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California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)

CHSPE is a test for students who need to verify high school level skills. In some cases, students take the test and leave high school early to work or attend college. Those who pass the test receive a Certificate of Proficiency from the State Board of Education, which is equal by law to a California high school diploma.

People who are 16 years of age or older may take the test. Younger people who meet other criteria can also take the test. This test is given twice each year at many sites in California. The test covers three subjects: reading, writing, and math. There is a fee to take the test.

  • For more information about the CHSPE, contact your local school district or visit the CHSPE Web site (Outside Source).
  • The CHSPE - CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of the exam.
  • The links and information below were developed for educators and others who work with the CHSPE.

Please visit the CHSPE Web site External link opens in new window or tab. for information on CHSPE registration and requests for records.

Administration Documents
Documents for use with administration of the CHSPE.

Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the CHSPE.

Program Resources
Annual Report and Program Notes

Questions:   High School and Physical Fitness Assessment Office | chspe@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-9449
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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