Georgia High School Graduation Practice Tests generally followed the format of the actual GHSGT. The GHSGT was really a sequence of five different exams, covering writing, English, science, social studies and math. The test was discontinued on March 30, 2015, when Governor Nathan Deal signed a law abolishing the exam as a graduation requirement in the state.
Of the exam's five components, the writing section was the only one completed in an essay format. Students were assigned a topic, and the exam was graded on four criteria. The first was the essay's structure, evaluating a student's ability to organize thoughts and make effective arguments. The second dealt with proper vocabulary and writing style. The third focused on grammar, and the fourth focused on sentence structure.
The remaining four sections were all multiple choice, and a grade of 500 was required to pass each one. The English exam consisted of Literature (reading comprehension and familiarity with English literature), Critical Thinking (logic, drawing inferences, fact versus opinion) and Writing (grammar). The science exam included sections on research skills, physical science and biology. The social studies exam focused on world history, United States history, civics and geography. The math section required basic mathematics, data analysis, measurement, geometry and algebra.
The test was generally administered for the first time in Grade 11, allowing ample opportunity for students who failed any particular section of it to try again before the end of their senior years. Overall, Georgia students who entered 9th grade between 1991 and 2011 were required to pass the exam in order to graduate.