Use the link on this page to see flashcards that help students prepare for the Alabama mathematics test. Barnes & Noble stocks these flashcards, providing a convenient way for parents to tutor their children at home.

Also, notice the link to the article on Alabama Social Studies. If you or your child is taking the whole series of tests, it will be worth your while to learn the details of each test that must be passed for the student to earn a diploma.

Finally, it is important that students take the test seriously and come to school rested and ready on test day.