Keystone Exam Information


The Keystone Exams are Pennsylvania state-mandated end-of-course exams currently given at the end of algebra (Algebra I or Applied Algebra II), biology (Biology II or Bio I Accelerated), and 11th grade literature (English 11 or English 10 Accelerated).  Starting with the class of 2019, achieving a Proficient or Advanced score on each exam will be required for graduation.  Additionally, students in 11th grade who have not yet taken all three exams are required to do so for Federal accountability.

Winter 2016-7 Keystone Exam Dates

Literature — January 10 and 11, 2017

Algebra — January 12 and 13, 2017

Biology — January 17 and 18, 2017


Spring 2017 Keystone Administration Window

Literature — May 16 and 17, 2017

Algebra — May 22 and 23, 2017

Biology — May 24 and 25, 2017


Information for Students and Parents

Keystone Exams Parent Overview

–Parents and guardians may review the Keystone Exams if they believe they may be in conflict with their religious beliefs by making arrangements with the School Test Coordinator once the exams arrive at the school. Confidentiality agreements must be signed, and no copies of the Keystone Exams or notes about exam questions will be permitted to leave the school.  If, after reviewing the Keystone Exams, parents or guardians do not want their child to participate in one or all of the exams due to a conflict with their religious beliefs, they may write a letter specifying their objection to the school district superintendent prior to the beginning of the exam(s) to request their child be excused from the exam(s).

Code of Conduct for Test Takers

Pennsylvania Calculator Policy_Revised February 2013

PA Keystone Cell Phone Policy

Students who are home schooled may take the Keystone Exams when offered at GMHS.  Please contact the high school office for information.
If you have any questions about the Keystone Exams, visit or contact the high school office to speak with a principal or guidance counselor.

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