The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE) measures minimum competencies of essential skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Passing all three sections of the HSGQE is part of the requirements to receive a high school diploma in the state of Alaska.

Students must take the HSGQE for the first time in the spring of the 10th grade. The test 10th graders take generates two scores. One is for the HSGQE graduation requirement and the other score is for assessing the student's performance based upon the Grade Level Expectations (GLE) for a 10th grader.

The score for the HSGQE is used to meet the graduation testing requirement set forth by the Alaska legislature. The Standards Based Assessment score that measures performance of your student on the GLEs is used for accountability and determining whether your school meets the "Adequate Yearly Progress" requirement of No Child Left Behind.

11th and 12th graders who are new to the district or who need to re-take one or more subtests of the HSGQE must test at least once each year until they meet the proficiency requirements. 11th and 12th graders are strongly advised to take the HSGQE each time it is available until they are proficient in all sections of the test. When a section is passed, it is not re-taken. Students only retake the section(s) they did not pass. Students who received a Certificate of Achievement met the district's credit requirements for graduates but did not pass one or more sections of the HSGQE. They may retest twice each year until the proficiency requirements are met.

Once a student with a Certificate of Achievement passes all subtests of the HSGQE, he/she will be awarded a diploma. The HSGQE is administered twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. The test dates are set by the state. There are no make-ups for the HSGQE. The order of the tests is reading, writing, and math for each test administration.